Beyond Rap’s Bad Rep

by Mitchell Karcher

Many people hold strong opinions on rap/hip-hop music, whether they love it or despise it, it is one of the biggest music genres to date. However, due to its vulgarity, several people refuse to listen it and group it all in the same category as what they consider “garbage rap.”

This unfair description is a gross generalization that cuts down what this form of art truly is.

“There’s Alot Going On” by Vic Mensa is a gem that represents rap as a true form of poetic of speech. Flowing with the background music Vic backs his speech with genuine emotion as he raps about his starting phase of addiction and partying while writing his music. He then dives into his troubled relationship with his girlfriend at the time, Natalie. He abused her and proceeds to explain he was in the wrong as he was taking all of his aggression out on her after his band broke up, which let him down from high expectations.  He continues with explaining his serious drug addiction and recovery stating he moved back home to his mom’s basement before he made it big in the rap industry.

With research focus in urban arts, Dr. Emery Petchauer, an associate professor and coordinator of the English education program at MSU, speaks more in depth about hip-hop as a genre and culture.

When asked why hip-hop has surpassed other music genres, he said, hip-hop music appeals “to diverse experiences among people,” and “music with heavy drums (like hip-hop) has a really broad appeal to people because drums are universal. Hip hop may “speak” to some people because of the beat alone, or the beat at first. That’s why we dance to hip-hop music sometimes and are not even thinking about the words!”

Speaking on this level, it is perfectly understandable why music like Vic Mensa’s has become so mainstream.


Music genres by class and artist recommendations

by Miggy Guzman

Music is everywhere we walk.

It is in the hallways.

It is in the classroom.

It is a part of us in this generation. Living in this generation where there are so many genres of music, we get stuck listening to what we always listen to daily. Here is what some of your peers and classmates grades are listening to.

Freshman Class

The freshman class is fresh and new to high school. They bring new ideas and new music, but Robert Keen, Isaac burns, Conner Kelly and Kyle Henning like to bring it back old school. They listen to metal and classic rock like the great rock bands Nirvana and Motorhead but they also listen to some new music like Kendrick Lamar.

Sophomore Class 

Knowing the school pretty well by now, sophomores Sam Brooks, Cierra Roberts, Zane Peltier, and Elise Misner are more into hip hop, country, and pop. They are listening to the to singers and bands like 21 pilots, Florida Georgia Line, and Luke Brain.

Junior Class

More experienced students at this school are juniors like Kadden Russell, Devin Zwiers, Caleb Price and Erik Acevedo who are more into what today’s up and coming rappers have to say. The likes of Lil Pump, XXXTENTACION, and $ucide Boy$ are rappers coming up from the underground scene.

Senior Class

During their last four years of listening to music in high school and going through music trends as they change, Seniors Talin Dudley, Cameron Ranta, and Christian Ruff  listen to all types of music from ultimate rock to hip hop and pop. They listen to bands like Hollywood Undead, Lincoln Park and 90’s alternative rock bands. These seniors also listen to EDM artists like Mashmello and rappers like NF and Kaydo.

Walking down the halls we see different faces all the time. One thing we all have in common is music. We may not listen to the same artist, but we share a love of the same genres in music.

All students need to be open to listen to new music and explore new options.