The Rap Up: Episode No. 18
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 18

More Life… More Waiting.

Despite Drake’s extensive catalog of heart melting love ballads, he’s pretty cruel when it comes to teasing release dates. Each of Drake’s most recent projects; What A Time To Be Alive, Views, and the short lived collaborative mixtape with Kanye West, were all punctuated by frustrating teasers, trolling, misdirection, or flat out heart break. As we all know, the Kanye collab never actually saw light. The case is very much the same with More Life. After a cryptic photo posted to Instagram by Drake, and a similarly misleading post by his father, fans were all but convinced More Life would see life this weekend. Without belaboring the point, the absence of More Life on my iPhone is still painfully clear. The release date is anyone’s guess at this point, however a Friday release would be logical. Regardless, More Life is on the precipice of being in our hands, and all reports point to it being well worth the wait.

Chance Gives Chicago Public Schools a Chance

Chance The Rapper held a press conference at a public school in Chicago to announce that he will be donating a million dollars to Chicago’s schools. Chance is exactly the person you can assume that will be that gracious to give back to the kids from the streets he came from. Chance is being an example for many artists from the city to give back. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions”. For the kids, the kids are the future and with the current climate of the state Chicago is in right now there’s no one I’d rather see step up than a man of the people. Chance has been very active in the Chicago community, alongside Chicago native rappers like Common. It’s a good look to see Chance give back to those who the world has abandon or looked down upon because of their status.

(Written by Terrence Mroz & Garrick Gray)

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The Rap Up: Episode No. 16
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 16

“They say you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy”

Well Chance, you proved them wrong. In case you missed this years Grammy celebrations, The Rap Up has you covered. Perhaps the biggest story of the night for the Hip-Hop community is that Chance the Rapper took home a total of three Grammy’s for “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Album”, and “Best Rap Performance”. After a tumultuous year leading up to the event, with regards to major artists avoiding the ceremonies altogether, its clear the right decision was made. Additionally, even though Beyonce did not win “Album of The Year”, her incredible performance (while pregnant with twins we might add), and relationship with Adele stole the show. In fact, Adele broke her Grammy in half on stage so that she could share it with Beyonce, who she felt deserved the award just as much.

 

Big Sean drops “I Decided”

Big Sean came through last Thursday with the release of his newest studio album, I Decided. The project is laced with 14 tracks, and has features from Eminem, Jhene Aiko, The Dream, and Migos. Understandably, a lot of people have been debating the quality of Eminem’s feature, however we’ll let you be the judge of that. However, it is important to note that this is the first track Big Sean and Eminem have shared exclusively. Its also significant due to the fact both are at the moment Detroit’s most dangerous emcee’s. Overall the album seem’s to be well received by fans and even became America’s #1 album on Billboard this week.

(Written by TJ Mroz)

 

Songs Played This Week:

Outlet – Desiigner

Yeah Yeah – Travis Ft. Young Thug

I’m Better – Missy Elliot Ft. Lamb

BagBak – Vince Staples

No Favors – Big Sean Ft. Eminem

Moves – Big Sean

Slippery – Migos Ft. Gucci Mane

What The Price – Migos

Run Up – Major Lazer Ft. PND & Nicki Minaj

Drew Barrymore – SZA

Proud Family – Tory Lanez

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.

Week 05: October 17, 2016
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Week 05: October 17, 2016

DJ Deej, DJ Winks, and DJ Nix were back in the studio after an awesome Reading Week. Aside from Thanksgiving plans, they had a lot to talk about.

The NHL started up again over Reading Week, with eight games happening on Saturday night. DJ Deej is all in for the Boston Bruins, but all of the DJs have an interest in seeing the progression of the Toronto Maples Leafs, whose roster is primarily made up of rookie material.

After the Leafs vs. Bruins match-up, DJ Nix watched SNL. Kristen Wiig and Bruno Mars made an appearance. Mars debuted new music for the first time in four years, which likely means that an album is coming. If you are interested in seeing the full performance, click here.

Pusha T came out with a new song over the course of Reading Week, and Travi$ Scott debuted another secret album, very soon following the release of his newest album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. The trio plans to review the release on the next show. In addition, our background music by Kid Cudi called “The Frequency” finally got a new music video.

