Solange invites us all to ‘A Seat At The Table’, while celebrating the beauty in color

Solange invites us all to ‘A Seat At The Table’, while celebrating the beauty in color

by Ja’Von Hill, Visuals EditorSolange Knowles announced on her 30th birthday in an Instagram post that she officially completed her 4th album A Seat At The Table. She began writing the album three years ago and calls it her “most proud body of work.” In addition, Knowles wrote, composed and co-produced all 21 songs on the album. As a result, she took her time and she did it right. The singer-songwriter hopped back on the music scene in her infamous fashion spreading love, good vibes and black girl magic. A Seat At The Table is an effortlessly smooth collection of […]

by · October 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, NEO SOUL, R&B, Social Commentary
Album Review: Blonde

Album Review: Blonde

Terrance Smith, Staff WriterA day after surprising music consumers with the visual album Endless, R&B superstar Frank Ocean dropped his long awaited and repeatedly teased sophomore album, Blonde. For four years, fans patiently – and some impatiently – waited for a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album Channel Orange. Some Ocean fans feel as if this is long overdue, while others may appreciate the time he took to make a solid record. The 17-track album runs a little over an hour long. For an album that has been in the works since 2013, that may be why there is a plethora of […]

by · September 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, R&B
Jhene Aiko and Big Sean

Twenty88 Album Review

by Terrance Smith, The MSU Spokesman Contributor Big Sean and Jhene Aiko collaborated on their self-titled album Twenty88. Sean and Aiko collaborated on a number of tracks before, however they have joined forces to create a complete record. It is safe to say Sean and AIko have solid chemistry that has grown over time through past records such as “I Know” and “I’m Gonna Be”. Their voices balance well between the two so making a complete project was a good idea. Upon first listen T88 is smooth album, giving off a very relaxing sound through the tracks. Notable tracks upon […]

by · April 13, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, HIP HOP, MUSIC, R&B
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Super Bowl 50 Halftime show Review

by Maliik Obee, Staff WriterIt wouldn’t truly be the Super Bowl if it wasn’t filled with some sort of controversy on and off the field, and the 50th Super Bowl surely didn’t disappoint. 83,000 fans filled the seats at Levi’s stadium to watch the defensive battle that was the Carolina Panthers versus the Denver Broncos. The Broncos would come out the victors, sending future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning out in style. The NFL spared no expense, bringing in megastars Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé for the halftime show. Each artist brought their own flavor to the show, pleasing the crowd […]

by · February 8, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL, R&B, SPORTS, Television
Black Friday Music Releases

Black Friday Music Releases

by Maliik Obee, Staff WriterIt’s common for mixtapes to be released on holidays when many artists can receive their fans full attention. This past Thanksgiving weekend, hip-hop and R&B fans where given more than enough music to feast on. Cash Money staple Lil Wayne kicked off the holiday weekend with his much anticipated No Ceilings 2, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 project of the same name. That was followed by the release of projects, some by surprise, by the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B. Headliner artists such as Erykah Badu, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Chris Brown and Yo Gotti […]

by · November 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, HIP HOP, MUSIC, NEO SOUL, R&B, SECTIONS