In our efforts to encompass the diverse interests of the student body (are they finally admitting Harvard isn’t ONLY white suburban kids??) and reach out to every part of our community, we have decided to feature not one, but TWO artists, at this year’s big event. For Yardfest 2008, the CEB and the HCC are excited to bring together two impressive and engaging acts: Gavin DeGraw and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Gavin DeGraw is a rare blend in the music industry; a talented singer-songwriter with a pop-rock sound (Yep, sounds really rare) and soulful flavor, DeGraw’s music has received international recognition for its energy, emotional range, and real inspirational lyrics. His songs include “I Don’t Want To Be” (the theme song to the hit TV show “One Tree Hill”), “Chariot”, “Follow Through”, and more. His self-titled second studio album will be released this year, and its title track, “In Love With A Girl”, has already received critical praise.

The Wu-Tang Clan has proved itself as the most revolutionary hip-hop/rap group of the 90s. (I don’t understand how this is even in the same page as this crap about Gavin DeGraw. It’s almost like Harvard is saying the two of them are on the same level? This is false.) The original nine members are U-God, RZA, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP 2004), Method Man, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA/Genius, and Ghostface. The group’s 1993 debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)” showed their ability to mix different flavors of music into a hardcore and highly energetic sound. A multitude of solo projects and spin-off groups have found success in its following. The Wu-Tang Clan’s songs include “Protect Ya Neck”, “C.R.E.A.M.”, and “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit” (Did we really just censor the song title? BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO PERFORM HERE).

I go to a crazy school. This whole thing is just so…bizarre. And the detail they forgot to mention? The Wu-Tang Clan opens for Gavin DeGraw. WTF?! There are like 8 of them, and I don’t think Gavin has a song called “Gavin DeGraw Ain’t Nuthin ta Fuck Wit.”

At least it’s not Third Eye Blind–sucks to be you, MIT.