Tag: Candace McDuffie

COPING WITH TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL VICTORY

I couldn't wait for the 2016 election to be over. As candidates were announced, campaigns were initiated, and debates were held, the election quickly devolved from a spectacle to a full-on circus. It became clear that issues that should have been front and center, like socioeconomic apartheid, state violence, and voter suppression, fell by the wayside. Instead,…

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BOSTON CALLING 2015: THE SEPTEMBER EDITION

Chromeo It's hard to believe that Boston Calling is only in its second year. The bi-annual music festival, which has boasted the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Solange, Nas, Childish Gambino, and Beck as past performers, continues to push the boundaries of what it means to integrate a plethora of talent into a single weekend. Last…

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DAS RACIST’S HEEMS RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM “EAT PRAY THUG”

     Heems, Photography By Shivani Gupta Heems' debut album, Eat Pray Thug, is being released March 10th and the anticipation surrounding it is wholly discernible. Born Himanshu Suri, the Indian-American MC's decadent persona is only eclipsed by his patient menace of languidly fired bars: the man knows how to get his point across. The first song…

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NICKI MINAJ – A FEMALE MC IN A “BOYS CLUB” GENRE

The fact that Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint is being released this month should be evaluated as a standard occurrence in a chain of events that outlines an artist's career. Often, album releases are viewed as chances to display their ever-evolving musicianship to a weary and impatient public. But what makes this album important is what…

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NEW YORK CITY “IT” BANDS

The intricacy of being a New York band contains a process that seems almost cyclical. First comes adhering to the obscure underbelly of whichever music scene said band chooses to align themselves with. Gaining traction only seems effective when it’s slow and steady—most notably when trying to court fans. After touring the usual circuit (small…

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