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The Many Lives of Schoolboy Q

Quin Nelson
March 1
Filed under Between the Speakers, BLOGS

Schoolboy Q's long-awaited album Oxymoron leaked last week and was officially released on Tuesday, and it lives up to its name. Q embraces the contrasts and contradictions within him, and it gives his album a unique and intriguing perspective, proving that Q is more than just Kendrick Lamar's pranks...

Secondhand Grammys

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under Between the Speakers, BLOGS

I watched the Grammys on Sunday night. Well, I watched it secondhand. In the year 2014, awards shows and most major television events are not entertaining in themselves so much as they are entertaining for the tweets, GIFs, and think pieces they spawn on the Internet. Grandiose, antiquated events like...

A Sense of Place

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers, BLOGS

Over Thanksgiving break, I got to listen to a lot of Seattle music. On Wednesday, I went to see the Seattleite rapper Sol along with a bunch of other local rappers. On Friday, I saw Pearl Jam in Spokane in their penultimate show before they ended their tour in Seattle, where they started out decades...

What’s in a Name?

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers, BLOGS

A couple weeks ago, Whitman hosted a concert for the bands Kitten and Shy Girls. Shy Girls turned out to be a bunch of men, while Kitten played alternative rock that certainly did not make anyone think of a cuddly feline. However, both names somewhat fit the bands; Shy Girls played a kind of seductive,...

On Action Bronson and Misogyny

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E, A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers

In a hip-hop landscape teeming with entertaining characters, Action Bronson is one of my favorites. He is a fat, bearded Albanian from Queens who took up rapping a few years ago after leaving his career as a chef. Through the handful of mixtapes he's put out, Bronson has cooked up a character for himself,...

Is Kendrick Lamar Having Fun Yet?

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E, A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers

"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" is one of the best songs I've ever heard, but also one of the saddest. Running about 12 minutes long and nestled in Kendrick Lamar's remarkable album good kid, M.a.a.d City, the song bounces from the perspectives of various tragic figures of the ghetto, features poigna...

Problems Arise with Kanye West’s Ego

Problems Arise with Kanye West’s Ego

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under Between the Speakers, OPINION

My seventh-grade self will always defend Kanye West. His Late Registration was the first album on my first iPod, and I have stuck with the guy ever since. While he still creates brilliant music, West's role in the public conscience has gone from gifted artist to ridiculous diva, and the shame is that we don't recogniz...

The Whitman Music Dichotomy

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E, A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers

Frats aren't always known for musical diversity, but this was not the case at the TKE house on Friday night. Hosting their all-campus "Space Jam" party, the house was able to display both sides of the Whitman music experience under one roof. The first ninety minutes of the party were centered on live...

Danny Brown, Pusha T, and Old Guy Rap

Quin Nelson
March 29
Filed under A&E Blogs, Between the Speakers

The release of Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail was the day rap became mortal. Mr. Carter, one of the greatest rappers of all time, not only put out a mediocre piece of work––it was boring. Over eccentric beats, Jay showed himself to be in a creative rut, unable to make the comforts of fame and fo...

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