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Concert Review: Ludacris at Movin’ On ‘12

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 05/02 at 10:00 AM

Following a day full of energetic performances from the David Mayfield parade, Young The Giant, and Michael Franti (Who I met, great guy) and Spearhead, Atlanta, Georgia MC Ludacris had some pretty high expectations when he hit the stage as the sun went down over Happy Valley. I think it’s safe to say, he didn’t disappoint. A few thousand fans made their way over to the main stage located in between University drive and Beaver stadium to see the “Disturbing the Peace” rapper. Before hitting the stage Luda teased fans with only his voice from backstage saying “I need y’all louder than that, we might as well go back to ATL.” Following some louder chants the rapper hit the stage with intensity and set the pace for the rest of the night with his hits “Number One Spot” and “Act a Fool.” Luda then addressed the crowd asking which side he could get louder and asked them if they were any “real Ludacris fans” before playing his 12 year old hit “Southern Hospitality.” Both these trends continued throughout the night and the vivacious Penn State crowd did not let him down.

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Movin’ On 2012: Today 3PM - 11PM

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 04/27 at 10:51 AM

As graduation approaches, Penn State seniors filled with bittersweet emotions can distract themselves (temporarily) this today at the 38th annual Movin’ On concert funded by UPAC. Admission to the concert is free to the public and will be held on the fields behind the intramural building.

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Unknown Hip Hop Artist: Richie Cunning

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 04/03 at 05:49 PM

Last week I wrote an article about the XXL freshman 2012 list and defended the magazine even though I did not agree with their choices. Every year, the XXL freshmen consist of MC’s that have generated an online following, which is known as a “buzz.” Personally, I heard of all but three of this year’s class, so I’m guessing the average hip hop fan knew about two or three of the freshmen (humble brag). In response to XXL’s list, I conjured up a list of a few rappers who despite being somewhat buzz-less, deserve to have a larger buzz than a group of alcoholics at happy hour. During my blurbs all the basic info will be included like hometown, Twitter handles and their projects you can look at online. This week’s artist is one of my personal favorites.

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The Real Beef with XXL’s Freshmen

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 03/26 at 06:28 PM

Every year XXL, the largest rap publication in the country, puts out a “freshman” list containing ten rappers that the magazine believes will break out in the following 12 months. In the past, the magazine has made some questionable calls for the cover but also has included some of the game’s biggest stars like Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole and Wale. Obviously not everyone is going to be happy with the list and in the past there has been backlash through email and social networks. But this year the negative feedback reached an all time high. Bloggers, critics, radio host’s, fans and even fellow rappers dissed the magazine for the choices they made and while I can see their beef (I personally respect only three, maybe four of them), the problem lies more within the idea of the cover itself.

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Hip Hop Artist on the Rise: XV

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 03/01 at 12:58 PM

Outside of the black and white scenes in the Wizard of Oz, being the hometown of fast food joints like Pizza Hut and White Castle, and occupying the center of tornado alley, the town of Wichita, Kansas is virtually non existent to the rest of the world. Rapper XV, a Wichita native, hopes to start a whirlwind of his own and put his city on the map. The Warner Brothers MC has been on his musical grind since the age of 15 (hence the XV moniker) and has released a whopping 16 mixtape’s since 2006. Since inking his major deal, XV has toured with the likes of Travie McCoy, Clipse, Kid Cudi and Chiddy Bang. He has also collaborated with some of the rap games hottest artists including J. Cole, Just Blaze, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa.

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Kanye West: King of Hip-Hop

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 02/23 at 02:49 PM

Last week, it seemed like all anyone could talk about at the Grammy’s was Adele. She swept all six categories in which she was nominated and capped off the night with arguably the night’s best performance. The only person that might have more of a beef with the ceremony than Adele’s ex boyfriend would be rapper and producer, Kanye West. Kanye chose not to attend the show but still swept all four Hip-Hop awards with assistance from the likes of Kid Cudi, Rihanna and “The Throne’s” other half Jay-Z. Some feel he was snubbed by not being nominated for “Album of the Year,” but that’s another story. Regardless, West raised his Grammy total to 18, which is the most by a Hip-Hop artist ever. So is it a little too early to call Kanye the greatest hip-hop artist of his generation? I don’t believe so, just look at the facts.

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Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums of 2012

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 02/08 at 06:06 PM

In 2011, it seemed that nearly everyone in the hip-hop game released a noteworthy project. Debut albums, long awaited releases, collaborative projects and promotional mixtapes made 2011 a year to remember in hip-hop. This year should be no different. Before kicking off my list of the most anticipated albums for 2012, let me clarify some things. This list will not be including any albums which have not been confirmed by artists or record labels (including Dr. Dre’s long awaited Detox) and no albums that are considered pop albums (Nicki Minaj’s Roman Reloaded.) Also the list will be in no particular order because it unfair to rank albums that have not been released or even leaked.

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Artist on the Rise: Kendrick Lamar

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 01/27 at 02:55 PM

Kendrick Lamar is a hard spitting lyrical wordsmith that hails from Compton, California. Although the city is known as the birthplace of “Gangster Rap,” Kendrick’s style is more insightful to everyday life and culture in Compton as opposed to just the gangsta aspect. One fan described him as having the consciousness and lyricism of Lupe Fiasco with the presence and charisma of Pusha T. I couldn’t agree more. Kendrick was signed at the age of 16 by his current record label Top Dog Entertainment (TDE). Along with label mates Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab Soul, they form the group “Black Hippy,” who have called themselves the new “Westside Connection.”

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Album Review: The Dreamer, The Believer by Common

Posted by David Porter Callanan on 01/18 at 01:13 PM

Common - The Dreamer, The Believer Review

Grade: B+

    After a three year hiatus from the rap game, Chicago veteran MC Common dropped his 9th studio album, “The Dreamer, The Believer” (TDTB) this past December. The album’s release marked his first album since 2008’s “Universal Mind Control” (UMC.) Although UMC was Grammy nominated, it received poor reviews and was considered to be a disappointment among Common’s fans. This time around, Common recruited longtime friend and Chicago native No I.D. to produce the entire album. TDTB is the first time the two have worked together since 1997’s “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” The album is also the first release on his new record label “Think Common,” even though he is still technically signed to Kanye West’s “G.O.O.D Music,” Imprint.

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