28 January 2016

Artist Spotlight: Zonnique

Source: Global Grind



Hey guys. I know Black History Month starts in February (and it's currently January still), but I'm going to highlight an African-American artist anyways (The sooner the better! Right? Right!!!). This week I discovered a fairly new artist, Zonnique. Ring any bells? IT SHOULD. Zonnique was once a part of the teen girl group The OMG Girlz. If that does not sound familiar, she is also the daughter of rapper T.I. and singer-songwriter Tameka "Tiny" Harris from the hit reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. After what seemed like a small fun with The OMG Girlz, Zonnique decided to spread her wings and start a solo career. Following her mother's footsteps into music, who was in the 90's group Xscape, one can describe Zonnique's sound as refreshing new R&B that can still bring that "old-school" feeling back. Make sure you look out for Zonnique's music on WNJR Radio 91.7FM.

26 January 2016

Artist Spotlight: Victor Kivuva

 

Victor Kivuva
On Campus there is an up and coming artist that has been making waves throughout Washington and Jefferson College. He started writing poetry at young age reflecting the issues around the world. Globally conscious, he tries to incorporate current issues in his music. He would consider his style of music soulful floetry, not wanting to limit himself to the stigmatized category of Hip-Hop, although this is a sub-category of this versatile genre of music. His new single PE$A discusses the racial issues that are only examined surface deep based on skin color, but the real issue is socio-economics. The phrase "Iko wapi pesa"means "where is the money?"the message of the song is: Everything has a money trail and understanding the money helps one understand the problem. I encourage all to listen and comment on his soundcloud!      

25 January 2016

The Good, the Bad, and the Happy

Hi guys! Its New Music Monday again, and this week I have some great stuff for you.

Panic! at the Disco's new album, 'Death of a Bachelor,' was released on January 15th.  I've been excited for this album since it was announced (if you couldn't tell - I mentioned it several times in past posts!) and the final product is nothing short of what I expected.  Half the album was released prior to the January 15th date, making the ultimate release slightly lackluster for me.  However, the album as a whole is incredible, touching upon old P!ATD's borderline raunchy songs about sex and sinning while also showing that they have evolved yet again, gracing our ears with a new sound that will be stuck in our heads for days.
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Listen to: "LA Devotee," "The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty," and "Crazy=Genius
 
Hoodie Allen's new free album was released on Friday under an accurate name: "Happy Camper" definitely made me a happy camper!  This album is truly the whole package - an upbeat pop song, a killer feature by "Blackbear" that is as just sexy as you would expect it to be, a hip-hop banger about relationship issues, and a fun song with a catchy feature by a talented female vocalist - the whole shebang.  As if I wasn't excited enough to see Hoodie in March, I REALLY can't wait now!  Much like the transformation that is apparent on Panic! at the Disco's new album, Hoodie's fresh release has some undertones of the young, boisterous Hoodie while also exhibiting his growth as both an artist and a professional.  Check it out - its free and 100% worth it!
Image result for happy camper hoodie allen album cover
Listen to: "Surprise Party (feat. Blackbear)," "Remind Me Of," "Too Invested"

Also on Friday, Weezer FINALLY gave us the album announcement we've all been praying for since the release of "Thank God For Girls" in October.  Unless you're like me and you've just been itching for more Weezer since "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" was released October 27th, 2014.  Weezer's tenth studio album will be self-titled, with a parenthetical "White Album" title and will be released on April 1st.  The album announcement was accompanied by a new single, "King of the World," as well as a tour announcement with none other than Panic! at the Disco!  Unfortunately the tour doesn't come anywhere near Pittsburgh... road trip, anyone? 

22 January 2016

Let's Get This Party Started


Hello everyone! I hope that everyone's New Years, break, and Intersession is going wonderfully. We're back in action at WNJR Radio and hope that you guys are ready for a big bang. Next month is Black History Month and I'll be doing my spotlights on artists that helped pave the way for the minorities present in the music and the media today. I hope you guys are excited as I am!

21 January 2016

WE'RE B(L)ACK!

Naturl Socialite by Matthew Thomas | Courtesy of The Houston Museum of African American Culture
Source: Art| Library Deco
 
Hey beautiful people! I hope you all had an AMAZING winter break (I know it was awfully short for most of us here for intersession). However, on the brighter side we have WNJR staff members back on campus blogging, tweeting, and adding some fabulous new music to our catalog. Just around the corner we have the month of February, also known as Black History Month (YAYYYY!!). All through out next month, look out for a weekly post highlighting African-American artists and/or poets. These featured artists will also be on WNJR Radio, make sure you tune into 91.7FM for a listen.