Linkin Park Concert Experience by Kassidy Barone

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For my 16th birthday I was given Linkin Park concert tickets. Linkin Park is a rock band that I listen to frequently, days on end.

The concert was in the summer at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. On the way to the concert there was a ton of annoying traffic. I was so excited and I just wanted to be at the concert. I was yelling at the traffic to move along. It took almost 2 hours to get there. You can imagine how impatient I was. I was practically jumping up and down in my seat. I could not sit still.

When we got there the parking lot was filled with tons of people. Long lines, of course. Many people wore Linkin Park shirts and were really dressed up fancy. I was even dressed up nice just in case I met one of my favorite bands.

I spotted Linkin Park’s tour bus while we were walking up to the venue and took some shots on my phone.

When we finally got to our seats, I was shocked. We were in the 20th row and the stage was so close. I have never been so close to a stage at a concert in my life. At other concerts we have been to we were so far away from the performers. Not this concert. This was going to be different.

The opening act was 30 Seconds to Mars (one of my favorite bands) and some other band I can’t even recall the name of. 30 Seconds to Mars put on an excellent show. They performed their songs “Hurricane”, “Conquistador”, “Kings & Queens”, “From Yesterday”, “The Kill”, and “Beautiful Lie”. At one point they threw huge bouncy balls into the crowd and the crowd was just hitting them back and forth. They were huge balls of all colors. Pink. Green. Blue. They shot confetti into the air and the crowd was literally going insane. The lead singer Jared Leto would come off of the stage and run through the crowd. I was so close to him that I could literally touch his hand.

Linkin Park was called onto the stage and let me tell you this: the crowd went insane. Everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs. People were applauding and some even got on their friends’ shoulders. When they came out, the whole audience was getting even louder. I was screaming, too, but you wouldn’t be able to hear me over everyone else.

The band played a lot of their well-known songs like “Bleed it Out”, “Numb”, “Crawl”, etc. The concert was really loud and everyone was singing. I was singing. The lead singer jumped around a lot. I cannot tell you how many times. I got tired just watching him. The concert ended around 11:00 p.m. They didn’t come on until 8. I was extremely exhausted after we left but it was all worth it.

This was an unforgettable experience and I promise that I will never forget about it. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Who can forget the experience of seeing one of their favorite artists/bands live?

 

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Underground Spotlight: Dreb by Elijah Powell

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No matter what you rap about, all I ask is that you can actually rap. You wanna talk about politics? Fine. You wanna make love ballads? Cool. You wanna talk about the horrors of the ghetto? Do it. Just make sure you can properly execute lyricism on full songs that sound distinct from each other that each touch upon the various components of whatever subject matter you choose to rap about. That is the key to a good rap project.

 

Dreb, one-half of the rap group OTO (Out of The Ordinary), is an emcee hailing from Englewood, New Jersey. The duo’s latest release, Dead Weight 2, is a mixtape project that exploits well known beats and combines them with lyricism that brings the beats new life. It’s also amazing that they go harder on the beats than the actual artists who originally used the beats for their copyrighted songs. It shows skill when you take someone else’s work and do it better. DW2 is an example of that skill on all eight songs.

 

If you’ve ever heard Troy Ave’s All About The Money track, produced by Roofeeo, you’d probably agree that its a lyrically underwhelming song that had potential to be a smash hit record. OTO took the beat and saved the day: “Before these people even utter out a word, I’m bound to press em’/ Run down, put this forty to work like a Drake session/ My recreation, my territory no playground/ Like a lullaby, my forty be singing until he lay down”. Dreb connects Drake’s producer, Noah Forty Shebib, to his glock forty firearm, and connects the action of firing it to “singing” until his enemy dies, or lays down. If you want to talk about murder, thats the way to do it.

 

In an interview  with Dreb I listened to what the young emcee had to say:

 

What is your age?

 

I’m 19.

 

What inspires you to make music?

 

What inspires me to make music was the feeling of helping people get through things…So many people deal with different things everyday and I figured why not help the next person’s day become better? No matter what genre.

 

How long did it take to complete the mixtape?

 

It took us about 2 months to create Dead Weight 2. We had this idea of bringing back that raw lyricism that the game is kind of lacking right now and snap on every single [track].

 

How was the creative process for you?

