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Hip hop heads often engage in lively debate about the genre’s best and worst. Some scrutinize lyrics endlessly while others judge rhythm and delivery, Some claim Kendrick Lamar is king while others cry for Drake as rap’s monarch yet both camps fail to realize that the crown really belongs to Miami native Lil Pump. King Pump has risen from the dark pits of Soundcloud into popular summer playlists, WorldstarHipHop and beyond. His 17-year-old charm has brought about a new sub-genre of rap rife with zoned-out pillheads, yet his geniusness has completely reshaped the genre’s look and sound. King Pump paints a very real picture of our generation’s existentialist paradoxes. On “Molly,” he tells the tale of a wild night out. “I’m on the molly, I’m on the bean,” he whines and raps about fucking your sister garbed in designer clothing. It is a precise commentary on the angst that millennials…

Stony Brook USG hosted its annual “Back to the Brook” concert this past Friday, September 22nd headlined by Post Malone. Post Malone’s 16-week, 21-city, ‘Stoney’ tour fittingly began here Stony Brook, where he jokingly told the audience in attendance that he “was enrolling” at the start of the spring semester. After learning what he made for this performance let’s just say tuition won’t be an issue, while I’m sure a few summer classes and prerequisites will be needed beforehand. The concert saw a very well attended audience, as students filed into the almost 4,500 seat capacity IFCU Arena. An opening performance from 20-year-old Los Angeles DJ ‘Slushii’ who came into the event under the radar, as many students were unfamiliar with the musician. Yet, by night’s end, the crowd found themselves very well aware. His set included an EDM mix of hip-hop, pop, classic rock and even country, appealing to…

Although it may sound new, for more than a decade, Skepta and the Boy Better Know have been making “grime,” a genre of rap that comes exclusively from London. Skepta’s younger brother, JME’s song “96 Bars of Revenge,” was released 10 years ago and has three million views on Youtube. Skepta’s first album, ironically titled, “Greatest Hits,” came out in 2007 and is still one of the best British rap albums to ever be released. Skepta and British rappers hav been making great hip-hop and have already found success in their homeland. Yet, it wasn’t until 2014-2015 when grime exploded in the United States. The first grime track I ever heard was the 2014 U.S. remix of “That’s Not Me,” with New York City underground rapper Wiki, replacing JME’s verse. That remix opened a door to a facet of hip-hop I had never seen before. It was harder, faster, and…