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Post Malones quick rise to fame from Guitar Hero

His love for playing guitar started with playing the popular video game Guitar Hero. Austin Richard Post, more famously known as Post Malone, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Born in Syracuse, NY on July 24, 1995 Post has become an icon in the music industry in his last five years of involvement.

The first Guitar Hero was released in 2005. Post found a love for playing it and decieded to pick up real guitar because of it. Photo courtesy of Guitarhero.com

He started playing guitar and recording music when he was 16 years old. Post graduated from Grapevine High School in Grapevine Texas. After high school, Post went to Tarrant County College but later dropped out to move to Los Angeles, California with his longtime friend Jason Probst.

He started his career in 2015 with his debut single “White Iverson,” which reached over one million views in just a month. He gained a lot of attention from record labels where he then signed with Republic Records according to Hot New Hip Hop. His song “Celebration,” featuring Quavo, was Post’s first top-ten song to reach the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 8. On December 9, 2016 Post released his debut album, Stoney which featured lots of different artists like, Justin Bieber, Quavo and 2 Chainz.

Post Malone performing “Allergic” off of the Hollywood’s Bleedingalbum at Van Andel Arena. Photo by Molly Clark

In February 2017, he announced his album called Beerbongs and Bentleys, which was due to be released that December (2017), before being pushed back to early 2018. Later that year, in September, he released the first single of the album “rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage. The song reached the Billboard’s Hot 100 #1 spot for 8 consecutive weeks according to Billboard. In February of 2018, Post announced his new song with Ty Dolla Sign titled “Psycho”. The song debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top 100, which was his third entry into the top 10. In April of 2018, Beerbongs and Bentleys was released and broke the first-day streaming records on Spotify, with 78.7 million streams worldwide.

On August 26, 2019, Post announced that his third album Hollywood’s Bleeding would be released on September 6, 2019. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 489,000 albums during the first week.

This new album had lots of different styles of music with drastic different elements. All of which are very good songs. There are 17 tracks on the album, clocking in at 51minutes worth of music.

I feel like [in Los Angeles] a lot of people want to be somebody, and they’ll use every last piece out of you to better themselves

Post said in a Beats 1 interview.
Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at the I Am Ozzy book signing at Changing Hands, Tempe Arizona, Feb 20th, 2010. Permission from GNU free documentation License

The first song on the album is “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” where Post talks about his thoughts on Hollywood, and how toxic the environment is. “I feel like [in Los Angeles] a lot of people want to be somebody, and they’ll use every last piece out of you to better themselves” said Post in an interview with Beats 1. The second track is “Saint-Tropez,” this song has a funky trap beat that talks about designer brands and his work ethic. It is one of my personal favorites on the album. Skipping to the fourth track on the album which is “Allergic,” and is another one of my favorites. It’s different from a lot of his other songs and it is very well done. In the song it has hard hitting drums and an energetic beat, but also has a slow guitar in the chorus. The ninth song on the album is called “Take What You Want,” which features Ozzy Osbourne and a very dramatic guitar solo. This track also talks about Los Angeles and how toxic it is and also on Post’s past relationship along with Osbourne’s. This song has a great dynamic between the two and Osbourne’s guitar solo ties in very nicely. All in all this album was very well done. Post shows different emotions and talks about certain things in his life while having a very creative flow to it. 

Along with this new album, he announced the Runaway Tour with Swae Lee. Post will be stopping at 64 spots in the United States, three in Canada and eight in Europe. Dispersed through three legs. Starting in Tacoma, Washington and concluding in London, England.

On February 12, Post Malone, Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh performed in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena.

Post Malone performing “Over Now” off of the Beerbongs & Bentleysalbum at Van Andel Arena on February 12, 2020. Photo by Molly Clark

Tyla Yaweh opened with “I Think I Luv Her” and was very energetic on stage. Swae Lee followed with “Unforgettable,” “Hopeless Romantic” and “Sunflower.” Last on stage was Post with a very dramatic entrance with pulsating lights and many smoke machines. He started with “Hollywood Bleeding,” the intro to his newest album, and walked out to “Congratulations,” which was one of his first hit songs. Post played a wide variety of songs from all of his albums with exciting visuals and light shows to go with. He also played the acoustic version of his song “Stay” off of the Beerbongs and Bentleys album. Which he then proceeded to smash the guitar that he used on stage. They all did a very good job up on stage and were all very energetic.

Artist Mac Miller posthumous album is released

Popular hip hop artist Malcolm McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, tragically overdosed on September 7, 2018. He was well known for his hit singles, “Donald Trump,” “Self Care” and “My Favorite Part.” He released six albums during his career. some reached number one on the charts. 

