• Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: Social commentaries in music

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich Throughout history, artists have used their music to make a variety of political statements. Today, the volatile political climate of the country has encouraged artists to declare their positions through their music with unprecedented prevalence. In the world of hip-hop and rap, artists have used events like police shootings and the recent election of Donald Trump as a springboard to make broader statements about topics like racism, oppression, and discrimination. While politics and music will forever be intertwined, it is critical that artists do not allow the quality of their music’s overall listening experience to suffer as a result of an overbearing social…

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    Soundwaves: “DAMN.” Album Review

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich  Over two years ago, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which would go on to be touted as one of the greatest rap albums of the century. Following the album’s release, many began to wonder how Lamar would follow this universally renowned album and if he could maintain a nearly flawless discography. With the release of his latest album “DAMN,” Lamar has once again emphatically launched himself into the spotlight as contemporary hip-hop’s greatest artist. While “DAMN.” may have a few thematic shortcomings and an occasional lack of sonic cohesiveness, its sprawling ambition and honest emotion…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    “Not my president” is an ineffective and dangerous protest

    Following President Trump’s election in November, many liberals began to champion the phrase “not my president” to protest a man they saw unfit to be president. The phrase soon became the battle cry for many of the political resistance movements that have sprung up in reaction to Trump’s presidency. Unfortunately, this chant prevents people from internalizing the fact that America elected a reality TV star as president. Trump is my president, Trump is your president, and we should use this fact to fuel our desire to inspire political change. Obviously, everyone understands that legally, Donald Trump is their president, but for people to say that he doesn’t represent them because…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Trump generates new wave of protest music

    During the most recent election cycle, few songs were played as often as YG’s “FDT” (F— Donald Trump). Now that Trump has assumed the presidency, there has been no shortage of anti-Trump anthems from all genres of music. As evident from the Trump administration’s difficulty finding performers from their inauguration, the music industry doesn’t seem to be fond of the president. However, it is unclear if this change in the country’s politics will lead to a music industry that will continuously pump out anti-Trump songs for the duration of his time in office. “Music comes out to fight government when the situation is dire,” explained senior Nicholas Batman. “In terms…

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    Soundwaves: The most important albums of the last 50 years

    By Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich As music lovers, there are many albums that we would consider to be our favorites. Although we frequently discuss the most recent rap and hip-hop releases of the day, we enjoy all types of music and have a great appreciation for the roots of these genres. While it was difficult to pick one favorite, we have selected two albums that have had the greatest influence on our understanding of music today. ***While it has been clear since the first issue of Soundwaves that we regard Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” as a masterpiece of rap, we will abstain from further spreading the…