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I just love this song. Meet Alex Mali, the 21-year-old Brooklynite whose putting her own foot into R&B Fusion. What I love about her is the absolute rawness of the music she produces, and how genuine and real she sounds as she tells her story. She sings raps soulfully and passionately about her family, her future, and her aspirations, while wrapping all those words up in a beautifully produced medley of electronic sounds and R&B vibes. PHENOM is Mali’s single off her upcoming EP, so look out for more from this queen.

 

I’m pretty picky with EDM tracks- I love electronic music, but I tend to lean towards slower electronic music that produces itself as an eclectic blend of hip-hop, disco, and/or indie influence. However, once in a while, a good EDM track bares its head, and theres nothing like a good EDM track to get you in the mood for a dope night out. Forever topped hypemachine charts for 2 weeks straight, and for pretty good reason. Enjoy!

 

A while back, I posted about a song called “Blue Window”, the love child of a collab EP between Duñe and Crayon.  If you remember, I was absolutely obsessed with it and tried to use all of my minimal influence to convince you to press play. Well, this track right here named “I Can’t” is another track from that same EP, and I can’t believe I passed it by without noticing it’s glory. Just like “Blue Window”, the percussion combinations are so carefully crafted, the vocals are nothing short of angelic sweet nothings, and the hip-hop/electronic vibes are ever-present.

I’ve always been a sucker for hard-hitting percussions, and Cabu delivers on this remix of Danelle’s “Chairs”. It’s a soothing, electronic track, more suitable for chilling by the pool than a wild night. Enjoy these vibes ~

Being a student is tough. Fortunately, many companies and organizations realize this and offer their products to students at steeply discounted rates. Check out these free and discounted offers on technology, transportation, and more so you can spend more time worrying about classes than cash.

You Need A Budget 4

Avoid the stereotype of the broke college student by making a budget every month. According to their website, You Need A Budget offers budgeting software to college students for free if they follow these steps:

  1. Write to us at support@youneedabudget.com and include proof of registration at your college.
  2. We’ll send you a special license key, good until the end of the academic year (August 31st).
  3. At the end of the year, just shoot them another email if you’re still cranking away on your schoolwork, and they’ll send you a new license key that’s good for the next year.

Microsoft Office and OneDrive

With you .edu email, you can get the entire Microsoft Office suite and 1 terabyte of OneDrive storage for free. To sign up, visit this link.

Amazon Prime

As a college student, you are eligible to six months of Amazon Prime for free. After six months, the service is only $50 a year for college students. For those new to Amazon Prime, the service offers you free two-day shipping and access to a whole host of services including Prime Now, which promises two hour deliveries within most major cities.

Sign up here to get started with your trial and a $5 gift card (requires your .edu email).

Uber

If you’re trying to get around the city and looking to avoid the subway, make sure to sign up for Uber. Uber is a ride-hailing app that can get you around the city for a decent price (except when there’s surge pricing).

Sign up here to get your first ride free (up to $20).

*Affiliate offer code

Lyft

If you’re trying to get around the city, looking to avoid the subway, and don’t like Uber, make sure to sign up for Lyft. Lyft is a ride-hailing app that can get you around the city for a decent price (except when there’s surge pricing).

Sign up here to get your first ride free.

*Affiliate offer code

Gett

If you’re trying to get around the city and looking to avoid surge pricing, make sure to sign up for Gett. Gett is a ride-hailing app that can get you around the city for $10 flat if your destination is within Manhattan.

Sign up here to get your $10 off your first ride.

*Affiliate offer code

Lynda.com

Looking for some extra help learning new materials? Using your UNI, you have access to Lynda.com, a website that offers a treasure trove of interactive videos to teach you about nearly any subject you’re fascinated about. Log in through this link.

Adobe Creative Suite

With your Columbia email, you can get Adobe’s entire Creative Suite at a discounted rate of $20 a month. To sign up, just visit this link.

Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

Using Columbia’s CLIO system, you can get access to the Wall Street Journal. While it won’t be laid out like a newspaper, you can get access to today’s news. If you want a traditional hardcopy paper, WSJ also offers 15 Weeks for $15.

Apple

Apple has special education pricing on Macs and iPads for college students old and new. As a bonus, Apple will give you a free set of Beats Wireless Headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac, iPhone or iPad product. To get the deal, simply visit any Apple store with proof of your acceptance to Columbia or shop through Apple’s online education website.

Local Museums

Of all the amazing reasons to go to college in New York City, the wealth of museums might be one of the best deals. And using your Columbia ID, you have access to over 3 dozen of them for free. From spending a day admiring Egyptian art at The Met to learning about the history of New York’s transit system at the Transit Museum, there’s a whole slew of opportunities that await. To find which museums we get access to for free, visit the Columbia Arts Initiative’s website here.

 

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