Students who do cool things: Dolapo Akinkugbe ’16 (DAP)

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DAP–that’s pronounced ‘D-A-P’–is a junior at Brown; he’s also a student who does cool things. A producer first and a rapper second, DAP has established himself as a force to be reckoned with, and is rising in his renown on campus and off. After studying for two semesters at the Berklee College of Music during his gap year, Dolapo came to Brown. An enthusiastic piano player since he was a child, DAP has a natural predilection for bringing different sounds into his production style. He matches this with his flexible lyrical delivery (“flow”) and many ideas about the world and his place in it.

A couple of Fridays back, DAP rocked a crowd at Aurora in downtown Providence. The following Monday he dropped his fourth mixtape, GoodBye For Never, which demonstrates his versatility as a musician (he casually produced every track on the album, by the way!) and great ability as a lyricist and thinker.

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with DAP and asking a few questions about his music and plans for the future.

Who are your main influences?

Kanye West immediately comes to mind, simply because he’s a complete artist. I also think he’s the best performer of all time, alongside Michael Jackson, and maybe James Brown, Beyonce. My favorite songwriter is Drake, the best rapper and lyricist in my mind is Kendrick Lamar. And I’d say Ab-Soul is the most intelligent rapper. I can tell that he’s both book smart and street smart.

And then I’m influenced by anything immediately around me, like A$AP and Gucci Mane, and I’ve taken influence from The Beatles and Motown, Stevie Wonder. For example, I’m going to a Stevie Wonder concert in a couple of weeks, but in a few days I’m going to Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Bibby and Jeezy concert. And I’m also going to YG and A$AP Ferg. So anywhere I get inspiration from I take it.

What are you studying at Brown?

Classics and I’m hoping to double concentrate with Music.

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6 things I learned at the Study Abroad Fair

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Studying abroad inspires spontaneous thumb wars with photographers

For some, our school is so near and dear that the idea of spending a semester off campus comes with some reluctance. Even so, studying abroad can certainly be an enlightening experience: an opportunity to develop one’s worldview through some bona fide cultural immersion and to have a great time in the process. The Study Abroad Fair held yesterday by the Brown Office of International Programs (OIP) offered Brown students a sample of those delights, as well as information on specific programs available to students. For those who couldn’t make it over to Simmons Quad, here are a few take-aways that I think you’ll find helpful:

1. Talk to Ned! I learned this one very quickly. Ned Quigley, Associate Director of the OIP, is incredibly approachable and knowledgable. He will help you with any questions you have about the study abroad process and will probably also resent me for distributing his e-mail address here: ned_quigley@Brown.edu. The OIP also has many other helpful advisors who will help guide you through the steps of applying to study abroad.

2. You can study abroad through Brown or through a Brown-approved program. You aren’t limited to programs facilitated directly by Brown. In fact most of the booths at the fair presented Brown-approved programs (e.g. Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Peace Corps, etc.). Additionally, if there is a program that you would like to see approved by Brown, but is not yet approved, you can submit an appeal to have your desired program approved by the Brown OIP.

3. Financial aid extends to study abroad. If you’re receiving financial aid, your full package, including scholarship aid, will transfer to your program. A study abroad advisor will also sit down with you individually and help you to come up with a budget for the trip. There will be more info sessions in October, so keep your eyes on that good old Morning Mail.

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A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: Brown Policy Union’s inaugural meeting

 

BPU LogoLast summer, Zach Ingber ’15 thought to himself that while Brown enjoyed great informal political conversation, our school was lacking more formal student debate on policy. To fill that gap, he, along with Katherine Pollock ’16, Felix Tettey ’15, Will Hale ’15, and Diego Arene-Morley ’16, worked to found the Brown Policy Union, “Brown’s first student-driven political debating society.”

Modeled after the Oxford Union, the Brown Policy Union seeks to give a nod to old debating societies while creating a modern and accessible feel that resonates with Brown. “The goal of the BPU is to elevate student voices and to offer students a space where they can really talk seriously about policy, ” says Ingber. Each week, students will debate a single resolution on a given public policy, ranging from local government (or even campus-related) issues to international affairs. Additionally, the BPU will host public debates once or twice a semester with audience participation encouraged. The launch meeting will take place tomorrow night from 7 to 8 p.m. in Wilson 105. The topic this week will be whether Edward Snowden should be tried for treason. If you please, come tomorrow night to speak (though you aren’t required), listen, and engage!


Today is the 10th anniversary of The College Dropout

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2004 was a big year for hip hop. Exactly ten years ago today, Kanye West’s debut, Grammy-winning album ‘The College Dropout’ was released. Nearly topping the charts that year, West’s album dealt with themes of materialism, family, religion, and conformity. It has sold over 3,000,000 copies to date (that’s some forgivable materialism if you ask me), and has gained multi-platinum status. In a review, Rolling Stone regarded West’s album as a “demonstration that hip-hop—real, banging, commercial hip-hop—could be a vehicle for nuanced self-examination and musical subtlety.” And the album has withstood the test of time—ten years later, Kanye’s main message remains clear and relevant: “Make your own decisions. Don’t let society tell you, ‘This is what you have to do.'”

Happy birthday, ‘The College Dropout.” Take a listen to the full album here.


Blog Odds: What will happen to the Gate’s space?

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While we’ve enjoyed the nice offerings of Andrews Commons the New Gate these last few weeks, we’ve also lamented the loss of the original Gate’s quaintness, its dim lighting, and its Choco Tacos. It seems, however, that it’s time to move on. What better way to grieve than to speculate recklessly on what will happen next to the now empty space in Alumnae Hall? It’s time for Blog Odds.

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If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Derrida, Derrida. Foucault.

A refuge for sexiles- 300:1
They need to go somewhere.

Gourmet Hell- 4:1

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Spice up your dorm room with free things on RI Craigslist

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The beginning of the semester is the perfect time to add that new kick to your good ol’ dorm room. If you’ve been looking to take those cinderblock walls to the next level without spending a dime, we know just the place: Craigslist. You can find everything you ever wanted — and things you never knew you wanted until now — on the “free stuff” page of Rhode Island Craigslist. (Ed. Note that there is one Craigslist page for all of Lil Rhody. Cool.)

Scrolling through the postings is also prime entertainment while you’re bored in lecture—who knew we had such creative people in RI? To help you out, we’ve put together a selection of offers you might want to look into to spice up your dorm room, and your life:

1. Bored of your desk chair? Two words: Tire swing.

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2. You need something warm and fuzzy in your dorm room, and this cat needs a home. Just hope it doesn’t piss… you off. (And don’t tell ResLife).

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