A Project of Oberlin's Practicing the Art of Music Journalism Class
Hi I am Milend Kolbet! Originally from New York City, I am currently at Oberlin College majoring in Environmental Studies and History. In the past I have spent time working in India as an Environmental Engineer and post pandemic I would love to return to this work. My favorite hobbies include playing soccer and watching reality television.
When it comes to music I stay true to my city, with most of the music I listen to being NYC rap. During my time in high school I became an avid listener of drill music, a subgenre of rap, after finding a weblink to a drill song on a dollar bill. Since then drill has taken off in Brooklyn and I have had a front seat through it all. While I mostly only listen to rap having made many musical friends at Oberlin I have learned to branch out, and my ears are open to all genres of music!
Following a one-year hiatus, last week Gov Ball NYC announced that the festival is returning from September 24-26, 2021. This festival marks ten years since the inaugural event in 2011, yet includes some firsts, aside from a change in its normal summer dates. Additionally for the first time, the festival will be held on Citi Field in Queens instead of Randall’s island, likely in an effort to provide more opportunities for distanced viewing.
This year’s headliners include Billie Eilish, Asap Rocky, J Balvin, and Post Malone. Other prominent names include Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion, Portugal the Man, Young Thug, Ellie Goulding, 21 Savage, and Burna Boy.
Launched in 2007, SoundCloud is a free music streaming service that was initially popular with DJs, due to its simple mechanics and ability to post hour-long sets. The platform itself is easy to use: it doesn’t take much to create an account and upload whatever content you desire. Due to its DIY nature, SoundCloud has been a home to all types of recordings — including leaked calls from Turkey’s Prime Minister in 2014, which fueled political uproar and caused the site to be temporarily banned in the nation.
Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Arthur Welsh is a 4th year Oberlin student studying Jazz piano and mathematics. He was initially inspired to make music by his parents, who encouraged him to take up the piano at five years old. But his personal journey began around the age of 11, when he started playing the clarinet. Arthur went on to win a statewide competition for that instrument during his senior year of high school, and from there he began to develop his own musical interests and tastes.
22gz, also known as “the General,” openly claims to be one of the pioneers of the Brooklyn drill music scene. That claim was backed by his 2017 single Suburban, which created an explosion of remixes and a surge in popularity for the genre. As early as 2014 Blicky affiliates have been releasing music, however 22gz is the only one of the group to gain traction beyond Brooklyn, thus explaining his position as the “General of the Blick army,” as he states on the recent track “LLNB.”
J.I performed a concert via the Happin app on March 27, 2021. ‘The Prince of New York’ started making a name for himself in 2016 at the age of 14, when he appeared on the rap battle reality show The Rap Game. His popularity rose in 2019 with the release of Need Me, which to date has over 100 million plays on Spotify. The song so electrified his native New York City, that he became the first artist to sell out Greenwich Village’s SOBs club on three consecutive nights in December 2019.
When it comes to Brooklyn Drill music there are few artists as synonymous with the genre as the massively popular Sheff G. In 2017 he broke onto the scene with his diss track No Suburban, a response to 22Gz’s then recently released track Suburban. Following this initial popularity the hype died down when Sheff G spent some time in jail and other rappers on the scene began to steal the spotlight. However with the release of his debut album The Unluccy Luccy Kid in 2019, followed by One and Only the next year, Sheff G solidified his position as one of the most prominent figures in Brooklyn Drill.
February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST marks the start of a year-long online concert series like no other. In celebration of 25 years of global success, the Pokemon Company has decided to branch out from its marvelous world of fictional characters to bring us a whole new form of entertainment, the P25 Music program. Starting with Post Malone’s Feb. 27 concert these events will be on Youtube, Twitch, and Pokemon.com. P25 will host several other artists and events throughout the year, some of which will be announced at the end of the program.