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Jimmy Wopo: The man behind the music

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)

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 that helped him become famous. Growing up in the Hill District was difficult for Smart. As a yo...

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

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)

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 a thud, breaking up the delicate musical embroidery and lace of symphonies, concertos and operas. For the first time since the aw...

Students rethink society at annual TedX event

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)

By Briana Canady and Zane Crowell | The Pitt News Staff

April 2, 2018

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 Pittsburgh in the ’80s while he was still in high school. He met with racism and discrimination as...

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

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

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 through is the notorious “Odd Future” frontman. “What the f***, this is an American Eagle ...

Poet connects race, culture with verse

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

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 stories about race and culture. “When you forget where you’re from, you truly become America...

Thrival revival: fall music fest returns to Pittsburgh

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

By Dieer Hu and Luke Stambaugh / For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017

“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 and award-winning rapper performed as headliner of the 2017 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival this week...

Bands compete for Fall Fest opener

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

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 dressed in an electric blue suit beside the bright red doors of Heinz Chapel. The rapper ma...

Chasing the Greene: Pitt student has rapping aspirations

Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

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 typical career],” Greene said. “Plan B is to take [my major] and use it out in the world and mak...

Tyga, minus Tyga: Ty Dolla $ign, Chevy Woods save Spring Show

Tyga, minus Tyga: Ty Dolla $ign, Chevy Woods save Spring Show

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

March 31, 2014

Tyga missed his first plane, leaving an audience of aimless Pitt students concerned as to the whereabouts of their headliner. Inclement weather prevented the Compton, Calif., native from making the rounds to the Pitt Program Council’s Hip Hop show Saturday at the Fitzgerald Field House.But not all...

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