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.

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”
The Rap Up: Episode No. 14
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More Life

Drake has been teasing fans for several months now about his upcoming project More Life. Recently during a tour stop in Amsterdam, Drake told fans who were in attendance that they should indeed attend his next show on February 26th, which will be entirely different as More Life will be out by then. While there isn’t a set release date for the project, we can assume it will arrive sometime between now and February 26th. The project will also be released as an Apple Music playlist, which is an odd move but could give insight into what the project may entail. There have been rumors that the project is supposed to be a compliation album which leads us to believe the project/playlist may feature other artists than just Drake. Perhaps a few OVO tracks, a few from Skepta, 21 Savage and of course some new material from Drake. Whatever the case may be, we’re ready.

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Atlantas trio has had a heck of a month. With only 31 days into the new year, rap group The Migos have been the centre of attention. With their new album Culture just dropping the group is blowing up. Quavo, Offset and Takeoff just released their album which features Gucci Mane, Travis Scott DJ Khaled and 2 Chainz. The group first got the biggest co sign of their careers when Donald Glover got on stage to accept his award for the show “Atlanta” and shouted Migos out by saying their hit song that went platinum “Bad and Boujee” is the song of the year. After that their numbers just sky rocketed. There is a petition being passed around saying that Migos should replace Lady Gaga to perform at the half time show at the Super Bowl this upcoming Sunday. The trio then did a mini interview where they said since the best team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl the Best trio in Atlanta deserve to perform. I don’t know about you guys, but I defiantly would sign that petition.

(Written by TJ Mroz & Yafet Berhane)

 

Songs Played This Week:

Bad & Boujie – Migos

Get Right Witcha – Migos

Tempted – Jazz Cartier

Run Up – Major Lazer Ft. PND & Nicki Minaj

Change – J. Cole

High For Hours – J. Cole

Return of the Cool – Nick Grant Ft. B.Hess

Bouncin – Nick Grant

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Blogging 101 (Reference Guide)

(EXAMPLE OF IN-DEPTH BLOG)

Summer Sixteen Tour

Drake and Future finished off their second Summer Sixteen show in Atlanta last night, by bringing out hometown favorites Gucci Mane, Young Thug and Usher.

While there may not be a flying stage, Drake and Futures Summer Sixteen tour has been shaping up to be a “can’t miss” showcase of special guests. In Chicago, the pair brought out Kanye West; in Detroit, they brought out Eminem; and in Ohio, the one and only Lebron James. Considering that Atlanta is Future’s home town, its no surprise the city was blessed with two tour dates, and a chance to see four of the cities most popular artists join the stage.

During the first night in Atlanta, Drake and Future started things off with a bang by bringing out Gucci Mane, and 2 Chainz. With the bar set high, fans expected another big night from the What a Time to Be Alive rappers, and they did not disappoint. During the second night of their stop in Atlanta, Drake and Future welcomed Gucci Mane back to the stage, but this time accompanied by Young Thug, and Usher who performed their new single “No Limit”. With some of the cities biggest names all sharing one stage, the crowd could barely keep it together. Check out some of the reactions and videos below.

WOP @laflare1017

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Aug 26, 2016 at 10:14pm PDT

 

GUWOP HOME! Concert was LIT!

A video posted by Justin Floyd (@justinfloyd) on Aug 27, 2016 at 6:57am PDT

No limit baby! Usher!! Young Thug!! #allsummer16 #summer16tour #summer16 #ATLSHAWTY

A video posted by Jodie (@itsmrsjodie) on Aug 26, 2016 at 7:56pm PDT

 

URIV got the #summersixteentour🔥 lit on @bryanmichaelcox @jermainedupri jam “Confessions”…

A video posted by Shawn Stovall (@shawn713vip) on Aug 26, 2016 at 8:02pm PDT

With Miami next in the Summer Sixteen schedule, all focus shifts to the sunshine state. Considering Rick Ross’s most recent comments regarding Drake and Meek Mill’s beef, its likely Drake and Future won’t be bringing the big man out, however that shouldn’t effect what’s sure to be another memorable two nights in Miami

 

Songs Played This Week: 

“Jumpman” – Drake & Future

“Big Rings” – Drake & Future

“Live From the Gutter” – Drake & Future

“Scholarships” – Drake & Future

“Don’t” – Bryson Tiller

“Let Me Explain” – Bryson Tiller

“Goosebumps” – Travis Scott Ft. Kendrick Lamar

“Nikes” – Frank Ocean

 

Suggested Articles:

 

The Rap Up: Episode No. 10

After Class: Week 10

 

(Original article written for RESPECT. Magazine by TJ Mroz – August, 28, 2016)

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BLOG REQUIREMENTS:

Your role reaches beyond the studio as a member of the Radio Laurier DJ team. You have the opportunity to contribute to our web content as a blogger. There are a few rules to follow, but at the same time, remember to have fun with it! Treat life good, and it’ll treat you good back.

