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Playboi Carti releases mixtape with ‘Rocky’ start

Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor Playboi Carti has 2017 in his sights with his first self-titled mixtape. Jordan Carter, otherwise known as Playboi Carti or Cash Carti, decided to release his first long-awaited mixtape. After emerging on the scene with hit singles, such as “Broke Boi,” “What,” and “Fetti,” the Atlanta native became one of the most anticipated artists in ...

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‘ANTM’ ditches age-limit

Written by Alex Dunn, Asst. Features Editor Tyra Banks announced that the long-time show “America’s Next Top Model” has ditched its age requirement, meaning aspiring models young and old can audition to be on the show. Banks announced the show’s change in an Instagram video on April 1, officially removing the age limit, which was 18 to 27 years old, ...

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“Logan” leaves his mark in theaters

Written by Bryce Ethridge, Asst. Entertainment Editor Though it may be the end of the line for Logan, or Wolverine, the old hero leaves his trademarked three-clawed scar on our hearts. The movie begins slowly, much like an old western film, panning in on our hero but not quite how we know him. Logan is old, tired and broken, but ...

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Kendrick Lamar Album Preview

Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor Compton native Kendrick Lamar hopes to catch lightning in a bottle for his fourth studio album. Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, stage name “Kendrick Lamar,” is gearing to release his tight-lipped fourth studio album from Interscope and Top Dawg Entertainment this Friday. Lamar has been very cryptic regarding the nature of the album and what theme it ...

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“Redefined” an upcoming web series focused on VSU students

Written by Michaela Leung, Entertainment/Web Editor We had a Q & A session with Quanesha Johnson, junior, mass media major about her upcoming web series “Redefined.”   ML: What is your series about? QJ:  Overall, the series signifies the many occurrences we may experience while being college students. The series will follow the life of Journey Harris, a recent high school ...

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‘The Belko Experience’ leaves audiences in suspense

Written by Tiana Foster, Staff Writer The movie “The Belko Experiment” is a sadistic social study that reveals the dark side of a regular office job. It’s kill or be killed. Eighty American Belko Enterprise employees are trapped inside of their corporate office in Bogota, Colombia. An unknown voice echoes from the intercom system, ordering employees to engage in a ...

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Cross-Genres in hip-hop: Big steps into new waves

Written by Kevin Paul, Contributor Redefining a genre means redefining the listener. With sustainable artists, such as Nujabes and Little Dragon, to eccentric artists, such as Childish Gambino and Kanye West, the standard sound for hip-hop is slowly adapting. Popular genres such as jazz, rock and reggae have begun to seep into hip-hop, creating sounds that extend the bounds of ...

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The truth about ‘Zootopia’ is out of the cage

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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Blurry Lines in hip-hop: Influence vs. manipulation

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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Tracking the diss

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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