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DaBaby confines himself to usual style on KIRK


Mitchell Kret

October 10, 2019

North Carolina rapper DaBaby has had an extremely successful debut year. His debut album “Baby on Baby” featured singles “Suge” and “Babysitter” which both found success on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. He is clearly making waves in the rap game and becoming a favorite up...

SOB x RBE and Hit-Boy collab is good but lacks any development

Rumors of SOB x RBE splitting up have been circulating since late 2018

Mitchell Kret

April 30, 2019

SOB x RBE collaborated with producer Hit-Boy for their most recent project, “Family Not A Group.” This came as a surprise to many fans after rumors arose that the collective would be splitting up in late 2018. SOB x RBE is a combination of two groups from Vallejo, CA. It may be difficult...

Playlist: Angel Ortega’s ten picks

KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kid Cudi and Kanye West) performing at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in November 2018.
Camp Flog Gnaw Instagram Photo

Angel Ortega

April 13, 2019

For my playlist, I decided to choose songs that have been in my constant rotation for years and have some significance in my life, one way or another.KANYE WEST – "REAL FRIENDS" Kanye West is one of my favorite artists of all time. The man has proven time and time again that he is not only one of th...

Through the Late Night Podcast: Kodak Black receives backlash after comment

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Alex Coba, Mitchell Kret, and Angel Ortega

April 13, 2019

“Through the Late Night” is The Orion’s Arts & Entertainment section’s new music podcast. Led by section writers Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega, every other week you’ll get to hear them tackle different topics and issues facing the music industry as well as highly a...

Country Trap is making a comeback and could be here to stay

Billy Ray Cyrus reached out to Lil Nas X when his song was taken off of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart

Mitchell Kret

April 12, 2019

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has been making waves, signifying growth in the country-trap genre. Its removal from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart only boosted its reputation and got Billy Ray Cyrus’s attention, who contributed a verse for the remix. While it is not th...

‘Through the Late Night’ podcast features overlooked music producers

Illustration Credit: Melissa Joseph

Mitchell Kret, Angel Ortega, and Alex Coba

March 29, 2019

“Through the Late Night” is The Orion's Arts & Entertainment section's new music podcast. Led by section writers Mitchell Kret and Angel Ortega, every other week you’ll get to hear them tackle different topics and issues facing the music industry as well as highly anticipated mu...

‘Rap or Go to the League’ shows 2 Chainz’s maturity and growth

2 Chainz publicizes his album by displying it on a blimp Photo credit: Joe Moore Productions

Mitchell Kret

March 6, 2019

2 Chainz released his fifth studio album “Rap or Go to the League,” in which he raps about the parallels and differences of his life as a rapper and his life before his fame and success on the streets of Atlanta. It was released March 1 and spearheads 2 Chainz push to make more meaningful mu...

Three rappers deliver their albums exactly as expected

Lil Pump's sophomore album

Mitchell Kret

February 28, 2019

Three rising stars of rap released their albums the night of Feb. 21, offering rap fans a variety of one-dimensional music. Gunna, Lil Pump and Offset all had albums that are landmarks of their career, however; all show that they heavily rely on their individual music styles. Offset, who gained popularity as a mem...

Boogie puts his life on display with emotional lyricism

Boogie dropped his debut album this month. Image courtesy of Shady Records.

Mitchell Kret

January 30, 2019

Compton rapper Boogie released “Everything’s For Sale,” his debut album, Jan. 25. In it, he envelops his real-life experiences with deep, melodic flows and beats. This is Boogie’s first project released under Shady Records, Eminem’s label.Anthony “Boogie” Dixson was sign...

Local artists light up Chico’s hip-hop scene

Apollo Snow entertains the crowd while onstage at the Chico Women's club on Friday Photo credit: Keelie Lewis

Ulises Duenas

September 4, 2018

Different kinds of concerts have different vibes, and there are no concerts quite like hip-hop concerts, for better or for worse. The Chico Women's Club hosted a concert on Friday featuring local artists that all have roots in the Chico area. Artists including Apollo Snow, Osho Brown, Efren Trevino...

6lack album review

Free 6lack album cover. Photo courtesy of Common Grounds.

Rachel Reyes

January 30, 2017

FREE 6LACK - 6lackRate: 3/5If you are a fan of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd or Bryson Tiller, then 6lack’s music will have no trouble fitting into your Spotify playlists. While artists were releasing new albums left to right, an unknown artist released a hit debut album that is slowly making its way ...

Student DJ makes a beat

DJ Hound Beats playing music at a party.

Elias Denny

October 4, 2016

This video interview was conducted with local artist, producer and DJ Hound Beats, also known as Trevor Tappe. He is a junior music major at Chico State. Tappe hopes to be accepted into the option of recording arts within the music major. He started producing music around the seventh grade and picked...

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