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Read our interview with Nina Tech and find out why just being a rapper isn’t enough for her

Words by Nandi Howard. Photos by Bryan Allen Lamb. 

The 18-year-old biomedical engineer major is creating the perfect formula on how to sustain your creativity while trying to live the day-to-day college life…or close to it.

While finishing up her freshman year at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Nina Tech records music, does her chem homework, performs at shows on the weekend and is in class on Monday mornings. Her first semester wasn’t just filled with As and Bs though, the Chicago female rapper also managed to debut her four track EP Lady Tech on The Fader.

“The engineer field is forever moving and you really have to be focused but when its comes to music you can’t miss your wave either. I’m try to figure out a good balance so sometimes I can’t do shows because I have school and sometimes I have to cram but I just don’t want to give up on either dream,” said Nina.

Raised on the southside of Chicago, the King College Prep graduate began to make music way before she entered college. “I like hated it,” said Nina. “I don’t know I felt like I couldn’t express myself well and people there were all the same. Same people in different bodies. I did meet my best friends there. That’s also when I started making music so school in general was fun in my high school years.”

Although the education system debatably may not be the best place for creatives to flourish, Nina Tech has mastered the wave of using her education as an advantage in her craft. From high school to college she has managed to make both a priority in her life.

“At Purdue everyone’s real school-oriented so sometimes people look down on the creatives. They think we’re not that smart and people are always really shocked when they find out that I’m both,” said Nina.

Now with her debut EP out Nina Tech promises that we will be seeing a lot more of her during 2017, check it out below.

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J. Cole has added a second night at United Center (7/25) for the ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Tour

Due to popular demand, J. Cole has added an astonishing second Chicago date for his selling-like-hotcakes ‘4 Your Eyez’ world tour.

On July 24th and NOW THE 25th, J. Cole’s highly-touted 4 Your Eyez Only world tour blows through Chicago, for two larger-than-life shows at the United Center. Cole World, alongside his Dreamville squad, will surely sellout the UC for both nights (night one is almost sold out), so we strongly suggest you grab tickets right here, right now.

The second date was just added moments ago, so don’t snooze — you’ll lose. Both shows start at 8pm and is an all ages affair. See you there!


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