The Rap Up: Episode No. 8
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 8

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Drake, Kanye… do something. 

Yesterday Drake successfully reignited the collaboration rumors surrounding himself and Kanye West. During the summer, both artists promised a joint project, however since then, the only thing that has been released is a billboard (see above). The billboard in question only had one line of text which reads “Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi”. This is interesting as it seems Drake has further referenced the billboard, as the picture uploaded is one of Drake and Ye with the caption “There goes the neighborhood”. It wasn’t until Scooter Braun, manager of Kanye and Justin Bieber, commented on Drakes pic with “it begins…”, that gave this update a serious amount of legitimacy. Braun has never been one for personal publicity stunts, which begs the question; why would he comment what he did if something wasn’t about to begin. Could we be days, perhaps hours from a surprise release?

 

Black America Again

Black America Againwas released on November 4, 2016. Black America Again is Common’s eleventh studio album. The album is a politically charged album that focuses on the current issues that’s taking place in the United States. Common has always been for the people and about the people since the beginning of his career. Common is very active in the African American community, he has used his voice to speak to the people and influence the youth in a positive way. The Chicago native has worked closely with President Obama who is also from Chicago on a number of programs designed to keep young African American men out of trouble and steer them in a positive direction. The release of the album couldn’t have been at a better time. The album speaks for the people without a voice, cries out for the oppress. Black America Again is for justice, a new light, a chance to start over and a better America for all.

 

Lil Wayne, Big Controversey

This weekend Atlanta rapper T.I. goes off on Lil’ Wayne over his interview on nightlife. In the interview Lil Wayne stated that he did not have any involvement in the “Black Lives Matters” movement. Wayne said that he doesn’t care about what doesn’t involve him. This pissed off T.I. which led to a rant later on Instagram. He told Lil Wayne that he is a disgrace to his family and that he needs to stop whatever BS he’s on and to open his eyes and see what’s going on around him. Later that night Wayne tweets “Fk ya”. Directed to whom? We don’t know. Many say that was a fire at Tip. Was T.I.’s Instagram post too much? If he is claiming that they are like brothers and that their families are family then why would he go out and throw Wayne under the bus? He could have simply called him and shared his knowledge but he decided to get angry over social media.

(Written by TJ Mroz, Garrick Gray & Yafet Berhane)

 

Songs We Played This Week:

Everytime – French Montana Ft. Jeezy

Bounce Back – Big Sean

Congratulations – Post Malone ft. Quavo

Used To This – Future Ft. Drake

On The Regular – Meek Mill

Outro – Meek Mill Ft. Lil Snupe & French Montana

Telephone Calls – ASAP Rocky Ft. Tyler The Creator, Playboi Carti Yung Gleesh

Put That On My Set – ASAP Rocky Ft. Skepta

Wanna Know – Drake & Dave

Fake Love – Drake

Sneakin – Drake Ft. 21 Savage

One Time Comin’ – YG

 

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After Class: Week 8

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Hawk Eyes recap
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Hawk Eyes recap

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After a great showing for all Laurier Athletics teams this weekend, Jack Moore, Jason Hagholm and Lauren Hunter recapped everything that happened in the sports world revolving around Laurier Athletics.

Starting with the men’s football team who are returning back to the Yates Cup for the first time since 2006, coach Michael Faulds returns to the big dance for the first time as a coach. The last time Faulds was apart of the game was back in 2009 when the Western Mustangs and starting QB Michael Faulds fell at the hands of the eventual Vanier Cup champion Queen’s Gaels. The Golden Hawks team showed resilience as they lead the McMaster Marauders 20-6 at the half. Arguably the biggest play of the game was the opening kickoff of the second half where OUA All-Rookie kicker Nathan McLean booted the ball through the end zone to put the Hawks up by 15, a lead too insurmountable for Mac to come back from.

The Yates Cup will be played at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London on November 12th. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm Eastern time and the game can be seen on national television on CHCH.

The other big story for the Golden Hawks was their women’s basketball team defeating the No. 7 Ryerson Rams. Down by 1 point with 17 seconds left Nicole Morrison drove to the basket, as the Rams collapsed on her she kicked the ball out to Kaitlyn Schneck who hit a wide open 3-pointer and with 7.6 seconds left the Hawks were up by 2. Unable to convert on free throw opportunities Ryerson fell to the Golden Hawks in a major upset considering the Rams are defending national silver medalists.

Hunter, Hagholm and Moore also discussed the woes facing the men’s basketball team and their new head coach who fell handily to the No. 10 Ryerson Rams. Owen Coulthard went 0-15 in the game including a 0-7 look from beyond the three point line.

Woes also continue for the women’s hockey team who have yet to find a regulation win so far this season and are relying heavily on the play of their rookies. Another issue facing the team is that goaltender Amanda Smith had a procedure last week and is likely done until January, forcing head coach Rick Osbourne to rest the goaltending duties onto 2nd Lauren Webber.

Want to know more about Laurier Athletics? Tune into Hawk Eyes every Monday night at 6:00pm on Radio Laurier.

Week 08: November 7, 2016
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Week 08: November 7, 2016

DJ Deej, DJ Winks, and DJ Nix were in the studio for some pre-Election Day partying. Although the impending U.S. election dominated the discussion, the trio addressed a lot of grievances that they have with other things going on in society.

  1. Mariah Carey performed at the opening of a Hudson’s Bay store in Toronto. She sang two Christmas songs to the monetary tune of $1 million. PARDON? The trio agreed that there are a great deal of social issues that need to be addressed and that money should be better allocated. Safe drug use spaces and childrens’ charities are noteworthy, especially at this time of year.
  2.  Christmas is just around the corner (well, kind of). The decorations are up already less than a week after Halloween. What about Remembrance Day? What about other holidays? We discussed that retail spaces should be left alone during Remembrance Day as a sign of respect for those who gave their lives, and who continue to do so.
  3. Post Malone is rumoured to be dropping a mixtape very soon… featuring no new material. DJ Winks is stoked for the release of the compilation, but Nix and Deej are wanting new tracks. A review is pending.
  4. Justin Bieber was spotted in the Kitchener-Waterloo area as recently as last week. There is video footage that Nix’s friend posted, and we saw the pop singer being able to walk freely without being mobbed by fans. Here in Canada, we seem to have more respect for those who have made their claim to fame. Unlike in America…
  5. …where the Federal election of either Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is looming. The vibe in the studio was unanimous; we are on Team Hillary. Sure, both candidates have been associated with immorality in several contexts, but Hillary is surely the more fitting and experienced candidate.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Donald Trump – Mac Miller
  2. MOSH – Eminem
  3. Monica Lewinsky – G-Eazy ft. Skizzy Mars & KYLE
  4. American Idiot – Green Day
  5. Congratulations – Post Malone
  6. Lost in the World – Kanye West ft. Bon Inver
  7. Terrorist Threats – Ab-Soul ft. Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko
  8. F**k Donald Trump Pt. 2 – YG ft. G-Eazy and Macklemore
  9. What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye
  10. State Run Radio – Lupe Fiasco ft. Matt Mahaffey

Mondays from 10-11 p.m. Tune in, and turn up.