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A Conversation with Giveon: Success of His Debut EP ‘Take Time’, Early Begininngs, “Chicago Freestyle” and More

By Lee Mcintosh // 28 May 2020

“It’s crazy because about fifteen months ago, I was a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. To come from that, to where I am now was just amazing to see. -Giveon The journey to becoming a musician can be something that can be very difficult to venture. There are many aspects to consider when you start with that initial thought or dream. What will your sound be? Who are you inspired by? What do you hope to leave the fans with? These questions and many more are some of the things that come to the minds of artists all around the world who may be sitting in their car on their lunch break-trying to find a way out of their hard times. One of the most important questions of all, is how will I be differentiated from my peers? Giveon, the rising star out of Long Beach, California has asked himself each and every one of these questions and then some. What we are witnessing right before our eyes, is the blossoming if the next music sensation that will begin to take over the industry, one harmony at a time.  Giveon’s initial burst into the musical realm came from a …

Both of Us – [Vwillz]

By Lee Mcintosh // 27 May 2020

“BOTH OF US have never been here before. As this continues to grow, I hope you never LEAVE ME- as it’s my job to ensure I LOVE YOU BETTER, and continue to grow our relationship along side my career.” -Vwillz Rising star out of Colorado Vwillz has been an artist that I have had my eyes on for a little while now. Coming off of the release of his hit song “Emo Rhapsody”, he has easily become one of the up and coming artists that has made it on my radar, and will remain there for a pretty long time if he keeps this momentum up. The ability to follow up your hit song with even more great music is something that is vital when it comes to trying to become a mainstay within the music industry. A few days ago, Vwillz finally released a follow up EP titled Both of Us. Remaining true to his craft, the EP continues that same sentiment that his single “Emo Rhapsody” yields, of spilling an ocean of emotions into the music, building upon his creativity and fluidity, and being as honest as can be. While his single may be performing fairly well on Youtube, …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

By Lee Mcintosh // 20 May 2020

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

Citrus – [Amira Jazeera]

By Lee Mcintosh // 15 May 2020

The R&B songstresses have really been making a massive impact in the game for the last few years now. The matters in which they have bombarded the industry and demanded their respect and attention has been amazing to see, and it is coming together ever so perfectly. The talent that emits from their body and the vocal range that they all posses proves that they are here for a very long time. Returning to the Lyrical Lemonade platform, rising Chicago queen Amira Jazeera is here to premiere her second single of the year, “Citrus”—what better platform to premiere the song on than Lyrical Lemonade? This time around, Amira is taking a more playful and upbeat route in this single, as the production on this track is changed drastically from her previous single, “Magic”. Switching gears a bit is something that will always be respected and appreciated in my book, as it shows how versatile and able the artist is, and shows how they can adapt to any environment—“Citrus” nails that perfectly. Becoming more open, Amira sings about a time in her life where she had two parties of interest in her love life, and had conflicting feelings for the both …

Like I Said Tho – [Stunna Girl]

By Lee Mcintosh // 15 May 2020

With the most recent successes from he various female MC’s, it was only a matter of time before we began to witness more females beginning to emerge into the rap scene. The beauty behind it all, is that each and every new female rapper is different and unique in their own regards. No matter what kind of vibe one may be searching for, there’s a rapper out there for every style. San Francisco-native  Stunna Girl is making her debut on our platform today, as she premieres her latest single and visuals for “Like I Said Tho”. Coming out of the Northern California, the Bay Area has always been known for their charismatic attitudes, energetic flows, and over-the-top energy. That being said, Stunna Girl is one to deliver just that. Coming fresh off of her viral fame of her Tok Tok hit “Runway”, Stunna Girl is back with yet another anthem that bleeds the same charismatic energy as her previous hit. In the visual, Stunna Girl struts around with confidence as she boasts about her being a boss and being proud to rep where she is from. The beat is captivating to say the least, with a mesmerizing hi-hat pattern and …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

By Lee Mcintosh // 14 May 2020

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t – [Kehlani]

By Lee Mcintosh // 8 May 2020

It’s nothing but amazing when artists really take the time out to perfect their craft and figure themselves out, to the point where they are happy with the product that they are putting out. You can make countless music day in and day out, but it takes time to really hone in and figure out what direction you would like to go in for a certain project, or for the remainder of your career. While Kehlani has always been an artist to deliver music that comes from deep within her soul, she has been tremendously underrated since her initial burst onto the scene with her Cloud 19 mixtape. It often blows my mind that we had not received a full length album from Kehlani since her 2017 album SweetSexySavage. While we have heard a handful of mixtapes and features from her during that time frame, fans were eagerly awaiting her next full body of work. At last, our eardrums are finally being soothed with amazing sounds from her latest offering It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Kehlani first emerged onto the scene at a younger age, so the direction of her earlier music was a lot more pop-ish and aimed towards a younger demographic-which …

Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

By Lee Mcintosh // 8 May 2020

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

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