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DND – [Mere Raj]

By Jarred Howard // 29 May 2020

Mere Raj is a 23-year-old, DIY, bedroom R&B artist out of South Carolina with an enticing new single entitled “DND.” His second official release comes jammed packed with some home run melodies and applicable lyrical content that has should lure listeners into mashing repeat. Mere is so talented vocally and production-wise. Yes, Mere produces most of his own music. If you’re fans of acts like Don Doliver or Kevin George then Mere Raj should be right up your alley. The eerie guitar riffs combine with the 808’s are fitting instrumentation as they flow together with Mere’s vocals seamlessly. The concept of “DND” is obviously based on the acronym Do Not Disturb, in which Mere croons that it’s too late to hit him up now that he’s in a better place. Mere Raj is only going to get better as he continues to release more and more music. Stream Mere Raj newest offering “DND” for yourself after the break.

Premiere: Dottin Up – [Jaah SLT]

By Jarred Howard // 28 May 2020

Jaah SLT is an artist out of Charlotte, North Carolina that’s been making a lot of noise a of late. Today we premiere Jaah’s intense video for ”Dottin Up.” Jaah is another artist that’s hit the TikTok lottery and has seen his stock skyrocket within the last couple of months. His single ”Tuff” has amassed over 17,000 videos on TikTok which has resulted in the single accumulating over 6 million streams on Spotify. This new single ”Dottin Up” is the first song and video release with his new home under Alamo Records. Alamo has seen success recently breaking new stars such as Rod Wave and Trevor Daniel. Jaah looks to be the next act on deck to take the leap into superstardom. “Dottin Up” is an aggressive upbeat record similar to “Tuff” so if you need to up the ante today you should give this single a spin. Watch Jaah SLT’s video for ”Dottin Up” for yourself after the break.

False Confidence – [Jonah Ward]

By Jarred Howard // 19 May 2020

North Carolina isn’t just a rap hotbed but it’s starting to become an all-around music hub in all genres. Enter in 16-year-old Jonah Ward one of the most intriguing indie-pop artists to come out of Charlotte, North Carolina in awhile. It’s so ironic that it’s pouring down rain outside right now and that I’m writing this song up. Ward’s debut single “False Confidence” is anything but a gloomy rainy day and serves as the perfect record as we inch closer to warmer weather. Ward provided some background information on the single via email and stated that ‘” False Confidence” is all about me being insecure in my ability to have a career in music, and how I try to convince myself of my ability by being falsely confident (hence the name). The song is filled with a lot of sarcasm. Throughout the song, it sounds really cocky and overconfident, but it’s really supposed to show the thinly-veiled insecurity that lies underneath’. Check out Jonah Ward’s summer bop “False Confidence” for yourself below.

Misguided – [Kevin Powers]

By Jarred Howard // 19 May 2020

Raleigh, North Carolina crooner Kevin Powers impresses with his genre-defying single “Misguided.” I’ve been diving into the North Carolina scene pretty heavy over the last couple of months. Like Charlotte, Raleigh, North Carolina has some acts ranging from a variety of different sounds that deserve more recognition on a national level. Some of the previous artists from the area that have made appearances on the Lyrical pages are Pat Junior and YSB Tril. Today Kevin Powers makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his single “Misguided.” I’ve been jamming to this song for about a month now and finally got around to giving it the proper coverage it deserves. This record shows off a range of different genres that Kevin could dive into making him a great hybrid artist similar to Post Malone. Kevin still needs to become more consistent with his sound and continue to develop as a songwriter. However, Kevin is still an artist out of North Carolina that everyone should be keeping tabs on for the future. Stream Kevin Power’s bubbling single “Misguided” after the break.  

Ain’t Too Proud – [Moe Young]

By Jarred Howard // 16 May 2020

Moe Young is going to be one of the biggest newcomers in r&b by the end of the year. The talent is just too immense and he’s surround by what seems like the best production team in the industry right now in Internet Money. His latest record “Ain’t Too Proud” is another solid flushed out single that will have r&b lovers pressing play over and over again. Moe’s sound is a great balance between the new and production of r&b. What is going to get hardcore traditionalists to listen to his music will be the passion in his vocals and songwriting. On the other side of the spectrum for the new generation, the trap soul leaning sound of his production he’s normally on will be more than enough to keep their attention along with his content. It’s disappointing that Moe hasn’t put any music on Spotify or Apple Music yet, but Internet Money did the same with TyFontaine and LilSpirit. It shouldn’t be long before we see Moe rolling out singles leading up to a project on DSPs. Stream Moe Young’s latest release “Ain’t Too Proud” below.

Do The Most – [YSB Tril]

By Jarred Howard // 16 May 2020

YSB Tril is one of the more interesting newer acts to come out of North Carolina. His latest single “Do The Most” is an upbeat banger in which highlights his potential star power. This is YSB Tril’s second time gracing the Lyrical Lemonade pages the first was with his 2019 release “Pull Up.” Tril has a natural and effortless flow that you cannot teach. Is his sound original? No. Tril isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, he’s just trying to fine-tune the vehicle. With his songwriting ability and catchy cadences, his music will find a place on someone’s playlist or roster. Recently Tril was on an Instagram live held by United Masters and the NBA and received high praise from T-Pain and Indiana Pacers star player and singer Victor Oladipo. If he continues to turn heads and accumulate fans at this rate it’s only going to be a matter of time before we see Tril starting to make some major noise. Stream YSB Tril’s brand new single “Do The Most” below.

Supplier! – [Crisaunt]

By Jarred Howard // 15 May 2020

Crisaunt is a pop act out of Raleigh North Carolina that has been putting up some pretty impressive numbers on his singles. His latest effort is his dreamy and easy-going pop ballad “Supplier.” What’s really crazy about Crisaunt’s story is that he was working at a Starbucks and graduated high school not even a year ago. I know we wore the term bedroom pop out in 2019 but if you were to put a tag on his sound it definitely falls under the category. Reminiscent of bedroom pop acts like Cuco and Victor Internet, Crisaunt is able to carve out his own lane in this atmosphere, and from the looks of it has a pretty large dedicated following at this early of a stage in his career. TikTok seems like a lottery ticket for artists because it can literally blow up and thrust an independent act into the limelight in a week’s time. The platform has helped Crisaunt’s other singles garner a lot of attention as well. Stream Crisaunt’s newest single “Supplier” for yourself after the break.

Patti Mayonnaise – [Cyanca]

By Jarred Howard // 15 May 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina songbird Cyanca released the visuals for her highly anticipated single “Patti Mayonnaise” over the quarantine. Cyanca’s “Home” extended play came out in the summer of 2019, and the three-track project still has found a place in my rotation almost a year later. One of my favorite records that came from ‘Home’ was “Patti Mayonnaise.” It was definitely my love for 90’s cartoons and nostalgia combined with how Cyanca allured me in with the hook. Another cool thing about this song is that she actually uses references from the Nickelodeon classic Doug. The video showcases vintage vibes and is shot primarily through an old school VHS filter. With more music set to be released in 2020 Cyanca has the potential to be one of the top newcomers in the r&b and neo-soul genre of music. Watch Cyanca’s innovative video for “Patti Mayonnaise” for yourself below.