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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...

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...

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...

Interview and Chico performance with World 9

Photo credit: Natasha Doron

Niyat Teferi

February 1, 2017

On Jan. 27, Underhouse Music hosted a Hip hop show at 1078 gallery with various up and coming local rappers, artists and groups. It was a night filled with great vibes, energy, dancing and music. Anyone and everyone came out. I got to talk to one of the acts, a group of guys based from Los Angeles,...

Behind the scenes of ‘Chico Plugged In’

DJ iMullinati spinning at a show. Photo courtesy of Ryan Mullin via Fish Photography and KqumSquad.

Miguel Orozco and Elias Denny

November 25, 2016

Chico Plugged In is a hip hop & EDM show co-hosted by SOTA Productions and 1078 Gallery. The event brought together some of Chico's biggest talent featuring performances by iMullinati, Yandi, Subfer, Spaced Based Fonix, Jae760 and DJ R10. The night was filled with surprises and was a guaranteed gr...

Kanye West does it again with new album

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Cassandra Porter

April 15, 2016

Kanye West’s new album, “The Life of Pablo,” made a monumental debut on the Billboard 200 chart ranking No. 1 within the first week of its release. On Feb. 13, the album was initially released only on Tidal music streaming service, breaking piracy records with over 500,000 illegal downloads in...

Rap beefs not what they used to be

Photo credit: Dongyoung Won

William Rein

February 7, 2016

Three years ago Kendrick Lamar told the hip hop community at large, “I got love for you all but I’m trying to murder you niggas.” Kendrick bodied the entire radio conglomerate the day “Control” dropped, an epic name drop anthem, firmly cemented his position as king and s...

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