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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Common performs his first rap for the audience on Tuesday evening in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

Rapper Common discusses artistry and activism

By Evan Fuccio, Staff Photographer March 4, 2024

Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society hosted Common, also known as Lonnie Lynn, for a moderated Q & A on Tuesday evening in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. The evening covered much of...

Members of Music Production Club perform at a house music show.

Pitt’s music production club allows students to learn about the ins and outs of producing music

By Serena Garcia, Senior Staff Writer March 15, 2023
For its members, the music production club at Pitt is a place for students passionate about creating music to share, collaborate and learn techniques from one another.
Jimmy Wopo, an up-and-coming rapper based in Pittsburgh, was fatally shot in the Hill District June 18. He was 21. (Courtesy of Taylor Maglin)

Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

By Hannah Schneider, Contributing Editor June 27, 2018

Local rapper Travon Smart — known by his stage name, Jimmy Wopo — was fatally shot last Monday afternoon at the age of 21. The shooting took place in the Middle Hill neighborhood — the very neighborhood...

Kendrick Lamar on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 23, 2017. Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album “DAMN.” (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Editorial: Hip-hop’s presence in Pulitzer Prize long overdue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board April 18, 2018

When perusing a list of past Pulitzer Prize for Music award winners and their compositions, it’s not hard to spot Kendrick Lamar’s presence. His 2017 album, “DAMN.,” dropped onto the list with...

Konstantinos Pelechrinis, associate professor at the School of Computing and Information, discusses the future of smart city planning at Saturday’s TEDx University of Pittsburgh event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Callahan)

Students rethink society at annual TedX event

Growing up in the South Side of Chicago, Jasiri Oronde Smith’s childhood was “100 percent black.” His friends, his neighbors and his family were all African-American. Then his family moved to...

Tyler, the Creator performs “Foreword” off his most recent album “Flower Boy” Tuesday night at Stage AE. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

Review: Tyler the Creator takes over Stage AE with trademark performance

By Charlie Garcia-Weger | For The Pitt News February 22, 2018

The only venue you’d expect to see an act like Tyler, the Creator performing in Pittsburgh is Stage AE. And the only rapper that wouldn’t even think about the title of the concert hall until five songs...

G Yamazawa, pictured in 2013, performed at Nordy’s Place for about 70 students Saturday. (Photo by Elvert Barnes via Flickr)

Poet connects race, culture with verse

By Lauren Forsythe | Staff Writer October 23, 2017

The bumping and bouncing beat of rap music filled Nordy’s Place Saturday evening as students snapped and clapped along to live music and slam poetry. G Yamazawa rapidly spit lyrics rooted in personal...

Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa returns to the area to perform at Thrival Festival in Swissvale, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Staff Photographer)

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

“Here’s to my city!” Wiz Khalifa said to thousands of elated festivalgoers as the melody of his Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired anthem “Black and Yellow” began to play. The Pittsburgh native...

Influential J, winner of the PPC Battle of the Bands, performs at the contest on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Staff Photographer)

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

By Madison Hook | For The Pitt News September 13, 2017

The crowd hushed as INFLUENTIALJ strode onstage, mic in hand, while his original music video projected onto the wall behind him — featuring eye-catching scenes of the performer throughout Pitt’s campus...

Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer February 5, 2016

Kenny Greene is a sophomore finance and economics major, but he would drop school in a second if it meant getting his big break. “If anything, I could see music not only substituting college but [a...

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