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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor


NIKI held the Ace of Spades crowd in her palm as she sang ballads covering personal topics on Sept. 13, 2022 at Ace of Spades. She had a keyboard player, a bassist, an electric guitar player and a drummer who would come in and out throughout the night.

REVIEW: NIKI serenades a packed Ace of Spades crowd

Raymond Purscell September 16, 2022
‘I’ve always dreamt of coming to see NIKI.’ 88rising record’s star NIKI sang at Ace of Spades to an excited crowd Tuesday night.
Grammy award winning rapper, Kendrick Lamar performs at the Golden 1 Center on Aug. 31, 2022. Lamar’s “The Big Steppers Tour” made a stop in Sacramento with opening artists Tanna Leone and Baby Keem.

REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar makes big steps in the Golden 1 Center

Jenelle Lum, Arts & Entertainment editor September 3, 2022

Sounds of excited fans echoed throughout the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, Aug. 30. They chanted Kendrick Lamar’s name and screamed as the lights went dim. A white curtain hung on the stage in the shape...

Hosts Nijzel Dotson and Keyshawn Davis break down the latest single from Kendrick Lamars new album on this new episode of Keys N D Minor. (Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

‘The Heart Part 5’, ‘It’s Dry,’ ‘I Never Liked You’, ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’: KEYS ‘N D MINOR PODCAST

Keyshawn Davis and Nijzel Dotson May 17, 2022
On the latest episode of “Keys ‘n D Minor,” Key and Nij discuss the newest singles and albums in Hip-Hop, such as recent singles by Kendrick Lamar off of his newest album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” Later, they talk about the latest albums by Future, Pusha T and Jack Harlow.

The king of reggaeton has exited the building

Laura De la Garza Garcia May 16, 2022
Sac State students reminisce on Daddy Yankee’s career following the announcement of his retirement from the music industry. The Latin artist released an album and announced final world tour dates as a way to commemorate his departure.
Jorja Smith performs on the Blume stage at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Smith is an English singer-songwriter who was one of four women headliners at Sol Blume festival this year. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)

GALLERY: Music for the soul to blossom

Sol Blume music festival makes a comeback to Discovery Park attracting large crowds and loud music. This year, Sol Blume featured four women headliners and Sacramento native artists Victoria Monet and Yelly.
Beatrice Laus, known as her stage name beabadoobee, takes the stage at Ace of Spades for her sold-out show Friday, April 22, 2022. She said she scheduled the tour date between her Coachella performances.

Artist beabadoobee brings chill, alternative melodies to Ace of Spades

Jenelle Lum April 25, 2022
Gen-Z singer beabadoobee made a stop in Sacramento between her Coachella performances.
(L-R): Wallows lead guitarist Braeden Lemasters, lead singer Dylan Minnette, drummer Cole Preston, bassist Blake Morell and bassist/keyboardist Kevin Grimmett perform “Remember When” on Friday at Ace of Spades. The sold-out show wrapped up the first week of the Tell Me That It’s Over tour.

Wallows rock a sold-out, sweltering Ace of Spades

Marin Perego, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 9, 2022
The alt-rock band’s seventh show of the “Tell Me That It’s Over” tour brought a post-punk, indie sound to Sacramento’s beloved music venue.

Keys ’N D Minor EP. 4 – Reactions to The Weeknd ft. Doja Cat, and writing “good” love songs with Nataya Rule

Nijzel Dotson, Keyshawn Davis, and James Fife April 4, 2022
Key and Nij are joined by A&E editor Marin Perego and song artist Nataya Rule to talk about The Weeknd’s tour with Doja Cat and what makes a good love song.
Open mic host Otto Hall welcomes the crowd on Feb. 28 at Tower Brewing. Hall began hosting Monday night open mic nights for the brewery in 2018 and said they were excited about the return of the event.

Sac State-adjacent Tower Brewing’s open mic night ends two-year hiatus

Casey Rafter, staff writer March 5, 2022
After a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, Hornets can once again grab a mic at Tower Brewery.

Keys ‘n D Minor: Prince Washington- Sac State’s Football player/rapper dual threat

Nijzel Dotson, Keyshawn Davis, and James Fife March 1, 2022

In this episode of Keys N’ D Minor: Key and Nij talk about Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Baby’s collaboration album and debate if collab albums are good for the industry. The duo also hypothesize which...

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