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1080p – [Teej]

By Jarred Howard // 21 Feb 2019

Quite simply, Las Vegas emcee Teej should be on your radar after his new 6-track extended play, 1080p. I started following Teej not too long ago because of his aesthetic caught my eye, which is another reason why I stress for artists to have a dope concept or a unique look about their brand! Fast forward a couple weeks and I get a DM to listen to some music. I like to check out as many people as I can so, of course, so I took the leap of faith and pressed play. With the first listen, I can’t help but feel a sense of blissfulness in his flows and music, causing me to notice similarities to artists like Chance the Rapper and Kyle. My personal favorite track on this one is “Rosecrans,” which, honestly, I ran back more times than I’d like to admit. Teej gave me some insight into the creative process of 1080p via email and stated the following: “This project is about me finding my clarity after losing focus during a bad break up. The relationship hurt me to the point to where I couldn’t really learn how to fall for someone else until I got …

Freefall – [Rainbow Kitten Surprise]

By Jarred Howard // 21 Feb 2019

Alternative rock collective Rainbow Kitten Surprise just released trippy visuals for their new song, “Freefall.” If we’re going, to be honest here Rainbow Kitten Surprise is one of the best band names that are out today, it just stands out. Once you’re done being caught up with the name and start listening to the music, you’ll be entranced by the stories they tell. With “Freefall” is about fighting your demons and how people succumb and fall victim to our various vices. Powerful messages are a staple in the RKS discography as they’re no strangers to talk about sexuality, relationships, addiction and more. Director and animator Anthony Franciso Schepperd does a wonderful job at creating a video that captures the song in visual form. This video debuted on Adult Swim a couple of weeks ago and the animation goes along with the content you’ll typically see on their programming. RKS is gearing up for a new album and tour this year so make sure you check them out if they’re in your city. Watch Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s psychedelic video for “Freefall” below.

like I need u – [Keshi]

By Jarred Howard // 19 Feb 2019

Keshi’s alluring stripped down version of “like I need u” will probably be one the best songs you hear this week. I don’t really want to say Keshi is flying under the radar but he kind of is, although his numbers on Youtube suggest otherwise. Creating a passionate core fanbase is key to building a solid foundation and it’s clear without much support from the industry so far Keshi’s fans are carrying the torch. “like I need u” is a switch up from his typical lo-fi sound if you’ve been following the upstart crooner. In an interview with Listen Mag, the singer/songwriter talks about switching over the direction of his sound because it wasn’t going on how he first envisioned. Keshi also emphasized the importance of him upgrading the mixing and mastering of his music to enhance the overall sound. Watch his bare acoustic version of “like I need u” below!

Opps – [Toosii]

By Jarred Howard // 19 Feb 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina recording artist Toosii continues to flood the streets with releases and his latest offering “Opps” is a melodic banger. North Carolina is hot right now and it looks like they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. The tar heel state’s talent is on display with artists like J.Cole at who is at the forefront of hip-hop right now and becoming an icon in his own right. On the other side of the spectrum, there are emcees like DaBaby and his artist Stunna4Vegas who are taking off and are some of the hottest risers in rap right now. Toosii may very well be the next name to emerge from the state with the kind of potential and drive he has. At a young age of 19, he has an early grasp in creating catchy street anthems which remind me of popular newcomers like Roddy Ricch. Similar to Roddy, just because Toosii has melodic hooks he doesn’t mean he lacks creative lyricism or witty wordplay. Stream his track for “Opps” below!

Gothic – [Lord Trippy]

By Jarred Howard // 12 Feb 2019

Philly rapper Lord Trippy makes his debut to the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his dark banger “Gothic.” We have finally reached a point in 2018 where rap music became the most popular genre in that world. With that happening this will birth a bunch of different sub-genres and varieties of artists. “Gothic” is a dark eerie banger that gives off emo and hard trap 808 sounds that may not be for everyone but caters to a niche audience. The video features Lord Trippy and his female goth counterpart trashing a hotel room and turning it into a ritual scene. Video director Lil Pill is able to capture the lovebirds smearing blood over the bathroom, lighting candles and even participating in bondage. It’s safe to say that this is probably not safe for work video. Watch Lord Trippy’s visuals for “Gothic” below.

Mime – [Isaac Dunbar]

By Jarred Howard // 12 Feb 2019

Isaac Dunbar only has three tracks out, but all of them are bops so far — just look at his latest, “Mime”, for proof! Indie pop may have reached an all-time high in 2018, partially because the internet has spawned so many DIY artists and partially because everyone and their mother wants to make music currently. Dope emerging talent will always shine through the clutter, however, and Isaac Dunbar is doing just that, as he has found his footing and made some serious noise at the early age of only 15 years old! Being that young, most of his content centers around the social issues and high school obstacles that teenagers go through, and similarly, “Mime” jumps into the world of a young girl who is currently in a toxic relationship, allowing Dunbar to realize the love that she deserves but it not receiving. As the song progresses, the girl reaches her breaking point and finally, right at the end, she realizes that the fling won’t ever change and leaves. This one proves that Dunbar is on his way to stardom, so check out “Mime” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

II – [Lucky Daye]

By Jarred Howard // 12 Feb 2019

Rising R&B crooner Lucky Daye continues his hot streak today with his second EP in the last 6 months, II. With his funky and soulful sound, Lucky is a mix between Prince, Bootsy Collins, Frank Ocean, and Daniel Ceasar, mixing all of these talents together and presenting his own, original and refreshing blend. That said, Daye came out the gates firing with his single and video for his hit “Roll Some Mo”, and his second project builds off of that momentum, pushing things to the next level and exhibiting some serious growth from the rising talent. While this one may only house four tracks, the extended play is still nothing short of amazing, as songs including “Karma” and Real Games” are sure to become instant fan favorites as Lucky’s vocals and songwriting glide over D Mile’s production. With only 8 songs out, Daye is going to be hitting the road on a cross country tour this Spring alongside new R&B star Ella Mai, so don’t sleep! As an opening act on the tour, it will be a great opportunity for Lucky to open some eyes and ears to the people that are still asleep on his sound. Stream Lucky Daye’s II …

Hitn4 – [Stunna4Vegas]

By Jarred Howard // 8 Feb 2019

North Carolina rapper Stunna4Vegas just dropped crazy visuals for his single “Hitn4.” If Stunna’s name looks familiar then you’ve probably seen him with fellow rising North Carolina emcee DaBaby. Stunna4Vegas is actually DaBaby’s artist and is signed under his Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment imprint along with Interscope. The video production team Reel Goats are slowly turning into one of my favorite videographers in rap. They’ve teamed up with DaBaby to help bring his past singles to life and most recently his “Walker, Texas Ranger” video. In “Hitn4” Stunna spends the majority of his time shooting and turning up with zombies in an abandoned warehouse. The other parts of the video include pop up visuals of relevant lyrics in Stunna’s verses. You can catch DaBaby in a couple of shots as well as he makes a cameo in “Hitn4.” We should be on the lookout for big things on the horizon from Stunna4Vegas. A recent Instagram post indicates that he may have a single with Offset looming! Watch the visuals for Stunna4Vegas’ “Hitn4” below