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Junior G Wade Taylor IV (4) covers his face after a missed point during Texas A&Ms game against Arkansas on Feb. 20, 2024 at Reed Arena. (Jaime Rowe/The Battalion)
When it rains, it pours
February 24, 2024
Ali Camarillo (2) waiting to see if he got the out during Texas A&Ms game against UIW on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 at Olsen Field. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Four for four
February 20, 2024
Items from Lt. Col. David Michael Booth, Class of 1964, on display at the Muster Reflections Display in the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Muster Reflections Display held ahead of ceremony
Hilani Quinones, Assistant News Editor • April 18, 2024

Until April 21, visitors can view personal memorabilia from fallen Aggies who will be honored at the 2024 Muster Ceremony. The Aggie Muster...

Julia Cottrill (42) celebrating a double during Texas A&Ms game against Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at Davis Diamond. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Muffled the Mean Green
Shanielle Veazie, Sports Writer • April 17, 2024

Early pitching woes gave Texas A&M softball all the momentum needed to defeat the University of North Texas, 11-1, in a matchup on Wednesday,...

The Highway 6 Band performs while listeners slow dance at The Corner Bar and Rooftop Grill on Sunday, March 24, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
'Life is a Highway' (6 Band)
Amy Leigh Steward, Assistant Life & Arts Editor • April 17, 2024

It starts with a guitar riff. Justin Faldyn plays lead, pulling rock and blues out of the strings.  After a beat, comes the beat of the drums,...

Think your music taste somehow makes you different? Opinion writer Isabella Garcia says being unique is an illusion. (Photo by Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Opinion: The myth of uniqueness
Isabella Garcia, Opinion Writer • April 16, 2024

You’re basic. It’s thought that the term “basic bitch” originated from a 2009 video of Lil Duval standing on a toilet in front of...


This year’s 46th Annual Grammy Awards will have a very competitive arrangement of talent. Musicians of all genres will be represented, whether it is country, rap, alternative, pop or even classical. It is always difficult to decide who is the best from each category, and this year will be no different, especially for the rap nominees.
Shawn Carter, more commonly known as Jay-Z, is one rapper who has graced the rap world with his lyrics and beats for a long time now. He has already released several albums and his new two-disc set, “Blueprint 2,” hit the shelves in November 2002.
“Blueprint 2” was produced by Roc-A-Fella Records and nominated for Best Rap Album for the 2002-03 year. Its competitors include Missy Elliot’s “Under Construction,” 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” and The Root’s “Phrenology.”
The two discs in “Blueprint 2” are titled “The Gift” and “The Curse.” Both include a variety of beats and tones that strengthen the disc’s entertainment value. Jay-Z mixes his talent with several featured guests.
Notorious B.I.G. helps jump-start ‘The Gift’ with the song, “I Have a Dream.” Beyonce Knowles’ vocals in “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” and Sean Paul in “What They Gonna Do” also add to the repertoire. Jay-Z even leans a bit towards the rock genre with Lenny Kravitz in “Guns and Roses.”
The album contains the stereotypical rap contents of sex, drugs and name-calling but adds enough variety to make it more original than a mundane rap recording.
“Blueprint 2” is not one of Jay-Z’s stronger albums, but it still contains the charm and talent that got him where he is today.
Jay-Z is also included in several other Grammy categories. His appearance on Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. In the same category, he is also nominated for his collaboration with the Neptunes on “Frontin’,” featuring Pharrell Williams.
His song “Excuse Me Miss” is also in the running for Best Rap Song.Jay-Z has a way of combining the newer rap styles with some of the tried-and-true techniques and voices of past rappers that gives him a good chance of winning a couple of awards.

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