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Suicide and Bullying Prevention at North
Suicide and Bullying Prevention at North
Keller Hyde (Junior) and Alex Cardoza (Senior) April 15, 2024

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Ohio House Bill Restricts Transgender Athletes in Sports
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Theodore Garrett (Senior) April 9, 2024

During the 2022-2023 school year six transgender girls played in Ohio highschool sports; one of them is a tennis player who completed her senior...

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Why are students frustrated with High School counselors?! | RAW student interviews S2 E6
Lia Webb (Senior) April 9, 2024

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Suicide and Bullying Prevention at North
Suicide and Bullying Prevention at North
Keller Hyde (Junior) and Alex Cardoza (Senior) April 15, 2024

Efforts to spread awareness about student violence and suicide prevention have been on an upward trend in recent years. Despite these steps,...

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Ohio House Bill Restricts Transgender Athletes in Sports
Ohio House Bill Restricts Transgender Athletes in Sports
Theodore Garrett (Senior) April 9, 2024

During the 2022-2023 school year six transgender girls played in Ohio highschool sports; one of them is a tennis player who completed her senior...

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Why are students frustrated with High School counselors?! | RAW student interviews S2 E6
Lia Webb (Senior) April 9, 2024

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Diss track culture dethrones the Queen of Rap

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Nolan Tribbie (Senior)
This is a photo of Minaj’s new album Big Foot sitting amongst trash. Many fans are very disappointed in the quality of this album.

Nicki Minaj, deemed “Queen of Rap”  finds herself publicly feuding with Megan Thee Stallion,  another well known female rapper who dropped  what Minaj believed was a diss track against her.

On Jan. 26, 2024 Megan Thee Stallion dropped Hiss, a number one trending song on YouTube. It was perceived as a diss track towards her haters. 

Hours later Niki Minaj took to Instagram live, mumbling a diss rap that had words targeted towards Megan saying “you lied on your dead mama” and “I know you’re listing right now you bullet fragment foot B****.” She also referenced the pop star saying “Get up on your good foot.” This refers to an incident where Megan Thee Stallion was attending a party and a rapper named Tory Lanez shot her in the foot .

While many questioned what set Nicki Minaj off to create that response,  it was found her reaction was from one bar of lyrics in Hiss. “These h*e’s don’t be mad at Megan, These h*he’s mad at Megan’s Law.” 

This is important because Megan’s Law is the name of a federal law in the United States requiring law enforcement to make registered sex offenders public knowledge. Trinity Durrum (2024), is a huge Barb who listens to both rappers. She speaks on the issue, “Megan was definitely throwing shots at different celebrities like in her recent songs however when she released Hiss that was about artist Drake who dissed her in a song with 21 savage,” Durrum said.

Durham also comments on Minaj’s reaction. “Niki has been losing her mind on twitter for the past week and it’s nerve wracking,” Durham said. The connection between this law and Minaj through her husband, Kenny Petty, who is a registered sex offender after pleading guilty to the attempted rape of a thirteen year old girl.

Kimani Mattew (2025)  says “You can’t be mad if someone is calling you out for your choice in men,” Mattew said.

Megan Thee Stallion  makes it clear she doesn’t stand with anyone who could be or associate with those who hurt children and her points are clear in just that one line of her song without it being targeted towards anyone specific.

Megan Thee Stallion released Hiss on Jan. 26, 2024 and has accumulated over 15M views with around 778K likes while Nicki Minaj’s song Bigfoot released on Jan. 29, 2024 and has garnered 6M views and around 182K likes. Both of these songs are trending on YouTube with Megan Thee Stallion trending number on YouTube while Nicki Minaj’s is currently trending number fifteen. Made with Canva. (Lia Webb (Senior))

However, in response the next day, Minaj went back onto Instagram live and degraded Megan Thee Stallion once more saying things about her body and dead mother and continuing to speak on how Megan resembles Big Foot.  Audiences found out it was the name of the album Minaj dropped a day later. The album continues to antagonize and bully Megan while directly saying it was targeted towards her.

Logan Burton (2025) believes that “Talking about people’s dead moms is not okay. I stan and love Nicki but I don’t like her right now,” Burton said.

Diss tracks would forever leave its mark in hip-hop history however the contexts of diss tracks are to get a reaction from the other opponent or group through a musical median. Many claimed Nicki’s album was rushed and even received backlash for the AI generated cover as fans concluded  she could have easily paid someone to make something creative. But the response to Nicki’s diss track would be anything but positive. She took long pauses in her song, was stuttering and not using creative word play or rhymes, disappointing many as they felt it was time to search for a new Queen of Rap. 

 

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Lia Webb (Senior), Broadcast Editor
Hello and welcome to my staff page, I’m Lia Webb and a member returning for my second year on the Odyssey, not only as a senior but as a video editor, broadcast and podcast creator and visual art creator. I enjoy making good memories, experimenting with different art forms and making new friends. If you want to know more about me send a smile my way!   
I'm a senior, and very interested in Journalism, The Odyssey, etc. I specialize in photography and graphic design and I am absolutely eager to contribute those aspects into our newspaper. I also compose music, and take any photography/music commissions one may have. I am open to a lot, so simply let me know!

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