If you’re looking for new songs and getting tired of the mainstream songs and artists, take a listen at these three underrated yet over-talented upcoming artists in the Hip Hop game. From dropping songs on social media platforms to making their ways on the charts with your favourite artists, these three artists will soon be on your playlist once you take a listen to their recent debut albums!



If you guys love Kendrick Lamar, you should definitely take a look at 25 year old, Isaiah Rashad. Not only is he signed under the same label as the OG Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment), but he also has a song with him on his debut album “The Sun’s Tirade” called “What’s Wrong”. Not only has he been a double-header for major cities, but he also shows his down-to-earth side by expressing his love for his two children. At such a young age, he shows brilliant musical talent through songs that takes you through different emotions. The best thing about Isaiah Rashad’s “The Sun’s Tirade” is that it is the perfect album for good vibes whether you want to relax on your own or kick back and jam with your friends for some catchy. You don’t want to miss out on this one!



Coming straight out of the Atlanta Side, 6lack is a definite artist you should take a look at! He has done a successful job with his debut album “Free 6lack” that varies in different emotional in depth within the lyrics. A lot of the songs revolve around heartbreak and getting over someone, so for all you people looking for some songs to relate to when it comes to love, this album is the best one to make you feel all types of way; “Prblms” will have you feeling as if you do not care about a single person and then comes “Worst Luck” where you feel emotional once again. Although your emotional levels will be all over the place, it is a great album to listen to if you need a good cry or a good time!




Don’t take him simple, this man is on his way to the charts! Coming from the Toronto district, Rexdale, NAV is the new and upcoming artist that will soon be on everyone’s playlist before a night out and even during. From singing, writing, producing and dropping his own tracks on Soundcloud to being featured on Travis Scott’s debut album “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” with “Beibs in the trap”, NAV is an artist that will soon be hitting the radio and has already been played on Drake’s very own “OVOSound Radio”. With the hit songs, “Up”, “Take me Simple” and “Fell in Love”, this “XO” artist is on his way to not only being featured on your favourite rapper’s songs but dominating the charts himself!


Songs Played (Episode 4):

  • Love Yuh Bad – Popcaan
  • Kitchen – Kid Cudi
  • Where Did I Go? – Jorga Smith
  • Drove U Crazy – Gucci Mane ft Bryson Tiller
  • Prblms – 6lack
  • Secrets – The Weeknd
  • Bounce Back – Big Sean
  • Dangerous – Roy Woods
  • Do Like That – Korede Bello
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
  • Die for you – The Weeknd
  • Silk Da Shockka – Isaiah Rashad
  • Dang! – Mac Miller ft. Anderson .Paak
  • Female Energy – Willow Smith
  • Idfc – Blackbear
  • Right my Wrongs – Bryson Tiller
  • Nothing Without You – The Weeknd
  • Proud Family – Tory Lanez
  • Run Up – Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj


The Rap Up: Brantford Edition: Episode No.4

Jashman Sandhu


Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 Recap
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Tropes of Women in Video Games – Press Start to BGN Show 08/02/2017 Recap

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Welcome back to Press Start to BGN, Laurier’s gaming show by a bunch of Game Design & Development students here at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The program is very new and so is our show, so for those who don’t know Game Design & Development is headed by Dr Scott Nicholson through the Brantford Games Network or BGN, hence the name “Press Start to BGN” which sounds like “begin.” This week we talk about Feminist Frequency’s YouTube series “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” and the way female characters and players are treated in games. We also go into the state of the Assassin’s Creed series as well as all the new releases and what we’ve been playing. Thanks for tuning in!


  • Starbreeze Studios, the publisher and developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, have been confirmed to be the publisher for Psychonauts 2
  • Stardew Valley will have a collector’s edition available for retail for $30
  • Nintendo has announced that they will be implementing VR into the Switch if they can figure out a way to allow players to play comfortably over long periods of time
  • Ty Franck, co-creator of The Expanse, has revealed to have worked with Dark Souls developers on an unknown project
  • John Carmack, Oculus’ CTO, went onto Facebook stating that he did not steal the VR codes from ZeniMax, despite having been legally deemed guilty
  • Rocket League has confirmed that they will by making a line of toys, to be released in Spring this year
  • The Last Guardian has been confirmed to have their price cut from $60 to $40 on the PlayStation Store

