Week 8.2 – March 6, 2017
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Week 8.2 – March 6, 2017

DJs Nix and Winks were in the studio last night with lots to talk about. Deej was out of the studio for good reasons—she attended the Matthew Good concert at Maxwell’s Concert & Events. We are looking forward to the review soon!

Movies, Movies, Movies: Over the weekend, Winks saw the film Logan and Nix viewed John Wick: Chapter 2. Winks described the movie as iconic, emotionally charged, and an overall well-made action film and rated the movie an astounding 5/5. We’re still left with the question: is this the end of the Wolverine series? Nix, on the other hand, rated the second John Wick film with a 4/5 for it’s intense assassin showdowns, views of Rome and New York City, and the epic pencil scene (if you have seen it, you know what we’re talking about).

St. Patrick’s Day: The drinking festivities are fast approaching and the DJs believe it’s best to start preparing sooner rather than later. Winks is trying to move his labs around in order to celebrate the day. Nix suggested Party City for all things Paddy’s-related!

Bunny Hop: In Winks’ five years at Laurier, he’s yet to do one of the pub crawls put on by XL Lifestyle and this year he’s committed to the glorious event. Nix has participated in two 12 Barz of Christmas and pointed out that you’ll likely spend a lot of money and sober up between bars so it’s best to pre-game heavily.

Bunny Hop takes place Thursday, March 3rd in Waterloo and tickets are still available: https://www.ticketlabs.com/event/15235/.

OVO Sound Radio: The latest episode of OVO Sound Radio is to be rescheduled with no set release date and no reasons given. The two DJs speculated as to whether it had something to do with complications with the much anticipated More Life playlist. Drake, we’re waiting!

Lastly, the two discussed their love of HNDRXX by Future so much so that they have barely listened to FUTURE since it’s release merely a week before. Of course the DJs love “Comin’ Out Strong” featuring fellow Canadian The Weeknd, but Nix has been discovering more go-to songs from HNDRXX including “Incredible” and “Damage.” Nix was also excited about the release of Lorde’s single, ”Green Light,” explaining it as a fresh approach to pop music. In addition, Ed Sheeran released ÷ (Divide) on March 3rd after a three-year hiatus. The DJs have yet to listen to the album in its entirety, but based on the single “Shape of You,” they are looking forward to listening and reviewing on the next show.

Radio Laurier’s “Hip-Hop Hangout”: Reminder that Monday, March 13 is the return of the Hip-Hop Hangout. Drop by Pub on King in Uptown Waterloo. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/418583488489677/

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. “Stay” – Zedd ft. Alessia Cara
  2. “Let Me Love You (Zedd Remix)” – DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
  3. “Slide” – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
  4. “Myself” – NAV
  5. “Go Off” – Lil Uzi Vert
  6. “Green Light” – Lourde
  7. “Comin’ Out Strong” – Future ft. The Weeknd
  8. “Order More” – G-Eazy
  9. “Gassed Up” – Nebu Kiniza
  10. “Fade Away” – Logic
  11. “Hendrix” – Wyclef Jean
The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture
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The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture

Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, set social media ablaze with all things Migos on January 8th when he shouted out the Atlanta hip-hop trio and their single “Bad and Boujee” during his first Golden Globes acceptance speech. The big ups to Migos increased Spotify streams of the single by a staggering 243 percent and it didn’t stop there—Glover confirmed an upcoming collaboration with the group and proclaimed Migos “the Beatles of this generation.” Currently, “Bad and Boujee” is the number one song on the Billboard 100.

Migos, no strangers to the charts, have ruled the past few years with singles such as “Versace” with a feature by Drake, “Look at my Dab,” and “Fight Night,” but would the string of successes continue for the trap trio upon the release of their latest musical effort?

With much hype and anticipation, Migos released their sophomore full-length album, Culture, on January 27th with features from heavy-hitters like Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert and 2 Chainz. Upon listening to the album through, I could not help but notice the vocal seamlessness of Qauvo, Offset, and Takeoff—a melodic and literal representation of their growth since their 2013 mixtape, Y.R.N. (Young Rich N****s). Migos’ growth spurt did not leave their signature catchy hooks and undeniable chemistry in the dust, but played on these strengths and set the bar for the future of hip-hop.

Most of the 13 songs on the album feature a heavy bass line without sounding indistinguishable from one another as unique songs. Being said, Migos has gone from mastering the art of the single to mastering the art of the album.

The Migos, without hesitation, have launched beyond notoriety into superstar status.

 

If you’re bad and boujee, you will (probably) like these tracks from Culture:

  • “Get Right Witcha”
  • “Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane)”
  • “Deadz (feat. 2 Chainz)”
  • “Out Yo Way”
Zero Problems: The Magnificent Coloring Book World Tour
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Zero Problems: The Magnificent Coloring Book World Tour

Chance the Rapper took his Magnificent Coloring Book World Tour to Toronto for two sold out shows on September 27th and 28th. Chance’s theatrical performance at TD Echo Beach on Wednesday was animated with giant puppets, gospel singing and featured a calculated balance of songs from his third mixtape, Coloring Book, and earlier hits such as “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Favorite Song.”

The set illuminated an internal struggle for Chance the Rapper to remain humble. Life-sized puppets were featured as various alter egos, past loves and reminders of what truly matters in life. Carlos, a tiger-like mascot, was behind the DJ booth and regularly chimed in to remind Chance to stay true to his roots and encouraged the rapper to perform older songs. The crowd cheered when Carlos uttered the infamous line, “You don’t want zero problems, big fella” from the hit “No Problem.”  The recorded track also features Lil’ Wayne and 2 Chainz. The presentation of puppets wasn’t done just yet. A group of puppets arose as a gospel choir midway through the show for a church-like performance of “Blessings” fusing the artist’s clever Hip-Hop lyrics with gospel singing. Chance proved that lyrical rap and raw talent could get the crowd on their feet.

Chance’s musical talents and passion were evident from start to finish, but I particularly felt most connected with the rapper’s performance of “Same Drugs.” He sat alongside a life-sized puppet who seemingly represented a past lover. The performance was emotionally-driven with Chance’s crisp yet distressed vocals.

The rapper’s latest release, Coloring Book, was critically acclaimed for intermingling the sounds of gospel and hip hop. Features included superstars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Jeremih, and 2 Chainz, and the raw talents of the Chicago Children’s Choir. The much anticipated collaboration with Kaytranada is rumoured to be released shortly.