State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene


Ever see the movie Office Space? Do you want to rip your ears off when that one lady says, “looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays”?  Well, straight-up, I feel like I have “the Mondays” every Monday. It seems as though the weekend never replenishes my body nor my spirit. When Monday shows it’s ugly face, I instantly get this horrible feeling and begin my “good ole school work.”


Have no fear Penn Staters!  MC SHOGUN has done the impossible, and managed to give us something to look forward to on Monday nights.

So I got back to my crib last night after a rigorous day of group projects (and the whole school thing). I got all cozy at my desk, with my assignments spread out staring me in the eye. I decided to tune into LION 90.7 FM. I figured some background jams would help ease the studying and calm the nerves, but a sudden burst of energy hit me when I heard the first track that MC SHOGUN played for his audience. Ya’ll remember “No Diggity” by Blackstreet, featuring Dr. Dre???

So that was an incredible start!  At this point I found myself ignoring that school work I spoke of earlier, but MC SHOGUN had me captivated with his smooth voice and all around laid back atmosphere. MC SHOGUN’s playlist just kept on surprising me. He then played “Life in Marvelous Times” by Mos Def, which again had me feeling good.

(side note: I also agree with MC SHOGUN’s opinion that “Jedi Mind Tricks” is an extremely dope name for a rap group!)

Throughout SHOGUN’s airtime he played a marvelous mix of 90’s rap and R&B.  He threw in some more modern jams too such as “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” by the one and only Lupe Fiasco. MC SHOGUN definitely has some kinda magic in his old silk hat, because I for real can’t wait to see what he’s got in store the Monday after spring break!

But who exactly is MC SHOGUN? His name is Daniel Novak. He is currently a senior studying sociology. His hometown is Bethesda, Maryland. I had the privilege of talking to Dan about being an MC and how he got his start.  He told me that in his earlier days as a Nittany Lion, his friends from other schools were starting to get involved in their local radio stations. Dan then added that his strong love for rap music led him do some research on LION 97.0 FM. Now, Dan (AKA MC SHOGUN) has his own spot every Monday.

After hearing the track-list that Dan played on his set last night, I had to ask him about current artists that he is inspired by. Dan told me that he is currently a big fan of Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky.

So join in ya’ll and listen to the chill vibes shogun is dishing out for us. Catch him every Monday from 9PM till’ 11PM on LION 90.7 FM.