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Brandon Washington

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Brandon is an entrepreneur striving to reshape the creative space for good. Along with writing for LL, he is 1/2 Co-Founder of Project FILO - a creative hub for and by artists. If there is anything certain about Brandon, it is that he does not limit himself to one particular craft, for he aspires to achieve mastery in as many trades possible. For all LL related submissions please email [email protected] To support Brandon, consider donating via any contribution amount at projectfilo.com/donate

136 posts by

Brandon Washington

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4WD – [Nick Thomas]

By Brandon Washington // 13 Apr 2021

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, Nick Thomas  is a 22 year-old artist from Los Angeles, California. Thomas ambitiously unenrolled from NYU to pursue music as well as fashion modeling. Currently represented by One Management New York, Special Management Milan, and Vision Los Angeles, Nick has worked for clients such as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Theory, and John Elliott. The saxophone specifically jumpstarted his career in music at the young age of ten, before Thomas began working professional music studios at age eighteen. Nick’s latest visual is for his song “4wd,” which is off his brand new album entitled Stop Motion. With intention to directly pay homage to LA nightlife and thrilling after-parties in the hills pre-pandemic, the track effectively asserts itself as a certified banger. Accompanied by several fun-seeking models, Thomas’ vocals reflect a bass-heavy, yet chill trap record fitting for your next late evening drive. Watch the official music video below, shot by Nick Thomas’ very own record label Half Past Records.

TLSD – [CeCe Maravilla]

By Brandon Washington // 13 Apr 2021

Making her Lyrical Lemonade debut, Cece Maravilla is a Madison, Wisconsin-based singer who draws inspiration from Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, and The Internet. Her latest offering, “TLSD,” is a trippy, yet chill track meditating on life’s unsolved complexity. Standing for “Time, Love, Sex and Drugs,” each theme reflects a momentary time of happiness that the artist yearns to experience once more. Drawing on materialistic interests, Cece reveals that she’s been dreaming for a minute about an all black Ford, before correcting herself and changing her preference to a much finer all black Porsche. Shortly afterwards, Maravilla states that she intends to buy her grandmother a new pair of loafers before she’s forgotten; creating a clever allusion to the fragility of human life and our withering moments with the people we hold deep in our hearts. Although sex and drugs are a part of the title, Maravilla doesn’t explicitly reference either vice. Whether intentional or not, she’s created a dichotomy with the consistency of time and love, contrasted with the illusory escapism of ephemeral pleasure. Asking “what’s it take to make the hands go back to a (x2) time with a free mind,” Cece comes to terms with the fact that …

Mourning Dove – [Hobbes Duende] x [Hannah Rodríguez]

By Brandon Washington // 12 Apr 2021

Months following their popular single “B2in1s,” Pittsburgh producer Hobbes Duende and London artist Hannah Rodríguez have linked up once more for their new song “Mourning Dove.” Despite the considerable distance shared between them, Duende & Rodríguez’s chemistry is immense to the point of shared perfection. Hobbes’ instrumental is masterfully woven with heavenly jazz elements that beautifully complement Hannah’s neo-soul vocals, as the song details a controversial romantic tragedy.  Each and every note sung gives off a pure feeling of bliss, while Duende’s instrumentation mirrors the soothing sounds one hears upon entering their favorite coffee shop. As if not impressive enough, the collaboration specifically marks the first full/final vocal mix completed from Hobbes Duende, which speaks to the sheer quality of his existing and future work. “Mourning Dove” is one of those tracks that you simply can’t overplay, and one listen is certainly not sufficient. Listen to the record below!

LEVITATE / God Don’t Like Ugly – [Southside Anxt]

By Brandon Washington // 12 Apr 2021

“The album is called My Spot In The Abyss. It explores breaking down systems of belief and trying to find new ground to stand on. From birth, existing, and in death. “LEVITATE” is kind of the centerpiece of the album. On the surface, it’s a song about me adjusting to life after moving from the inner city to the suburbs. In between the lines, it’s about how we normalize our unfortunate situations in life and cling to what we choose to know. The 2nd verse opens up once self awareness kicks in and I can see what I’ve been subjected to. “God Don’t Like Ugly” isn’t on the album, but it was an important step in its creation. It’s a blanket of statements. Self-love in spite of low self esteem. It’s a way of saying God isn’t the base of worthiness and meaning. That can only be determined by you” – Southside Anxt Following 2+ years of musical hiatus, Chicago’s very own lyricist Southside Anxt returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a remarkable bundle of singles. The first track of the pair is entitled “LEVITATE,” which is a deeply vulnerable expression of Anxt’s tumultuous upbringing. The latter song, “God Don’t Like Ugly,” …

