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The Wonderful Analog of Sketchbooks

You don’t have to dabble in art, hip-hop, writing, designing, or (least of all) advertising, to feel worthy of owning a sketchbook.

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Macklemore: The Modern Poet

In this world, Seattle-based rapper Macklemore comes as a breath of fresh air. A great rapper in the old-school sense, he’s versatile, rhymes well, and his lyrics speak volumes.

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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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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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A New Kind of Role Model

Professional athletes like Lebron, Tiger, and Brett Favre have always been cast in the role of all-American hero. After washing them crash and burn in the public spotlight, it seems it might be time to re-write the definition of “role model.”

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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.