Grammy President Denies Race Problem In Beyonce’s Loss

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Following Adele’s album of the year Grammy victory, criticisms about race in the music industry have dominated post-Grammy conversations. Critics asserted Beyonce’s Lemonade “dominated critical discussion in 2016” and her grammy-loss reflected racial bias and lack of diversity in the Recording Academy. Adele called attention to Lemonade’s significance and apparent “snub” during her acceptance …

Album Review: Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo

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Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has risen to become one of the most respected and influential record labels in the hip-hop genre thanks to an amazing line-up of artist—notably Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q—and in-house producers who have been able to craft some of the most inventive hip-hop albums of recent memory. This year, the label has decided to start with …

DJ Jukeboxx: Behind The Turntable

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Bullets tore through the air, splitting a woman’s leg – causing pandemonium. Amongst the party, UCLA’s DJ Jukeboxx dropped behind his equipment avoiding the unnamed bullets. In transitioning from DJing “hood parties” to turning up UCLA’s party scene, Aaron Willis (commonly known as DJ Jukeboxx) says that the fundamental element that has kept him DJing is his, “passion for the …

My N***A, My N***A!

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Five months ago when I first heard the song, “My N***a”, by local rapper YG, the first thing I noticed was the beat. Immediately, I found myself grooving to it. Initially, the lyrics weren’t too bad. I was used to YG’s subject matter so nothing came off particularly shocking. Then came the hook. The word “n***a” is repeated a total of …

Interview: Terry Gray (TGray)

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Terry Gray, known as TGray, is a fourth year UCLA undergrad who has a strong passion for rap. He is an independent artist and is in the process of debuting his first mix tape The American Paradox. Interviewer: Rasheed Tulay/ Nommo Staff RT: So when did you start rapping and what motivated you to start rapping? TG: I been rapping since I was …