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    Soundwaves: Drake’s “Summer ’16” disappoints

    A Column by Karlton Tate and Isaac Rosso Klakovich Acclaimed rapper, singer, and hip-hop mogul Drake has had a widely successful career thus far. This year, Drake predicted that he would dominate the summer season alongside rapper Future with their widely trumpeted Summer Sixteen Tour. However, other hip-hop albums like Schoolboy Q’s “Blank Face,” YG’s “Still Brazy,” and Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” were considered better by most hip-hop fans. It is clear that the rapper’s prediction fell short of its mark, as he was eclipsed by these more impressive artists and rap releases. Drake’s current crisis lies in his lack of devotion to lyrical delivery yet commitment to accessible…

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    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…