Kanye West

Donda delivers despite doubts

“Donda” is much like Kanye West himself: both the album and the artist can be easy to hate. From the year-long delay since the announced release date to the controversy surrounding West before the album’s release, doubts over “Donda” are understandable. Is it worth holding out hope for an album promised on six different missed […]

| Contributing Writer

Kanye West, Crazy Genius

When a celebrity has reached the point in their career to deserve a profile story, there might not be anything more disheartening than having the opening anecdote be that of the President of the United States calling them a “jackass.”

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Taking Kanye West seriously with professor Jeffrey McCune

Professor Jeffrey McCune knew that no one had taught a course on Kanye West before, but he didn’t expect the sort of media attention that his seminar, “The Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics,” would garner. A few days into this semester, media organizations, from Time to Fox, from Complex to Vox, had already written about the class.

| Staff Writer

“I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it” and other great albums of 2016 reveal a search for meaning and a higher power

The 1975, an English rock band, titled their 2016 sophomore album: “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it.” The title is so long that one might find it laughable. The title’s length falls in line with a theme of searching.

Ayanna Harrison | Staff Writer

Album review: ‘The Life of Pablo’ by Kanye West

Music, more than most media, offers the temptation to hear certain works in the context of the creator’s personal life. This is particularly true with pop stars, or artists with a documented history of turmoil.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Kanye, Tidal and the power of musical monopoly

“My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” With this tweet from Kanye West on Monday, we gained a true vision of what Tidal can and will be in the future of the music industry: a dictator’s dream of exclusive titles and monopolistic marketing.

| Associate Editor

The Last Laugh: Is T-Pain the most influential popular musician of the past decade?

On Dec. 6, 2005, T-Pain released his debut album, “Rappa Ternt Sanga.” Bolstered by two top-10 singles—“I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper)”—the album helped T-Pain become an iconic figure in American music due to his innovative use of Auto-Tune, a vocal manipulation software that can change the pitch of a singer’s voice.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Kanye West’s top 5 televised performances since 2008

In honor of his latest string of jaw-dropping televised performances, here are Yeezy’s five best. To make a difficult task slightly less difficult, only pre-2015 performances are eligible.

| Music Editor

SPB’s spring W.I.L.D. shortlist leaked

Social Programming Board finally announced on Sunday night that Childish Gambino will headline this year’s spring W.I.L.D., but he wasn’t SPB’s first choice. In a desperate attempt to break the news of the W.I.L.D. headliner before SPB, Student Life conducted an undercover investigation and managed to get its hands on the original shortlist of W.I.L.D. artists.

Nemo Jaundice | Beautiful Hipster

Sounds of the summer

The summer of 2013 was an amazing time for music, with releases from superstars and indie sensations alike. If you had your head in the sand all summer, fear not: Cadenza has you covered on all the best beats, likable lyrics and stuck-in-our-head songs. Music Editor Mark Matousek chooses the best albums of the summer, […]

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