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Making music with Maddie guitar edition

Making Music with Maddie: Guitar Edition

In my other article, Making Music with Maddie: ukelele edition, I talked about how, in this time of uncertainty, I have turned to playing music.

Now I will move on to the guitar. I have been playing the guitar for a longer amount of time than the ukulele. I grew up with many guitar players in my family and have taken small lessons and learned from them. It took me a while to get used to the way the strings felt on my fingers and how hard to press down on the strings to get them to make any sound, so don’t feel bad if you don’t make the right chord the first time around.


Electric guitar (photo via pxhere)

There are two main types of guitars: acoustic and electric. Since I have only practiced with an acoustic, I don’t know much about electric guitars.

My acoustic guitar (photo via M. Franzmeier)

Acoustic guitars do not need to be plugged in to play them, so the sound is a lot less loud and boisterous and are instead a lot gentler and country-like. Acoustics are split into two groups based on their string types.

Classical guitars have nylon strings. This was used in the old days, hence the word Classical, when they could only use nylon for their strings. Classical guitars can be used in folk music, pop, jazz, and flamenco.

Steel-string acoustics are exactly that. Their strings are made of steel, and it creates a soft and mellow tone compared to the classical. These guitars are commonly used for country music.

Medieval guitar, guitarra latina (photo via wikimedia)


The guitar was an adaptation of the guitarra latina from Spain, which was a thinner, narrower instrument with four strings instead of six. As time went on, two more strings were added, and the base was widened to accommodate these changes, creating the guitar we know today.

As stated before, the acoustic guitar has a strong influence on country music, but electric guitars are also used for rock bands and pop music as well!

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M. Franzmeier, Journalist

Madison Franzmeier is a senior at Sartell High School. She is involved in multiple choirs including her school and community choirs. She loves performing...

Making music with Maddie: ukelele edition

If you’re like me, this quarantine has got me a lot more bored and lazy than usual. I lounge around the house all day, open the fridge, close it, and then open it a second later, I stay up late watching Netflix, and rarely go outside.

But I have found a suitable hobby that keeps me occupied while also furthering the knowledge of what I love to do.

Playing music!

If you are anything like me, you have a ton of Spotify playlists filled with music of all genres, whether it be Indie, pop, rap, musical theatre, or even country. But it’s one thing to just listen to music, as after a while it gets boring as well.

So, I turned to playing music. I have a guitar that was given to me by my grandfather and a new ukulele that I just received as a gift for my birthday.  I also have a piano in my basement at home.

I spend most of my time playing the ukulele, as it is an instrument that suits me the best, the ukulele tutorial will be shown here!


First off, you will need to know a little bit about the instrument. 

Three of the four types of ukuleles

The ukulele comes in four different types. The highest pitch is a soprano ukulele. Soprano ukes go out of tune a bit faster and are much smaller than the rest, but have a clear sound and are great for beginners! I started out playing a soprano ukulele but since then I have moved on to the next type, a concert ukulele.

Concert ukuleles are lower in sound, but still in the higher range. These ukuleles stay in tune for a lot longer, but there are more rules and regulations about how to take care of it. This kind of ukulele has a beautiful sound and can reach higher notes because of its elongated neck.

The next type is a tenor ukulele. This is a larger ukulele and gives off a deep, resonant sound. The tenor ukulele is a less common form compared to the first two, and it doesn’t have the bright sound usually associated with the ukulele.

The last and final form of ukulele is the baritone. A baritone ukulele is the biggest form and sounds more like a guitar. Baritone ukuleles are easier to play if you have larger hands and fingers, and can be good to play for beginners. Although, the baritone ukulele is tuned differently than the others, so it may be a bit difficult as a starting ukulele

The ukulele was an important instrument in the Hawaiian culture. The ukulele was adapted from a common Portuguese instrument, a machete. The ukulele can be compared with many different instruments, such as the guitar, autoharp, banjo, and of course, the machete.

I personally love playing the ukulele much more than my guitar, even though I got my guitar first. The ukulele for me fits my personality a lot more than a guitar does, and since it is smaller, the uke fits my hands as well. It’s a lot easier to play four strings than six, like the guitar has, and is easy to carry around and doesn’t take up too much space.

