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Attitude and substance: Why we love The Black Keys

Their music is categorized as “rock,” but part of the band’s exciting and elusive appeal to Generation Y is the difficulty of defining band’s genre and style.

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Materialism in rap and hip-hop masks deeper messages

Hip-hop and rap get a lot of negative attention for focusing on material goods. The artist’s overall message could contain serious themes and issues, but if it’s too flashy or bejeweled, the message can get lost behind the materialistic sheen.

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Kreayshawn: The Center of Hip-Hop Hate

Oakland rapper Kreayshawn, a 21-year-old white chick, owes a lot to her haters. Representing a fly blend of hip-hop and hipster, she is a viral video phenomenon whose notion of “badd” is colorblind.

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Nujabes: A Quiet, but Big, Impact

Before his death, Nujabes released three albums and collaborated with numerous other artists, allowing his music and delicate beats to resound in the hearts of his listeners for many years to come.

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‘Nigga’ Still Means N**ger

The usage of the word “n**ger” in the black community is irrational, hypocritical, divisive and self-defeating. Most significantly, it insults the memories of slaves and civil right activists who had to endure being called “n**gers” just so we wouldn’t be called that today.

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The Notorious B.I.G.: Martyr?

A martyr dies with conviction of their beliefs; B.I.G. died as an act of senseless violence, which was rampant in L.A. in the ‘90s. To many, the way Biggie’s story ended makes him a shoe-in for hip-hop godship. But almost 14 years later, is martyrdom really Wallace’s legacy?

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Introducing Hugo, the latest sound in music

Upon hearing his banjo-infused cover of “99 Problems,” and later his sultry, dirty single “Bread & Butter,” there was no doubt in my mind Hugo was an artist to be taken seriously, one with a unique style and view of life.