• Opinions

    Hip-Hop is no longer “hip”

    By Sam Arneson There used to be a time when you could turn on the radio and listen for hours on end without hearing a song played for a second time. Nowadays, it seems that whenever you turn on the radio, you only hear one song, even if it’s performed by different artists. Essentially, I’m trying to say that hip-hop all sounds the same now; the monotonous backbeats and classic four-chord songs just aren’t doing it for me anymore. I understand that most hip-hop now is produced with the sole purpose of being danced to, but, come on, let’s be a little more creative. For the most part, the latest…

  • Arts & Culture

    Chapel Hill rapper Evan “Ease” Draughon is on his way

    By Sam Schaefer Last year, more than three years after I had first met Evan Draughon, I heard him perform live for the first time. It was an inauspicious occasion, a hip-hop concert at Jack Sprat on Franklin Street featuring him and several other acts on a rainy October night. I had first met him through my brother and his friends, and over the years I had know him, I had heard him rhyme among small groups of people in private settings, but because I was always too young to get in the venues where he performed in front of an audience, those were the only times I had seen…