It’s important that you find an instrument that fits you the best. I happened to find mine in the ukulele! Try out the tutorial if you think the ukulele is the right instrument for you!

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M. Franzmeier, Journalist

Madison Franzmeier is a senior at Sartell High School. She is involved in multiple choirs including her school and community choirs. She loves performing...

The story of Jai Paul


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Jai Paul released two demo songs that were a huge hit.

Jai Paul released two demo songs and became one of the most influential artists in pop music, getting sampled by very well known musicians, such as Beyonce and Drake. In April of 2014 his album leaked, causing him to quit music until mid-2019.

Drake released Dreams Money Can Buy in 2011, and again on streaming platforms in 2019. Photo via Rap Dose under the creative commons license

Jai Paul is a British artist.  His two demos are “BTSTU,” which stands for Back to Save the Universe, and “Jasmine.” Both of these songs were huge hits mixing elements of R&B as well as experimental pop music. Drake sampled “BTSTU” in his song “Dreams Money Can Buy,” and Beyonce used it in her song “End of Time.”

As of April of 2020, “BTSTU” has 2.3 million plays on YouTube, and “Jasmine” has 3 million. He decided to sign a record deal with XL Records and got to work on his music.

In 2014 his album was released on BandCamp. There were no titles to any of the songs, and they all sounded like demos. Soon after he tweeted that it was not him, and it was not his debut album asking all of his fans not to buy it. He said that it was devastating to him in an official statement and that he was angry at how the media portrayed it as if he leaked his own album, despite him saying otherwise. This caused him to quit music after losing all motivation, knowing that if people wanted to they could take his music and listen to it before he was ready for anybody to hear it.

This is the album cover that came out on the leaked version of the album, as well as the official release of the album. Photo via XL Records under the creative commons license.


On June 1st 2019, Jai Paul released Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) on streaming services. People were excited that this would finally be Jai Paul’s return to music. In December of 2019 he released two new singles: “He” and “Do You Love Her Now.” These have remained less popular than “BTSTU” and “Jasmine,” with “He” only having 13,000 views on Youtube and “Do You Love Her Now” having 16,000, but fans are still more excited than ever to have new Jai Paul music.

Maybe eventually he will be able to return to his former popularity, but until then fans are happy to just have Jai Paul as their underground treasure.

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Raven is a senior at Sartell High School. His favorite SZA song is "Doves In The Wind." His plans after high school are to be rich and famous for his music...

The strange minds of Rae Sremmurd


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This band is not your normal, run-of-the mill type of group.

Rae Sremmurd is a hip-hop duo from Mississippi who came into the spotlight with songs like “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.” Now let’s talk about how weird they are.

The first point of Rae Sremmurd’s strangeness comes with their name (pronounced Ray Shrem-er). It’s Ear Drummers backwards. They created the name when hip-hop producer Mike Will Made-it noticed them. They said in an interview with VladTV: “His team is Ear Drummers, and we wanted a unified name so we put it backwards and came up with Rae Sremmurd.”

In an episode of How To with Fader magazine, group member Slim Jxmmi says, “There is a silent H between the S and the R, and if you forget that, you won’t be saying it properly.” But I don’t believe he knows what a silent H means. A silent letter is when a letter is in a word but is not pronounced, like in the word knot. It doesn’t mean that the letter isn’t there but is pronounced. That’s actually the polar opposite of a silent letter, by definition. 

Rae Sremmurd has practically split up and Swae Lee decided to go do his own thing with music, becoming a very popular feature artist. Photo via Wikimedia under the creative commons license

I would also like to talk about their music, mainly their two biggest hits, “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.”

No Flex Zone, as the title suggests, is supposed to be a song about not flexing. A no flex zone is an area that you are not allowed to show off in. In the chorus, group member Swae Lee exclaims “No flex zone, no flex zone, they know better, they know better” but in Slim Jxmmi’s verse he says “5 chains so they look at me funny, and “Four five six seven chains on”, which really throws out the “no flex zone” theme.

