Is It Still Winter In Chicago?

I catch Grant, a junior at DePaul, leaving the library on the cold Tuesday night of March 14th. I ask him what he think’s of the recent snowfall we have gotten here in the city within the past few days, and being from out of town, what he thought of the weather throughout the winter here in Chicago in general.

He responded with saying he isn’t too pleased with the recent snowfall, and is actually – in a way – disappointed with the weak winter we had in Chicago. He explains that it didn’t live up to the hype of being a brutal and cold winter as advertised.


Interview with Grant

Photo credit link to featured image – Kamil Galimski

Link to ABC 7 News reporting on the recent weather in the city

Link to description of Chicago weather for the past 30 days


The Evolution Of Hip-Hop


From the time hip-hop was birthed in late 1970’s South Bronx, it took the country

by storm as the combination of these massive boom-bap beats and smooth slick catchy

rhymes spouted by New York MC’s were blasted on radios and stereos. Almost forty

years later, the culture of hip-hop and the state of rap has majorly transformed as we went

from an age of rap groups like Run DMC and NWA who shifted the game of rap to artists

like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert who introduced a whole new wave to rap and hip hop

and introduced mumble rap, a sub-genre of hip hop that become very popular within the

last few years.

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A Conversation About Modern Hip-Hop

Celia interviews Jason Kiwanuka about modern hip-hop; first talking about how Chance The Rapper won a Grammy award after being so successful and “best new artist” after releasing his most recent independently streaming album. This is important news because he is a very popular artist right now that isn’t signed to any record deal. Because of that, he isn’t making any money directly from his music. He has turned down countess offers worth millions of dollars from record companies, and this position highlights how music is listened to today. Continue reading “A Conversation About Modern Hip-Hop”

“Let Me See Your Ventra Card!”

DePaul junior student Garrett Mckenna is about to pass through the Addison red line train station and head towards a bar in Lincoln Park. I ask him what he thinks about the train in general, and about the recent news that police officers are checking people’s Ventra ID’s to verify identity as they walk through the turnstiles of the station. Continue reading ““Let Me See Your Ventra Card!””

The NES Classic Treasure Hunt

Video game mega company Nintendo has made a lot of buzz in the past 7 months. On two separate occasions in that span, they’ve been the focus of the video game community. First, they shook the community over the summer of 2016 when they said they would be releasing a home video game system called an NES Classic in November of 2016, and the second time was throughout the 2016 holiday season, as practically no one could get their hands on one of these systems.
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The 15 Best Record Stores In The Chicagoland Area

This map shows 15 record stores throughout the Chicagoland area, that in an article published by Foursquare, are said to be the 15 best record stores in all of Chicago. Each purple music note is a record store, and when clicked, the note then gives the name, address, website, rating, and pictures of the record store.


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Featured Image – Taken by kalmar72 on December 20th, 2013.

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Thumbing Through Vinyl Records

Too many times have I seen someone unintentionally and regrettably ignore another person and sounds from the outside world because they had headphones in their ears. Mp3 players and phones are clearly the current way to listen to music. CD players have been eclipsed, and certainly – for the most part – vinyl records are prehistoric. But, there is a population who still does enjoy setting the record layer needle into the vinyl grooves to enjoy their music.

Thumbing through vinyl covers one by one is a tedious process, but 21 year old DePaul student Gerasimos Garbis was taking his time as he flipped through cover after cover at the Groovin’ High record store on Belmont Avenue. As I casually perused myself, one by one I watched him flip through row after row of records. Being the only person in the store other than the store’s clerk and myself, I asked him what fuels his interest in vinyls, why he was currently looking through all these records.


“Honestly, I just kind of like them. I think they sound great on record players; in fact I like this sound better than through headphones. It feels more crisp and real.” He later added, “Records are hip and in right now, within the past few years, they’ve been making a comeback. I have a collection at home, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.” Being interested in his efforts of looking through countless records, I mentioned how finding music on a laptop or mobile device is very quick and easy, and asked him if there was anything in particular that he was looking for, and he said, “Coldplay is one of my favorite bands. I’m looking for some of their albums. Having the tangible real thing means more than just an electronic file copy of it.”

Yeah, plugging earphones in your phone or other mp3 player is an efficient way to listen to music on the go, but more people than one would think have brushed the dust off their parents’ record players and have began to add to that collection.