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Twenty One Pilots' (Josh Dun [left] and Tyler Joseph) recent album Scaled and Icy ushers in a new era for the group.

Twenty One Pilots’ new album offers a “feel-good” vibe

Lauren Albano, Staff Writer June 16, 2021

On Friday, May 21, Twenty One Pilots ushered in a new era of alt-pop with their sixth studio album, Scaled and Icy. The musical duo, consisting of frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, blessed fans...

The Off-Season by J. Cole highlighted the numerous hip-hop projects that were released May 14.

Hip-hop fans get a mid-year Christmas with May 14 releases

Matthew Nebenzahl, Editor-In-Chief May 20, 2021

Almost five months into 2021 and hip-hop has been ultimately pretty quiet. Although Young Thug’s highly anticipated Slime Language 2 and 24kGoldn’s El Dorado were released, the year has been subpar...

Slime Language 2, the recent Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) release, is a must listen for rap fans.

Young Thug and Gunna’s highly anticipated Slime Language 2 with numerous featured artists doesn’t disappoint

Matthew Nebenzahl, Editor-In-Chief April 27, 2021

After several months of anticipation, Young Thug and Gunna have released the follow-up to their 2018 compilation Slime Language with Slime Language 2 on the Young Stoner Life (YSL) record label. Young...

Based on his debut album El Dorado, rapper 24kGoldn is headed for major star status.

24kGoldn debut album a worthy effort portending star status

Matthew Nebenzahl, Editor-In-Chief March 27, 2021

On March 26, 24kGoldn, a 2020 XXL Freshman, released his debut studio album El Dorado. After being selected to the XXL list and having the number one single in the country (Billboard Hot 100) with “Mood,”...

Ariana Grande's latest album, Positions, will not disappoint her fan base and should expand it somewhat.

Ariana Grande seeks to expand fan base with Positions

Brooke Smurlick, Staff Writer December 24, 2020

Wow! Ariana Grande’s newest album is finally here and fans are going wild! Positions includes 14 brand new songs and the album has been met with largely positive reviews.  The album covers the genres...

Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes, which dropped last Friday, has its moments, but also comes up short at points.

MUSIC REVIEW: Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape will suffice as a precursor to his anticipated summer album

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor May 5, 2020

Phew! We finally have new music from a rap legend. It was rumored on social media that a Drake mixtape was set to drop upon midnight on Friday. Rumors were confirmed hours before midnight from Drake himself....

A Boogie's Artist 2.0, which dropped on Valentine's Day, is worth a revisit.

Need music for your social distancing? Look back to the Valentine’s Day releases of A Boogie’s Artist 2.0 and others

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor April 4, 2020

On Valentine's Day of 2020, the music culture was blessed with an unbelievable amount of releases. From A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s Artist 2.0 to a single collaboration from Migos, Young Thug, and Travis...

Lil Uzi Vert's latest album, Eternal Atake, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

MUSIC REVIEW: Lil Uzi Vert drops two versions of Eternal Atake, and both are amazing

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor March 16, 2020

Eternal Atake has finally arrived! Lil Uzi Vert’s long awaited studio album is available to fans on all platforms and has received fantastic judgement from many so far. Fans have been waiting...

Lil Mosey's latest album Certified Hitmaker is aptly named.

Certified Hitmaker sets Lil Mosey up as just that

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor December 3, 2019

2019 XXL Freshman Lil Mosey released his second studio album Certified Hitmaker on Friday, November 8. The Seattle native rapper brings fans great joy with the album that is nothing less than expected. Prior...

Lil Tecca is making big noise with his debut mixtape We Love You Tecca

Lil Tecca’s debut mixtape, We Love you Tecca, worth the wait

Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor September 18, 2019

Lil Tecca, 17-year-old rising superstar in hip-hop, released his debut mixtape We Love You Tecca on Aug. 30, and there have been various opinions on the quality of the project. Today, the question is going...

Ye, Kanye West's much anticipated summer release, was met with mixed reactions.

Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott Summer Releases Greeted With Mixed Reactions

Matthew Nebenzahl, Staff Writer September 5, 2018

Many students have had all summer to listen to newly released music albums from trending artists like Drake and Travis Scott and others released in the summer of 2018. One popular album that came out...

Coldplay: Ghost Stories

Coldplay: Ghost Stories

Carly Poloskey, Staff Writer May 21, 2014

Coldplay’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, is a clear deviation from the British rock band’s usual anthemic appeal. Somber and somewhat demure, the album relates the message of a love lost. Lead...

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