Album Review: Cities Aviv – MAN PLAYS THE HORN

By: Ethan Hofer, Staff Writer [D.O.T; 2022] Rating: 9/10 Key Tracks: “BLACK PLEASURE”, “SMOKING ON A BRIGHTER DAY”, “THE FINAL SPARK” MAN PLAYS THE HORN is the seventh project released by Memphis-based experimental rapper Cities Aviv. In a city full of boastful trap rappers, Cities Aviv turns away from the Memphis rap scene and focuses…

Album Review: Yeat – 2 Alivë

Ethan Hofer, Staff Writer [Geffen Records; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Poppin”, “Rackz got me”, “Rollin” It is Yeat’s world and everyone else is just living in it. From various lines referring to Osama Bin Laden to coining unusual slang such as “twizzy”, “tonka”, and using umlauts in his song titles, Yeat tends to make…

Album Review: Young Thug – Punk

Two years after Young Thug’s debut album So Much Fun, Thug returns with his sophomore album Punk. Despite its name, Punk is not what an average person would consider a punk album. In fact, most would consider it the opposite of a punk album. Young Thug justifies his reasoning for this name in a recent interview with The FADER, where he explains: “[Punk] means brave, not self centered, conscious. Very, very neglected, very misunderstood. Very patient, very authentic.”

Single Serving No. 1

Hey, hey, wake up. You had a pretty wild night, huh? Well, I mean, as wild as nights can get with *everything* that’s been happening. 

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…