Hip-Hop

The past few months have seen no shortage of news from the grime and UK hip hop scene, with new music coming out regularly and big-name artists continuing to squabble back and forth. This piece will hopefully bring you up to speed, as a big summer for grime is awaits around the corner. “My Mixtape […]

Three years ago, I first heard about grime — a very fast, very British variant of hip hop. I’m not sure exactly why the genre appealed to me so much at the time. Maybe it was the unique instrumentals, which drive forward at 140 bpm and sound like a fusion of EDM and classic video […]

Eliy Orcko tells you what’s on his mind. A t-shirt of the poster for Re-Animator, a gaudy and gory 1985 horror film, peeks out from beneath a blood red flannel shirt draped lazily over his lanky frame. As he sits on a shabby leather couch, idly flicking through a box of PlayStation games, he is […]

In an effort to have you get to know the staff at BSR and to always provide excellent music we’re featuring a different BSR staffer made playlist every week.   For our next BSR Staff Playlist, we have our new Program Director Ryan Landolph. Ryan has been with the station for several years as a […]

Wavey Pack Productions is a modern hip-hop performance group who came together in Kent, Ohio for their love of edgy beats and meaningful lyrics. The group is comprised of Carter Liston (Carter), Taylor Liston (SpiriT), Donovan Womack (Donny Wo), Kam Stringer (Kam2gnarly), Darian Diggs (AyeD) and producer Trey Bryarly (T.C. Trillz). I got the chance to sit down […]

Every week of programming we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week! This week’s show is The Link Up! The Link Up airs every Friday from 12PM-2PM and is co-hosted by Quaylyn Hairston and Myles Taylor. Describe your show in a few words! Quay and Myles: It’s a radio show showcasing […]

By: Chyenne Tatum & Alissa Reyes Artist: BTS Album: Love Yourself: HER Label: Big Hit Entertainment Release Date: September 18, 2017 Rating:    Debuting in 2013, BTS started out with a hip-hop sound and image, but have since changed and explored their sound over the years. The seven members in the group include Rap Monster, […]

By: Taylor Pierce Photos by: Shawn Caves Last week, I grabbed some good friends and took a road trip to Columbus, Ohio to see Booty&theKidd accompanied by two other local artists perform live at Kafe Kerouac. The eight-piece jazz/hip-hop band drew a large crowd to the quaint venue to celebrate the release of their EP, […]

By: Conor Battles   Album: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Artist: Joey Bada$$ Label: Cinematic/Pro Era Release: April 7, 2017 Rating:   Joey Bada$$ has carved out an enviable niche for himself in hip-hop. The torchbearing figurehead of New York’s boom-bap revival has emerged as one of the genre’s eminent traditionalists, extolling the virtues of “real rap” in the face […]

By: Conor Battles Album: DAMN. Artist: Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Release: April 14, 2017 Score:     There was never any second album, and that’s a good thing. The odyssey of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth LP and the followup to 2015’s lauded To Pimp a Butterfly, began with the surprise drop of “The Heart Pt. […]


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