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UMass Divest and proponents of sanctuary campus will not be allowed to speak at Board of Trustees meeting -

December 8, 2016

Former political prisoner to speak on human rights and prison experience -

December 8, 2016

UMass men’s basketball using late-game situations as learning opportunities for remainder of season -

December 8, 2016

UMass men’s basketball kicks off Gotham Classic at home against Pacific -

December 8, 2016

UMass hockey looks to continue recent improvements against Connecticut -

December 8, 2016

UMass hockey team confident in game plan despite UConn’s constant change in net -

December 8, 2016

UMass women’s basketball falls apart in the fourth quarter in 71-55 loss to Hofstra -

December 8, 2016

It’s been a long year -

December 8, 2016

A return to the collapse of 2008 -

December 8, 2016

Mindfulness in, and in spite of, a technological age -

December 8, 2016

Beer, bets and pool: a High Horse unofficial review -

December 8, 2016

Don’t let winter stop you from running outside -

December 8, 2016

BREAKING: Train allegedly strikes pedestrian in Amherst -

December 7, 2016

Campus Climate survey shows strong response -

December 7, 2016

Jennifer Carlson gives talk on race and gun law enforcement -

December 7, 2016

Labor Center to receive increased funding from University -

December 7, 2016

Verdi enforces playing a full 40 minutes as UMass takes on Hofstra -

December 7, 2016

Mulligan looks to continue seven game double-double streak at Hofstra -

December 7, 2016

Jesus: the conservative Republican -

December 7, 2016

The joy of Snapchat -

December 7, 2016

So, just who is Big K.R.I.T.?

Rafael Canton looks at Spring Concert performer Big K.R.I.T.

The G.O.A.T. of Rap: The Notorious B.I.G.

Some rappers wish to have a hit song, some rappers wish to be celebrities, some rappers wish to be the best, Biggie just wanted to rap and make music. While it is a sad day for some because March 9th marks the 14th anniversary of rapper The Notorious B.I.G.’s death and still there has never been any resolution to his murder, I choose to celebrate his career. B.I.G. changed music in many ways, and his presence is definitely missed in Hip-Hop. Biggie might say that he isn’t a role model, and is just your average Joe, but he wasn’t. Others might…

Album Review: Lupe Fiasco “Lasers”

Lupe Fiasco has gone through struggles that many artists go through with releasing music that is in conflict with what the record label wants. He has talked about being forced to release records that the record label designed and suggested for him. Tracks like The Show Goes On, Words I Never Said, and Never Forget You were talked about by Lupe in a negative way because he has no emotional connect to them. Atlantic Records went up to Lupe handed him the record and told him to record these tracks, and to write his lyrics a certain way, such as don’t be…

Interview with Teddy Roxpin

Teddy Roxpin is a local producer from Newton, Massachusetts. He is up-and-coming and has worked with artists such as Apathy, Chris Webby, Esoteric and has also worked with Mac Miller. I got the chance to sit down with Teddy and discuss a variety of topics such as his inspirations, what his experience working with Mac Miller was like and future projects and collaborations. Enjoy To Watch the video click HERE Rafael Canton can be reached at rcanton@student.umass.edu. To read more from Rafael, visit his website What You Know About That .

The Concept of The Mixtape: The Gift & The Curse

Rafael Canton questions the direction of hip-hop and the aims of the artists, who prove their worth and talent through wildly popular mixtapes.

The artist vs. the record label

A week after hip hop artist Nas has a fall out his record label Def Jam, Collegian blogger Rafael Canton takes a closer look into the relationship between artists and their record labels.