In an interview with Hot 97, they said “No Flex Zone” was about not being fake and showing off what you don’t have, but this was only their first album so they did not have “four five six seven chains on” because they didn’t have the money to yet. 

Second is “No Type.” This is a song about the group not having a specific preference in women, but it seems to be more about flexing their jewelry rather than women. The hook begins with “I ain’t got no type” and then immediately follows up with the type of women they like, as well as Swae Lee saying in his verse “I got some models that you see up in the movies” really making it seem as if Rae Sremmurd really does have a type.

Overall I believe that Rae Sremmurd is a great group to have fun with. Their music isn’t made to make you think and analyze, it’s just nonsense to show off their abilities as singers and rappers, but that doesn’t put them past criticism. If you write a bad bar, it’s a bad bar, no matter what the music is made for. Their a great group to have fun to and ignore the lyrics, and although they have practically split up I am looking forward to whatever they decide to do with their careers as solo artists.

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Raven is a senior at Sartell High School. His favorite SZA song is "Doves In The Wind." His plans after high school are to be rich and famous for his music...

V’s Quarantine Playlist #2

This week has been specular, and it has but me in a great mood. The songs on my playlist this week are more upbeat and fun. These are a few of my favorites from this week.


“Partition” -Beyonce


I love all of Beyonce’s songs as much as the next girl but this song will always be one of my favorites. I love this song because it has variety; there are four different parts of the song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. The song opens with the call-and-response that Beyonce pumps the crowd with before her show on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The song then moves on to a more upbeat and fun part which is very hard not to start dancing to. The song is fantastic and very pleasing to listen to.

Zara Larsson


“Never Forget You” -Zara Larsson ft. MNEK

Right at the very beginning of this song, it is easy to tell that it will be a high energy and fun song. Although the song is about a breakup, Zara adds a beat that will easily make people want to listen to the song over and over. Zara says that the song is inspired by exes and friends who may not be in your life anymore but you still have love for them.


“Açaí Bowl” -Dominic Fike

This song starts slow but as it goes on it becomes more upbeat and fun. An Açaí bowl is made of frozen and mashed Açaí palm fruit. It is served as a smoothie in a bowl or a glass and is topped with things like granola, banana, chocolate, powdered milk, and condensed milk. I think the song was titled in this strange way because he is talking about a messy relationship with many different problems that may be happening within the relationship. Dominic Fike is a fantastic artist, and I recommend him to anyone who hasn’t heard his music.

“3 Nights” -Dominic Fike

This song starts with an amazing beat that will get you on your feet to dance and sing along. This was the first song I head by Dominic Fike, and I can honestly say that it is still one of my favorite songs. This song is about a broken relationship. Fike catches feeling and everything is going well, but suddenly she doesn’t return his calls. He is very much in love with her and he invites her to spend 3 nights at the hotel with him. This is a fantastic song, and I recommend it to anymore needing a new song to jam out to.


“Bang”- Trippiest Redd

This song does not pertain to the taste of the older generations.

I love this song because it is so high energy, and it is something you can listen to on a car ride with friends. This song is a great song to jam out and scream on top of you’re lunges. This song is most likely about his girlfriend at the time. The song seems as if he is praising Trippie Reddhis girlfriend for what she does for him.  He says in the song “Baby, yes, you’re mine, baby, yes, you’re fine.” I recommend this song to anyone willing to give something new a try, and I recommend listening to at least the middle of it before you make a judgment.



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Vaniesa is a senior at Sartell High School, and she is planning on moving to Arizona for college next year. She is planning on majoring in psychology to...

The blame falls on Baby


DaBaby released a new album, BLAME IT ON BABY, on April 17th

Needs a photographer on the feature image. 

Johnathan Kirk, better known by his stage name DaBaby, has exploded on to the music scene over the last year. With previous works Baby On Baby and KIRK in 2019 charting extremely well for any artist, much less one so new on the scene, he has already established himself as one of the hottest artists in the game. Hit tracks such as “Suge” and “BOP” have allowed DaBaby to appear alongside many other artists on hit songs, including collaborations with artists such as Drake, the Migos, Lil Baby, Future, Megan The Stallion, Gucci Mane, and many more, including an appearance on 2019’s XXL Freshman Cover.