Things you MUST do:

  • Sort show into correct category (every show now has one) (only 1 category)
  • Set featured image + add image into post (can be the same)
  • Include track list (helpful for those who missed, required by music assistants for charting)
  • Insert show title + something consistent (e.g. Week 09 or Episode 09)
  • PROOFREAD before publishing
  • Add proper tags (only names)
  • Say correct/full name before using nicknames (Meek Mill > Meeky Mouse or Drake > 6God)
  • Post within 24 hours after show airs (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc).

 

Things you SHOULD do:

  • Bold artist names on first mention
  • Album/mixtape names bold and italicized on first mention; just italicized following
  • Tour names capitalized (Legend of the Fall, HIHORSE’d, Summer Sixteen Tour)
  • Insert links, embed tracks & videos (YouTube, Soundcloud, Apple Music, etc).
  • Add “Suggested Article” section at bottom of post (link fellow RL blog posts)
  • Share your blog on personal social media and tag Radio Laurier

 

Things you NEVER do:

  • Curse – if you’re quoting inappropriate language from an artist use *** for rest of word (i.e. s***, f***)
  • Slander (if it’s a personal opinion, make that clear)
  • Post inappropriate material or photos
  • Remove credit (i.e. if you cite an article or quote, insert the link)

 

(Written by Khadijah Plummer & TJ Mroz )

K/W In This Thaaaang!
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K/W In This Thaaaang!

Wuddduupp friends?! I hope yall are ready to be put on blast. Like fo fo real. This week, we took a little break from the mainstream and brought you a lil sum sum from OUR streets. Which is actually pretty tuff (even if our streets are King & Uni). Ha.

BUT, we still brought yall a few headlines from the world of hip-hop. Unfortunately no new Ja Rule updates though. 🙁 Anyways, if yall didn’t already see it on Twitter, Facebook etc. etc. Mr. Leo DiCaprio had his birthday bash this past weekend annnnnd the performers? Dos Chainz and Yeezus. Strange, right? Well, supposedly he had always wanted to see Kanye and 2 Chainz is his new fave rapper. Thanks Gatsby! ALSO! Mr. All Gold Erryythang (Trinidad James) recently called out NY rappers saying that the south currently RUNS all urban NY radio. True? Well, kinda. Sorry Flex.

ps: check out this super dope video of Donald Glover Childish Gambino on Tim Westwood as he makes a beat and then raps over it… all while on air. Check it out here. double ps: his album drops in December. Just wait on it…

Okay, now to the good stuff. This week we had on some very special guests. These dudes come straight from the KDubs (Kitchener/Waterloo for you suckas) and are killing it in the local hip hop scene. Even though they are friends and rep the scene together, it’s only right we put ’em on blast individually. Soooo without further ado, may I present Kori Deek and Ramsay Almighty.

Kori is dope MC reppin’ his own crew called HonorsCla$$ and has been making tracks for a while now. He has had a few tight singles and tracks that yall can download right HERE. He is currently working on a new tape which should drop this December called Shadows & Silhouettes. Make sure to cop his music because he will be performing at this years Hip-Hop Hangout annnnd you’re gunna wanna know the words.

Now, Ramsay is a very good friend of the show. He was actually our first guest EVER backback in the day. He has had countless tracks/bangers/features and we’ve played his music a ton sooooo I know yall already knwo him. BUT what you may not know is that he actually dropped a new mixtape this week called Metropolis. This is tape is definitely a KW classic and has the potential to make some national waves. He recommends that you listen to it while riding around downtown Waterloo at night time. Trust me, the vibe is right. He will no doubt be at this year’s Hip-Hop Hangout again and make sure to download the new mixtape right HERE!

Well, that is it from us this week. Make sure to tune in next week as we have ANOTHER special guest coming back on the show to chop it up and bring us some of that KW rhythm and blues. Rufus wuddduuuppp? Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & A Maino Twitter Rant

Is Anyone Safe?!
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Is Anyone Safe?!

Wuddduuppp friends?! Hopefully yall have settled in a little bit are a getting back into the hang of going to class (or not). Well, we are feeling comfortable over here and keeping them hits coming. Batter up!