BARITONE – [Devin Burgess]

By Brandon Washington // 12 Apr 2021

“This is my first single called ‘BARITONE’ from the album That’s Unfortunate, set to drop in August. This song is basically about me identifying the low parts of my life, but still managing to emerge from it. We all go through things, and writing is one of my coping mechanisms. When I was writing this it FELT like a defining moment in my life at the time. I wrote this last year (2020) in the middle of the pandemic to try to make myself feel better. Being stuck in the house for most of the year gave all of us time to slow down and think and just be with our thoughts. This song is a byproduct of that. it’s not meant to be a sad song for real, I’m kinda just telling it how I see it. Which honestly, that’s how a lot of That’s Unfortunate feels. I wrote most if not all of it during quarantine last year!” – Devin Burgess Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, Devin Burgess is a multi-talented artist out of Middletown, Ohio. Set to release his forthcoming album  That’s Unfortunate this summer, Burgess has dropped several other impressive projects in the past, including beat tapes to highlight …

Thoughts of the Night – [INNR CIRCLE]

By Brandon Washington // 6 Apr 2021

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, INNR CIRCLE is a ridiculously talented Canadian artist with a smooth Alt-pop and R&B groove. Drawing “on the emotional contexts of giving love another round,” and “Focusing on restructuring modern-day love songs against romance itself,” his sound “provides a climaxing signature blend of alto and falsetto moody vocals. With a reassuring vocal presence, the artist is able to evoke raw emotions that everyone has likely felt, but simply could not express or clearly articulate. His debut EP, BEMUSED + CONFUSED recently caught my attention, which is a short, yet addictively sweet project with six glorious songs for your listening enjoyment. Leading as the opener, the first track entitled “Thoughts of the Night” is a dance-worthy tune with an electric jolt of anxiety and adrenaline as the clock strikes past midnight. Admitting that he’s lost within himself, INNR CIRCLE desperately attempts to overcome the relentless ‘thoughts of the night.’ Surely in need of a good night’s sleep, the unfortunate alternative escape for the artist is via experience(s) with multiple drugs, which further strengthens the mental prison he’s being held in. Listen to “Thoughts of the Night” below and be sure to check out the entire BEMUSED + …

Intro – [Lundon Avery]

By Brandon Washington // 6 Apr 2021

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, Lundon Avery is a promising young artist originally out of Peoria, Illinois. With mentorship from Tedy Riley and production credits for talented artists like Mavi & Chante Moore, Avery’s already demonstrated that he has multiple ‘bread and butter’ formulas. On April 2nd, Lundon released his self-titled debut LP Lundon Avery, which contains ten impressive tracks with a modern rap and R&B twist. While the entire project is certainly worth your ear’s attention, it is ironically the intro that stood out for me the most. Full of lively spirit, the hook immediately captures the artist’s heart & soul: “Wake up and go get it, live life with no limits every time they put me in a box I bust it down.” With nowhere and no reason to turn back, Avery has learned to discard the ‘pain of yesterday’ for the riches of the present, to which he proudly vows to share with his family. When it comes song openers with a modern rap sound, Meek Mill’s iconic “Dreams And Nightmares” is (rightfully) often mentioned. Today, I’ll be the first to make the claim that Lundon Avery’s “Intro” deserves to be in that conversation. Listen to the …

Inhaled – [Ahmad Anonimis] x [Powers Pleasant]

By Brandon Washington // 1 Apr 2021

Roughly one month since dropping his lively single “Party,” Atlanta native Ahmad Anonimis drops another banger entitled “Inhaled.” Produced by Pro Era’s legendary producer Powers Pleasant, the song is a rather dark record unraveling the deepest of Ahmad’s emotions. Once more unleashing extraordinary moments of breathless flow, the artist’s elite rap prowess and swift storytelling challenges the listener to keep up, as each lyric expressed represents a large inhalation that isn’t exhaled until the song’s conclusion. Listen to “Inhaled” below!

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