After passing in 2018, fans thought that his most recent album “Swimming” would be the last they hear out of Miller. Seemingly out of nowhere, his family posted on his Instagram that a new album called “Circles” will be released on January 17. 

Album art from Circles. Photo courtesy of Eastern Echo

“Malcolm was well into the process of recording this companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles,” stated members of Miller’s family on his Instagram. “Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle — Swimming in Circles was the concept.” 

The week prior a song was released called “Good News,” which was also featured on the album.

Billboard music charts writes, “bringing in just over 57 percent of the votes this week, Circles (song) received more votes than new releases from Eminem, Halsey, BTS and more.” 

Photo courtesy of Eastern Echo.

On Thursday (Jan. 16) the Mac Miller estate opened its doors for a preview of the “Circles: Til’ Infinity” listening party for the album. Held at the revamped D.O.M. Gallery on the busy intersection of West Hollywood’s Fairfax and Melrose Avenue, the brightly lit, two-roomed museum pop-up shined. Organized by Warner Brothers Records, Mirrored Media and Mac Miller’s family and friends, along with his former management, the minimalistic event was first advertised just five days before the listening party.

At the pop-up they sold exclusive merchandise where all sales will be funneled to The Mac Miller Fund.

According to the Pittsburgh Foundation, Miller’s goal for the foundation is to “support young artists and creators with resources to help their full potential through exploration, expression and communication.” 

EPSON Smart Boards in classrooms become new wave for Gull Lake technology 

The Gull Lake high school has introduced EPSON Smart Boards to all classrooms. These new systems are intended for teachers to expand their teaching capabilities and introduce new ways of learning to students.

These smart board systems turn whiteboards into a digital workspace which allows teachers and students to draw, highlight, and do much more. This further encourages teachers to find different ways of teaching like audio and video lessons, visual multimedia and power points. They come with an e-stilus that detects any user input on the screen, and a small microphone that can be used for larger, or louder classes. Shining at 3500 lumens and color brightness, these projectors are much stronger than our traditional projectors. This allows for better viewing from all over the classroom, which is particularly helpful for students who are in the back. 

Rylee Hovanec using the SMART Board in Newspaper Class taking advantadge of the draw tool. Photo courtesy of Molly Clark

With lots of advantages of these new systems, there are a few disadvantages the number one is cost. The traditional chalkboard was very first in line for new teaching styles in classrooms, then following, the whiteboard. Now comes the new smart boards, and these are not cheap. There are different models and types so they do vary in price around $2,000, but they are still not super affordable.

Another disadvantage of these systems are how delicate they are. The hardware itself is very fragile and can be damaged very easily, the software alike. Although no major issues have occured yet. 

“Most if not all the problems have been simple quick fixes with either a cable issue, a driver or software problem, or a defective piece of equipment,” said Mike Stephayn, Gull Lake’s Supervisor of Technology Services.

There are three main types of learners, kinesthetic, auditory and visual. These whiteboards in specific focus on visual learners and according to Inc., approximately 65 percent of people learn best visually. 

These new systems will allow these learners to thrive. These types of learners understand best by using whiteboards, looking at maps and images or sharing photos. This new system allows lots of visual space and creativity for students to engage and spread ideas. Those who learn best through visual learning tactics will highly benefit from these new systems. 

Because it’s a touchscreen, multiple students can use the board at once. This means they can work together to solve the problem while building relationships with one another.

As stated by, https://syntheticsmarts.com/smart-boards/

The initial push to have these installed in the Gull Lake school district started in the 2017 bond by Tony Nuismer, the former technology supervisor, which was then passed down to Stephayn. 

“The current EPSON projectors were at the end of their life, and the manufacturer has stopped reproducing replacement bulbs and other parts,” said Stephayn. 

Not only is the high school getting these new projectors, but the middle school will get them as well, following afterward, the Ryan Intermediate. These projects will begin after the high school installation has been completed, which is expected to be by Thanksgiving break. 

“After being installed in every classroom, they are expected to be done by the end of the school year,” according to Ryan Woodrow, Ryan Intermediates Principal.

New technology can bring bumps in the road for teachers. The new projectors now project onto the everyday whiteboard. Because of this, teachers lose whiteboard space when the projector is on.

Fully installed SMART board in an English classroom. Photo Courtesy of Molly Clark

It also means that the screen is much lower on the front board. This makes it somewhat difficult to see from certain angles for students. Although this problem is apparent in lots of the high school classrooms, teachers are quickly adjusting to the new screen and size, by moving desks and other classroom furniture. 

The software that the new projectors run off of is very compliant and easy to use. 

“Gail Goebel, Gull Lake’s Instructional Technologist, has done an amazing job putting together quick tips and training documents,” said Stephayn. “As the school year goes on, we will be providing more demonstrations of this new tech.”

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