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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...

Rapper ScHoolboy Q golfs himself out of depression, drops “CrasH Talk”

Photo courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

Gabe Carlos

May 3, 2019

After a few scrapped versions, “CrasH Talk,” the long awaited and most anticipated album from Los Angeles rapper ScHoolboy Q, finally dropped on April 26. The 14-track album, just two minutes short of 40 minutes long, includes features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Kid Cudi ...

Uncovering hip-hop cultures at ARC

American River College is the home of many aspiring and former hip-hop and rap artists, including current and former students and staff. (Photo illustration by Jennah Booth)

Gabe Carlos

April 8, 2019

Many people want to be artists, including people that want to become rappers or MCs or they want to work on production. Including people close to our area, current and former students as well as staff members. Many people want to make it big time in the music industry. Whether it’s playing an i...

Anderson .Paak brings it home with Oxnard

Photo courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment.

Felix Oliveros

December 4, 2018

It was just three years ago when Anderson .Paak made his unique voice and soulful presence felt in the rap game after being featured four times on Dr. Dre’s album “Compton”. After his status skyrocketed, the world was exposed to more appearances and all the talents .Paak brings to the table, incl...

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...

“Zoo” shows up and shows out

“Zoo” shows up and shows out

Alexus Hurtado

October 3, 2018

The outspoken and confident Russ Vitale’s latest project “Zoo,” released last month, is absolutely his best to date. This is Vitale’s 12th album in total, adding to his large discography of over 300 songs. The self-made rapper, singer, writer and producer holds nothing back with “Zoo,...

Cardi B releases 13 track debut album, Invasion of Privacy

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Alexis Warren

April 30, 2018

After a much anticipated wait, “Bodak Yellow” star Cardi B, released her first studio album: “Invasion of Privacy” on April 6. At this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, Cardi B took home two awards, Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist. At the end of her acceptance speech, the rap star...

Poet hosts event on the importance of words

Rapper Aurellius the Saint lectures on the power of words in the Hub at American River College on April 17, 2018. (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Gabe Carlos

April 25, 2018

On April 17, American River College hosted “Unite: Lyrics Matter” in the Hub. Aurellius the Saint, an artist from Washington Park, Illinois, hosted the event to speak on how words matter and the importance of the words people choose when they speak. Aurellius doesn’t consider himself a rapp...

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 ...

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