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Chance the Rapper Nominated

Chance the Rapper Nominated

By Drew Ingall, Social Media Editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

In Kanye West’s song “Ultralight Beam,” featured artist Chance the Rapper raps the lyrics, “He said let’s do a good a** job with 1 Chance 3, I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy,” referring to Chance’s then upcoming mixtape. But last week, Chance contradicted himself. Chance...

“Awaken, My Love” Impresses with Fresh Beats

“Awaken, My Love” Impresses with Fresh Beats

By Sarah O'Brien, Arts Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Donald Glover, or Childish Gambino’s latest album, “Awaken, My Love!” draws from an interesting collection of soul and R&B grooves to create a cohesive sound that differs greatly from Donald Glover’s earlier work. In previous albums, Glover has focused on a flat rapping style with modern beats,...

Chainsmokers’ Collage Is a Sure Success

Chainsmokers’ Collage Is a Sure Success

By Sophie Liss, Social Media Editor

November 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The Chainsmokers’ rise to fame began in 2014 when they released the catchy and upbeat song “#SELFIE,” a dance hit about the popular culture trend of taking self-portrait photographs. The musicians’ popularity increased when they released “Kanye,” an infectious track about famous Hip-Hop star...

Student Art Spotlight: Jenna Wang

Student Art Spotlight: Jenna Wang

By Sarah O'Brien and Balbina Yang, Arts Editors

November 1, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Recognized in the state and county for her exceptional cello skills for the CHS and Montgomery County Youth Orchestra (MCYO) orchestras, senior and cellist Jenna Wang has set the standard for musical performance at CHS. Some of Wang’s achievements include being the principal cellist of the MCYO and...

Junior Releases Original EP

Junior Releases Original EP

By Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Atkinson, Arts Editor and News Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Sept. 15, junior Sam Nasar released his first Extended Preview (EP), “Self Signed.” Ever since Nasar’s mother introduced him to musical theater, he has always had a passion for the arts. Nasar has been in Showstoppers and Blast for the past three years as well as in the school musical for...

Re-“Views” of Drake’s New Album

Re-“Views” of Drake’s New Album

By Ross Tanenbaum, Senior Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives

After capturing the internet with his unique dance moves in “Hotline Bling,” Drake has finally released his new full album. On April 29, Drake released Views, a 20 song album which includes “Hotline Bling” and the more recent hit “One Dance.” This is Drake’s sixth album and has been highly antic...

‘Students Awaken’: Music Dept. Holds Concert

‘Students Awaken’: Music Dept. Holds Concert

By Matthew Sun, Fact Checker

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

The CHS Music Department will end the school year with a themed concert. The theme is “Awaken” and their goal is to make a unique impression on the audience. The Instrumental Music Gala will take place April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., and will feature two chamber orchestras, a select group of...

CHS Alumni Continue in their Arts Exploration

CHS Alumni Continue in their Arts Exploration

By Sarah O’Brien, Arts Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

All students take some form of art class at CHS, yet most do not continue once they graduate. The Observer has contacted a few recent graduates who have continued their passions in art after their life at CHS. Adam Settlage Adam Settlage graduated in 2014 and was a member of the show cho...

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

March 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

9.5/10 In Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar reasserts his dominance of the hip hop genre through complex lyricism, captivating social commentary and euphonious instrumentals. The rapper released the compilation album by complete surprise March 4, nearly a year since the critically acclaimed To...

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

By Arjun Swaminathan, New Editor

February 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

8.9/10 With introspective lyrics and outstanding production, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo effectively captures and combines the full range of his musical ability, but the album is not without its flaws. Preceded by the release of his songs “Wolves,” “Real Friends” and “No More Parties...

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

By Dani Miller, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Oh man, oh man. Not again. In typical rap beef fashion, the first single off of Drake’s upcoming album, Views from the 6, is a diss track against rapper Meek Mill, reviving a supposedly dead fight from this summer and once again asking the age old question: “Who’s better: Drake or Meek Mill?” In...

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Stephanie Safdie wrote “Silhouettes” about nine months ago. The song is a metaphor for deeply falling in love with someone and then having that person disappear or “ghost” you. A music video for the song, filmed by senior Cameron Ozatalar, is set to come out on Safdie’s YouTube account,...

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