Previous to the album’s release, DaBaby released a single titled “Find My Way,” which seems like a departure from the rest of DaBaby’s music to this point. Much more of a song than purely rapping, DaBaby finds a way to switch his style up a bit which has been arguably his biggest criticism to this point. While not personally as enjoyable as the larger body of his work, I respect and welcome a little more flavor to the exciting but sometimes repetitive tracks from him.

This album is loaded with stars of the game, having features with Quavo, Future, Roddy Ricch, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Ashanti, and Megan The Stallion. The album is 13 songs long with a runtime of 33 minutes, so it looks to be a lot of material in a short time which is where I think DaBaby excels. I have very high hopes for this album and have been looking forward to its release over this week, so let’s get into it.

Starting with the first track “Can’t Stop,” DaBaby immediately comes in with a bouncy, bass heavy beat signature to his music and a typical flow pattern as well. A fitting opening to his album, DaBaby’s braggadocios style and punchlines are very present in this song, although the hook could use a little work to make the song a little better.

Moving on to “Pick Up” with Quavo, a much darker beat is instantly forcing your head to bop along to the track. DaBaby delivers a standard verse and hook, followed by Quavo delivering a standard verse. There is nothing spectacular about this track, and it feels like it ended too soon, but it certainly was not bad either. I love the pairing of DaBaby and the Migos as seen on the track RAW S*** on DaBaby’s previous album, but this one feels undercooked and like they could have come up with something more had a little more time been spent on it, a continued problem with Migos songs.

Next up is “Lightskin S***” with Future and producer jetsonmade. A beat that sounds like a Minecraft YouTuber intro from 2013 is on this track, and DaBaby again delivers a good not great verse before handing the reins to Future who does his thing. A really awkward end to Future’s verse leads into the short hook to end the song.

Something I’m noticing up to this point is that while DaBaby isn’t performing terribly on this album, it seems like a departure from the flair of his previous albums. While only three tracks in, we have a standard intro track followed by a rushed feeling song with Quavo who comes with a copy/paste Migos verse, and then Future who I just personally don’t click with. Like I stated earlier, DaBaby shines in shorter songs because of his repetitive flow, but his punchlines and catchiness are what make his songs great, and he hasn’t given himself the means to accomplish that so far. Hopefully, the rest of the album is as good as expected.

“Talk About It” is closer to the DaBaby I was expecting on this album. The video game, bass heavy beat is strong in this track and DaBaby gives two decent verses. Not making it on my playlist, but more songs like this one are what this album needs to become a hit.

The next song, “Sad S***,” opens with DaBaby…singing? At first I thought they were uncredited vocals, but it is actually DaBaby on autotune, singing like Future on “King’s Dead” for the first minute of the track until he switches back to his normal flow. I thought he was done, until I realized the singing was the hook. Like on “Find My Way,” I appreciate a little diversity in the album. It certainly is a different kind of track, but I’m not a fan of DaBaby singing. You have to try everything once to see how it sounds, but I hope this doesn’t return on future projects.

“Find My Way” is the next song and has a nice guitar in the back and a much nicer use of autotune after hearing the previous song, but I won’t talk about this one too much since we’ve heard it already.

The song I was most excited for is next, “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch. Roddy gets into his Young Thug bag, using a very similar flow to the longtime hip-hop artist. DaBaby again decides to go for a more melodic approach to better fit with Roddy’s style, and it just isn’t doing it for me.

Thus far the two best tracks in my opinion are “Can’t Stop” and “Talk About It,” songs where DaBaby is closest to home and doesn’t have features taking away from the overall vibe of the song.

“Jump” with YoungBoy Never Broke Again is the best track on the album so far. Both artists are super high energy, the track doesn’t overstay its welcome, but it feels finished. The beat forces you to pay attention to the artists here and is very unique. DaBaby isn’t singing, both artists’ verses are fun to listen to, and YoungBoy kills the hook. While I’m not a huge fan of YoungBoy, he provides a certain chemistry with DaBaby on this song that really puts everything together for me. I really like this one.

