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Vol. 3…Life And Times Of S. Carter — Jay-Z

By Justin Lee

Jay-Z and DMX are easily two of the most successful mc’sin hip-hop today, having risen victoriously from the underground-status to the forefront in the last couple of years. After a couple of multi-platinum albums each, headlining the most successful tour in hip-hop history (1999’s The Hardknock Life Tour) and dabbling in acting, "Jigga" and "Y"… Continue reading Vol. 3…Life And Times Of S. Carter — Jay-Z

Next Friday Soundtrack — Various Artists

By Justin Lee

Movie soundtracks are traditionally reserved for the moldy leftovers that lurk somewhere at the back of an artist’s refrigerator or musical archive. Next Friday is no different, with the exception of gems offered by Pharoah Monch, Wu-Tang Clan and, are you ready for this, a brand new track from the original gangstas of Compton, NWA–sort… Continue reading Next Friday Soundtrack — Various Artists

From the daycare to the Canadian hip-hop throne

By Justin Lee

"He’s not like a typical rapper… [he’s] very down-to-earth," reassures a female voice on the intro to Choclair’s debut album, Ice Cold. As I sit across from him in a trendy uptown martini bar, these words bear new meaning when describing the 24-year-old Scarborough, Ontario-bred mc. Both polite and patient, he comes across more like… Continue reading From the daycare to the Canadian hip-hop throne

You do what with your mouth?

By Justin Lee

Since its origin, four distinguishing elements have defined hip-hop culture: MC-ing, DJ-ing, b-boying, and graffiti. But one aspect that has always had a presence, despite being drastically overlooked, is the beat box–otherwise known as the fifth element. Back in the day, artists like Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh lead the rest of the pack… Continue reading You do what with your mouth?

Ivana Santilli: new boss lady

By Justin Lee

A laid-back, dream-like feeling passes over you while listening to Brown, the debut album from ex-Base Is Base member, Ivana Santilli. Interspersed with energetic and upbeat sections, Brown creates what Santilli describes as "soul." "I describe it as soul and the thing is, I’m a little apprehensive in describing it that way simply because I… Continue reading Ivana Santilli: new boss lady

Book review: The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

By Justine Wright

This is the kind of book that would work better as a movie. The Son of a Certain Woman comes from the bestselling author Wayne Johnston and follows Percy Joyce, a young Newfoundlander who is born with a disfiguring condition that blemished his skin and enlarged his hands and feet. Percy’s life is controversial: he’s… Continue reading Book review: The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston

Storybook basketball season ends in Regina

By Taylor McKee

Though the result may be the same as last season, the circumstances are much different for the University of Calgary women’s basketball team after the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final Eight wrapped up in Regina on March 17. The Dinos finished fourth after being defeated by the St. Mary’s University Huskies in the bronze-medal game —… Continue reading Storybook basketball season ends in Regina

Conservatives win Calgary Centre

By Riley Hill

Conservative candidate Joan Crockatt won the Calgary Centre by-election on Nov. 26, defeating Liberal candidate Harvey Locke by just over a thousand votes. The win was a close, three-way race between the Conservative, Liberal and Green candidates in a district that has consistently voted conservative since its creation in 1966. 
 Crockatt received 36.9 per… Continue reading Conservatives win Calgary Centre