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El Estoque

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
From left to right: YNR Sway, Ethanerino, Arune Sarma. Graphic by Aditya Shukla | El Estoque

Rapping provides escape

Aditya Shukla and Justin E Kim February 13, 2022
A look into the FUHSD rapping scene
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
“shut the f--- up talking to me” is the debut record of upcoming rapper and comedian Zack Fox. Following the release of his latest album teaser “fafo,” he released the seven-track debut on Oct. 15, 2021.

‘shut the f— up talking to me’ hits all of its shots

Aditya Shukla October 18, 2021
Comedian Zack Fox’s debut is explosive and unrelenting
“Life of a Don” is the second studio album released by rapper and singer Don Toliver, legal name Caleb Zackery Toliver. Photo courtesy of Cactus Jack Records

‘Life of a DON’ lives within the shadow of influence

Aditya Shukla October 16, 2021
Don Toliver's sophomore album is precision filled repetition
The album cover for Kanye Wests Donda consists of a simple black square. Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Manic artistry is celebrated in ‘Donda’

Aditya Shukla August 31, 2021
Kanye West’s newest record hits vulnerable highs but fails to find cohesion and purpose
Early Thursday morning, on April 23, rapper Cordae Amari Dunston, better known as Cordae, released his freshmen EP, “Just Until….” The EP is appropriately titled, as Dunston announced on both the cover art and on his Twitter that this EP was a starter in anticipation for his upcoming full-length studio album. 

Cordae’s ‘Just Until….’ does just enough to satisfy

Sean Yagi, Staff Writer April 29, 2021
The North Carolina rapper satiates fans with a short but fulfilling EP
iKons Bobby poses in a choreographed fight for the U MAD MV

Bobby exceeds expectations with his second solo album ‘Lucky Man’

Tyler Cho January 31, 2021
The latest album from iKon’s main rapper merges vintage-inspired rap tones with new experimental styles
 ‘Starz’ is Lean’s most complete and well-produced album yet

Yung Lean shows progress on ‘Starz’

Sean Yagi, Staff Writer May 22, 2020
‘Starz’ is Lean’s most complete and well-produced album yet
Album cover art for Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats new album, UNLOCKED

Denzel Curry’s “UNLOCKED” Doesn’t Miss a Beat

Sean Yagi, Staff Writer February 29, 2020
Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats link up and release a short 17 minute banger of an EP
Travis Scott:  the unique sound of “Highest in the Room”

Travis Scott: the unique sound of “Highest in the Room”

Anish Vasudevan October 10, 2019
Rapper Travis Scott improves from previous work with new single “Highest in the Room”
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
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