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.
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Grand Rapids legend and personal favorite Willie the Kid returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a classy jazz-rap selection titled “Chardonnay.” The song is off his new album Keep Watching the Fly, which contains eleven lavish tracks filled with Willie’s illustrious penmanship. While every track is noteworthy “Chardonnay” fittingly aligns with Kid’s entrepreneurial spirit; specifically his Motu Viget Spirits wine company. Moreover, the graceful piano production couldn’t be more fitting for the artist’s elegant delivery along with his affluent lyricism. This song in particular made me realize how much I need a Willie The Kid & Jay-Z collab, considering Hov and Willie share excellence in both rap and business lanes. Listen to “Chardonnay” below and be sure to check out all of Keep Watching the Fly via the platform of your preference.
“I cooked up this composition how I usually do, just jamming in the studio. I used three basses on this; my fretted, fretless, and upright. DJ Premier deemed it worthy enough to send to the one and only, Westside Gunn, who is and has been my favorite artist out for a minute now. Preem reached out to Gunn and he laced two verses, and the hook same night. I couldn’t even believe it. At first, I intended it to be a drum-less joint (in Griselda fashion), but Preem insisted he put drums on it AND a classic scratch hook using vocals from none other than Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine. This song really manifested itself, and I’m honored to have my name next to these titans. When the song was complete I then commissioned Jim Warren to hand draw an animated film based around the lyrics. It took him about five-months of STEADY work to complete it. I’m so glad we took the time to do it, because Westside Gunn is so heavy in the art world; it had to be next level to meet his standards” – Brady Watt Certified rap legend Westside Gunn linked up with …
Chuuwee is one of my favorite rappers, and his new song titled “Sincerely” is a testament of his deserved placement on my personal list. Produced by Money Montage, Chuuwee’s flow is both effortless and (seemingly) breathless in contrast to Montage’s relaxed instrumental. This combo creates a ‘chill banger’ suitable for blasting the record through your speakers as well as casually vibing via headphones. Although Chuuwee’s latest project is titled Working Hardly Working, do not be fooled; the Sacramento native is undeniably one of the most consistent artists in the game. Therefore, it is imperative for his audience to acknowledge his hustle by way of routine support. Check out “Sincerely” below!
Streatham, London artist Dave just released his new album We’re All Alone In This Together, and it’s certainly not shy of bangers. The second song off the LP titled “Verdansk” particularly peaked my interest as the track builds up in aggression. With ominously peaceful piano-production Dave’s pacing is skillfully balanced to accelerate his rap flow as the melody intensifies. “Verdansk” is a fictional city in the Call of Duty franchise; serving as the main setting for the Special Ops operations and Ground War maps of Modern Warfare, as well as the battleground for Call of Duty: Warzone. Dave’s version reflects a conflict heavy music sphere with his delivery as precise as an activated COD killstreak. Peep “Verdansk” below and be sure to listen to all of We’re All Alone In This Together via the platform of your choice.
North Philly emcee Dark Lo teams up with esteemed New York producer V Don for a glorious rap record titled “100 Proof.” The duo have a collaborative album titled CHARLIE POPE releasing this Friday (7/23), and this single provides an excellent preview of what to expect. Dark Lo delivers with an impeccable rhyme scheme and gritty wordplay over his aggressive flow, which fascinatingly blends well with V Don’s calm piano-led production. “100 Proof” is a masterful display of evidence that a song can remain elegant even with contentious street-filled lyricism. Peep the track below!
Dallas, Texas band Luna Luna has released a spectacular new single titled “Early Morning.” The record is off their forthcoming third album titled Flower Moon. With fresh, wavy guitar vibes the song certainly makes for an excellent offering to jumpstart your day. Luna Luna’s vocals are silky-smooth and fittingly blend with the upbeat, dance-worthy retro production. The disco vibes in particular make the track an equally good pick for a late-night party/club scene. Very Tame Impala esque in the best form, “Early Morning” is a fantastic offering that will build plenty of intrigue ahead of Luna Luna’s project release. Check out the song below!
Uppsala, Sweden’s Snoh Aalegra recently dropped her impressive new album titled TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES, and the opening track “INDECISIVE” is simply phenomenal. Along with her graceful vocals the record contains sleek, synthetic production with plenty of futuristic bass and a glorious midway switch-up. Lyrically Aalegra’s words reflect a confident tone with a firm stance against a presumed former romantic partner. While the entire LP is excellent, some songs leave a considerable lasting impression, which “INDECISIVE” achieves from the very get-go. Peep the official visualizer below and be sure to listen to all of TEMPORARY HIGHS IN THE VIOLET SKIES!
“I been an Out[K]ast I grew up like Andre, 3000 in my pocket, I know they hate on me but somehow I’m always the topic” – Dave East Harlem, New York’s Dave East releases his first single with Harry Fraud titled “Diamonds.” Off their highly-anticipated HOFFA album set for 7/30 release, East delivers a preview of the glorious raps that he’ll be spitting over Fraud’s lavish beats. Picture East as Frank Sinatra but over a gangster rap lens; or Kevin Durant during his villainous Golden State Warriors era. With curated mob themed artwork from Westside Gunn, Dave’s sheer compatibility with Harry’s production and ability to gloat effortlessly could be considered criminal. As illegal as the pair may be together, their legitimacy is undisputable. Therefore, listeners can expect nothing less than a classic on July 30th, with plenty more luxurious Dave East bars over exceptional Harry Fraud instrumentals. Peep “Diamonds” below!