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IC Creatives: The Tree Tribe’s Album Release

February 9, 2022

Autumn Michels and Gavin Macintosh released their first album, "The Back 40," undertone name, "The Tree Tribe." Both titles honor shared childhood memories.

From left, freshman Brian Martinez, Omari Matthis, D’Andre Walker, RJ Dixon and David Simmons are members of the group Kings By Nature. They produce hip-hop and rap music at Ithaca College. Starting as a joke, the group decided to pursue music seriously after receiving positive feedback.

IC rappers build campus hip-hop culture

By Mike Ross, Life and Culture Editor February 4, 2022

Glaring into a crowd of high-energy spectators, junior Jordan Alexander remembers his humble beginnings. In just two years, he’s made it from recording in his bedroom to performing his first show at...

Junior Graham Johnson, an EDM DJ who goes by the stage name Ivy., performed an original electronic dance mix Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, for a set at the Ithaca College Student Showcase at The Haunt.

EDM DJ balances school with music aspirations

By Arleigh Rodgers December 11, 2019

“DROWN” is an electronic dance music (EDM) track with 168,358 plays on Spotify — a statement number for Ivy., the stage name of Ithaca College junior Graham Johnson. “DROWN” has significantly...

Junior Kyra Skye wrote and produced her own EP in 2017. She plays at venues in the Ithaca area and tours as the  bassist of the band Izzy True from Trumansburg, New York. Her music stems from rock, psychedelic and R&B genres.

Junior musician writes, produces and performs

By Ashley Stalnecker February 14, 2019

Ithaca College junior Kyra Skye approaches the microphone at The Haunt, greeting her audience with a smile. She laughs and asks the crowd if they can handle things getting “a little weird.” As she...

Many rappers got their start publishing music on SoundCloud. The free platform ensures musicians a chance to develop their own sound and distribute their work to an audience.

Student rappers stream original music online

By Harley McKenzie, Staff Writer December 5, 2018
Because SoundCloud is such a simple and accessible site for so many, it draws in a large crowd of unknown artists.
Ski Mask the Slump God explores his own, one-of-a-kind style and works to produce the best music for his fans, instead of for fame.

Review: ‘Stokeley’ album is charmingly off-kilter

By David West, Staff Writer December 5, 2018
The truth is, and always has been, that the coarse, chaotic rhymes of this Florida-born rapper are an acquired taste.
Mingled with an in-depth look at addiction in all of its forms, Cole peppers advice and warnings to his listeners throughout KOD.

Review: J. Cole crafts a killer cultural critique

By Matt Maloney, Staff Writer April 30, 2018
While his message is admirable, his corny lyrics turn a powerful song into something that belongs in an after-school special.
Senior Lensdarly Dieujuste is an aspiring rapper

Q&A: Aspiring hip-hop artist establishes himself in Ithaca

By Silas White, Assistant Life and Culture Editor October 3, 2017
That’s a big part of what rap is about, just saying what you want and trying to change the world politically.
Senior Geoffrey Guthe makes a mix on a Traktor DJ Mixing Controller in his apartment Feb. 16. Guthe has been DJing for six years and performs as DJ RageFace at parties and events on campus.

Spin Cycle: Student DJs heat up campus dance floors and parties

By Ashley Wolf, Staff Writer February 19, 2014
Student DJs flock to Ithaca parties and events to perform their original mixes and mashups.
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