ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

Between the Bars: “New Slaves”

By Kwase Lane, Contributor Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Between the Bars. This a little corner of ACRN where we talk to you all about whatever little rap verse we’ve had on our mind the last week. In honor of what was supposed to be the release of Kanye West’s latest album,…

Kanye West announces upcoming collaboration with Chance the Rapper

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Photos by Kanye West/YouTube, Chance the Rapper/Youtube] Original story from HotNewHipHop 2018 has been a busy year for hip-hop powerhouse Kanye West and it doesn’t look like he plans on taking a break any time soon. While paying a visit to Chance the Rapper’s youth empowerment event, Open Mike, Kanye revealed…

Live Review: Kanye West at the Schottenstein Center, Sept. 25

By Jonathan Fuchs, Music Director 2016 has been a humongous year for Kanye West. With the release of his eighth record, The Life of Pablo, and having the entire entertainment industry on the edge of its seat after nonstop tweets, controversial music videos and strange fashion shows, Yeezy really proved himself to be what he thinks…

Album Review: Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [G.O.O.D. Music; 2016] Rating: 4/5 Key Tracks: “Ultralight Beam,” “Feedback,” “No More Parties In L.A.” All the chaos, all the feuding, the self-destruction, the narcissism–it’s all led to this. The Life of Pablo is Kanye West’s eighth studio album, and there’s air of finality to it that’s presumably deliberate. Let’s engage with…