Album Review: Joji – Nectar

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor[88rising; 2020]Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Run”, “Afterthought”, “Like You Do” Nectar is the highly anticipated, second full-length release of lo-fi and R&B artist George Miller, aka Joji. Dropping almost two full years after Ballads 1, Joji takes his signature sound to a much cleaner, more focused and emotionally mature place on Nectar. …

Kayo Genesis: Breaking Traditions to Creativity

By Joey Perkins, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] Kalik Osborne has always taken an untraditional route in music. From his songwriting process to signing to 2020 Gold, his artistic pursuit has been driven predominantly by his creative outlets and inspirations that exist far beyond his rapping career. Now known under the name Kayo Genesis, the Palmdale,…

Artist Profile: Austin Hitte

By Maddie Young, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] When hearing the phrase “SoundCloud Rapper,” a specific image comes to mind: a middle-school kid wearing Air Force Ones with rainbow hair rapping about a Louis Vuitton bag that they don’t even own. But a new generation of DIY rappers have taken over this new golden age of…

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Ventura

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Aftermath; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Come Home”, “Make It Better”, “Winners Circle” Just six months after his latest project, Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to the music scene with Ventura. Oxnard was launched with a lukewarm response from many of .Paak’s fans, but Ventura sees him returning to a style…

Rapper 21 Savage released from ICE custody

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of 21 Savage/Epic Records] Rapper 21 Savage was released on bond Wednesday after a total of nine days of being confined by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Atlanta, Georgia. After dropping the aggravated felony charge that previously provided reason for deportation, ICE’s priorities are causing reflection…

21 Savage arrested by ICE, claims of extended illegal US residency

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of 21 Savage/Epic Records] Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was arrested early this morning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which claims he is a British citizen that has been living in the United States on an expired visa since 2006, according to a statement released by the federal…

Album Review: Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Epic/Freebandz; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Never Stop”, “Crushed Up”, “Baptiize” With 20 tracks and clocking in at just over an hour, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD marks Future’s seventh studio album. This album is freaking massive and covers themes of power, fame, mental state and drug abuse — the…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

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: Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Rough Trade; 2018] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “For the Night”, “Look Up Kid” Ever since Destiny Frasqueri broke onto the New York hip-hop scene as a fresh-faced, confrontational force, her ascent has been meteoric, going from chilling at bodegas to NPR and Vice features. A Girl Cried Red is a…

Album Review: Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Atlantic; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Get Up 10”, “Bickenhead”, “I Like It” Y’all tired of Cardi B yet? I’m not, and for good reason. The 25-year-old Bronxite has been conquering the world one step at a time, from her recent SNL appearance, to her provocative and hysterical Instagram videos….