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Illenium: Immersing the World in Electronic Music

Photo Credit: Alexandra Gavillet Nicholas Miller, also known as the electronic musician Illenium is on an upward arc to stardom. He was born on December 26, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved and he grew up in San Francisco, California. Illenium started making music in 2008. After an influential concert, Illenium placed greater emphasis… Read more

Pink Sweat$: Reclaiming The Softer Side of R&B

Photo Credit: Courtney Loo & David Karp The up-and-coming R&B artist David Bowden aka Pink Sweat$ created a buzz in the music scene with his hit song “Honesty.” He’s also known for working with other artists such as Tierra Whack and Florida Georgia Line. Bowden was born on February 14, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As… Read more

Majid Jordan: Drake’s Co-signed R&B Duo

Photo Credit: Norman Wong Majid Jordan is a musician duo that started making music in 2011. The group is composed of members Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati. Jordan was born on September 8, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario. Majid was born in Bahrain, a small country in the Persian Gulf, on October 22, 1990. His… Read more

MTV Anniversary: Video Did Not Kill The Radio Star

“Video Killed the Radio Star” is not just a song. Popular belief holds that it’s also a rock history lesson. On August 1, 1981, the single by British new wave band the Buggles became the first video ever to air on MTV, and many feel that the title perfectly sums up the network’s impact: that… Read more

Normani: Propelled to Stardom

Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold Normani Hamilton was born on May 31, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. When she was young, her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, her family relocated to Houston, Texas. Normani loved dancing and beauty pageants and she started signing gospel music and recorded her first song when… Read more

Tayla Parx: The Triple Threat

Photo Credit: Caroline Tompkins Tayla Parx is an actress, songwriter, and musician that is currently gaining momentous attention from the long list of artists she’s worked with. She was born as Taylor Parks in Dallas, Texas on September 16, 1993. Her love of music and acting helped define what artistry meant to her. Taylor would… Read more

Avicii: The Legacy of an EDM Icon

Photo Credit: Sean Eriksson Born as Tim Bergling, Avicii was a Swedish musician that specialized in remixing music and record producing. His style of EDM, otherwise known as electronic dance music, crossed the genres of pop, country, reggae, and rock. Bergling became interested in the music since he was a child, and at the age… Read more

Lil Nas X: Breaking Free of Genre

Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach Born as Montero Lamar Hill in Lithia Springs, Georgia, on April 9, 1999, Lil Nas X is an up-and-coming musician who is crafting a musical name for himself. Hill’s parent’s divorced when he was 6 and he lived with his mother and grandmother in Bankhead Courts, a housing… Read more

Stefflon Don: The British Rapper Pushing Boundaries

Photo Credit:  Elliot Kennedy Stefflon Don is a Jamaican-British musician that is gaining fame from her various hit songs and for her personality. The up-and-coming British rapper has already succeeded where others haven’t. Stefflon Don broke into the American market by merging her Caribbean and hip-hop background with the UK grime she grew up with…. Read more

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: The Change Hip-Hop Needed

Photo Credit: Image via Getty/Matt Winkelmeyer Every generation has people who are symbols for great change. Whether in politics, the arts, or academics, there’s always someone pushing against the norm. Nipsey Hussle became that symbol in his neighborhood and within others across America. Nipsey represented change for the black community and for hip-hop. To understand… Read more