DJ Nix wrote her first concert review just before Reading Week. She chronicled her experience of The Magnificent Coloring Book World Tourput on by Chance The Rapper. In case you missed it, click here.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Myself – Nav
  2. Lean With It, Rock Wit It – Dem Franchise Boyz
  3. What’s Luv – Fat Joe ft. Ashanti
  4. 92 Bars – The Game
  5. Needed Me (Remix) – Rihanna ft. J. Cole
  6. The Frequency – Kid Cudi
  7. Circles – Pusha T ft. Travi$ Scott and Desiigner
  8. False Alarm – The Weeknd

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

Week 04: October 3, 2016
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Week 04: October 3, 2016

DJ Deej and DJ Nix took to the studio last night. On the 28th of September, DJ Nix went and saw Chance the Rapper at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. The star is currently on the Magnificent Coloring Book World Tour, following the release of his latest mixtape The Coloring Book. Nix was happy with the venue, the performance, and the experience overall. Her review will be coming to www.radiolaurier.com in the next 24 hours.

Taking it in an entirely different direction, Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon) released his third studio album on September 30th. Deej and Nix are both fans of the “Folktronica” legend, and admire his artistry, raw talent, and unique falsetto vocals. He has not only single-handedly changed the framework of folk music, but he has transcended into a number of genres, including Hip-Hop. His biggest feature of the year is undoubtedly on “I Need  A Forest Fire” by James Blake. Arguably, his features on both My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus, both Kanye West albums, are the most noteworthy genre shifts that Vernon has made. West has even claimed Bon Iver as his favourite living artist. On My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, West and Vernon reworked the track “Woods,” which was the closing track on 2009’s Blood Bank EP. They retitled the song, “Lost In The World” and it is the second-last track on West’s album.

Click here for the official version of “Lost in the World”

Pitchfork Reviews gave the album a 9/10. To read the full review, click here.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Pink + White – Frank Ocean
  2. MTI (TWRK Remix) – Koreless
  3. Your Soul (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Coasts
  4. Crazy Brazy – A$AP Rocky ft. Key! & A$AP Twelvyy
  5. S Club Party – S Club 7
  6. Still Ballin’ (Nitty Remix) – Tupac
  7. Believer – Major Lazer & Showtek
  8. Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna
  9. Love$ick (Rework) – Mura Masa x A$AP Rocky
  10. Surfin’ – Kid Cudi ft. Pharrell
  11. Zaddy – Ty Dolla $ign
  12. Milk N Honey – Anderson .Paak

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

Week 03: September 26, 2016
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Week 03: September 26, 2016

This week, After Class got a new host in the studio. DJ Deej and DJ Stretch (now DJ Winks) welcome Nicole aka DJ Nix to the studio. The trio had a lot to talk about, from Chance The Rapper to PARTYNEXTDOOR. DJ Nix is going to see Chance on Wednesday, at Toronto’s TD Echo Beach venue. She will provide us with a review on the next show, and probably online.

The first song that the trio played was The Weeknd’s newest single, Starboy. It is the first single off the upcoming album, supposedly dropping on November 25th of this year. Will he pull a Frank Ocean and make us wait? We’ll see.

DJ Stretch is no more – he has changed his name to DJ Winks, as it is a name that he is more known as amongst friends. In addition, he will be running the Twitter page for the show. Tweet us @RLAfterClass, and we will tweet back. We also love song requests, so make them!

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. Starboy – The Weekend
  2. Deja Vu – Post Malone ft. Justin Bieber
  3. All Night – Chance the Rapper
  4. Lamborghini Dreaming – Kid Ink
  5. Caroline – Amine
  6. Soldier – Destiny’s Child
  7. Fade Away – Logic
  8. Wyclef Jean – Young Thug
  9. Blazin – Vic Mensa
  10. OOOUUU – Young M.a
  11. No Church in the Wild – The Throne
  12. Chill Bill – Rob $tone ft. J Davis and Spooks
  13. House Work – Jax Jones
  14. What If I Go? – Mura Masa

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