After Class

After Class

Radio Laurier’s After Class is the perfect post-class pre-game playlist. We play classic tracks, both old and new, and we chat about the latest in entertainment. Sometimes, we mix in an interview or themed segment, but we guarantee one thing – good vibes only. To experience After Class, tune in Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11 p.m., and be ready to turn up. Follow us on Twitter: @RLAfterClass

Week 12.2 – A Farewell – April 3, 2017
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Week 12.2 – A Farewell – April 3, 2017

For the very last time, DJs Deej, Nix, and Winks were in the studio. First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the supporters of the show who have tuned in on Monday nights, our management team, Radio Laurier, and Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications. Each piece is truly appreciated.

ICYMI, here is our year in summary:

This year brought about a lot of growth for the “After Class” brand on social media. Just last year, DJ Deej launched the @RLAfterCLass Facebook page. During this school year, the page crossed the 100 like threshold. Twitter under the same handle as Facebook was present, but DJ Winks brought the feed back to life with the “Track of the Day” feature, and well-timed updates and playlists. Through DJ Nix, we made our way onto Instagram under the handle @afterclazz. Although we are not going to be on the air anymore, we still intend to keep these social media channels going to put our successors in an excellent position for next year.

We went through our highlights of each month. They included DJ Nix joining the team in September; getting creative with homemade Halloween costumes in October; The Weeknd releasing Starboy in November; Childish Gambino releasing Awaken, My Love! in December; celebrating DJ Nix’s birthday in January; travelling to New York (Nix) and getting wisdom teeth out (Deej) in February; the Ripley’s Aquarium (Winks) and Drake’s More Life in March; and DJ Deej’s birthday and the upcoming WLUSP Volunteer Appreciation awards for April.

We were fortunate to be able to attend a few concerts during the school year and write several reviews on both those and albums that we loved. Click the links below to read:

Concerts: Kanye WestChance the RapperMatthew Good

Albums: StarboyAwaken, My Love!Culture

Our last track list is as follows:

  1. “Redbone” – Childish Gambino
  2. “Fade Away” – Logic
  3. “M.A.A.D. City” – Kendrick Lamar
  4. “Rockabye Baby” – Joey Bada$$ & Future
  5. “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
  6. “Trophies” – Drake
  7. “Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake
  8. “Down For Me” – G-Eazy & Carnage
  9. “Chillin” – Wale ft. Lady GaGa
  10. “The Good-bye Song” – Out of the Box

Friendships were created and strengthened, music and issues in the media were debated, and nothing but good times were had. After a collective five years with Radio Laurier, we can honestly say that we are proud of what we have accomplished. We are fortunate to have had the opportunity, and look forward to watching the station continue to grow.

Good-bye, for now, until we meet again. 

Much love,

Deej, Nix, and Winks

Radio Laurier’s After Class 2016-2017

Week 11.2 – March 27, 2017
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Week 11.2 – March 27, 2017

 

The trio made it an all-request Monday for their second last show. From Drake to Aaron Carter, they were able to cover a lot of bases. Since DJ Nix was absent for #MoreLifeMonday, we asked her for her review. She really loves the playlist, and seems to get something new out of every listen. She also has a strange appreciation for the way Giggs says “dirty dirty” in “KMT.”

After being in University for five years, the DJs thought it was appropriate to share their exam survival skills. They are:

1. Eat balanced meals. 

You have no lecture, so plan and execute healthy, balanced meals. One carb, one fruit or vegetable, and one protein per plate. Your body will convert this into energy you can use to fuel your studies.

2. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. 

This goes without saying. Resist the temptation to stay up all night and study. Plan your time, because it will catch up with you and affect your performance on the test.

3. Hydrate. 

Although coffee is a typical go-to while studying, drink lots of water. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces per day. It’s good for your skin and overall health, and even helps improve your concentration.