  • Nintendo has announced that they have cancelled Project Giant Robot, which was announced back at E3 2014 (we believe they abandoned to project in favor of the Switch game Arms)
  • ZeniMax has added Escalation Studios, Doom’s level editors, to their company
  • Terry Crews has performed a mock audition on Yahoo eSports for Overwatch’s Doomfist
  • Hideo Kojima has expressed his optimism for the Nintendo Switch, stating that “The fact you can play something at home and take outside, this is the gamer’s dream.”
  • PS4’s next major system software update will include support for an external HDD (which is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB), custom wallpapers (which can come from in-game screenshots), a quick menu refresh, a simplified notification list and 3D Blu-rays on the PlayStation VR
  • Blizzard has announced that Overwatch’s Lúcio is coming to Heroes of the Storm as a playable character
  • Mad Catz, a peripherals manufacturer, has announced how much Rock Band 4 has hurt their company in 2016; they had a net loss of $3.5 million
  • Overwatch has blocked over 20 000 players in South Korea due to illegal hacking
  • Devolver Digital will be providing a private space for those game developers who are unable to attend this year’s Game Developers Conference due to the recent “Muslim ban” in the US

  • Mike Morhaime, the president of Blizzard, has sent out an internal email criticizing the “Muslim ban”, offering moral and legal support to those affected it
  • BioWare has announced that they will be releasing a brand new series by March 2018

What’s Coming Out Soon!

It’s time for the Games out This Week!

  • Nioh (February 7th, PS4)
    • Nioh is an action-RPG made by Team Ninja Studios as a Playstation exclusive. You play as William, the only white guy in a sea of Japanese, during a civil war in 1600. Other than that thematic flaw, William hacks and slashes through his enemy’s with his friends to help end the war. The story looks interesting, and the game seems like it plays satisfyingly. If you’re interested, pick it up for $80!
  • Fallout Shelter (February 7th, Xbox One)
    • Just in case you got tired of the app draining the battery on your phone, it came out for PC. Since you don’t like playing with mouse and keyboard, now you’re gonna pick it up for the Xbox One, aren’t you? The free app, Fallout Shelter, comes out for Xbox One! With cross-save enabled, you can take your PC save and play it on your Xbox One now! Fallout Shelter is a nuclear fallout shelter simulator made by Bethesda, the same people behind the Fallout series, where you eat, sleep, do jobs, take care of the shelter, and survive! I personally played the app, and so has Stephan, and we both highly recommend the app, so if you haven’t played it yet, play it for free now, on iOS, Android, PC, and Xbox One now!
  • Candleman (February 1, Xbox One)
    • “What can you accomplish with only 10 seconds of light?” Candleman is a puzzle-platformer out for Xbox One, about, well, a candleman! You must take Candleman through dark, perilous journeys as you look for the “distant light,” with only 10 seconds of light. As you shed your wax, you can jump higher. Where will it take you? What will you find? Pick up this interesting game for Xbox One now for only $15!

On top of that, it’s the beginning of the month! So you know what that means… New free games with your PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Subscriptions! (It’s like Christmas every month :D)

For PS+ Subscribers, you can pick up a few games.
PS4: Little Big Planet 3, Not a Hero (Stephan approved!), Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL, and Starwhal.
PS3: Starwhal, Anna: Extended Edition
PSVita: Ninja Senki DX, TorqueL.

For you Xbox Live Gold Subscribers, Games with Gold is giving out a great set of games as well!
Xbox One: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (great co-op game!)(All month), Project Cars Digital Edition (Feb 16th-Mar 15)
Xbox 360: Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, (Feb 1- Feb 15) Star Wars, The Force Unleashed (Feb 16- Feb 28th)

And that’s everything we talked about! Tune in next week, where I talk about the games out next week! I might also talk about the games out next week 😉

Topic of the Show:

This week on PSTBGN the topic of the show was tropes of women in games. The Youtube channel Feminist Frequency does an in depth look of these tropes and frequently criticizes games for sexism, much to the chagrin of some others. Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency and host on the channel, has received a lot of hate over the videos that she posts and was targeted by the harassment campaign GamerGate. There are many sexist tropes of women in games some of them include: the “damsel in distress” trope, the use of woman as decoration, lack of female protagonists, female “armour” (it’s not armour it’s lingerie), the use of women as a reward etc. These tropes and many others are still a problem in today’s gaming industry.

What We’ve Been Playing:


  • Gravity Rush Remastered
    • From SCE Japan Studio is the gorgeous action adventure game, Gravity Rush. Players play as Kat, a young girl who finds herself forgetting her memories as she wakes up in the floating city of Hekseville. Travelling with your mysterious cat Dusty, use your ability to manipulate the gravity around you to defeat creatures called the Nevi and various villains as you try to protect the people of Hekseville. Find yourself in this story driven game, available on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStaion 4.


  • Mortal Kombat 10
    • From NetherRealm Studios comes another instalment to their long-standing series, the fighter game Mortal Kombat 10. Play through the various game modes such as story, tower or Krypt in various combat battles. Play against your friends as one of the various in-game characters or your own created individual. Available on iOS, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Android.


