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Alternatives to the Grammy Awards

My previous article was centered around how the Grammy Awards seem to show bias in choosing awards, as well as not recognizing Black artists for the work they put in. As a solution to this problem, some people call for the Grammys to be replaced by a new, fairer music award show. However, two  existing award shows have the potential to become the next big thing.

Contractual Obligations in the Music Industry

Being recognized by a label and becoming a full-time musician with all the funding and promotion from them is most musicians' idea of the best possible scenario for their music career. A label has a much greater potential to get its name out there and all the benefits, but the musician is (usually) under a contractual agreement for this

Sematary’s Butcher House Album Review

"Death, madness, murder, mayhem, it's the real haunted mound in your town." Butcher House is the new mixtape by 22-year-old NorCal rapper Sematary. Heavily influenced by 2010's Chicago Drill, early SoundCloud rap, and witch house, Sematary packages these elements in a black metal and slasher film aesthetic that's as much Chief Keef and Yung Lean as it is Jason Vorhees.

NO THANK YOU Album Review

Following her critically acclaimed 2021 release, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, British rapper Simbiatu Ajikawo, better known as Little Simz, had mountainous expectations for her next release. With her latest album, NO THANK YOU, she has more than matched them. Rapping unapologetically as ever, with her characteristic North London accent, Simz continues asserting herself as one of hip hop’s most dynamic voices. Simz tackles a number of societal issues in an album that sees her expand on themes she’s introduced over the course of her growing discography. 

I Didn’t Mean to Haunt You by Quadeca Review

It is not often that a formerly corny artist makes a good album. Even rarer is when this artist is a YouTuber who completely changes sound to do so. This is the case of the rapper Quadeca who went from creating YouTube diss tracks to making one of 2022’s best folktronica projects. While some of the sounds were explored in 2021’s “From Me to You,” the level of improvement on the songwriting front here is startling. 

Exploring the Waves of Emo

While this retelling of emo’s story necessarily glosses over some things and leaves out important groups (I’m sorry!), it shows the development of emo music from its hardcore origins to the near genre-less existence where it currently sits.

This New Website Creates a Music Festival Out Of Your Listening History

Music festivals play a huge role in today’s music culture. Festivals such as Coachella, Rolling Loud, and Lollapalooza are opportunities for fans to celebrate music and enjoy their favorite artists in person. Instafest is a new web application that creates an imaginary music festival, with the performing acts based on artists that the user frequently listens to.

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