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Singles’ Round-Up

‘Family and Loyalty’ by Gang Starr (feat. J. Cole)

In their first project in sixteen years, classic rap duo Gang Starr (featuring J. Cole) harken back to the golden age of hip-hop with a single reminiscent of their seminal album, Moment of Truth. DJ Premier constructs a jazzy, boom-bap beat around an unreleased verse from Guru, who tragically passed away in 2010. The beat perfectly suits Guru’s flow, with the gentle pianos underscoring his smooth voice. The lyrics are unsubtle, with ideas of the longevity of friendship and classic rap at the forefront, which is juxtaposed with comparisons to the modern genre that is moving away from conscious rap. Cole’s feature serves to hand over the baton to the next generation of conscious rap, and whilst his flow sounds clumsy at times, his message is no less important and relevant. This is a well-constructed single that reinforces the value of old school rap to the rest of the genre. Continue reading Singles’ Round-Up

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Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

Something many students do not know is that in the week before Freshers’ every year, the University welcomes a crowd of musically gifted students onto campus for a week of music making. Freshers and returners alike get to take part in a range of workshops, from African drumming to jazz improvisation, not forgetting the annual pilgrimage to Unit 1 dressed in our ‘garish garms’. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

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Social Media and the Dieting Industry

After publicly criticising the Kardashians and Cardi B for their marketing of dieting and detox industry products, Jameela Jamil describes Instagram’s newest policy as a “huge step” in the fight against this content. Part of her “i Weigh” movement expresses her views against content promoting weight loss products and unhealthy lifestyles, solidifying her approval of the new policy that takes a further step towards creating a safer and healthier social media environment. However, how much can the new policy help facilitate this, and is there more that should be done? Continue reading Social Media and the Dieting Industry

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Review: “The High Low Experience”

When journalists Dolly Alderton (Exeter alumna) and Pandora Sykes began their pop-culture and current affairs podcast, The High Low, in 2017 it is possible they underestimated the following they would gain from the expanding popularity of the show. With 111 recorded episodes and an average listenership of 250,000 people per week, the pair’s undeniable success has led them to this current UK tour. “The High Low Experience”, which I had the fortune to attend at the Barbican Centre in London, brings together the high-end and low-brow topics that the podcast has become known for.
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The Reality of Being in a Relationship as an International Student

When I left Exeter to go home for the summer, I felt anxious. I was leaving my boyfriend behind (who I wouldn’t see for three months), not knowing what will happen between us. The thought of being continents apart – with no way of seeing each other, relying completely on social media to sustain our relationship – scared me. Though we made it work, being in a relationship at university as an international student comes with many challenges. Continue reading The Reality of Being in a Relationship as an International Student

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“The Mirror”

She had caught her reflection in the mirror, and once her eyes had found it they were not inclined to let it go. It was not vanity or a certain degree of self-obsession, but rather it was curiosity and the pursuit of study. She liked to see herself as others saw her, to see herself like a stranger she would pass on the street, to see herself as someone and something she does not and may not truly know. To see herself as all surface and no depth, a shell with no echo of the sea. Continue reading “The Mirror”