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A SOUTHERN UPRISING

It’s no secret that as far as Hip Hop music and the culture as a whole is concerned, the South goes off. Always has; always will. That said, every region in turn seems to get their time at the top and evolution within hip hop is not only constant, its quick. The last few years have seen a huge rise in the relevance of Midwest rap – particularly in Chicago – largely thanks to a gentleman named Sosa and his associates (or ex-associates? I can’t keep up with the beef) Fredo Santana, Young Chop, Katie Got Bandz, and the various “Lils” – Durk, Bibby, Herb, Reese and so on.

On the same side of town but with a sound so different they could be from another planet, you’ve got Chance the Rapper and his buddy Vic Mensa doing big things and proving that there are multiple stories to be told within the confines of one city. This year’s XXL Freshman Cover reflected this massive Midwest moment with 4 of the 12 artists hailing from South Chicago.

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An epic reworking of the theme song of one of my favourite cartoons when I was a young thing: ‘Arthur’. I played it to my Dad (whose name is also Arthur) this past weekend as we were speeding down a motorway in Brisbane – He loved it. So now on top of making me incredibly happy, uplifted, & peaceful, this song also reminds me of my father which is cool. Thanks for this Chancellor.

IT COULD BE WONDERFUL EVERYDAY.

Chance is on Soundcloud, Twitter, & Instagram

MUSIC

THE LIFE & LEGACY OF A SIMPLE SONG

[This post is dedicated to Eden – Thanks for the music bruh bruh]

I’m well aware by now that my passion for music to some may seem overwhelming and perhaps even irritating – However, just like your annoying but endearing best friend who won’t shut up about her new bf Todd or Travis or whatever his name is, I’m going to talk about my Number #1 Lover yet again.

For me, it all starts with a feeling. You know; THAT feeling. The one you get when you hear something so important and so beautiful that it shocks you; Halts you; Drowns you. I get this sensation from music in different levels almost daily – It’s like a drug to me. I’m always seeking out a better song, a more epic feeling, a stronger and intensified love. To be honest, the chase itself is irrelevant because once a set of sounds gives you that high, it stays with you. Sure it may fade slightly over the years, but there’s this bittersweet thing called nostalgia which ensures you’ll never forget the simple details of something that once affected your core, however long ago it was. Sure, the notion of falling in love with intangible sonic energy transcends logic, but I can tell you – It’s very real. Music takes on a life of its own, and songs forge out indelible legacies that remain for years to come. Remain even after we’re gone.

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SAMPLING IN HIP HOP – THE 17 BEST OF KANYE WEST

[Creative Source – I’d Find You Anywhere – 1976: Sampled on ‘Wouldn’t Get Far’ – The Game ft. Kanye West – 2006]

Kanye West may be the most polarizing artist of our generation. It seems every move he makes has the media in uproar and someone on the internet mad enough to churn out these hilariously cruel memes with passionate finesse. He has pop culture and society completely divided. His brand doesn’t come with a moderate setting, and that is apparent in the public perception of him – You either love him or you hate him.

I love him. I always have.

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