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…