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Apollo Fresh strives to be a light in the music industry

Jonathan Appolon, known to those hip to Fort Myers’ underground rap scene as Apollo Fresh, is an FGCU student making major waves with his music. Though the name does play on his last name, Appolon has another reason for his alias. “I chose Apollo because Apollo is the Greek God of the Sun, Light and Music,” Appolon said. “I want to be a light to the world, as well as a master of my craft, which coincides with what the god Apollo represents.” The Broward-county-native started making music in his junior year of high school in the program, GarageBand,...

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J.Cole goes on a humanitarian journey in HBO special

Rapper J. Cole released and directed a one hour documentary on HBO, titled “4 Your Eyez Only,” on April 15. The documentary has the same title as J. Cole’s fourth studio album, released on Dec. 9, 2016, yet it does not tell the same story. The album told a story from the perspective of Cole’s childhood friend, James McMillan. McMillan is a man who has known nothing but a life of crime until his daughter is born. She turns his life around as he begins to think about how he’s lived his life and how society let him fall...

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ is beyond good

Kendrick Lamar’s third major-label album, “DAMN.,” proves that he’s light-years above the competition, and it might not even be his best work. “DAMN.” is beyond good. It’s not even just next-level work. It’s three levels past next level. It may be pre-emptive to label the work a classic, but the album’s impact in Lamar’s catalog is similar to “Graduation” by Kanye and “Tha Carter III” by Lil Wayne. In stark contrast to his sophomore album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” “DAMN.” is more palatable for casual fans who are eager for an easy listen. The minimalist approach of the album...

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Musicians on a mission: Three Oaks

FGCU students Nicholas Michel and Nicholas Iwaniec made a hip-hop EP to help raise funds for an orphanage in Haiti called Village of Hope. Michel, who is a staff writer with Eagle News, and Iwaniec, both studying journalism at FGCU, made the EP “The Rock and Soul EP” earlier in 2017. Their hip-hop duo is called Three Oaks. “I have an extreme love for music,” Michel said. “My dad got me into music. He use to work at radio stations, and my brother used to do online rap battles. So, family and the movie ‘8-Mile’ is the main reason...

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‘Amerikkkan Bad A$$’ is full of laidback beats, heavy-hitting lyrics

Hip-hop artist, Joey Bada$$, released his second studio album, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$” Friday, April 7. Joey delivered a fantastic project on a day when most hip-hop fans outraged due to the one-week pushback on Kendrick Lamar’s album. Amazingly, just 22 years old, Joey shows ability well beyond his years with great flow and lyricism. Joey seems to have found the perfect sounds for his type of music with vocals that are smoother than ever before. “All-Amerikkan Bada$$” has a light, laidback production throughout the entire project. His lead single “Devastated,” released almost a full year before the project, is a...

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Live music in the Fort Myers area

Before finals creep up and steal all free time, many students find themselves wanting to go out and have fun while they still can. For most of the student body, that means going to local clubs and dancing the night away. And while that is fun nine out of the 10 times, sometimes we need a breath of something fresh and different. This guide will inform you about a few of the restaurants and bars that also have live music: City Tavern Downtown Fort Myers Voted the “friendliest staff” and “best girls night out,” this neighborhood bar serves delicious...

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Apollo Fresh brings a unique twist to mainstream rap

Apollo Fresh brings a trap sound to South Florida, giving his own unique twist and perspective on the ultra-popular sound in mainstream rap. The young rapper from Broward County serves bass-heavy beats reminiscent of radio hits from the A$AP Mob or Migos. The songs that Fresh delivers have high energy. His most popular song, “Ghoulish,” is a great example of that with its enormous bass drops and Fresh’s high-tempo flow. Even though Fresh’s voice and command over the microphone is always aggressive and forthcoming, he is still able to change the tempo quite effortlessly. His flow changes are in...

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FGCU’s Nest Fest doesn’t disappoint

Hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd and artist Waka Flocka Flame performed at Nest Fest Wednesday, April 5, at Germain Arena in Fort Myers. The crowd consisted mostly of FGCU students who had been highly anticipating the concert. “I’m Excited to see Waka Flocka,” Sarah Ball, an Education major at FGCU, said. “He has such great energy, and his concerts are a great way to get away from reality and just have a good time.” The venue, Germain Arena, allowed the audience to enjoy stadium seating so the audience either sit in seats or stand on the floor close to...

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Waka Flocka and Rae Sremmurd were adorably rambunctious at this year’s Nest Fest

Hip hop artist duo Rae Sremmurd and artist Waka Flocka Flame performed for Nest Fest April 5, Wednesday at Germain Arena in Fort Myers. Around 8:30 p.m., Waka Flocka took the stage to a very eager crowd of nearly 2,000 FGCU students. He burst onto the stage, immediately jumping around and shouting his lyrics while the crowd cheered along with him. The crowd favorites were “No Hands,” in which he rapped the whole song, even the verses by Wale and Roscoe Dash, “Grove Street Party” and “Hard in the Paint.” Through each song he gave a performance with fun...

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88 keys to success: The beginning of an FGCU pianist’s story

When he was eight years old, the course of Yun Cao’s life changed forever. He and his mother immigrated to the United States, and he began playing the piano. Though at the time, the young boy thought of piano as nothing more than an intriguing hobby, 12 years later he’s playing with FGCU’s Symphony Orchestra and has played with a myriad of other orchestras throughout his life, playing not only piano, but violin as well. In addition to Cao’s music classes, he has honors classes and courses for his second major, political science. For Cao, time management is key,...

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