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Mac Miller releases last album “Circles” from beyond the grave

Mac Miller posthumously released his final album 'Circles' on Jan. 17, 2020, which gives further insight into his rehabilitation process from drug addiction. (Photo courtesy of Warner Records Productions)

Dylan Lillie

February 25, 2020

On Jan. 17, Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Mac Miller posthumously released his sixth and final album “Circles,” a sequel to his previous album “Swimming.” Miller named his albums this way in reference to the common expression “swimming in circles,” and both are supposed to portray how the...

Soles of Hip-Hop workshop explores fashion and music

The workshop in Raef Hall will talk about the intersection of hip-hop and sneaker culture. (Photo by Anthony Barnes)

Anthony Barnes

March 14, 2019

Have you ever wondered why people stand in long lines for hours just for a chance to get the latest pair of shoes? Have you ever noticed the look of anguish on a student’s face when they realize that they scuffed their $200 pair of shoes? Student Life Supervisor Brett Sawyer will lead Soles of Hip-Hop,...

Offset opens up in his debut album, “Father of 4”

Photo Courtesy of Quality Control Music

Gabe Carlos

March 2, 2019

After delaying his album release date several times over an alleged split from wife, Cardi B,  Atlanta rapper Offset finally dropped his debut solo album, “Father of 4,” on Feb. 22. After the delays, Offset has delivered the album that he truly wanted to make. This is not the typical Migos ...

Don’t change the station from Vince Staples’ “FM!”

Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Felix Oliveros

November 15, 2018

Since the release of his last album “Big Fish Theory,” it’s been a quiet year and some changes for Vince Staples. But after keeping his voice scarce, and appearances few, the north Long Beach rapper announced via his Instagram on Oct. 29 that he would be releasing a new project. “Big Fish T...

Debut Album Review: Migos- “Culture II”

(Photo courtesy of Capitol Records)

Gabe Carlos

February 3, 2018

Well, it took a year for hot hip-hop trio Migos to release its third studio album, “Culture II,” since last year when the group debuted “Culture.” The long, but short-awaited “Culture II” dropped Jan. 26. The album release was highly anticipated by critics and rap fans, but there was also so...

It’s “Damn.” depressing

Editor-in-Chief Cheyenne Drury reviews Kendrick Lamar's new album,

Cheyenne Drury

May 3, 2017

Kendrick Lamar is depressed. A depressed musical genius. “Damn.” is a master mixtape at best. Unlike “Section.80, Good kid m.A.A.d city” and “To Pimp a Butterfly,” his new album is scattered and disoriented - it is a reflection of his inner darkness. Never before has Lamar thrown so much a...

It’s “Damn.” good

ARCurrent's Opinion Editor Jared Smith reviews

Jared Smith

May 3, 2017

In 2016, for “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar almost tied the record for the most Grammy nominations in one night. With 11 nominations, Lamar only lost to Michael Jackson by one nomination. With his new album “Damn.” Lamar may beat that record, but as Lamar says on “Element.,” “I don’t ...

Students invited to participate in mural project

Artist Unity Lewis shares the meaning behind his murals in the Kaneko Gallery at American River College on Oct. 1, 2016. (Photo by Luis Gael Jimenez)

Lidiya Grib

February 16, 2017

ARC students are invited to take part in a mural project hosted by Universal Engaging Inclusive Transformation Education (UNITE), the Community and Diversity Center at American River College. The project, led by artist and instructor Unity Lewis, will be completed throughout the next couple of weeks. S...

“The Shepherds’ Play” begins this Friday

The Shepherd’s Play is taking on a modern musical adaptation of the medieval mystery play, from Nov. 18 - Dec. 4. (Photo by Lidiya Grib)

Lidiya Grib

November 15, 2016

“The Shepherds’ Play” brings the ancient medieval world to life through humor, music and dancing to American River College this Friday. The play is based on a classic and famous Medieval mystery play from historical manuscripts that dates from the fifteenth century, the Secunda Pastorum of the Wak...

Author uses hip-hop to engage learning

Dr. Christopher Emdin speaking about Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Hip-Hop fusion in the community rooms, Thursday, Oct. 20. Many students showed up to listen to Dr. Emdin relate learning to Hip-Hop culture.

Solange Echeverria

October 25, 2016

UNITE hosted Dr. Chris Emdin, bestselling author and public speaker who uses the art of hip-hop to keep students, especially students of color, engaged in science on Thursday. The community room at ARC was full, with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students and aficionado...

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