Q&A: EKKSTACY

By Hannah Burkhart, Contributor[Photo provided by EKKSTACY] Editorial content warning: self-harm, attempted suicide Q&A with Vancouver artist EKKSTACY. First off, let’s get some background perspective on you as an artist: what encouraged you to launch your music career? How has your life changed since you started making music? EKKSTACY: I have loved music since I…

Run The Jewels releases shirts with a purpose

By Lauren Patterson, Copy Editor Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels have announced a limited edition T-shirt collection, “Hold Our Hands,” with Charitees. The announcement came Monday via Twitter, urging voting and supporting organizations. All proceeds from the tees go to corresponding charities, Brooklyn Vegan reported. Read more: Japanese electronic group Black Boboi announce new album…

Album Review: Del the Funky Homosapien & Amp Live – Gate 13

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Gate13; 2018] Rating: 4.5/10 Key Tracks: “Wheel of Fortune”, “The Glow”, “Sit Ya Ass Down” Ever since the release of his first solo project in 1991, Del the Funky Homosapien has managed to stay within radars in hip-hop culture, mainly through his collaborations—spanning from the Oakland-based collective Hieroglyphics to the Wu-Tang Clan,…

Album Review: Black Milk – FEVER

By Justin Cudahy, Column Editor [Mass Appeal; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “But I Can Be”, “Could It Be”, “Laugh Now Cry Later” Curtis Cross is a record producer first, rapper second. Over the last decade, Cross, AKA Black Milk, has collaborated on numerous projects with guest artists from Danny Brown to D.C.-based live band…

Album Review: Dabrye – Three/Three

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Ghostly; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Tunnel Vision”, “Lil Mufukuz”, “Dr. Shoomen” Instrumental hip-hop hasn’t been particularly in vogue lately unless your musical world revolves around “chill lo-fi anime hip-hop beats” radio on Youtube. Dabrye, however, utilizes a time machine on Three/Three to bring back the mechanisms of the mid-2000’s…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Will 2018 be as bright as 2017 for music? Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018! Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Current Joys – A Different Age Nick Rattigan has never made a bad record before. Whether it’s with guitarist Jacob Rubeck as Surf Curse or by himself as Current Joys, every record he’s been a…