“Champion” is DaBaby singing again. It just doesn’t sound good. He’s using his normal flow and cadence that makes his songs great but he’s auto-tuned and singing while doing it and it ruins the song for me. Without autotune, this song is nice.

“Drop” is the next track on the album, and it features A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and producer London On Da Track. DaBaby is auto-tuned yet again, and he uses the formula very present on this album: hook, DaBaby verse, hook, guest verse, hook, end. These songs just don’t feel natural to me, and I’m beginning to dislike the listen at this point. I enjoy almost all of the artists on this project on their own, and I was excited to see them come together here, but it feels like wasted potential. Maybe it’s due to being on lockdown and not being able to have both the artists and the producer in the same room, but these tracks don’t feel polished for me.

Next up we have the title track “Blame it On Baby.” This song is lyrically fantastic, but I was in anticipation waiting for the beat to drop the entire song. It feels like it should link perfectly into the next song on the album as the beat doesn’t trail off at the end either. DaBaby switches his flow three or four times on the song and shows his versatility when the beat switches to something else without singing, but I’m left feeling like I’m at the top of a rollercoaster and it won’t go down the drop.

It does not link into “Nasty.” With Ashanti and Megan The Stallion helping out with this one, it’s a little longer, and also very sensual. Megan absolutely bodies this track with her aggressive flow and quick hitting punchlines similar to what DaBaby would do on his previous two albums. Ashanti provides a nice singing voice to listen to for the hook and outro. DaBaby.

“Amazing Grace” is the final song on this album. Very similar to the intro track; it isn’t anything special but isn’t bad by any means.

Overall, I did not enjoy this album. The singing and autotune is a phase a lot of new artists go through as they try to grow and increase their skillset and creativity, but it did not work for DaBaby. Outside of that, this album is extremely safe and formulaic. Outside of “Jump,” there is really no noticeable difference between tracks outside of the autotune. Most of the verses from DaBaby are very similar in length and style.  The same goes for whole songs. The features seem like additions simply for the sake of their name and don’t add a lot to the songs or the project as a whole.

I give the album a 4/10, with the best song far and away being “Jump” with Young Boy Never Broke Again.

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Dylan Krenz-Bertrand is a junior at Sartell High School. He is involved in Student Council and is currently the Minnesota Central Division Parliamentarian....

Impact of COVID-19 on the Music Industry


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Artists all over are going live to perform for fans, in the comfort of their homes. In this picture Juliet Simms (top left), Conan Gray (top right), Palaye Royale, Tyler Joseph, and Spencer Sutherland (left to right).

With the outbreak of COVID-19, social distancing has been put in place, restricting the gathering of crowds. This has resulted in the cancellation and postponement of many music festivals, tours, album release parties, dance clubs, venues, and concerts. One of the biggest being the cancelation of Coachella and having it be pushed back to October of this year. 

When you take a look into the music industry, there are far more people affected by these cancelations then just the performer or entertainer. Think about all the people and money it takes to create, promote, and release an album. Then to put together a tour, book all the venues, create a setup for the show, and then to put on a good production. When you take all that hard work, and time, and stop it, it’s devastating. It can leave thousands of people without jobs, especially when that job is performing for crowds across the country. 

This cancellation is a big slap in the face to touring musicians and those who aren’t quite fortunate just yet to be selling out arenas. Independent artists thrive on album releases and those first few tour dates to make a living. With that loss, you could compare it to a “farmer losing their crops.”  That analogy is from independent Nashville singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle. He is one of many artists who postponed their tours until later, safer dates. 

Of course, many artists and musicians are trying to find a positive among all this uncertainty. Having your job be put on hold is heartbreaking, but making sure the fans, themselves, and their teams are safe is better than putting them at risk. To make it up to fans, some artists are going live to put on mini-concerts from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Many of them, however, are eager to return to a stage to perform for fans around the world, once we are all safe that is.

In the meantime, help support artists during this time by tuning into their Instagram lives, follow and support them on social media, and stream their music. Maybe you’ll discover a new band or artist while we all have this extensive amount of free time on our hands.

