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….

Album Review: Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Everything’s Fine

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Mello Music; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Gold Purple Orange”, “Peacock”, “Breakfast of Champions” Husband and wife duos in music are nothing new. See: Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (rip), Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (noticing a pattern here?). But rarely is it done in rap,…

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…

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…

Album Review: Chief Keef – Dedication

By Sam Tornow, General Manager [Glo Gang; 2017] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Mailbox”, “Negro” Finishing up his release year, Chief Keef has thrown one last batch of tracks into the mix with the appropriately named, Dedication. Siso’s 2017 releases, like most of his career, have been hit or miss, peaking with his most dynamic release…