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Black people need gangster rap music

Black people need gangster rap music

Tionne Johnson,
Contributor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

YG, a Compton gangster rapper and Piru Blood gang affiliate, is known for his controversial lyrics that describe life as a gang member and curse the current president of the United States. Earlier this month, the rapper was censored for performing his song “F--k Donald Trump” at Cal State East Bay...

Local rapper from Concord releases debut album

Local rapper from Concord releases debut album

Elijah De Castro,
Contributor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

As a teenager, Klebber Machado was eager to jump into the spontaneous lunchtime freestyle rap circles at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord. Later, Klebb took a History of Jazz and History of Rock & Roll class at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Both experiences factored into his decision to p...

Hip-Hop culture gets a reintroduction

Hip-Hop culture gets a reintroduction

Nicole Nool,
Contributor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

Many young people today think hip-hop is defined by contemporary artists such as Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. But by focusing only on present-day artists, they leave out artists who paved the way for hip-hop to become the phenomenon it is today. In response to this, the Oakland Museum of C...

Ruby Ibarra, a female rapper from the Bay Area

Ruby Ibarra, a female rapper from the Bay Area

Priscila Chavez,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features

Bay area native makes a local stop on her Circa91 tour On Jan. 19, Ruby Ibarra took the stage in Oakland at The New Parish as her first hometown stop on her Crica91 tour. She was wearing a yellow long-sleeved shirt that fit loose on her petite 5 foot frame and a pair of black and white Nikes that r...

Kid ‘n Play headlines Oakland house party

Kid ‘n Play headlines Oakland house party

Shyra Gums,
Contributor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Features

On Jan. 27, two Oakland-based collectives, DopeOnly and Regulars Only, hosted a backyard house party that featured legendary hip-hop duo, Kid ‘n Play. Kid ‘n Play, a hip-hop duo from New York, rose to fame in the late 1980s and became best known for their “House Party” movie franchise, tha...

Grammy Awards dismiss hip-hop

Grammy Awards dismiss hip-hop

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Features

On Jan. 28, Madison Square Garden in New York hosted the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. In the home of the New York Knicks, hip-hop artists took control of the major categories with an abundance of nominations. But once again, hip-hop was neglected when it came time to determine a winner for awards like ...

Hamilton’s final curtain call in the Bay Area

Hamilton’s final curtain call in the Bay Area

Maximino Cisneros,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

On August 5, the Bay Area said farewell to their production of Hamilton, a Broadway play about the life of US founding father Alexander Hamilton, which enjoyed a five month Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. On July 22, I decided to attend a showing of the musical. A ticket cost $200, which ...

The love of Pablo

The love of Pablo

Sean Serrano,
Contributor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and I have the same love I had this time last year: rapper Kanye West’s album, “The Life of Pablo.” West’s seventh studio album came out on Feb. 14, 2016 and it’s withstood the test of time. This album is a masterpiece and shows the true greatness that W...

East Bay hosts ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

East Bay hosts ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

Jalen Francis,
Contributor

February 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus

On Tuesday, Cal State East Bay will host its 4th annual Showtime at the Apollo event at the University Theater on February 7th 2017. It will began at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. The free event, hosted by Associated Students Incorporated—the student government association—is happening during home...

Al Fresco shakes up campus

Al Fresco shakes up campus

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2016


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Showcase

For the 28th time in Cal State East Bay history, the annual fall festival al Fresco took over the Hayward campus yesterday. More than 100 booths and tables lined the Arts and Education walkway to showcase clubs, organizations, departments, students services and other campus resources, which aimed t...

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