Just as a little tid bit of fun info… icey rapper Gucci Mane recent spazzed on Twitter in which he called out everyone’s girl claiming he fornicated with them. Everyone from Tyga to T.I. got the business from Gucc. His Twitter has recently been deleted (for good reason) buuuut I just thought I would shed some light on the latest rapper getting gassed. Brrrrrrrrrr!

We kicked things off with some new music from Audio Push. They are a duo from Cali who get major production help from super producer Hit-Boy. Normally I wouldn’t spend too much time on this tape, entitled ‘Come As You Are’, but it was actually super dope. Check it out right here and remember to always come as you are…

Next we rolled out some new XO. Not hugs and kisses. Some of that smooth TDot sound. Our good friend The Weeknd dropped his first official label debut. The album is called Kiss Land and its pretty tight. The album is a polished, lateral step with an accompanying barcode for The Weeknd’s fans with little appeal for fans of traditional, testosterone-driven R&B. Check out a few of our faves here and here. XO til we OD…

Next on deck was Mr. Dos Chainz and his sophomore album which dropped this past week. It’s called Based On A Tru Story 2: Me Time. Loyal 2 Chainz supporters and casual fans may enjoy the album as functional, “turn up” music, but the album brings nothing new to the table. However, we definitely spun the album’s best track with Drake and Lil Wayne called ‘I Do It’. Check it out right here. Truuuuuuuu

Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure was the first ever multiple week repeat. We just had to bring that Rich Homie Quan back due to the level of guiltiness the song exudes. BUT! Before yall freak out, I also played something off Dedication 5 to segway into my full mixtape review. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade, then you would know Weezy’s Dedication mixtape series is a classic. This time around, he brought some quality guest rappers to assist the lyrical onslaught. On this particular track he brought Chi-Town native Chance The Rapper. Safe to say Kamo was buzzin’ about this one. The song is called ‘You Song’ and you can check it out here.

#NewSegmentFlow. That’s right folks, us over here at The RapUp are getting creative juices flowing again and rolling out some new segments. First up is ‘REAL OR RATCHET’. This is wherewe will pick a theme or something funny in hip-hop and deem it either real or ratchet. This week Kamo listed off some pretty strange rapper names and I was given the gavel to decide which ones were yay or nay. Stay tuned for more fun.

The second new segment we have this year is called ‘UNDERGROUND KING’. This segment will highlight a different independent rapper each week. Whether their from the apartments of Waterloo or the mean streets of Brooklyn, we will feature their music, their story and where to get more of their stuff. This would be a good segment to do interviews, eh? Hint Hint. This week’s UGK was a rapper outta Memphis named Jon Waltz. He’s got a few projects out and has even collab’d with the RapUp’s good friend Ramsay Almighty. Check him out right here. Do it for the city…

Okay, back to the regular scheduled programming. The Realness this week was a little bit of a personal rant. You know King Of The Dot? No? Well that sucks because it’s hip-hop at its purist. It’s Toronto’s rap battle league and this past August they hosted the “Olympics of Battle Rap”. Nova Scotia’s gargantuan leader Pat Stay took home the title match and was officially crowned King Of The Dot. What’s real about his? He’s the right rapper for the throne and it is going to be a difficult task to take him off it. Check out his dominance right here vs. Caustic Arcane.

Last but certainly not least, Verse of the Week. This week we chose to touch on something that clogged everyone’s Twitter timeline back in August. Yes, we are talking about Kendrick Laaaammmaaaaa and his famous Control verse. Unsure what we mean? Well, back in August as Big Sean was gearing up to drop Hall Of Fame, he released a bonus track entitled Control which feature KDot and Jay Electronica. Not only did he lyrically murder the beat, there were some rapper-friend casualties. He called out everyone from Drake to A$AP Rocky, from Mac Miller to Meek Mill and everyone in between. he essentially told them to step their game up and he’s coming for all of ’em. This sparked a slew of “Kendrick Responses” that nearly broke the internet. What does all of this have to do with Verse of the Week? Well, this week’s theme is ‘Best Kendrick Response’. I brought back a personal favorite with this one. Mr. Lupe Fiasco spazzed on his response. Kamo  brought Joey Bada$$’ response entitled Killuminati. This time we had a panel of judges to help decide. Did Kamo go 2-0? NOPE! Lupe Fiasco took me to the promise land and brought me the big W. Check out Kendrick’s verse here and Lupe’s response right here. Can you Pro-Line next week’s VOTW?

Well, that’s it from us this week. Catch us next week at the same time and same place. Got a problem with something you heard/read? Let us know on Twitter @RLRapUp. ALSO! Don’t forget to request your favorite rap and hip-hop because we do it all for yall… fo real.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & Gucci Mane’s Lawyer’s Ulcer.