While mainstream Hip Hop gets all the glory, there are other Hip Hop artists that are doing the hard work of challenging listeners and pushing boundaries of what people recognize as Hip Hop music; you can describe The Acorns, as just that. The duo from the DMV, that consists of Mad Squirrel and DJ BlakeNine, takes the genre and does things that stray from the norm in terms of song structure and the fusion and use of other genres.

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As a DJ, it’s obvious how BlakeNine could be influenced by other genres yet both men take chances and risks that have made them beloved by their fan bas, building a cult following. That following should be pleased to know that The Acorns are set to release their 5-song EP, Oak Follies, this spring on March 10.

Until then check out the music video for It’s No Secret from their previous EP: