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VII Wonders: Gabriel Townsell on Rap, Wrestling and Life

Over the past few years, VII has built an impressive resume both at Stanford and his native Chicago — one that speaks to an artistic spirit and skill beyond his years, fueled by a dedication to his craft and a relentless pursuit of new creative avenues. You may have seen him performing at Blackfest in 2018, where he opened for 2 Chainz; he competed in the Stanford Concert Network’s Battle of the Bands in January of this year, and he was featured at Kairos’ Wine & Cheese night in November. Maybe you’ve heard the two mixtapes he dropped on Soundcloud this summer, in addition to Marketable Melancholy.

Noname Gypsy’s EBF takeover

The Chicago-based rapper Noname Gypsy (born Fatimah Warner) performed at EBF on Wednesday night. Earlier that day, she participated in a Q&A hosted by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Harmony House, which overflowed with curious fans, spilling into the hallways and up the staircase. The late night concert, co-sponsored by the Stanford…

Behind the scenes with the Stanford Concert Network

If there’s a soundtrack to Stanford, sophomore Nick Burakoff and senior Freddy Avis are writing it. This year, the duo (along with co-director Manolis Sueuga, who couldn’t make it to our interview) are leading the university’s Stanford Concert Network (SCN), a musical juggernaut with a hand in everything from small EBF concerts and music rental…