Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bonus Cut Poetry: The First Installment and a Poem by Justin Cook

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This is the first installment of Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at bonuscut@gmail.com

Our first installment features Bonus Cut member Justin Cook.

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Bonus Cut Record Stories: Writing a Story to the Tune of a Record (“The City Under The City” Pt. 1)

Bonus Cut Record Stories is a new installment where Bonus Cut members write an original story while listening to and analyzing a specific hip-hop record. The reason for creating this installment is to showcase how visual a record can be. From the content and lyrics to the tune of the record as a whole, imagery, story and symbolism through hip-hop music is just as important as a story showcased on paper. Every story is a reflection of the album through the eyes of the writer.

For our first installment, Daniel takes on L’Orange & Stik Figa’s The City Under The City, which was released earlier this month.

Daniel decided to use each song as a chapter in his story. Each chapter has the title song at the end.

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Album of the Week: “Blazing Arrow” by Blackalicious

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Blazing Arrow
MCA Records, 2002

Daniel and Gus dedicate this Album of the Week to the Barnes & Noble guy who worked at the East Lansing downtown store.

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The Great American Racial Divide and the Dishonoring of Native American Culture

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By: Daniel Hodgman and Gus Navarro

On Saturday, October 19th, in the midst of college football frenzy, ESPN and College Gameday took part in the public mockery of Native American culture. Was it all in good fun? Or was it just insensitive and racist? The featured video is below, and the Bonus Cut creators share their thoughts.

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The Constant Pressures of Working in a Racist Environment

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By: Daniel Hodgman

Often times I look at the environment in which I was raised and the environments in which I’ve taken part in throughout my life. I look for contributing factors related to behavior, I try to study examples of nature verses nurture and I assess correlations between overall behavior and normalcy of individuals within a certain institution. I do this to not only understand regional differences, but also to learn more about myself and what I am still yet to learn.

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You Should Probably Listen to “Heart / Break in Lo Fi” by Mumbai If You Want Good Feels

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By: Daniel Hodgman

Eoin Nordman and Taylor Cunningham call themselves Mumbai, a duo with much more on their plate than a lot of artists in their prime. Grappling an arsenal full of sounds, from all spectrum’s of this world, Mumbai dishes a hip-hop hybrid of sorts that insists we all must accept change. From ukelele introductions, intricately spit bars and well-placed samples, to melodic trombone and trumpet breakdowns, Heart / Break In Lo Fi is a swelling mass of diverse mastery rarely played these days. This record makes us think, not only about ourselves and how we perceive every facet of life, but about the future. With the numerous guest contributions and variety of instrumental input, this record shows us that coming together as one isn’t a farfetched goal, and by the sound of this record, it’s actually pretty damn fun.

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