4. Take proper breaks. 

Whether it’s taking an hour to grab a bite with a friend, reading for fun, or going to the gym, make sure to take breaks from studying. Cramming will only get you so far, and really, not far at all.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Tunnel Vision – Kodak Black
  2. Hate It Or Love It – 50 Cent
  3. Rolex – Ayo & Teo
  4. Poker Face – Lady GaGa
  5. KMT – Drake ft. Giggs
  6. Off the Ground – Anderson .Peak
  7. Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) – Aaron Carter
  8. Mask Off – Future
  9. The Heart Part 4 – Kendrick Lamar

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

Week 10.2 – #MoreLifeMonday, March 20, 2017
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Week 10.2 – #MoreLifeMonday, March 20, 2017

Tonight, DJ Deej and DJ Winks were in the studio for more radio fun, and More LifeYes, the moment that we’ve all (especially Winks) have been waiting for, came on March 18. Within 24 hours, the playlist by Drake and the rest of the October Firm received nearly 90 million streams worldwide.

Here are the initial track reviews:

  1. “Passionfruit” was overhyped on social media prior to the album actually dropping. Both DJs expected a club banger, but instead received a chill track. This is not a complaint, just a bit of a surprise.
  2. “Can’t Have Everything” – Deej has come to the conclusion that its beat is just “Successful” (ft. Trey Songz and Lil’ Wayne) sped up. “Try reciting the chorus of “Successful” over it and see what happens,” she said. However, the ending segment was reminiscent of “Look What You’ve Done” off of 2011’s Take Carea welcome and pleasant nod to the Drake of the past.
  3. “Teenage Fever” is relaxed, but a lazy sample of “If You Had My Love by Jennifer Lopez. Totally explains why she and Drake were hanging out all the time though, if anything.
  4. Although “Nothings into Somethings” is lacking lyrically, it is a telltale PARTYNEXTDOOR production, indicated by the heavy 808. It is very similar to Party’s track “West District.”
  5. “Lose You” and “Portland” are definitely the bangers on the album.

Here’s what else we talked about:

a) St. Paddy’s 2017 — Laurier’s celebration set a record with an estimated 12 000 people on Ezra Avenue. The Spotted at Laurier tweet comparing the street gathering to Donald Trump‘s inauguration has received nearly 4000 “retweets” about 14 000 “likes” on Twitter, and nods from people like Andy Lassner, the Executive Producer of The Ellen Show. 

b) Nintendo Switch (?) — This fall, DJ Winks is moving away from home for the first time. He really wants to get his own TV and a game console for his new pad. He’s in the process of doing research, but cannot seem to decide between the new Nintendo Switch, the XBOX One S, and the PS4 Pro. We have put out a poll on Twitter to (hopefully) ease the decision-making process.

c) Two more shows??!! — We’re looking to do an all-request segment next week. Please Tweet us any requests, or write on our Facebook line (both @RLAfterClass). Watch our IG for prompts and in studio action. You can follow us @afterclazz.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. “Chanel” – Frank Ocean
  2. “Fake Love” – Drake ft. Travis Garland
  3. “Free Smoke” – Drake
  4. “Passionfruit” – Drake
  5. “Teenage Fever” – Drake
  6. “Portland” – Drake ft. Quavo & Travi$ Scott
  7. “Lose You” – Drake
  8. “Look What You’ve Done” – Drake
  9. “Find Your Love” – Drake
  10. “Know Yourself” – Drake

 

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
Week 7.2 – February 27, 2017
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Week 7.2 – February 27, 2017

DJs Deej and Winks were in the studio last night after a relaxing Reading Week. Winks and Nix will be hosting next week, while Deej is at the Matthew Good concert. He is playing at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events, and she will be writing a review.

The Oscars, Steve Harvey Style: Although moreso the fault of the Oscar staff rather than that of Jimmy Kimmel, the wrong film was named as Best Picture for the first time in the history of the awards. After Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, he was able to go back on stage for this award, which was originally awarded to La La Land.

