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3 Hip-Hop Artists Every College Student Must Know

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We are hitting that stressful point of the semester where classes are starting to wrap up and now everything is getting crammed in at once. From papers, to group projects, to presentations, and the not-to-be-mentioned final exams – it is understandable to be feeling pressure right now as a college student. When I am starting to feel the heat, I like to listen to music to reduce stress and have a little fun. Here are three hip-hop artists that I am enjoying and that you may be too. If not, these are three you must find out about:

1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the hottest artists in the genre right now. After releasing four mix-tapes and two albums, he has now skyrocketed in popularity. It seems like every other rapper who wants to make waves at the moment features Kendrick in their songs. He has collaborated with several big names such as A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Drake, Pusha T, and even Eminem and Dr. Dre. His lyrics are intelligent and emotionally charged that paint a picture of a dangerous life living up in the projects of Compton, Los Angeles, and his struggle to rise above it. Deeply personal, as well as lyrically masterful, Kendrick Lamar is on his way up to the top.

Hip Hop Music Artist Kendrik Lamar

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2. A$AP Rocky

When A$AP Rocky hit the scene, he hit it hard and hit it fast. After joining the group A$AP Mob (Always Strive and Prosper) his hit single “Peso” was leaked and received some national attention. Soon after, he released a mix-tape titled Live.Love.A$AP and shortly after started his own record label and was named BBC’s Sound of 2012. This Harlem rapper is unique because his music, though popular, doesn’t fit the mold of most New York City rap. The pairing of slow tempo, melodic effects with a pounding, rhythmic base is masterful in quality and mesmerizing in effect.

Hip Hop Music Artist A$AP Rocky

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3. Cal Scruby

With two mix-tapes out and a modest but growing YouTube following, Cal Scruby is one of the freshest and most talented hip-hop artists right now. Hailing from Ohio, some would consider his music to be pop or “frat rap” (white rappers imitating “real rap”) but don’t let that skew your judgment. Cal Scruby’s music can range from hype to relaxing, but his flow is seamless and his hooks are catchy. His lyrics are full of pop culture references and vary between celebratory and positive messages to content regarding the darker sides to life. In my opinion, Cal Scruby is the next Mac Miller and deserves his recognition as Ohio’s rap prodigy.

Hip Hop Music Artist Cal Scruby

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Hopefully you check out these three artists if you don’t know who they are already. Or, if you are not into hip-hop, listen to whatever music genre you do like to help you relieve stress during this crazy time in the semester.

What are some of your favorite artists right now?

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Top 4 Summer Music Festivals

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Summer is a great break from college and is the best time to travel for music festivals and if you’re like me then you love going to them. Sure getting there and setting up your tent is a pain, the traffic is bad, and usually the weather is sweltering hot – but the memories you will have and the people you will meet is all worth it. Here are four of the best summer festivals you should check out.

1. Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour started in 1994 as an event to pair extreme sports and punk music like 3OH!3, August Burns Red, Automatic Loveletter, Bowling For Soup, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Relient K, Run DMT, Silverstein, and The Used (just to name a few). This year the tour goes on from June 15th to August 4th. Along with the music there is also live extreme sports demonstrations involving BMX Bikes and skateboards on half-pipes and street courses. Motorcycle stunts and human cannonballs have been included recently. The merchandise booths are also a great way to find exclusive merchandise and even chat with the band members who often staff the booths when they aren’t on stage.

Vans Warped Tour Music Crowd

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2. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza was a tour until 2005 when it settled in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. This year it will be held from August 2nd through August 4th and will be featuring Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Lana Del Ray, and many more. It has always hosted a wide array of rock music of all varieties, this year seeming to be mostly alternative/indie rock. Lollapalooza is one of the most ecologically conscious festivals of all time with hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations, and a hired waste management team on the grounds. Local vendors are hired to set up stations between stages and provide games and entertainment as well as promoting local businesses.

Lollapalooza Concert Stage and Crowd Tour

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3. Outside Lands

Outside Lands takes place at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for 2 days starting August 9th. Outside Lands lineup features rock and alternative bands such as Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and Band of Horses. Outside Lands is also one of the most green festivals you will ever go to. In The Eco Lands, you will find the famous Panhandle Solar Stage which is entirely powered by alternative and solar energy and you will find a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors, refillable water stations, and a recycling store.

Outside Lands Outdoor Music Stage

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4. Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot takes place late in the summer, from August 31st to September 2nd, in Seattle, Washington. Also featuring a large alternative rock line-up like Death Cab for Cutie, Fun, Heart, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Matt and Kim, Icona Pop, Ra Ra Riot, and The Mowgli’s. Bumbershoot adds in some hip-hop/rap, pop, classic rock, and comedy. You can go watch your favorite bands and musicians play as well as get a glimpse of Bumbershoot’s Regional Theatre Program. Setting itself apart from the rest, Bumbershoot will certainly be a great end of the summer trip for festival goers looking for a unique combination of music and art.

Bumbershoot Music Festival Crowd

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What festivals or concerts are you going to see this summer? Leave us a comment below!

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Top 10 Songs of 2012

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Remember last year’s top 10 songs? What was once OneRepublic and Bruno Mars has turned into Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction. We’ve come a long way from music in 2011 – let’s look back on what the top 10 songs were this year (in no particular order).

1. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye

It may have a weird music video, but the lyrics resonate with everyone. Also falls under “Most Overplayed Song of 2012.”

2. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

She went from being a waitress and performing at bars and cafes to having a hit song with more than 362 million views on YouTube.

