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The Outsiders avoid the sophomore slump on ‘O/X2’

Though it is hardly a concept exclusive to hip-hop, the sequel album holds undeniable weight in those orbits. Consider some of the most acclaimed rap albums of the decade so far: Future’s “DS2,” Run the Jewels’ “Run the Jewels 2,” Meek Mill’s “Dreamchasers 2.” Some rappers don’t release sequels to their most famous works until a few albums later; after the mixed reception of the albums that followed “The Marshall Mathers LP” and “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…,” Eminem and Raekwon revisited them more than a decade later to critical acclaim. The reason for this is not just about the music, but the dynasty that it builds. Trends in hip-hop change faster than in any other genre, and artists are judged as much by the strength of their trademark as they are for the quality of their music—perhaps even more so. Anyone within earshot of a radio surely can’t forget the choruses of “Run This Town” and “Empire State of Mind,” but do you remember that Jay-Z was even on those songs? No? Well, “The Blueprint 3” sold nearly three million copies all the same.

Don’t forget about Jae

Janei Maynard ‘16  — known as Jae on stage — keeps pushing the boundaries of what a Stanford student can be. A singer, songwriter and poet, she describes herself as a “soulful voice with a hip-hop head.” In August, she released her debut solo project as a member of The Outsiders, Stanford’s young and prolific…

Sitting down with The Outsiders

Since dropping their eponymous debut mixtape in late April, The Outsiders have shown nothing but hustle. We’ve covered their music — see the Daily’s take on their mixtape here — but we still have plenty of questions, like where did they come from, and where are they headed? Check out this interview to learn more about our favorite…

The Outsiders come out swinging

Twelve weeks ago I sat down to interview senior Tyler Brooks about his experience as a member of the three-person soul/gospel group the Chicago Collective. Responding to questions about his musical background, he focused the discussion on his jazz piano training and experiences singing for the trio. He failed to mention that he was a…