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Anti-Kanye graffiti still decorates the walls at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. / Bruce Boeko

Hip-hop icon Kanye West returned to headline Bonnaroo Friday night after his disastrous 2008 performance. West’s notoriously late and brief 2008 set spawned a festival tradition of shorts, with the catch phrase “f*ck Kanye” being screamed and spray-painted across the festival every year since. While West only missed his start time by roughly 10 minutes, …

The album artwork for the standard and deluxe edition of Drakes album, "Nothing Was the Same." (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer First off, I’ve always had mixed feelings towards Drake. I’ve never been a fan of his “sensitive douchebag” persona, but I have to admit that his last release, Take Care, was one of the best releases of 2011. He seemed to find the balance in rapping about wealth and fame and writing songs about love …

The album artwork for Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer After his acclaimed album Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne became the figurehead for mainstream hip-hop, but soon started on a rapid critical decline ever since. He’s become the laughing stock of the hip-hop community. Every project he’s released since has been panned by critics and hip-hop fans alike. …

The album artwork for Big Sean's "Hall of Fame" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer Big Sean’s 2011 debut Finally Famous was a perfect example on how not to make a hip-hop album. It was full of cheesy production, sugary hooks and mediocre lyricism. That being said, I was looking forward to this release.Sean has contributed several impressive guest verses on Meek Mill’s …

The album artwork for Earl Sweatshirt's "Doris" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Contributing Writer Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s debut studio album, Doris, is a 44-minute display of technical ability, personal reflection and eerie production. It’s been three years since Earl’s debut mixtape Earl captivated the hip-hop scene with its blend of shock value and tongue twisting flows. Over this period, Earl’s life has …