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…

Album Review: Vince Staples – FM!

By Tarein Phillips, Contributor [Def Jam; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Feels Like Summer”, “Outside!”, “New earlsweatshirt – Interlude” On the same night where Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin and Takeoff were set to release their newest albums, the prince of Long Beach and America’s most beloved former-Crip, Vince Staples, shined the brightest releasing FM!. This…

Album Review: Joey Purp – QUARTERTHING

By Nolan Simmons, Contributor [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Godbody – Pt. 2”, “Paint Thinner”, “Bag Talk” With the 2016 release of iiiDrops, Chicago-based rapper Joey Purp proved that he is no stranger to trying new things. Showcasing his ability to easily flow over left-of-center production with unique tracks like “Photobooth” and “Kids”, iiiDrops…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

Tremendous year. 25 albums. The votes are in–here we go! 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN., [Interscope / TDE; 2017] By Jon Fuchs, Music Director DAMN. is only further proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. Instead of creating another concept record like good kid, m.A.Ad. city or To Pimp a Butterfly,…