The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Hip Hop W(rap) Up

Hip Hop W(rap) Up

Samika Bhatkar and Dylan Nguyen September 16, 2023

Fifty years ago, a small house party in the Bronx, hosted by DJ Kool Herc, birthed the genre known as hip-hop. Early hip-hop was an outlet for rappers to reflect on issues in New York, such as the economic...

The Jackman. album cover features hip-hop and rap artist Jack Harlow standing alongside a row of dumpsters, his arms crossed over his chest.

‘Jackman.’ falls short in everything but its lyricism

Aashi Venkat May 4, 2023
Despite its emotional lyricism, the album’s generic production categorizes it as bland
“Heroes and Villains” album cover depicts Metro Boomin shaking an identical version of him engulfed in fire, a sentiment paying homage to rock group Pink Floyd.

Metro Boomin proves producer albums shouldn’t be disregarded in “Heroes and Villains”

Samika Bhatkar December 9, 2022
“Heroes and Villains” rich and dark ambiance perfectly pairs masterful production with feature artists
The album cover, a blurry image of Lanez contrasted with bright and dark colors, previews a multitude of emotions showcased throughout the album.

‘Sorry 4 What’ is an unapologetic failure

Chiran Arumugam and Sameer Maheshwari October 13, 2022

“I'm not tryna be here for a long time / Just, just a good, good time / I got a lot of s— weighin' on my mind” “Sorry 4 What” encompasses aspects of Lanez’s personal and musical growth in...

The “Traumazine” album cover features rapper Megan Thee Stallion expressing anger on the left and grief on the right — with these two emotions merging into her neutrality in the middle — alluding to how the album is rich with emotion and showcases three different sides of the rapper.

‘Traumazine’ is a reclaim of artistic identity

Aashi Venkat August 15, 2022
Megan Thee Stallion’s seventh album has the perfect balance of authenticity, fury and confidence
Journalist Jeff Chang coined the name Golden Era for the period of rap music produced from 1986 to the late 1990s

The Golden Era and modern rap

Anushka De December 8, 2021
How 90s hip-hop artists have shaped the current rap scene
Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

Artists Around Us: The stories of singers at MVHS

A feature on rapper Kid Kuza, pop singer Shravanti Shankar and traditional Carnatic singer Madhav Danturthi
The death of Lil Peep

The death of Lil Peep

Robert Borrego November 30, 2017
How students believe the sudden death of a young rapper will affect the perception of drugs in modern hip-hop culture
Seven up-and-coming women in hip-hop to watch out for

Seven up-and-coming women in hip-hop to watch out for

Himani Yalamaddi October 5, 2017
A compilation of emerging female hip-hop artists making a name for themselves
On Nov. 11, club members who were performing in the Winter Showcase meet in front of the Quilan Center in Memorial Park to go over their routine. The club members practiced frequently leading up to the Winter Showcase. Photo by Sharon Tung.

Urban Soul Movement performs at Winter Showcase

Sharon Tung December 7, 2015
The Winter Showcase solidifies hip-hop club’s bond
Featuring a cover that evokes a “Miami Vice” vibe, Miley Cyrus’s fourth music album “Bangerz” comes after weeks of anticipation (or lack thereof), following a series of provocative performances and music videos. Source: RCA Records.

Music: Miley Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ not as bad as expected

Shuyi Qi October 14, 2013
...but still kind of bad.
FUHSD frenzy

FUHSD frenzy

Karishma Mehrotra April 11, 2010

 Four Fremont Union High School District schools come together to present a handful of talented acts   The talent that surrounds us at MVHS is incredible...but redundant. It is only...

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