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Brockhampton look into the light on ROADRUNNER. Art by Jessica Shippelhoute

Brockhampton party like it’s 2017 on ‘ROADRUNNER’

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // April 28, 2021

After years of countless controversies and artistic detours, Brockhampton has returned with “ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE,” focusing on emotionally potent, but colorful and bright bangers. Ever...

Photo by Crowns & Owls.

‘TYRON’ proves that Slowthai is here to stay

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // February 18, 2021

A couple of years after his breakout debut album, UK rapper Slowthai proves himself as an artist that can engage in higher concepts than some may have thought. His 2019 album, “Nothing Great About...

Open Mike Eagle finds ways to heal on Anime, Trauma and Divorce. But it turns out that moving onto a new stage in life might involve recontextualizing the most essential parts of ourselves.

Open Mike Eagle is in a slump, but his music isn’t

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // October 21, 2020

The indie rapper hailing from Chicago, Open Mike Eagle, has returned with “Anime, Trauma and Divorce,” further solidifying him as one of the most consistent hip-hop artists in recent years. As...

DaBaby KIRK album cover

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...

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

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

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...

KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kid Cudi and Kanye West) performing at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in November 2018.
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Playlist: Angel Ortega’s ten picks

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...

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

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

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...

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

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

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...

Illustration Credit: Melissa Joseph

‘Through the Late Night’ podcast features overlooked music producers

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...

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

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

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...

Lil Pumps sophomore album Harverd Dropout lacks the carefree charisma that made his debut album flourish.

Three rappers deliver their albums exactly as expected

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,...

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

Boogie puts his life on display with emotional lyricism

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...

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