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Blurry Lines in hip-hop: Influence vs. manipulation

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Written by Kevin Paul, Asst. Entertainment Editor The lines between influence and manipulation in today’s hip-hop industry are blurry. Some of hip-hop’s most prominent figures, such as Drake and Kanye West, have been criticized for stealing content within their careers. Throughout history, influence has been a guideline within hip-hop as artists use pop culture to create distinctive records. One of ...

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The truth about ‘Zootopia’ is out of the cage

Source: http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/disney-gary-goldman-zootopia-copyright-1202013303/

Written by Jyrell Wynn, Contributor With the release of the remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney continues to reuse property from the past that receives little recognition for their creator. On March 21, screenwriter Gary Goldman filed a federal lawsuit against Disney for plagiarizing his idea for their film “Zootopia.” A veteran in the film business, Goldman wrote screenplays ...

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Tracking the diss

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Written by Kevin Paul, Asst. Entertainment Editor Throughout the history of hip-hop, diss tracks have been used as an outlet to discuss animosity or resentment between artists within the industry. From feuds between legends such as 2Pac and Biggie to recent hip-hop icons such as Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma, the aftereffects of a diss track seem to have slowed ...

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And the winner isn’t: Award show mishaps


Written by Geneva Crooks, Staff Writer Millions of people tune in to television, social media and the web to catch a glimpse of award shows. For most award shows, viewers are able to vote, so people eagerly await the moment they find out if their favorite music artist or actress will walk away with the plaque. But many times, their ...

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Review: ‘Get Out’


Written by Tiana Foster, Staff Writer “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” in Jordan Peele’s directing debut movie “Get Out.” This satirical movie effectively combines his comedic side with his perception of a white and black relationship. The racial dynamics are prominent in this film, as they reflect the discrimination and disapproval of an interracial couple. The ...

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Fans get a decent buzz


Written by Kevin Paul, Asst. Entertainment Editor Thundercat’s clarity presented itself in in his newest release, “DRUNK.” “DRUNK” has 23 tracks, featuring contributions from R&B icons Flying Lotus and Kenny Loggins. Hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa also offer their talents. The album plunges into the perspective of both sobriety and intoxication. The album’s first quarter opens in a ...

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News class prepares students

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Written by Bryce Ethridge, Staff Writer Eighteen years ago, the city of Valdosta received its own news station, and since then, it has been the only Valdosta-based news cast in South Georgia. Head of the program, Professor Frank Barnas, runs News Valdosta, along with the students, providing local news to the community. “By default, the students working here are the ...

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Thundercat “DRUNK” Preview


Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor Thundercat dives into a spiral of love, introspection, and madness within his third studio album “DRUNK.” Los Angeles native Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, is a bass player who’s contributed to the lyricism and setting of Kendrick Lamar’s “Wesley’s Theory” on “To Pimp A Butterfly” to the narrative and context of Childish Gambino’s “Shadows” ...

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Future “HNDRXX” Preview


Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor Future is here. Atlanta-native Future sent shockwaves through hip-hop fans after revealing and debuting his fifth studio album all within a week. Before letting the dust settle, Future exposed his plans to release his sixth project “HNDRXX” this Tuesday on Twitter, with plans to envelop hip-hop listeners inside the sounds of Atlanta and the mind ...

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Album Review: I Decided


Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor G.O.O.D Music signee “Big Sean” debuted his fourth studio album, “I Decided.” establishing his first mark for 2017. After startling the world with lead singles such as “Moves” and “Bounce Back”, the anticipation for Sean’s album spontaneously electrified, and for good reason. “I Decided” is Sean’s best album yet, even if there may be flaws ...

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