Atlanta has steadily been a hotbed for the next rap superstars for years. One of the next stars in the Atlanta scene may very well be an unsung hero by the name of BkTheRula. BK was making noise last year with a couple of drops here and there and seemed to be a favorite early on with industry folks and the rap blog writers. She really began to break out on the scene when her viral video for “Tweakin” started circulating on platforms like Twitter at the top of 2020. BkTheRula doesn’t have the typical content as a lot of her female rap counterparts. If you’re a fan of people like Trippie Redd, Cori Leray, Rico Nasty, TiaCorine, and the airy melodic alternative rap sound then that’s what you should expect out of BK. This video for “Summer” is really euphoric and even though I had used the term “it’s a vibe” it is indeed that. Watch BkTheRula’s new music video for “Summer” after the break.
As someone who is knee-deep in music and hundreds of thousands of artists as myself, you get a hell of a lot of recommendations. Most of them are promising to be the next this or that or claiming to be something you’ve never heard before. Some of these claims happen to be true though so I try to do my due diligence checking out as many people as I can even if I don’t have the time to write about everyone. Jaden Anthony was one of the suggestions that broke through with me and I believe this 19-year-old kid has a special talent and could be ready to take the next step sometime next year. Jaden is a dancer, American singer, and songwriter stemming from Oakland, California. The Oakland crooner infuses elements ranging from pop, r&b, hip-hop, rock, blues, and funk into his music. Normally when someone is this year and has a sound that’s this well developed you can normally tell that they’ve been making music for a while. In Jaden’s case, he started making music at 8 and started recording himself since he was 13 years old. On ‘Passion Of The Cross’ Jaden touches on heavy topics such …
Hukspidey is a melodic and rhythmic tweener between a pop and rap act with a sound that’s still raw but with some work can be a hidden gem in the near future. As I get older I feel like I’m becoming softer, more accepting, and less critical of music made by younger people. Instead, I try to look for flashes of potential, things young artists can do well, and what they can build on to improve for the future. Hukspidey is a 19-year-old who is from Seattle, Washington, and happened to go to the same high school as rap star Lil Mosey. Artists such as Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke inspired him to start making music with his father at a very young age. One thing about Hukspidey is that he wants to make it cool to be vulnerable and get people hip to expressing strong emotions in making meaningful music again. In his new single “Without You” this song is about falling in love for the first time and experiencing the joy that love brings and then it ultimately being taken away. Stream Hukspidey’s new single “Without You” for yourself below.
Even though I’ve only known about him for a little over a month and he only has a couple of singles under his belt Danny Orange is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the indie-pop space. Recently Danny dropped his single and visuals from “Expensive.” Danny hails from a small town called Verrado, Arizona which is right outside of Phoenix. Small town dreams didn’t really fit Danny’s plans and he eventually set out to start making videos under the moniker Daniel Jordan K. After meeting up with Tommy Bauer the two eventually formed what is now the popular media and video production team of Overcast. On his record “Expensive” Danny displays a summertime vibe that talks about the luxury of experiencing a glamour and lifestyle that he’s not accustomed to. With production and songwriting featuring Alec Wigdahl, Danny is on pace to become the next star over at Internet Money. Watch Danny Orange’s new single and video for “Expensive” for yourself after the break.
Jaxon Free is a familiar face to the Lyrical Lemonade pages if you remember our coverage on the Raleighwood Hills record in which landed in former President Obama’s playlist last year. Today the Raleigh, North Carolina vocalist returns with a brand new single and video for “Fly.” The 20-year old’s sound is influenced by artists ranging from Drake, Khalid, and 6lack. You can see all of these inspirations in Jaxson’s music as he includes melodic sounds of r&b, pop, and hip-hop cadences. This is an upbeat single in which Free claims derives from a conversation he had with a friend. The record provides a message in which everyone can apply in some aspect in life and that message is letting go. Free states via email “When working on this record I started with the loop made by the homies xynothing, anselynl, and michaelcollinsprice. I just punched in and let it all flow out after having a conversation with a friend of mine about other anxieties and struggles.” Stream Jaxson Free’s new single “Fly” after the break.
Tino Szn is a 16-year-old from a small town in Gastonia, North Carolina with a big sound. Today Tino makes his return to the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his new single “Luvstruck.” Tino has been on a tear since the release of his ‘Take Flight’ EP which released in July. This record is another upbeat and uptempo anthem from the savior of the teenagers. This serves as the typical glow up track on your ex or haters record and shows off Tino’s advanced skills at an early age. Tino has a rare talent to dive into a variety of different sounds which will help him as he develops more down the road. This record features production from Ransom and Based1 in which they provide a formidable melody for Tino to glide across. If you like this single you should pay close attention to what Tino has coming soon as he’s been teased a release with $NOT that’s supposed to follow up this single sooner than later. Stream Tino Szn’s new single “Luvstruck” for yourself and judge after the break.
Ahead of his forthcoming album ‘New Beginnings’ which is set to drop on October 9th TDE’s Reason releases another fast-paced single with “Sauce.” People continue to complain and antagonize Punch about releases from the TDE camp, but here we are we’ve gotten releases from SZA, Isiah Rashard, and now we have a Reason album on the way. This Bizness Boi and Nil$ produced single serves as an anthem for anyone who is grinding it out and waiting for their moment to shine. One thing that I respect about this record is that Reason and Vince don’t shy aware from their plight to where they once were to now. Director Omar Jones really details the daily life of Reason between Los Angeles to Carson. The way that theses videos are shot is so appealing to the eye as it reminds me of a fisheye lens and gives me Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas vibes. There’s a good balance between reality and hope which has been somewhat of a staple throughout Reason’s life and his music career. Watch Reason’s new video “Sauce” featuring Vince Staples for yourself after the break.
Kyle McCarthy is an emcee based in Los Angeles, California who is making his debut today on our Lyrical Lemonade pages with the release of his video “Not Everybody Lives.” The first thing that caught my attention was the North Carolina A&T jersey Kyle is wearing. It’s not often you see people sporting things from Greensboro, North Carolina. The video reminded me of J. Cole’s video for the “Fall Off” which in fact now that I’m thinking of it I believe McCarthy is paying homage to the Carolina legend. The message in this video is one everyone should take in especially with everything going on in the world. Don’t take life for granted because you don’t know when everything will come to a halt or if you’ll even be able to travel to these places. Everybody lives life but it’s truly the people that are living life to the fullest that’s experiencing it. Watch Kyle McCarthy’s video for “Not Everybody Lives” after the break for yourself below.