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Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process

Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process

By Anna Villano, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

November 10, 2014

Inside a bedroom closet lies a microphone, a laptop and tomorrow’s outfit. Behind the noise-cancelling blankets and draped over clothes hangers, a music studio is found. Senior Rishi Patel, under his alias Reggie Poppa, has risen to fame as a local rapper. At a young age, he began writing his own...

Junior hip-hop artist releases mix tape

By Mark Falls and Will Jarvis

October 15, 2013

Junior Dirk Gigerich sits in his basement. Countless hours each week are spent here, in the recording studio, where he writes lyrics, records, and produces his own music. The rapper, who got his start before middle school, is finally coming out with his first mix tape on Oct. 12, excited to show his...

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

By Desiree Gillem, New Town HS, Owings Mills, Md.

September 23, 2013

“A rapper is only as good as his last verse,” says Darius “Jay Verze” Exum, Class of 2013. Exum, 17, started rapping around the age of seven, but he never actually recorded anything until he hit the age of 12. Music is his main focus right now, and school has kind of been put on hold for the...