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Onward State: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, The Onion Founder Headline SPA Day


Published On Jan 12th, 2018

The Student Programming Association announced the lineup this morning for its third annual SPA Day, to be held Friday, January 26.

This year’s SPA Day will be headlined by The Onion founder Scott Dikkers and rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Dikkers will speak on encouraging students to be creative and try new things at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall and ....

Boston Calling Lineup Announced

Author Name: Sam Helm  

Published On Jan 5th, 2018

New England's premier (also only) festival was announced yesterday. Feedback on headliners seemed mixed, with Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, all taking top billing. Response to the supporting talent was far more enthusiastic, with Tyler, The Creator; Khalid; Bryson Tiller; and Paramore all garnering strong reaction on social media.

Eminem has always been divisive, but his use of non-inclusive language in ....

Disney Betting Big on Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment: Black Panther, CFP Half-Time Show

Author Name: Sam Helm  

Published On Jan 4th, 2018

Disney is betting big on Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment. In an announcement this morning, Interscope Records announced that Grammy® Award–winning superstar Kendrick Lamar, and TDE Founder and Billboard Magazine's Executive of the Year, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, are set to curate and produce "Black Panther: The Album." The production is set to feature music from and inspired by ....

Emerging Artists: NF

Author Name: Sam Helm | OCL Administrator  

Published On Dec 21st, 2017

Michigan based rapper coming from a troubled family background with the ability to unleash rapid fire raps. Sound familiar?

No, we're not talking about Eminem, we're talking about upcoming sensation NF.

Real name Nathan John Feuerstein, NF started his career under the "Christian hip-hop" label. After limited commercial success, and no radio play, he changed his strategy. His next album was heavy ....

Kendrick Lamar to Play CFP Half-Time Show

Author Name: Sam Helm | OCL Administrator  

Published On Jan 3rd, 2018


A rapper performing at half-time for the College Football Playoffs? I recognize that one of the rarest astronomical events on the planet occurred in 2017, but a hip-hop artists bumping out country music at the College Football Playoffs has to be as rare as a solar eclipse. Check out more in the release from ESPN below:

New Year, Rising Talents: 4 Artists to Watch in 2018

Author Name: Maggie Donahue | OCL Student Ambassador | JHU  

Published On Jan 2nd, 2018


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Looking for some new tunes for the new year? We've got you covered with some of the most promising rising talents in the industry that are sure to spark buzz in 2018.


You may have heard his single "Where's My Love" ....

The Come Up: 3 Artist to Watch in 2018

Author Name: Alexis Young | OCL Student Ambassador from Howard University  

Published On Dec 28th, 2017

With the oversaturation in music right now it can be easy to get lost in the chaos, but here’s something to steer you in the right direction. These emerging artists offer variety in a moment of hype and popularity. Here are my picks for artist on the come up for 2018.

Tone Stith

After opening for artist such as August Alsina and ....

Top Ten Tracks of 2017 from Maggie Donahue at Johns Hopkins

Author Name: Margaret Donahue | Student Ambassador  

Published On Dec 19th, 2017

"Dig Down," Muse In this catchy, soul-lifting single, Muse, known for its dark, rich, moaning vocals, capitalizes on the resistance movement, which the English rock band is historically no stranger to. "Dig Down" seems to speak directly to the year's political climate with lyrics such as, "When God decides to look the other way and a clown takes the throne/ We ....

Monday Album Review: Revival - Eminem

Author Name: Brendon Schrock  

Published On Dec 18th, 2017

My personal review of Eminem's ninth studio album, Revival

Top 5 Albums of 2017 from Alexis Young at Howard University

Author Name: Alexis Young | OCL Student Ambassador from Howard University  

Published On Dec 14th, 2017

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Though 2017 was a political disaster, it was a great year for music, giving us a new wave of artist that shook the frame of mainstream music. From Hip-Hop, to R&B, to Alternative, the soundtrack of this year was like no other. These are my top 5 album picks for 2017.



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