Cole Kinna - Miami University
For those of you Quad readers who go to school in the Midwest, I'm sure the entire month of February began to feel like one big freezing Groundhog Day (RIP Harold Ramis). Fortunately March is right around the corner, which means only roughly 2 more months of winter until we get to enjoy some warmer weather...Despite the bitter cold, this month gave us some awesome music and we here at the Quad want to make sure you didn't miss it. Here's our recap of the best songs of February.
Coldplay – “Midnight”
It sounds like Chris Martin and co. discovered Bon Iver this year. Hey better late than never, "Midnight" is some of the strongest work the band has produced to date and isn't afraid to veer into some uncharted (but welcome) waters.
Real Estate – “Crime”
The Jersey boys are back and chiller than ever. Be on the look out for their new album "Atlas" dropping 3/4. In the meantime listen to the promising cut, "Crime" and imagine driving around with the windows down this summer while bumping this laid back little ditty.
Schoolboy Q's follow up to 2012's excellent Habits & Contradictions dropped yesterday. Oxymoron is full great guest spots, but it's hard to ignore Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon's contribution on the understated "Blind Threats."
Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name: The Weeknd, celebrated his 24th birthday this month and gave all of us a gift instead by dropping this banging remix of Queen Bey's "Drunk in Love." #Surfboard
Annie Clark's music is beautifully visceral, which makes this tender cut off her new self titled LP that much more refreshing and exciting. It's difficult to sound more intimate and scorned than when she croons "you traced the Andes with your index/ And bragged of when and where and who you gonna bed next." Give the full album St. Vincent a listen ASAP.
Cleveland, OH's Cloud Nothings want you to remember how the 90s sounded. The band's forthcoming album Here and Nowhere Else is due out 4/1. Until then give this Nirvana-esque throwback a spin and go watch some vintage Nickelodeon cartoons.
Is it too early to name Chattanooga, TN's Isaiah Rashad the new Kendrick Lamar? Probably, but it's hard to deny the similarities between the current king of Hip-Hop and the fresh faced newcomer who was recently tapped by Schoolboy Q to support him on his upcoming Oxymoron tour, along with recently being named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know."
U2 may be entering that incredibly confusing territory of being so uncool they're cool...Regardless I would argue U2 has always been cool and how could you not? Try not to get caught up in this performance from Jimmy Fallon's new Tonight Show. You can't. Bono's voice is like a mixture of Fergie and Jesus. Plus this song is trying to single handedly wipe out AIDS, so if you hate U2 you hate curing AIDS by default. Boom.
Future has the rare ability for me to want to "turn on the lights" and find the girl of my dreams. He also makes me want to sell just an ignorant amount of drugs. Classic Future. Backed by some great features from the likes of Pharrell, King Push and Casino it's going to be hard not to bump this song until the frozen hell that is currently Oxford, OH takes that turn into Spring.
Beck returns with his first studio album since 2008 with Morning Phase. Heralded as a return to form in the same vein as his acclaimed album, Sea Change, critics have already began buzzing with excitement about the possibility of a new Beck classic. Waking Light closes his new album with a touch of melancholy and tranquility, so I figured it would only be appropriate to close out this recap the same way.
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Timothyna Duncan - Northwestern University
Even though masculinism doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as well as feminism does, I still think it’s time to talk about the men too. Masculinism is the power for men to be vulnerable and to stray away from the rigid image of how a man should look or behave.
We often call our generation the third wave of feminists. Our generation can boast of Hillary Clinton, Marissa Meyers (the Yahoo CEO) or even the recently appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen. Whether you’re the “hipster” feminist, the “modern” feminist or the just the girl who is simply ambitious and has no label for it, we need to acknowledge that our counterparts are changing too.
The gay marriage equality movement is also more alive than ever. Whether you simply changed your Facebook profile picture to The Marriage Equality sign or you have spoken about it endlessly in discussion sections, most of us have been involved in some way or another.
All the stories of these movements have been told through music for years. In the 1990s, rappers like Tupac preached racial equality, and today feminism or anti-feminism (depending on what you think of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”) is almost synonymous with Beyonce, class differences have been explored by Lorde, and the road to gay marriage equality has been paved by rappers like Macklemore and has been advocated at the Grammy’s, music’s largest platform.