  • Pokemon Sun
    • From Nintendo comes another instalment to their Pokémon franchise, 2016’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Pokémon is a roleplaying game that has players catching various species of Pokémon, battling trainers be it online or in the game’s story mode, take care of their teammates in Pokémon Refresh and more. In Pokémon Sun, players can find Pokémon exclusive to their version of the game and has their game running exactly to their 3DS’ programmed clock. Available to play on the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
    • From Ubisoft Quebec comes another instalment to one of their prime game series, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. In this action-adventure, stealth game you play as twins Jacob and Evie Frye fighting against the Templars, a group who desires to achieve peace through the order in London, England. Kill along your travels through Victorian Era London and take back the city from the Templars. Take a leap of faith on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.


  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
    • From Greater Than Games is the well-executed superhero card game Sentinels of the Multiverse. For one to five players, players can choose their own individual hero to play as with their own specific to their her. Battle one of many different bosses and their minions in multiple environment scenarios with your teammates. Battle your way to victory in this thirteen and up game!


  • Catherine
    • From Atlus games comes the single player adventure puzzle platformer Catherine. In this game, you play as Vincent Brooks, a young man struggling with the difficulties of want to be an independent adult and desiring to be married to your longtime girlfriend Katherine. As you go about your daily life, you meet Catherine, a young lady who starts to change your thoughts on what lifestyle is right for you and who might end up changing your life. Available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


That’s everything! We’re super excited to be doing this show and we hope you’re enjoying it too 🙂 We’re on every Wednesday at 7 pm on this site and if you have any questions or feedback feel free to tweet Stephan (@StephanReilly) or email reil4130 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Thanks again and catch you next week!



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This, the grey and freezing week turned sunny day of February 9, 20Sweatin’ had a couple novel news stories, but when it comes to my show doesn’t every week? On to the news! This week’s top story: a blueberry truck was stolen with roughly $100,000 worth of the fruit on board. This kind of reminds me of that million-dollar maple syrup heist that I reported last year. A little different but still we Canadians seem to steal tasty treats. I guess we’re quite a sweet bunch. Boston Dynamics, a regular muse of this show has created another cool invention, a robot with wheels for feet that can do sick tricks. Musical types now have an easy cover for having a large amount of opioids in their systems. Some McGill researchers have discovered that listening to music releases the brain’s own opioids. I am currently sitting up straight. That is important because some researchers at the University of Auckland found that people who sat with better posture used more positive language and had a happier outlook. Keep in mind this might simply be correlation and not causation, but it is interesting nonetheless. A new species of gecko has been discovered that has a really weird defense mechanism: it looses all of its scales when a predator attacks it. It’s a little icky. A Californian company called Omius has invented a jacket that has mouth holes to help keep you cool. Temperature not personality trait, just so you know. A Vancouver based artist has used the sand of the beach along with the snow to create beached killer whales on the beach. They are both dirty and purty. A Toronto man who has been missing for five years was found in Brazil just walking down the highway. Bitcoin is two months away from becoming a legal online currency in Japan. I do not know what this means nor do I understand the implications, but I figure that there is at least one listener who knows what’s up. Some hackers from Anonymous have done more good work as they knocked out a massive hosting service on the dark web that was responsible for a large child pornography ring. A man in a chimpanzee suit was used for a training simulation of an escaped chimp in a Japanese zoo. It’s a great video. The makers of Scary Movie have announced that they are going to do a Star Wars parody called Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE = MC2: The Force Awakens the Last Jedi Who Went Rogue. Our old news story this week explains the point of air conditioning. That is the complete thought. They are for nothing more or nothing less.


Blueberry Burglary:


Hot Wheels, legs of Steel(s):


This is your brain. This is your brain on the soundtrack from Westside Story:


Sitting the sad away:


Gecko is Icko:


Jacket with Jaws:


I bet he had a whale of a good time. I used this pun last week too I think. I hope I’m not getting predictable:


Missing man found marching:


Bitcoin Breakthrough:




Funky Monkey Role playing:


Beam Swords because L**** S**** is trademarked:


Old News:



Climate Scientist – Sea Perry

Radio Bikini – English Graffiti

Ahi Donde Vive.Joe – Javier Vercher

Too Much to Go Back – Carly Dow


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Shows/You, Me & Indie

The Holloways on February 8th

This week during my segment ‘This is that’ I discussed the idea of alternative facts. Next week on ‘This is that’ I will be discussing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions and the silencing of Elizabeth Warren in the Senate. For this week’s spotlight it was another British band for your ears. ‘The Holloways’ were our special, I advise everyone to check out their songs, ‘Jukebox Sunshine’ and my personal favorite, ‘Alcohol’. ‘The Holloways’ have an incredibly upbeat style and they kill indie rock in the unique way that only bands from Britain can. Regrettably, one of the founding members died of a heroin overdose in 2014. Too many musicians die too young. Hopefully I have your ears next week at 8pm!