Whitman Wire

Modernizing Classical Music

Jack Fleming

December 7, 2017

The problem with classical music today has nothing to do with the music itself. Rather, notable flaws in the presentation and accessibility of this genre are what must be addressed in order for it to be revitalized – its “stodgy” reputation must be firmly left behind. Classical music should not be t...

The Best Tracks on “Lemonade”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

April 28, 2016

Last weekend, Beyoncé released her sixth album “Lemonade” on HBO. Here are some of the tracks that stuck out.

KWCW Show of the Week

Megan Hearst

October 28, 2015

“Aquamira” does not adhere to a specific genre, but plays upon the tastes of its hosts.

Trio of Hip-Hop Musicians to Come to Campus for Spring Concert

Emma Dahl

February 27, 2014

This Thursday, Feb. 27, three hip-hop artists will be performing in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom for the Whitman Events Board big spring concert. In the past, ballroom performers have included Macklemore, Kitten and St. Vincent (although she technically played on the sidelawn). This semester, there...

On Action Bronson and Misogyny

Quin Nelson

October 30, 2013

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,...

Whitman and Mainstream Hip-Hop: Gender Battlegrounds

Illustration by Julie Peterson

Matt Raymond

March 21, 2013

1520 Sedgwick Avenue is, by most accounts, an unremarkable apartment complex: an imposing brick-and-steel reminder of New York's failures in public housing, a specter looming and mute cast over the Cross-Bronx Expressway. It is the Bethlehem of hip-hop music. Inside 1520's recreation room, Clive Campbell, the oldest of si...

I Still Love H.E.R.: Common and Extended Metaphor

Matt Raymond

March 8, 2013

Why do we use metaphor? Are we just decorating our prose, as though we're peacocks flashing our linguistic feathers?  Are we intending to dramatize it, to make it visceral, to invoke an emotional response?  Or are we mapping experience, participating in our own game of synesthesia in order to elucidate...

Heartbreak, Ghosts and Reverse Chronology: the Incredible Literary Achievement of ‘Undun’

Matt Raymond

February 19, 2013

On music charts, the most impressive hip-hop album of the last five years hardly made a splash. Rolling Stone gave it a modest three and a half out of five stars. It appeared fleetingly, arriving unheralded and departing quietly like a specter in the mainstream consciousness. It is perhaps fitting...

Dilla Day and Detroit’s Rap Revolution

Matt Raymond

February 12, 2013

Last Sunday, Feb. 10 was Dilla Day in Detroit.  Hip-hop fans poured into the Filmore and they didn't leave until after 2 AM.  Brooklyn hip-hop icon Talib Kweli and Detroit's own Royce da 5'9" were the night's two biggest names. The music of a broken city reverberated in triumphal celebration. But...

Kendrick Lamar Demands Trust in “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City”

Kendrick Lamar Demands Trust in

Matt Raymond

January 31, 2013

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City represents Compton, but its aesthetic and mood have little to do with G-Funk. The glorified luster of gang life is absent from Kendrick Lamar's first major-label album; the lyrics deal with the harsh realities of coming of age in an explosive, spiritually bereft and gang-plagued city...

Local performers get stage time at cantina

Hannah Bartman

September 27, 2012

Strolling down Main Street and looking in the quaint boutiques of Walla Walla, one would be surprised to find out that there are battles raging just a mile from the Whitman College campus. However, these are not battles of blood and gore, but battles of wit, speed and accuracy. They are rap battles that...

Hip-hop drives individuals, fuels campus music culture

Photos by Tanner Bowersox.

Kaili Masamoto

September 27, 2012

Wheat fields. Sunsets. Sweet onions. These might be some of the words you associate with our small college in the middle of Walla Walla. But hip-hop? Rap? While it may sound surprising, there is, in fact, a growing influence of hip-hop and rap music within our community. Sophomore Sayda Morales and ...

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