Future: Not one, but two, but perhaps a third Future album is coming. HNDRXX is said to be the favoured of the two newest releases. Winks mused about the possibility of HNDRXX squandering the success of Future, but Deej believes that are enjoyed for different reasons, and all different levels of Future fandom. With the upcoming Nobody Safe tour, featuring Migos, both agree that providing fans with such a wealth of new music was a smart move.

NAV: After dropping “Myself,” as a single, NAV has released his debut album. Both Deej and Winks are happy about the album, pleasantly surprised at the release.

Drake & the More Life Playlist: Winks is especially anticipating the More Life playlist, which some media has alluded to a release this upcoming weekend. There are already quite a few tracks floating around, so at this point, it only makes sense to release the rest of the list… right? Fingers crossed!

Get Out: Advertised as “100% on Rotten Tomatoes,” there is a lot of curiosity and controversy surrounding this film. Neither of the DJs have seen this film, and Deej is especially skeptical because of its primary classification as a horror film.

Festival Season: It is fast approaching. Winks is thinking that this is the summer to attend his first festival. He is curious about the line-ups for both Osheaga and Ever After in Kitchener-Waterloo. Deej did WayHome in 2015, and OVO in 2016. Nix has done Boots and Hearts, and is considering WayHome. Updates to come!

Radio Laurier’s “Hip-Hop Hangout”: Monday, March 13 marks the return of the Hip-Hop Hangout. It will be held at the Pub on King in Uptown Waterloo. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/418583488489677/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay
  2. “Slide” – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
  3. “iSpy” – Lil’ Yachty ft. KYLE
  4. “Coming Out Strong” – Future ft. The Weeknd
  5. “Selfish” – Future ft. Rihanna
  6. “Some Way” – NAV ft. The Weeknd
  7. “Shape of You (Major Lazer Remix)” – Major Lazer, Kranium, N’yla
  8. “T-Shirt” – Migos
  9. “Stay” – Alessia Cara & Zedd
  10. “Myself” – NAV

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

Week 6.2 – February 13, 2017
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Week 6.2 – February 13, 2017

The trio was in the studio for World Radio Day, talking about the UN and World Radio Day, the Grammy Awards, and Valentine’s Day.

World Radio Day

World Radio Day was started by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in 2012. It is a themed day that focuses on fundraising, awareness, and promotion of the Arts.

Themes:

2013: UNESCO-themed: 75 interviews, 130 fundraisers worldwide

2014: Gender Equality + Women’s Empowerment in Radio

2015: Youth and Radio

2016: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster

2017: Radio is You — celebration of audience interaction with radio personalities

The Grammy Awards

Although DJ Winks missed out, Deej and Nix really enjoyed Chance the Rapper’s performance. Nix also enjoyed Katy Perry’s comeback and performance. We can likely expect new music from her soon. A pregnantBeyonce went all out with performance, featuring a bunch of dancers and her on a throne. Consensus? A bit too much/over the top. Ceelo Green’s contribution to the night? Giving us the meme material we’ve all been longing for. He was even photoshopped into several of Donald Trump‘s family photos:

Winks reported on albums expected this year. They are coming from: Flume, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Drake, The Killers, DJ Khaled, Future, and Enrique Iglesias.  

Valentine’s Day

Whether you refer to it as “Singles’ Awareness Day,” “Galentine’s Day” or “Tuesday,” we have agreed that it is not about grand gestures, but about the person you are with. If you are lucky enough to be in love, every day is Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, give that love to yourself, or your loved ones. Either way, self-love and self-care is very important.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill
  2. No Diggity – Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
  3. Summer Girls – LFO
  4. Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper
  5. Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
  6. Never Be Like You – Flue ft. Kai
  7. I Love You – Axwell, Ingrosso & Kid Ink
  8. Dab of Ranch – Migos & DJ Durel
  9. No Heart – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
  10. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve

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