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art is prophecy: a profile of IDA director Jeff Chang

by KATIE SALMON 

The first question that crossed my mind when I met Jeff Chang was: How does a Chinese-Hawaiian prep school kid from the islands with a hipster-esque fashion sense become one of today’s preeminent hip-hip scholars and activists? 

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hip hop and apartheid: a conversation with Kareem Alston

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by PHOENIX C. 

Kareem Alston produced the documentary “Cape Town Hip Hop: Cultural Embattlement of Apartheid” for his honors thesis. He is a senior in African and African American Studies with a concentration in the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. I caught up with him a few days after his debut screening.

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IGH IGH IGH IGH: an editor email exchange about Chance the Rapper

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by LAWRENCE NEIL and ALEC ARCENEAUX

An email exchange between StAR editors centering around the recent Chance the Rapper show at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater.  Also covered: the ‘Arthur’ Theme Song, potential celebrity best friends, a Marley brothers conspiracy theory, 808s and Heartbreak as a trailblazing album, the Backstreet Boys.

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Profiles of the Stanford Artist: Charlie and Aidan Geronimus (‘16) Are Spitting That Real-Real

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by ALEC ARCENEAUX

Probably the best thing that music can do is to make everything seem clear and simple, to bring the specific out of the abstract. It distills emotions into action. It can give you a reminder of the idealism that most people grow out of without really knowing why. Hip-hop as a medium is especially conducive to this. It’s a little disappointing to see mainstream musicians unwilling to harness that ability, and it seems like the only ones that do are cloyingly sanctimonious and just not that entertaining to listen to, like Macklemore, or every other Immortal Technique song. (Shots fired.)

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Power Trippin’: J. Cole Comes to San Francisco

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by BANA HATZEY

I first saw J. Cole perform at a tiny, intimate show in Seattle four years ago. This still stands as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.


J. Cole is an incredibly personable artist, who I think performs best – and whose music is best tailored to – small audiences where he can peer into every member’s eyes and deep deep deep into their souls. Well, I guess fame is a double-edged sword, right? You wish the best for your darling artists at the peril of getting lost in the masses of new fans.

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Nostalgia or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hip-Hop

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by MAX WALKER-SILVERMAN

Nostalgia is a big industry and I’m a helpless consumer of it. It’s really not my fault. There’s something buried deep in our brains that sees history as a series of cultural bonfires on the cold plain of human experience and wants more than anything to warm up next to one.

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Something in the Water, B: An Interview with Tory Lanez

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by LAWRENCE NEIL and TOM O’NEILL

photography by ERIC EICH

After Tory Lanez’s sound check, the singer walked towards me, distressed.  “My brother,” he told me, perturbed, “Before we do the interview, and I don’t even know if you can fulfill this request, but I really need some tea.  And some honey.” 

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The Index: Late Registration by Kanye West

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by LAWRENCE NEIL

Volunteer critics listen to an album in its entirety while discussing music and life.

Sobriety is optional.

This week: Late Registration by Kanye West

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