 

The creative process was actually rough because at one point so much was going on that we lost focus but we bounced back strong and were able to come together and complete the tape.

 

What do you see for your future as a musician?

 

My future will consist of constant dedication and love of the game…Don’t get me wrong, yeah the money, cars, and clothes are great things that come along with it, but there’s nothing like having passion for the game. I want to be known as not only one of the greatest artists to ever touch the mic but I want to be remembered as the most impactful.

 

In a way the mixtape is a musical embodiment of classic gangster films: well written and to the point. Its been a long time since I’ve been drawn into such a well crafted explicit release. I give it a 6.9 out of ten. It’s not for everybody, but if you appreciate raw lyricism with no filter, you’ll enjoy OTO’s Dead Weight.

 

You can download or stream the mixtape for free here.

 

Peace.

 

Flashback Friday Fashion By: Jelani Rogers

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JuiceSaved By The BellFresh Prince of Bel – AirMartinFriends. All of which are favorites of all 90’s kids! The 90’s was a great time for music with huge artist in all genres of music! There were plenty of trends in the 90’s especially in fashion. The trends in fashion vary from wearing raiders hats, to wearing overalls with the straps down or neon windbreakers. It all just varies with the time over the 90’s.

Shoes for this era that were big came out of the wood works was definitely combat boot, and whether you can believe it or not striped sweaters! Striped sweaters such as ones from when Nightmare on Elm Street that Freddy Krueger wore! Another crazy trend that came out was the bleach blonde hair, and long hair.

Now why bleach blonde hair? I have no idea, you had the famous Cisqo and Justin Timberlake rocking these hairstyles that at the time were actually awesome to have, but for some odd reason has made its way to the 2000’s with Chris Brown debuting his blonde hair in 2011. All white kids grew their hair out during the time Headbangers Ball was out on MTV, and grew it out to rock out in the mosh pits! And those mosh pits are pretty insane with kids all jumping around and throwing punches going crazy, so I wonder if the long hair was actually a good idea.

Chris Brown with his blonde hair.
Chris Brown with his blonde hair.

As for when we wear blazers, we usually dress it up with either a nice blouse or button down underneath it but in the 90’s it was big baggy suits with a black or solid tee underneath the blazer. Fashion statement or not? I’d like to think it wasn’t but during this time it was a huge hit.

Tanks as well became a craze in the 90’s due to Saved By The Bell’s hottie A.C Slater, also known as Mario Lopez and showing off his nice guns in these nice muscle shirts.

A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.
A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.

This may seem out of the sorts but one of the big trends during this time were body piercings. Piercings such as belly buttons, and many other places you could poke a needle through people definitely tried. And another trend for the younger 90’s kids were lunchboxes. I had a little pink lunchbox that I was in love with even though I barely ate lunch from home, I tried that but it always failed because I was too lazy to make sandwiches, but I was never lazy for my fruit snacks.

One of my least favorite things to wear that were popular were turtlenecks. They were also so uncomfortable, and were so itchy. I could only take this pain for so long, I will never forget the day I wore a bright pink one with a star planted in the middle with all these sequins. Smh. By far one of my fashion disasters. However, a personal favorite of mine was wearing bucket hats who was made popular by LL Cool J and Jam Master Jay who were both legends way before my time and made them popular during the 80’s. The bucket hats came back because of artists Rakim, Ghostface Killah and Damon Dash.

Big fashion that rose was Coogi, and Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger for one was huge because of the late Aaliyah who rocked the two piece Hilfiger outfit, and also for all the guys they wanted to look like the late Grand Puba, or Puff Daddy also known after his seventh hundreth time of changing his name over the years Diddy. What topped it off though was the rise of Ralph Lauren with adding their Polo Bear collection and their Sports collection! To which the Polo bear collection is my favorite and is definitely a classic. The American Flag logo because just as recognized to what brand you were sporting just as the horse.

Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.
Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.

To top off this era the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Michael Jordan. The man of the hour! The man who won 6 championships, and to this day is still one of best. Created his sneaker Air Jordans which are one of the most popular shoes and sell out every year with top selling numbers and to which are my favorite sneakers. Even though I may not have every pair, I could definitely name a good amount of his sneakers.

This era was an era of ups and downs with fashion and trends! However, it was huge mark just as any other era throughout the years and has had trends that still out to this day!