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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 + artist incubator for and by artists. If there is anything certain about Brandon, it is that he does not limit himself to one particular craft of expertise, for he aspires to achieve mastery in as many trades possible. For all LL related submissions please email [email protected] For all Project FILO related submissions, please email [email protected] All submissions will be equally considered. Please respect the writer's limited time and understand a response is not guaranteed due to sheer volume of emails. To support Brandon, consider donating via any contribution amount at projectfilo.com/donate

239 posts by

Brandon Washington

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HUES.-[Unusual Demont]

By Brandon Washington // 17 Sep 2021

Madison, Wisconsin native and LA based artist Unusual Demont returns to Lyrical Lemonade with his highly-anticipated HUES EP. The EP features his first and most iconic single “AMBER,” along with the other singles “PINE,” “PURPLE,” and “VANTA.” With an even eight songs total, truth be told there’s not a single mediocre track. Each song contains its own vivid ‘hue’ which provides a luminous listening experience. Sonically the vibes are plentiful, with a balanced variety of smooth and more dynamic tracks. Not to mention, it’s quite difficult to narrow down personal favorites, which tends to be the sign of a highly-accomplished and/or unblemished project. Demont unsurprisingly excels vocally; it’s the impeccable beat selection and original instrumentation that adds vibrancy to his sound along with the seamless transitions between each anthem. In the best way, there’s no clear standout since HUES. is unsparingly filled with quality from start to finish. However, “BLUSH” is unquestionably among Demont’s most proud creations since he also produced the song. Overall, HUES. is a fantastic offering filled with passion and creativity, and the EP itself is lustrous opener for Unusual Demont’s promising career. Have a listen below!

Bloomin Blck-[Neaux ID]

By Brandon Washington // 16 Sep 2021

Dallas, Texas based artist Neaux ID makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his excellent new EP titled Bloomin Blck. With seven songs total, each track contains its own unique flare as Neaux showcases his undeniable rap prowess. With wavy, mellow production, sonically there’s an offering for just about everyone as a result of ID’s multi-syllabic flows. The song “BLVD Surfin” is a great example, since it contains addictive levels of bass but still maintains the project’s surrounding chill vibe. In a very broad sense, Neaux’s sound is if JID, Pink Siifu, and Isaiah Rashad were all merged into one super artist. His delivery more often than not is composed, but his lyrical ability successfully provides the proper amount of emphasis and aggression when needed. Conceptually and creatively Bloomin Blck gives off impressions of empowerment; each track is a stream of consciousness connected to the flower, aka the source of Neaux ID’s flourishing expressions. It’s always refreshing to hear a rap predominant project that’s more uplifting than disheartening, and Bloomin Blck is certainly the former. Start your day right by listening to the EP below!

DON’T WANT PT. II-[FRANK LEONE]

By Brandon Washington // 16 Sep 2021

Chicago’s own FRANK LEONE returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a fresh banger off the deluxe version of his debut DON’T LP. The song features LEONE’s slick rap flow over a jazzy, modern 808 beat. It’s one of those songs that’s uniquely suitable for both chilling and turning up, since the all-around vibes fit either occasion sonically. FRANK’s ability to comfortably slide over the instrumental is indicative of the artist’s understanding of his own sound and artist strengths, which he maximizes frequently to the fullest. With intent to release two more record’s next year, LEONE’s ending 2021 on a high note with plenty of momentum for a strong 2022. Peep the track below!

Baby – [María Isabel]

By Brandon Washington // 15 Sep 2021

NYC based artist María Isabel recently released her new EP i hope you’re very unhappy without me, and it couldn’t be more breathtaking. Although each individual song is notable, “Baby” is undeniably the standout off the project. Rightfully earning a visual for the romantically charged record, Isabel beautifully utilizes her bilingual tongue with Spanglish expression. The music video cinematically chooses dreary shades of gray and blue to match the gloomy lyrics of María while detailing her distressful heartbreak. Isabel specifically discusses the faithful efforts she made for her partner, which unfortunately weren’t reciprocated as indicative of the artist’s vulnerable disclosures. Sonically the track is slow-paced with sorrowful undertones, but the production subtly intensifies around the 1:20 mark in accordance with María’s high-pitched vocals. Moreover, it’s always admirable when the artist’s acting is as commendable as their work, and Isabel couldn’t have played the part any better. Each intricate feeling and layer of emotion is not only heard or felt but also viewed thanks to the music video, which makes “Baby” such the memorable offering that it is. Check out the Dylan Knight directed visual with Ben Goodman’s cinematography below!

