The Positive and Negative Impact of Music Streaming Services

By LL Interns // 20 Sep 2019

Post by Lee Mcintosh “I was thinking about not making CDs ever again… Only streaming. The Yeezus album packaging was an open casket to CDs. R.I.P.” -Kanye West via Twitter, 2016 In an era where technology is always evolving every day, many of us never thought we would see the end of the CD era. A lot of us were born into the CD era and will never forget that feeling of going to the store to buy your favorite artists newest album to add to your ever-growing music collection. These tweets only being three short years ago, the time has now come. With the rise and dominance of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music & Tidal, artists no longer feel the need to have to release traditional physical albums anymore. Although CDs are close to being 100% obsolete, there still is a system in tact that allows artists to still sell albums amidst the new era of streaming music–designed to make life much easier for artist and aspiring artists alike. However, some may believe this system is still flawed, and many believe that we still do not have all the information about it. The current debate stands if music …

Premiere: Get It – [Kaleb Mitchell]

By LL Interns // 20 Sep 2019

Post by Lee Mcintosh Kaleb Mitchell is the raging fire in the party with his exciting new release, “Get It.” It’s a storm of sounds, a hurricane of energy, and a cataclysm of style that sounds far into the distant future. With dizzying and rapidly twisting flows, “Get It” is the perfect party-starter that’s more than just endless pools of energy; it’s a showcase of both style and talent that proves that Kaleb Mitchell is here for the long haul. “Get It” originally dropped in 2016 before being repackaged in what amounts to a higher definition. Now, it’s the real deal. The New York Jets are using it as the theme song for when they come sprinting out of the tunnel. And that’s just the beginning; there’s so many places that it’ll appear.  Being one of the newest signees to Def Jam Records, the 20-year-old rapper has been killing it with projects such as NINESEVENTHREE, MITCHELL, and So Help Me God that have established him as a rapping and singing multi threat, and one of the hardest new hip-hop artists to come out of New Jersey, where hip-hop “grew up at” according to Ice-T during his introductory speech at the 2019 MTV …

The Next Wave Of Emerging R&B Artists

By LL Interns // 5 Sep 2019

Post By: Lee Mcintosh Although Hip-Hop/Rap is amongst the most popular and impactful genre of music in the world, R&B is not that far behind. There are lots of Rap artists who teeter the lines of Rap and R&B–whether that be from the composition of the music, the lyrical content, or even just the way the lyrics soothe over the track. Ever so often, it can be difficult to decipher if an artist is in fact a rapper or a singer. Artists such as Bryson Tiller, 6LACK and Sy Ari Da Kid are amongst the best to master the art of both genres. Singing over rap beats, or rapping over singing beats–that just shows the amount of influence that R&B has on the culture today. Often so, Hip-Hop delivers a new wave of emerging artists every few years or so. The R&B world once did not operate on that fast of a time schedule–usually only bringing in the new “it” singer every 5 years or so. In the new digital/social media era, the rate at which new R&B artists transpire is almost as often as the rappers. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we are most known for our coverage in Hip-Hop, …

Young Thug Solidifies His Superstar Status on ‘So Much Fun’

By LL Interns // 26 Aug 2019

By Lee Mcintosh It has been nearly six years since Young Thug emerged into the spectrum of the masses, and not too many artists can say that they have had a career quite like his. Coming onto the scene sounding much different than everyone else, Thug received a lot of criticism for his style of rap, his actions, and his overall persona. As the years passed, his notoriety in the rap game is like no other–proving he was way ahead of his time. After teasing fans with his official debut album Hy!£UN35 (Hi Tunes), it eventually became nothing but a myth. Will we still get it?–the world may never know. However, here we are in the year 2019 and Thugger has finally blessed his fans with the release of his debut album So Much Fun. This project could not have come at a better time in his career. He has achieved a new level or stardom–much bigger than he would have had if he originally released a debut album in 2016. The success of his YSL compilation album Slime Language and birthing the talents of Gunna, Lil Keed and Lil Duke, proves his talents as not only an executive, but a tastemaker. Nonetheless, the fans …

Independent vs. Label: Debating Signing a Deal or Remaining Indie

By LL Interns // 19 Aug 2019

By Lee Mcintosh To sign or not to sign? That is the question that races through the mind of many artists, producers. and creatives all throughout the industry. Growing up, we would study and analyze the hip-hop heavyweights of today and follow their journey — all of which began with them signing to a major label. Once they signed to that label, we began to see their music videos on TV, making appearances on red carpets at award shows, and overall soaking up the fame and attention that they would grind so hard to achieve. In fact, it would seem as if the only way for an artist to reach that level of notoriety beyond the barriers of their hometown, would be to sign to a label. The music business has evolved tremendously since then. Social media engagement is at an all-time high. Music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are the three main sources for music consumption. CDs are close to being extinct due to the fact that stores are pulling back releasing new albums, and new vehicles don’t even have CD players installed. With the rise of new artists gaining popularity without the help of …

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By LL Interns // 13 Aug 2019

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …