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

The Morning After More Life
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The Morning After More Life

This week, DJ Goldilocks and DJ O$AP began saying their goodbyes to Radio Laurier and their listeners for this school year. Crazy to think how quickly the time’s passed…but as sad as it is to say goodbye to this year, they hoped their playlist of the morning gave you More Life.

That’s right, DJ Goldilocks and DJ O$AP jammed out this morning to Drake’s newly-released album, More Life. They discussed the album’s track list and some of the featured artists.

Currently, their favourite tracks are: Ice Melts feat. Young Thug (DJ O$AP’s choice), and Get It Together (DJ Goldilocks’ choice). They made special mention of the songs Passionfruit and Gyalchester. They also compared the similar beats to some of the songs in More Life to that of Drake’s last album, Views. Could there have been some inspiration stemming from the popularity of One Dance to influence Passionfruit?

There were a few interludes on this album, which was more of a miss for these DJ’s. O$SAP and Goldilocks agreed that the interlude with Drake’s mother on the phone seems to be an overdone feature that many rap artists are including on their recent albums, for example Mac Miller in the Divine Feminine.

Drake really impressed the DJ’s with some of his featured artists, especially Young Thug! Young Thug is one of O$AP’s favourite rappers, and thinks he is one of the most underrated rappers.

If you want to hear more of Young Thug’s music to see for yourself, here’s a few of his suggestions:

Track List (all from Drake’s album, More Life):

  • Passionfruit
  • Madiba Riddim
  • Blem
  • 4422 (feat. Sampha)
  • Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug)
  • Get It Together
  • Gyalchester
  • Glow
  • Fake Love

 

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

 

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)

If you missed last night’s show, watch the full episode below! Also, visit our Radio Laurier Facebook page for more videos and news. Remember to comment, share and like!

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.