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Albums of the Week

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Julia Maldonado

September 28, 2017

‘Anti’ - Rihanna - 2016 The record "Anti" is a perfect combination of love ballads, club anthems and heartbreak hits. Songs like "Needed Me" and "Work" dominated the airwaves but the special gems on “Anti” are a must listen. Slow tunes such as "James Joint" and "Yeah I Said It" are standouts of the album...

Celebrities get better treatment

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Mina Marjanovic and David Molina

September 30, 2016

“I’ll buy the neighbor’s house if they complain about the noise,” said Drake in one of his features for Future, called “Where Ya At."According to Trulia, a real estate website, last week Drake decided to live up to his lyrics. Drake dropped about $3 million for his neighbor's 4...

Rap beefs not what they used to be

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William Rein

February 7, 2016

Three years ago Kendrick Lamar told the hip hop community at large, “I got love for you all but I’m trying to murder you niggas.” Kendrick bodied the entire radio conglomerate the day “Control” dropped, an epic name drop anthem, firmly cemented his position as king and s...

Chico has bad taste in hip-hop

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William Rein

May 8, 2015

For the last 10 years, I lived joyfully unexposed to mainstream radio garbage, guided to be blissfully ignorant by the hipster culture of my hometown. Yet before I came to Chico, I was far more aware of good hip-hop and rap. I was raised by Tech N9ne, and although you and I could debate for ho...

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