This quiet modern, masculinism movement is also showing itself through rap music--the most male-dominated music genre--and it’s time to pay attention. This new hip hop revolution is dictating that men are no longer mere adonises who are allergic to crying.
Remember when Hip Hop Stars were gangstas from the hood who were busting moves in jerseys that were too big for them and speaking about bitches in their cribs? First, a moment of silence for all those Hip Hop slangs that have died.
If you’ve been paying attention however, you would know that there is a whole new wave of Hip Hop gurus now, and they include Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino, and Macklemore--all of whom have shown their softer sides through their actions and music.
10 or fifteen years ago, most of these Hip Hop stars would not be selling records.
Macklemore is the prime example of an artist who has shown his vulnerabilities through his actions and music. Not only does he tell the stories of underdogs in songs like Same Love, he is the underdog. He is essentially the good kid in a m.A.A.d. city.
He is a white rapper from Seattle living in a music world historically dominated by African American men (While still trying to decide whether he’s too black for a white audience or too white for a black audience). He is a mainstream artist taking the path of alternative musicians and selling records without a record label. Most importantly, he is a Hip Hop star trying to be cool while rocking a Miley Cyrus haircut. I apologize. I digress.
After he won the award for Best Rap Album at the Grammy’s, he committed Hip Hop abomination number one: he apologized. He sent a text to Kendrick Lamar, lamenting that he believed Kendrick should have won the award instead.
Many Kendrick Lamar fans agreed with Macklemore, and were annoyed when the Grammy’s did not give the award to Lamar. When Kendrick Lamar appeared on BET’s music show to discuss the situation however, he simply said:
"It's well deserved. He did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded”.
No (gun)shots were fired. No East Coast-West coast beef. No Biggy-2pac or Jay-Z-Nas drama.
You should compare Macklemore’s attitude at award ceremonies to one the godfathers of today’s Hip Hop world, and one of the gurus of the earlier Hip Hop movement. The man himself: Mr. Kanye Kardashian. His infamous line, “Imma let you finish but Beyonce had the one of the best videos all time” was just sad back then, but somewhat comedic today. It was a move that was the complete antithesis to the humble actions of Macklemore and Kendrick after the Grammys.
Since then, Kanye West has gone on several rants and had awkward television interviews like that of his conversation with Jimmy Kimmel, and is scheduled to be one of the first guests on the new Late Night with Seth Meyers. (Even though Kanye may not have the comedic stories of Kevin Hart or the gif-worthy facial expressions of Jennifer Lawrence, he may still be a good guest by ranting about the rant he gave at his concert about the rant he gave on Sway’s radio show. Perfect Entertainment).
Childish Gambino’s personality is like Kanye West in the days of “College Dropout” or “Late
Registration”; the time before Ego grasped him and kept him in the over-confidence dungeon.
While rocking his iconic white t-shirt and exuding a retro, “black hipster vibe”, Childish Gambino has confessed in several interviews and on social media about all his insecurities and vulnerabilities.
Drake has also recently taken to Twitter to apologize for his negative comments on Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kanye West’s Yeezus, and dedicated whole albums telling stories about failing to find his perfect woman, how he tries to connect with women and his insecurity about his family changing because of his fame.
Granted. Most of these men--as is the case with 1 out of 3 children in America-- including Drake and Kendrick were primarily raised by their mothers, and this could explain why they represent the new image of who a man is or should be.
What I’m really trying to say to you is that Nothing is the Same. The evolution of Hip Hop is showing that the line that is separating men and women is becoming less deep, and in the words of Joey Tribiyani from Friends, let’s hope that in the future this line will be so light, it will look like a dot to us.
What did you think? Comment and keep the conversation going!
Omar Jimenez - Northwestern University
People always talk about having a complete breakfast in the morning will make you have a better and more productive day. While science does seem to prove that theory no one ever really talks about the process of waking up. That’s right, how important is it to make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed? Think about the times when you’ve woken up and felt absolutely terrible. Why was that? (There are so many reasons to go through for college students I can’t go down that path).
The right music in the morning can cure that and get your day started off on the right foot. Here are 7 songs you should be waking up to every morning.
1.Teardrop – Massive Attack