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Pion-Ear: Anderson .Paak

Pion-Ear: Anderson .Paak

Benji Wilton, sports editor

November 16, 2018

Brandon Paak Anderson is not a rapper. His brand of hip-hop does not resemble the mainstream mumbles that dominate the top charts. Anderson .Paak is a poet. In today’s age of lean-guzzling “Lil” rappers and trap anthems with “yuh” and “aye” galore, he provides a diverse range of sounds and ly...

Pion-Ear: Lil Pump

Art by Maggie Burton

Daniel Kim, Feature writer

November 17, 2017

Lil Pump is stepping onto the big stage. At the age of 16, the South Florida native gained nationwide attention after releasing his mixtape “D Rose” on SoundCloud in 2016. Inspired by Derrick Rose, a Cleveland Cavalier guard and the youngest player in the NBA to win the MVP award, the song gar...

TKC Podcast: The skin I’m in

art by Karma Gray

Sha'Diya Tomlin, opinions writer

November 7, 2017

Sha’Diya Tomlin, Chandler Simpson, Nia Callion and Amellda Starks talk about their hair and why it is so important to black women and the struggles that come with wearing their crowns everyday. ...

Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Holden Foreman, web editor

May 3, 2017

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. Sound odd? As musical connoisseurs, we tend to dehumanize the artists to which we unquestioningly surrender our ears. We place musicians upon Mount Olympus and expect them to bless us with perfect harvests in return. We rarely even acknowledge their real names. But rappers n...

Pion-ear: Divide

photo courtesy of Meddlez under the Creative Commons license

Abby Geisz, copy editor

March 9, 2017

Rating: 4 and a half out of 5 stars Ed Sheeran’s third album, “÷” pronounced “divide,” was released after the artist took a one-year hiatus from social media March 3. Sheeran first took the world stage in 2011 with his studio album, “+”, but didn’t become a superstar until 2014 with his a...

Pion-Ear: Big Sean’s I Decided.

Sean decided to change the game long before he posed for the 2009 picture shown here.

Holden Foreman, web editor

February 24, 2017

If you asked me to name the most likeable rapper in the game, Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, aka Big Sean, would take the crown hands down (sorry Jay Z). While he may not be the best lyricist around, Sean’s dedication and honesty offer hope in an industry of artists more respectable for their musi...

Pion-Ear: Blue & Lonesome review

Pion-Ear: Blue & Lonesome review

Ryan Davidson, editor-in-chief

January 14, 2017

As the Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards said back in the day, “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” The Stones lived this mantra to the fullest throughout the 60s and 70s, and while dodging police and for the most part avoiding legal trouble,...

Pion-Ear: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ review

Pion-Ear: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' review

Holden Foreman, web editor

January 10, 2017

“Pursuit of Happiness” is such a sweet song. I can really relate to the artist’s motivational message about doing me and removing the shackles of society and the system. But who sings it again? Kid Cudi? Has he been in the studio since 2009? Is he even alive? Yes, he’s alive, but Cudi’s ...

Pion-Ear: Lil Dicky

Pion-Ear: Lil Dicky

Austin Cleveland, sports writer

November 16, 2016

David Andrew Burd, aka Lil Dicky, aka Sweet Baby Ray, The Founder of the Sauce. The University of Virginia business major-turned-rapper is taking the rap world by storm through a new take on the same repetitive, but nonetheless catchy, rhythms and droning lyrics. He finds the perfect mix of what hip-...

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