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The McHenry Messenger

Music has always been an important aspect in the culture of the world, but how has music influenced changes in that culture?

Cultural resets: Moments that changed the focus of popular music

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 2, 2023

Music is an ever evolving, and ever important piece of our culture. We at The Messenger have attempted to mark shifts in the ocean over the course of American musical history. For the purposes of this...

Throwback Review: The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Throwback Review: “The Slim Shady LP” by Eminem

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 3, 2023

Eminem is undoubtedly the biggest most recognizable artist in rap history, however, he wasn’t always such a powerhouse. Before 1999, he was an unknown battle rapper from Detroit. One album would rocket...

Celebrating Mac Miller

Celebrating Mac Miller

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 15, 2023

On Jan. 19, 1992, Malcolm McCormick — who would come to be known as Mac Miller — was born. From a young age Malcolm took interest in music, particularly hip hop. McCormick learned piano, guitar, bass,...

Messenger Mixtape Track 08: Void by Ronen

Messenger Mixtape Track 08: “Void” by Ronen

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 10, 2023

 The newest track on the Messenger’s mind is a textbook 2010’s hip hop record that encapsulates the emphasis on emotional lyrics and dark production. This week's track is “Void” by Ronen,...

Beltran is a junior at the Upper Campus who learned how to speak a new language by listening to a variety of music, from pop and rap to rock and metal.

Humans of McHenry: Daniel Beltran Jr.

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer January 24, 2023

"[When I was] five probably, I just kind of listened [to] music. I had to learn English. My first language was Spanish. I still know how to speak it, just in order to learn English it was a lot of Pitbull...

While Kings Disease III is a good album, it brings up the question, is Nass legacy better left untouched?

Review: Is a legendary career better left untouched?

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 19, 2022

Legendary New York rapper Nas, known for songs like “N.Y. State Of Mind” and albums like “Illmatic” has recently made his mark on the rap scene with his “Kings Disease” series. Its most recent...

Last week, rappers Drake and 21 Savage collaboratively released Her Loss through OVO Sound, Republic Records, Slaughter Gang Entertainment and Epic Records.

Review: “Her Loss” might be his loss

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 14, 2022

Suprise album by rap powerhouses Drake and 21 Savage, “Her Loss” was released on November 4th to roaring applause from the community. Drake having a questionable (at best) last few years with the...

Kanye West performs last year

Kanye West has redefined rap music

Cody Dyer, Staff Reporter April 1, 2019

From production, lyrics, even the content of his songs, Kanye West has influenced contemporary rap music more than any other artist. With the release of his fourth studio album “808’s and Heartbreak”...

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