Chadley Ballantyne and Kristie Born Stun Audience With Emotion-Packed Performance

October 2, 2019

      In a vocal performance between songs, there is a moment where the room is completely silent. If we all ceased to exist, it would be in this moment of equilibrium where we are, collectively, the...

Blonde Does It Better

Frank Ocean's
A Review of Frank Ocean’s Masterpiece
May 6, 2019

It took one review of Frank Ocean’s album Blonde published in The Reporter to frustrate me enough into becoming the music writer for this publication. I was studying for my finals sophomore year and...

The Marathon Continues

A Goodbye to an Idol, Nipsey Hussle
April 30, 2019

This piece has not been edited from its original published form, and so may reflect inaccuracies concerning dates.  -- This is a dedication.   This past Sunday night, I read a headline...

Shazam

a movie review
April 8, 2019

I got early access tickets via Fandango for the movie Shazam, and went to see it at the AmStar Theater in Lake Mary. I highly recommend this theater, the seats are extremely comfortable and it’s not...

Sad Songs Vol. 1

Sad Songs Vol. I, by Larissa Hanson
album review, track by track
April 1, 2019

Stetson senior Larissa Hanson released her debut EP Sad Songs Vol. I at Stetson’s Platinum Collective, the Digital Arts Senior Exhibition, on March 22. Hanson not only wrote her own songs, she recorded,...

Break up with this album. I’m bored.

Break up with this album. I'm bored.
Ariana Grande unloads a bitter follow-up to her Grammy-winning LP Sweetener in a dramatic fashion.
March 14, 2019

Ariana Grande has had a run like no other. Starting with her humble beginnings as a co-star on Nickelodeon’s ‘Victorious’, Grande has slowly but surely developed a career unlike any other. Her vocals...

Treading Water: A Review of Swimming by Mac Miller

Treading Water: A Review of Swimming by Mac Miller
December 11, 2018

Mac Miller’s music has been a constant in my life since I was 13. I can remember pretending to know who he was at summer camp in the summer of 2010 to fit in with the cool kids and then anxiously downloading...

“The Exodus of Tha Carter V”

“The Exodus of Tha Carter V”
Featured in the October issue of The Reporter
October 25, 2018

When Tha Carter V was originally set to release, I was in the worst phase of my Lil Wayne fan-hood. His over the top use of autotune and love for lyrics revolving around oral sex were boring, tired, and...

“DAMN.” Sam Hadelman on Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer

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“Kendrick Lamar delivers the album we don’t deserve on DAMN.”
April 18, 2018

When I read the words, “Pulitzer Award” and “rapper” in the same sentence my heart dropped. The moment has arrived; hip-hop has been recognized on a world-wide platform and in the most legitimate...

Failure, Vulnerability and Redemption: Jay-Z Sells Wisdom on 4:44

Failure, Vulnerability and Redemption: Jay-Z Sells Wisdom on 4:44
“I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99”
November 17, 2017

Since Magna Carta Holy Grail, I have been Jay-Z’s biggest critic. Despite him being the reason I got into rap music in the first place, that aforementioned album was lifeless and uninspired. 4:44 was...

Ella & Louis: Jazz So Good Even Jim Crow is Tapping His Feet

Ella & Louis: Jazz So Good Even Jim Crow is Tapping His Feet
It’s 1956 and our favorite black musicians still had to sit in the back of their own tour bus. Drink your milkshake and put your records on, but don’t forget about Jim Crow.
November 10, 2017

Bringing new life into the jazz standards we already know and love, Ella and Louis accomplished what Elvis’ “Love Me Tender” could not: authenticity. To be able to discuss the magnitude of the...

Kodak Black births Project Baby 2

Photo courtesy of Billboard.com
September 29, 2017

With his multiple tattoos and lengthy arrest record, he is your parents worst nightmare.Kodak Black oozes controversy. He seems to have no filter on his public statements, and they are offensive. He dresses...

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