To help and learn about the symptoms and precautions you should be taking to help stop the spread of COVID-19, please go check out the CDC’s website about the coronavirus. Please stay safe so we all can return to watching our favorite musicians perform live.

For more on the cancelations, Rolling Stone has got an extensive list regarding everything canceled thus far.

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Charlie Monson is a junior at Sartell High School. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, painting and listening to music. She is currently...

V’s Quarantine Playlist

I love listening to music; I have many different playlist for my many different moods. During this time of quarantine I have been into the more sad and slow tempo songs. These are a few of my favorites at the moment.

“I love you”- Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish Album of the year cover

I love this song because it is very somber. This song makes me feel as if I am driving in the rain on a peaceful silent night. There are many different ways to interrupt the song, but I like to think the song is about a complicated relationship where the guy keeps saying “I love you” to her but his actions say otherwise. She loves him, but she does not want to because of what he does. The relationship is toxic.

“When the party’s over”- Billie Eilish

Like many of Billie’s songs, this song has multiple meanings. There is a line in the song where she says “I’ve learned to lose you can’t afford to.” To me this means she has learned to cope with him leaving all the time but each time he leaves, she becomes more depressed and more damaged. Another lyric is “Tore my shirt to stop you bleedin.”  I think this means every time she was in pain or not happy, she tried to fix it herself and make it better. This song is one of her more emotional ones; it is not hard to miss once you listen to the song.


“Supalonely”- BENEE Ft. Gus Dapperton


BENEE says the song is exactly what the title of it is. She says, “This one is a super self-deprecating song where I just poke fun of myself being sad.”

Although this song is a bit depressing, it has an amazing beat that makes you want to get up and dance. I relate to this song because a lot of the emotions she speaks of I tend to have more times a week than I can count.

Brent Faiyaz



“Trust”- Brent Faiyaz

In the music video for this song, Brent is surrounded by many friends, yet he is preoccupied. He is hesitating to trust a woman he is involved with. The uncertainty of his feelings for this woman is affecting his everyday life. The lyrics and the visual approach to this song gives a great perspective into Brent’s mind and his emotions.




Surfjan Stevens

“Mystery of Love” – Sufjan Stevens

This song is in the movie Call Me by Your Name.

Surfjan said: “I wanted the song to feel aesthetically and emotionally like independent works that could live on its one.”

He did not want the song to correlate to the narrative of the movie too much. It is a song about a complicated love that is a mystery to both parties involved.



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Vaniesa Orjansen, Journalist

Vaniesa is a senior at Sartell High School, and she is planning on moving to Arizona for college next year. She is planning on majoring in psychology to...

Post Malone scares fans


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Post Malone is a singer with millions of fans and many number one hits.

Austin Richard Post, known as Post Malone is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Post Malone is currently on his Hollywood Bleeding Tour; he is on leg three of the tour and has done 75 shows in many different countries, and he is still going.

On March 8, 2020 videos surfaced of Malone acting very odd while performing.

Many Malone fans have taken to social media to express their concerns regarding the unsettling videos of Post performing. The videos show Malone struggling to pick up a microphone, slurring his words, rolling his eyes, and falling.

One fan on twitter stated in a tweet that was later removed:

You cannot tell me that this is normal behavior from Post, it’s not and the man needs help before something bad happens to him, whether it’s alcohol or drugs, he’s not using them for fun anymore, he’s abusing them. ”


Another fan tweeted

I don’t care if you are a fan or not, Post Malone needs help.”

Although fans are worrying, Malone has stated that the way he acts is a part of the show and he is just doing it for entertainment. Malone has said that is he not on drugs and has been feeling the best he has ever felt.

and that’s why I [work hard] for these shows and fall on the floor and do some fun stuff. But for those concerned here, I appreciate the love but I feel very fantastic.”

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Vaniesa is a senior at Sartell High School, and she is planning on moving to Arizona for college next year. She is planning on majoring in psychology to...

March was a massive month for more music


5 albums released over the month of March adding up to 86 songs, or 5 hours and 18 minutes in new music photos via Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Electronica, Donald Glover, The Weeknd, and Joyner Lucas

March has been a very busy month for music. Some albums were expected and some were complete surprises with no announcement until the release day. Either way it has been very exciting to look for all the new music and catch up on it over the last couple weeks of quarantine. It’s been a pretty even spread with five highly anticipated albums coming throughout the month.