3. Some Nights – Fun.

A unique sound and fresh lyrics. One of the best ballads ever.

4. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

One Direction will never fill the void boy bands Backstreet Boys and N’Sync left us with, but their first hit has certainly come close. Danceable, a great beat, and sweet lyrics.

5. Gangnam Style – Psy

Unfortunately, I think this will be a one hit wonder, but Psy got us all up and dancing!

6. Home – Phillip Phillips

Winner of American Idol season 11, this Georgia native’s Mumford and Sons sound was a big hit with everyone.

7. As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber

It’s a tie between this and Boyfriend, so let’s just say they both won. Irritatingly catchy lyrics and a boy no girl (except this one) can resist.

8. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

A rustic and folkish happy little love long, “Ho Hey” has been the #1 most played track in the U.S. on Spotify.

9. Wanted – Hunter Hayes

With a little more than 21 million views on YouTube, Hunter crooned his way into the hearts of young women everywhere. Did you know he can play about 30 different instruments?

10. We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Is it really a surprise to see Taylor on the list? Her chronicle of breakups and flings leaves me wondering just one thing: who will she be writing about next year?

2012 was a year full of great hits, let’s see what 2013 has in store for us!

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Summer Playlists

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One of the best parts of summer days and nights is the music. There are songs for roadtrips, laying by the pool, and even late night summer BBQs. They are the soundtrack to some of the best days of college students’s lives. With the wide range of music available online, the popular summer songs span from computer-spun mixes done in bedrooms to the top-charting pop singles. Here are a few summer playlists categorized by summer activity:

Late Night Summer Party/BBQ

  1. “Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix), ” by Kanye West
  2. ” Sunlight,” by Modestep
  3. “Make It Bun Dem,” by Skrillex & Damian Jr Gong Marley
  4. “Work Hard, Play Hard,” by Wiz Khalifa
  5. “Faded,” by Tyga ft. Lil Wayne
  6. “Function,” by E-40
  7. “Too Close,” by Alex Clare
  8. “Louder (Flux Pavilion & Dr. P Remix),” by DJ Fresh
  9. “Might Like You Better,” by Vaski
  10. “Some Nights,” by Fun
  11. “My Homie Still,” by Lil Wayne ft. Big Sean
  12. “Posted,” by Pac Div

Road Trips

  1. “How I Feel,” by Wax Tailor
  2. “Settle Down,” by Huey Mack ft. Scolla & Kimbra
  3. “Harry,” by Medison ft. Skrein (Bare Noize Remix)
  4. “Sail Away (Enya Dubstep RMX),” by Distrikt Beats
  5. “Everybody Talks,” by Neon Trees
  6. “Tongue Tied,” by Grouplove
  7. “Runaway,” by The Killers
  8. “Take a Little Ride,” by Jason Aldean
  9. “Drunk on You,” by Luke Bryan
  10. “Angel Eyes,” by Love and Theft
  11. “Both of Us,” B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift
  12. “Satellite,” by Guster

Laying by the Pool

  1. “Breathe Me (Butch Clancy Remix),” by Sia
  2. ” Apple Juice Break,” by Olu
  3. “Young Homie,” by Chris Rene
  4. “Girlfriend (Boyfriend Remix),” by Ian J
  5. “Spectrum (Say My Name),” by Florence & the Machine vs. Calvin Harris
  6. “Day One: A Song About Nothing,” by Mac Miller
  7. “Hey Ho,” by The Lumineers
  8. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Goyte
  9. “Little Talks,” by Of Monsters and Men
  10. “Wanted,” by Hunter Hayes
  11. “(Kissed You) Good Night,” by Gloriana
  12. “Werewolf,” by Cocorosie

These are some of the many songs that are popular summer soundtracks for college students. I hope I was able to bring a few new good artists to light. Most of these tracks can be found on iTunes or YouTube, but thissongissick.com is also a great website to get new music on.

 

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Must-Have Music on Your Summer Playlist!

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

One of my favorite parts of summer is driving down the road with my car windows rolled down and a good, long playlist blasting through the speakers. Friends are also preferred. But it never really feels like summer until I can share my music with the world around me.

Because I like to play music in my car very loudly and almost always have friends with me during the day, I try to keep my music updated and replenished often. A wide variety of songs is important and listening to genres ranging from the ever-popular dubstep to pop to punk rock will keep your playlists feeling new.

What will be on your summer playlist? Photo by Sucello Leilões Virtuais

I’ve complied my summer playlist below that I will have on my iPod during the upcoming summer adventures and drives. Enjoy!

  • Young Homie by Chris Rene
  • Drive By by Train
  • Boyfriend by Justin Bieber
  • Glad You Came by The Wanted
  • Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
  • So Good B.o.B
  • Springsteen by Eric Church
  • Mercy by Kanye West
  • Function by E-40
  • Whistle by Flo Rida
  • Loud by Mac Miller
  • Let’s Go by Calvin Harris
  • Payphone by Maroon 5
  • Lights by Ellie Goulding
  • Somethin’ bout a Truck by Kip Moore
  • Young, Wild, and Free by Snoop Dog & Wiz Khalifa
  • Even if it Breaks Your Heart by The Eli Young Band
  • Titanum by David Guetta & Sia
  • One Time by One Direction
  • Paradise by Coldplay
  • Ass Back Home by Gym Class Heroes
  • Bangarang by Skrillex
  • Sail by AWOLNATION
  • Somebody that I Used to Know by Gyote (4FRNT remix)
  • Levels by Avicii
  • Summit by Skrillex

 

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