Brunch On Sundays – [Nas] x [Blxst]

By Brandon Washington // 15 Sep 2021

Queens, New York’s legendary artist Nas returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new visual for his song “Brunch On Sundays.” Off his fantastic new album Kings Disease II, the music video once more is equally as compelling as the music. With Nas as the brunch host, the iconic guests in attendance consist of LeBron James, Russel Westbrook, Cordae, Lil Rel Howery, Swizz Beatz and more. Musically the record features Blxst and contains production from none other than Hit-Boy, who produced both versions of Kings Disease. There is a very affluent atmosphere and luxurious vibe, which mirrors the royalty of the esteemed MC who turned 48 years young yesterday. Lil Rel Howery does the toasting honors by citing a few of Nas’s titles: “lyricist, poet, prophet,” before acknowledging the transparent route he took to earn his immortalized status. Sonically the jazzy, piano-led production not only perfectly complements the OG but but also Blxst, as he eloquently employs his smooth R&B vocals for a momentary, yet momentous part. With memorable lines such as “stay out of black woman business unless you vested in it,” Nas once more crafts a classy record that couldn’t be more suitable for your next Sunday brunch. Peep …

Love For Yah – [Khi Infinite]

By Brandon Washington // 14 Sep 2021

“It’s a relatable message of feeling the need to tell the ones you love most that you are there for them and no distance is going to change that. I originally wrote this song during a time of great change and needed a way to express how I was feeling. Even though things were moving in the right direction for me professionally, I felt really disconnected from my family back home and I wanted to find a way to tell them that. Luckily, I am a musician and so I put all of what I was feeling into a song” – Khi Infinite Virginia Beach artist Khi Infinite returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a heartfelt song titled “Love For Yah.” The track employs a smooth instrumental as Infinite alternates between hip-hop and R&B to showcase his versatility. Visually the accompanying video perfectly captures the song’s message, which is centered around love in spite of distance. “I need to call my mother up let her know I still got love for her” is beautifully sung on the hook, which thematically symbolizes the importance of remaining in touch with family no matter what. Although technology has provided humans more options to communicate, the …

Strawberry Milkshake – [SOFY]

By Brandon Washington // 14 Sep 2021

“Strawberry Milkshake’ was built around the concept of how important it is to just follow your gut and not overthink things when it comes to relationships. It’s essentially about saying fuck what people think, embracing your differences and just enjoying the ride even if nobody else gets it” – SOFY Leicester-born artist SOFY makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with an excellent debut offering titled “Strawberry Milkshake.” At just 24 years of age, she remarkably picked up a pen and began working on her catalog just 12 months ago. Now officially entering the music world, SOFY’s “Strawberry Milkshake” is nothing short of spectacular, as she showcases a fascinating stylistic blend of indie and hip-hop influences. With lovely feel-good vibes, there’s a refreshing balance of playfulness and wisdom on the record veiled under an intuitive, carefree lens. The mellow instrumental couldn’t be more suitable for SOFY’s decorative vocals, and the entire vibe flows like a wave unperturbed by any circumstance. Moreover, the vinyl scratches around the 2:30 mark are a simple yet clever inclusion to add even more personality to track. Shortly following is SOFY’s rap verse, which meshes seamlessly & provides listeners a glimpse of her diverse artistic range. Furthermore, as …

FIX YOUR FACE-[seeyousoon]

By Brandon Washington // 10 Sep 2021

“Simply put, FIX YOUR FACE is a song about getting weird looks from people in public. As a rather weird-looking group of people, we’re no strangers to this concept. It’s a feeling we wanted to harness and turn into something empowering. The next time you catch a weird glare just listen to the song and you’ll understand.” – seeyousoon Floridian 9-piece collective seeyousoon returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a unique song and visual titled “FIX YOUR FACE.” Off their upcoming project HZLIKHELL, the track follows their first single “NO DAYLIGHT.” Everything about the record peaked my interest, and the emphatic song title alone enticed me to give it a listen at the very least. The accompanying CULT CLASSIC directed music video fantastically captures the overall vibe of the offering as well as the personality behind it. I also love the cover art, which similarly juxtaposes attention and bewilderment via facial structural positioning. Conceptually it’s probably one of the more clever tracks I’ve heard all year, since the meaning behind it is widely understood yet rarely discussed. Sonically the release is experimental with a fun variety of indie and hip-hop elements, and the Pharrell esque production is what I’d also expect …

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