Scrolling through social media earlier today, I was put onto the work of a rising artist by the name J.R Cruise with his brand new single, “Uh Huh”. Based on the infectious bounce of the song as well as the lyrical prowess that Cruise showcases throughout the track, I immediately knew that I had to share this one, as “Uh Huh” truly holds the potential to do some serious numbers. If you want to talk about how to bring some energy to the mic, this offering is the perfect case study to take a look at, so be sure not to sleep. J.R Cruise is onto something — stream his latest at the link below and stay updated on future releases by following him on Twitter here!
Adé Hakim, or Sixpress, as some may know him, is the kind of artist whom you can’t listen to just once. Lyrically, he’s multi-layered and introspective, while sonically, his dusty instrumentals and slow-burning samples explore worlds of their own creation, all without compromising the themes of quality or honesty within Hakim’s catalog. Today, the rising talent puts this all on display with his latest project, On To Better Things. Admittedly, we’re a few weeks late on this release, but nevertheless, it’s worthy of attention, as Hakim’s soulful presence on the mic makes for a captivating project in all 34 minutes of its duration. On To Better Things comes to terms with the realities of life, and it presents these lessons learned in an engaging sonic atmosphere, allowing for listeners of all different interests to enjoy a project of such unrivaled authenticity. Alongside features from Cleo Reed, King Carter, Pink Siifu, MIKE, Alphonse, and Jodi, this project finds Adé Hakim at home in both sound and delivery, so be sure to show some love and stream the project below. Hakim’s got next.
Here to make his presence known on Lyrical Lemonade today is an upcoming artist by the name of Johnny Utah and his incredible new single, “Crazy For Your Love”. Addictive in energy and undeniably groovy in sound, this song is the kind of “funky” that makes you want to dance for hours on end. Utah uses his guitar to orchestrate the track’s galvanizing effects, and his impulsive, heart-led vocals are equally as impressive, lending hand to one of the most exciting singles I’ve heard in recent memory. Needless to say, this budding talent is more than ready to bring propel his lovable personality to stardom, so be sure to give him a chance by streaming the new single at the link provided below!
The world’s first major exposure to the name SahBabii arrived in the form of a bubbling street anthem entitled “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick”. Combining bright melodies and a lighthearted sound with threatening lyrics and all the appeal of a street-raised rapper, it combined two worlds of rap music into a refreshing blend of joyous and hardened charisma — an odd combination, but one that worked with a degree of unexpectedly seamless chemistry. SahBabii had arrived, and in an unconventional fashion, he had taken the spotlight in what many might have predicted would be a short run in the limelight. As is the case with many viral internet stars, the Atlanta bred artist had made way to the front of every blog with an eclectic sense of artistry as his support, but it was still unclear whether he would last or not. The truth is, especially in the run-and-gun age of streaming, not many viral hits offer any sense of longevity, and while “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” remained on repeat for the time being, the future was uncertain. It wouldn’t be long until another viral sensation came along and took the throne, consequently leaving SahBabii in the dust. Then …
MIKE and Medhane are two of my favorite artists right now, and today, they’re here on Lyrical Lemonade to join forces on a brand new offering, “Prayers”. Arriving alongside the announcement of MIKE’s forthcoming project, War In My Pen, due for release December 21st, this off-kilter track points directly at the intersecting strengths between the two budding talents. “Prayers” is honest and soulful, using its eclectic instrumentation to fuel a supply of dense, true-to-self rhymes from both MIKE and Medhane. These two are truly pushing the bounds of rap right now and doing it all on their own terms, so make sure you give them the flowers they deserve. Watch the music video for “Prayers” below and follow MIKE and Medhane on Twitter here and here, respectively! Produced/Edited/Directed & Shot by Matter Research LTD
In my eyes, what has always made $ilkMoney such a special artist has been his ability to tell it like is without any fluff in between. So few lyricists are able to reach a conclusion and tell a story in such a direct manner, but with his hard-nosed charisma, acrobatic flows, and tireless deliveries, $ilkMoney has become the master of this, showcasing his skills with every new release. Today, he lets this abundant talent speak for itself with an unbelievable new project, IHMLAIRWPWSTMNT, or I Hate My Life and I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To. 9 tracks long, the latest from $ilkMoney is a stubborn proclamation that the Virginia native is here, and he’s here to stay. Ethereal production courtesy of Tyler, The Creator, KahlilBlu, TomClancy, and DarthJoom sets up an ominous atmosphere for the tape to stand on, and $ilkMoney is sure to push this backdrop to the next level, letting out every ounce of energy he has left into his dense, chilling verses. The project’s only two features — both from Tyler, The Creator — fit this darkened mood, perfectly, and the result is a tape that will surely turn some heads in the direction of $ilkMoney. …
Curren$y is a blue-chip kind of artist. For years now, he’s been one of the most consistent in the game, dropping hazy, soulful gems that demand to be thrown on repeat for hours at a time. Today, the Spitta himself adds to this legacy with yet another slow-burning anthem entitled “Grand”. As noted in the title, this track is “grand” in its presence, allowing Curren$y to black out over the smooth instrumental with his signature, ever-so-relaxed cadences. He’s a lifestyle rapper at heart, and by simply describing what his day-to-day life consists of, Curren$y is sure to grab the attention of everyone who looks his way. “Grand” is an addictive gem from the captain himself, so be sure to stream the single below and keep an eye out for more from Curren$y hopefully on the way!
While the worlds of hip-hop and country music may seem like polar opposites on the surface, it can be oddly magical when an artist attempts to find a fusion between the two. Here to take on the challenge is a Boston-based act by the name of Donald Grunge with his latest project, CowboyTalk. 7 tracks long, this tape is by far one of the most creative we’ve heard in recent memory, as Grunge’s otherworldly vocals take on a life of their own amidst such energetic production. Surely, CowboyTalk is creatively ambitious, but it’s also extremely well-executed, shedding a light on one of Boston’s finest rising talents at the moment. The tape’s two singles — “Guitar Grunge” and “Snake In My Boot” — set up a perfect alley-oop for the main entree, and just as we anticipated, Grunge released a slam dunk. Stream CowboyTalk below and stay updated on the latest from Grunge by following him on Twitter here! Art by @gregisonfire Produced by Mike Hector, David Walker, JORD4NEVERDIED, Chris Tophr, Jonny Doobs, Maka, & Humbeats