Eternal Atake – Lil Uzi Vert

Eternal Atake was announced in 2018 with constant delays
The album cover plays on his 2016 mixtape, “Lil Uzi Vert VS The World”

Lil Uzi Vert released LUV Is Rage 2 in 2017, and fans were highly satisfied. People were ready for a follow-up, and they couldn’t wait. Lil Uzi Vert announced the album and people waited to hear it. He put snippets of songs on his Instagram stories, he performed tracks while on tour, hyping up the album before its release. Eventually months passed, which turned into years as Uzi kept saying that his label wouldn’t let him release the album. He was in a heavy battle with the label trying to drop the album, and fans heard nothing until December 13th 2019 when “Futsal Shuffle 2020” came out. It instantly became a hit on Tik-Tok boosting it to incredible heights. Finally on March 6th 2020, the album came out with no announcement. After two years of waiting, Lil Uzi Vert dropped the 1 hour long, 18 track album that fans have been waiting for since LUV Is Rage 2. Only one week after the release he dropped a deluxe edition, a double-sided album coming in at 32 songs and an hour and 45 minutes of Lil Uzi Vert.

A Written Testimony – Jay Electronica

The words on the cover over the white spots are “A Written Testimony” written in Arabic

Jay Electronica released his debut mixtape in 2007. He signed to Def-Jam records and continued to either release or feature on one song per year. Finally after 13 years, he released his debut studio album. He says that the album was recorded in “40 days and 40 nights” from December of 2019 to February of 2020. It has features from Jay-Z on a large amount of the songs, and also includes features from Travis Scott and The-Dream. The first track is just voice lines from Minister Louis Farrakhan, and the second song starts with a Jay-Z verse, just building the anticipation for Jay Electronica. It clocks out at 39 minutes and 10 tracks. It’s a short listen, but it’s a lot of content with Jay Electronica wasting no time getting into his personal life, his religion, and his struggle as an artist, from the first song to the last. After the album’s release, he faced controversy, as some believe that the voice lines from Minister Louis Farrakhan and reference to the Synagogue of Satan, are anti-Semitic.

After Hours – The Weeknd

The Weeknd blew up out of Toronto with three mixtapes in 2011, House Of Balloons, Echoes Of Silence, and Thursday. In 2012 he released a compilation with remixes and remasters of tracks on the original three tapes. He consistently dropped albums every 2-3 years, reaching stardom with the 2016 album Starboy, an album that takes a lot of disco influence in the synths and melodies, and a heavy trap influence in the drums. 2018 saw the release of My Dear Melancholy, an album about his breakup with Selena Gomez, and on March 20th, he released After Hours. An emotional, yet fun project about The Weeknd’s life as a famous musician, jumping from topics such as every relationship he has being in the public, to his break up with model Bella Hadid, and doing drugs just trying to have a good time. The album comes out at 14 tracks with a 56 minute run time. It still includes a lot of 80’s influence, as well as a wide variation in his vocal range. He also released a deluxe edition with 3 new songs, and 5 remixes, 1 being the “Heartless” remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

3.15.20 – Childish Gambino

It’s been four years since Childish Gambino released the album “Awaken, My Love!” shocking everybody with funk influence and soulful

This album came out with no announcement at all aside from the live stream, which played the entire album live for anyone watching, days before it actually released commercially

singing throughout the project. In 2018 he released the song This Is America, and announced his retirement from music. Later that year he released a two track EP, including the songs “Feels Like Summer” (which shows up on 3.15.20) and Summertime Magic. In 2019, he featured on the song Monster by 21 Savage. He said he wouldn’t release any more albums because he was focusing on his acting and on writing his TV show Atlanta. On March 15th a live stream went up with the title Donald Glover Presents. The entire screen was a long drawing, which was believed to be the album cover. A few hours after the live stream premiered, it was taken down. On March 22nd, it came out onto streaming services as a commercial release, with a plain white album cover. Coming in at 12 tracks and 58 minutes long, this album is insanely experimental, featuring rap verses over Yeezus type beats, opera-like singing over a simplistic string instrumental, and a country-like songs talking about drugs and violence.

Joyner Lucas worked on a collaboration album with Chris Brown that was announced in February of 2018, which still to this day has not been released

ADHD – Joyner Lucas

Joyner Lucas released his mixtape “Along Came Joyner” in 2015 and the track Ross Capichioni blew up. It was a song about two kids, one who recently moved to the school named Ross Capichioni, and a kid who recently joined a gang and has to kill someone for initiation. He befriends Ross and ends up giving him a ride home from school and shoots him trying to kill him, but Ross survives the shot. It was based on a real event and the song has two halves, one from Ross’ point of view and one from the gang member’s. After two years, he dropped his tape “(508)-507-2209”, with the song “I’m Sorry” that blew him up even further. After that, he came out with the song I’m Not Racist, yet another song from two people’s point of view. One from a black man and one from a racist white man. In May of 2019, the song ADHD came out and Joyner announced his album. After a little under a year and frequent delays, he dropped the album, an 18 track, 1 hour long project, with features from Logic, Young Thug, Chris Brown, King OSF, and Fabolous. The album came with nine singles before the release, meaning that fans were able to hear half the album, prior to it release.

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Raven Vastag, Journalist

Raven is a senior at Sartell High School. His favorite SZA song is "Doves In The Wind." His plans after high school are to be rich and famous for his music...

Frank Ocean blesses us with new music


Josh Harrington

Covers for Frank Ocean's two newest singles, Cayendo and Dear April.

As many Frank Ocean fans know, when Frank releases new music, it’s big news.

Diego Melendez
My copy of the Dear April 7″ vinyl

The secluded artist rarely gives his fans any news on new projects, merchandise, or release dates, so when Frank Ocean releases music to stream online, people pay attention. Frank released two tracks Cayendo and Dear April this past Saturday, April 3rd, surprising his fans and music listeners alike. For more information on Frank Ocean, visit his website

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Diego Melendez, Journalist

Diego Melendez is a senior at Sartell High School. This is his second year being a journalist for the LeSabre.  Diego enjoys cooking, biking, listening...

Doja Cat

On The Rise


Jabari Jacobs; edited by Cullen Schreiber

Doja Cat is a female rapper with coming into the industry producing and writing her own songs unlike many other rappers

Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, more well known as Doja Cat is a blossoming female rapper. Many people know her from her song “Say So” that became very popular on TikTok along with her song “Candy.” Doja became active in 2013 after releasing her first single which later got her signed to RCA Records. 

Doja Cat’s debut single “So High” was first released to SoundCloud at 16. This brought her name into the industry after it became popular when she was 18. She later signed with RCA Records with a joint venture deal with Kemosabe Records. She then released her debut EP Purrr!.

Doja continued releasing music and producing her own tracks on SoundCloud. One of those tracks being “Candy” released in 2016 became very popular last year on the social media app TikTok. This brought her onto the Billboard Hot 100 at #86 in 2018. 

Furthering her success when she released the single “Mooo!” She made and released this single and the music video in a single day. In her interview with Genius, she explained that she was just messing around and wanted to make some “meme music” to reach a wider audience. 

In early 2019 “Tia Tamera” was released featuring Rico Nasty another female rapper on the rise in the music industry.  This single along with “Roll With Us” and “Go to Town” were featured on her first full-length album, Amala also re-released in early 2019 as a deluxe version.

Hot Pink, Doja’s most recent album was released late last year. Hot Pink showcased her versatility in sound and captured the attention ears of many. This album included many hits from “Juicy,” that became an anthem for body positivity, to “Say So,” that shot into fame on TikTok early January. “Rules” is another song from the album released previously as a single, but showed off her rapping abilities.

Something not very well known about Doja Cat is that she produces most of her own tracks. Her SoundCloud consists of many tracks that she composed, wrote, and recorded in her room. You can see her making a beat from scratch here on her Instagram live. 


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Cullen is 17 years old and a senior at Sartell High School. Cullen plans on going into the design and video editing field. His favorite song by the one...

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