Columns & Editorials

There is a lot more to being a serious artist than just making music. If you have any aspirations of having a career or getting on someone’s radar, professionalism is a must. There is a point where talent can only take you so far, and for some, that talent is never even realized by anyone because of a complete failure of simple and concise communication.
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On December 14th, 2017, Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul departed this world at the age of 78. Sproul is one of the greatest proponents of Reformed theology in the 20th century. R.C. was characterized by his charismatic speaking presence, infectious personality, commitment to the authority of scripture and sound theology, and a unique ability to make deep truths simple without making simplistic.
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I recall it vividly. Nearly ten years ago, a cheap, old laptop in front of me; cables running around just to connect to a power source and our spotty internet connection, I heard "Jesus Muzik" for the first time.
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The above photo has caused quite a stirring of emotions once Lecrae's post went up on Instagram with the description of, "Talkin God and Gucci." Many rejoiced with excitement while others took to the shaming of "sacred and secular" argument. Regardless, of which side the straw stirs your drink, sip slowly because this is hot news.
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Hip-Hop artist NF had undoubtedly one of the best weeks an artist could probably have, a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 album on the iTunes chart with Perception, not to mention, a win for Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Dove Awards. Perhaps even more incredible than the feats themselves, the mainstream media didn’t really see it coming and it completely flew under the radar...twice.
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Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed essentially issued a challenge to rappers and producers when they decided to make the files of their first single off of Magic & Bird, "Kidz" available for anyone to download. The song's beat stems and isolated vocals were available for free download and it gave creatives the opportunity to remix the music or even rap over the instrumental themselves. It's a pretty unprecedented move for an artist to open themselves up like this, but at the end of the day, everyone's glad it happened.
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Don’t call it a comeback! Nintendo, the original OG of the video game industry (sorry Atari), has hopped into their DeLorean and brought back the system that cemented its reign as the king of consoles in the early 90's, the SNES. Now, the SNES Classic, which hits shelves Sept 29, has sent the Internet into a frenzy.
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