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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. To support Brandon, consider donating via any contribution amount at projectfilo.com/donate

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Brandon Washington

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No Love Lost – [Angyil x Blxst]

By Brandon Washington // 25 Feb 2021

 LA hip-hop and Red Bull Records artist Blxst releases a new visual in support of his upbeat single titled “No Love Lost.” The record is in collaboration with world renowned Red Bull dancer Angela McNeal (better known as Angyil), from her performances at the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals and NBC’s World of Dance series. Reflecting on the strength and resilience of her African roots, the pop and lock dance maneuvers are beautifully captured along a naturally grandeur Dakar coastline. Full of bass and choreographic flare, the colorfulness displayed in the Bass House Productions video bolds well with Blxst’s cheerful rapping and sleek vocals. While “No Love Lost” is certainly a feel-good track, there is an apparent grace of empowerment that is presented both aesthetically and musically. Check out the official dance video below!   

Roots – [Cautious Clay]

By Brandon Washington // 25 Feb 2021

“Roots’ is about having an established history with someone and coming to the often-difficult realization that things ultimately will not last because of elements in the relationship that are toxic. I tried to make that sentiment known in the first verse, ‘from atoms up to comets, life is never promised, you could make me wanna lie and be dishonest.’ It’s about wanting to put yourself out there and be emotionally vulnerable to a fault, however ultimately knowing what’s best is for both people to separate and move on” – Cautious Clay Lauded singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay nets our pages with an organic new single entitled “Roots.” Confirmed to be off his highly anticipated album, the Cleveland, Ohio Native once more demonstrates his sheer range when it comes to versatility of pitch alteration. The fluctuant tonality fascinatingly aligns with the emotional content expressed as Clay alludes to a moment full of discomfort and uncertainty. With maturely atmospheric production, the refreshing instruments emphasize each and every heartfelt lyric sung. Listen to “Roots” by Cautious Clay via the official lyric video below!

Land Of Ice – [Hannah Rodríguez]

By Brandon Washington // 24 Feb 2021

London’s emerging talent Hannah Rodríguez returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an exceptional visual for her frosty new single entitled “Land Of Ice.” Written, produced, mixed and performed by Rodríguez herself, the Project FILO superstar strolls around a busy night-scene while standing out via a variety of dazzlingly ‘icy’ outfits. The record follows Hannah’s song “B2in1s,” which employed a more jazzy touch from Hobbes Duende’s production. Frequently sparkling flashes of the colors blue and white, the accompanying video successfully depicts a fictional “Land Of Ice” centered around Hannah’s frozen heart. Once more incorporating subtle and blunt romantic references, the sensual explicitness of Rodríguez aligns with the various luminous shots amid a mysteriously fanciful setting. Sonically the dreamy string-heavy instrumentation allows Hannah to convey her unique experience, which is brilliantly captured in TJ Charter’s cinematic picture. Fascinatingly, not a single soul other than Rodríguez’s appears throughout the video, which again alludes to the fantasy esque ambience. Listen to Hannah Rodríguez’s track “Land Of Ice” below!

Stranger – [Gaidaa] x [Saba] x [Jarreau Vandal]

By Brandon Washington // 22 Feb 2021

“Stranger’ is a song about navigating the personal challenges of finding one’s truth and identity in a world that’s constantly asking you to have an answer. It’s about catching yourself in the midst of change and growth and somehow learning to trust both yourself and the process. The video tries to show me reflecting on my own idea of who I would be when I grow up, and how the projections I may have placed on myself played out in reality. The video is one straight take without any cuts, to me representing the idea that we are in an ever evolving ongoing process. Having the younger me in the video was to emphasize that though we may be looking for who we are, whilst taking on the process and projections, we find that the root of who we are remains” – Gaidaa Fast rising Dutch-Sudanese R&B/Soul singer and songwriter  Gaidaa makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut via a poignant music video for her lovely song entitled “Stranger.” Featuring the immensely talented Chicago artist Saba and fellow Dutch producer Jarreau Vandal, the track is a refreshingly mellow offering with zero musical flaws. Sonically the vibe is chill throughout the entire record, …

Kush through the Sunroof – [Curren$y]

By Brandon Washington // 22 Feb 2021

Living rap legend Curren$y returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a jazzy new single entitled “Kush through the Sunroof” off his upcoming Collection Agency tape. The seasoned Jet Life rapper is a prime example of an artist that knows his roots, having referenced his love for Mary jane in a countless number of songs/projects. This particular track is no different, as Spitta once more successfully monetizes his interests of Kush and cars for a certified signature banger. Blended with rapid 808s, the production is met with a jazzy piano melody and a somber undertone. Accompanied by a Yuset Pozo visual, the video captures Curren$y’s composed aura, to which he’s developed a notable reputation for in the music industry. Despite his nonchalant attitude, no one’s ever been mistaken by the amount of groundwork the New Orleans bred rapper has put in to solidify his name. Check out “Kush through the Sunroof” below!

Nu Normal (A COLORS ENCORE) – [ENNY] x [Baker Aaron]

By Brandon Washington // 19 Feb 2021

South London’s emerging superstar ENNY returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an exquisite freestyle titled “Nu Normal.” Following the deserved worldly success of her hit single “Peng Black Girls Remix” featuring Jorja Smith, ENNY’s COLORS performance was so captivating that she received the nod for an encore. Produced by Baker Aaron, “Nu Normal” is a refreshingly mellow hip-hop, R&B, and jazz infused record detailing ENNY’s roots and personal upbringing. Asking the rhetorical question of whether wearing a weave makes her any less of a black girl, there is a calm yet uplifting aura of empowerment that envelops ENNY’s soul. Beyond sound enjoyment, the sheer lyricism is beautifully aligned with the formidable flow of the UK emcee. Watch ENNY’s COLORS encore for “Nu Normal” below!

The Right Place – [Kenneth Cash]

By Brandon Washington // 19 Feb 2021

After releasing his breakthrough song “Stickyola,” Kenneth Cash returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an equally breathtaking single entitled “The Right Place.” Produced by Cash himself, the record employs a fresh R&B direction with noticeably crisp drums and a heavy bassline. Accompanied by a Michael Flynn (Flynnstone LLC) production, Cash details the burden of feeling worked out, stressed out, and left out. Visibly strolling across the city in professional work attire, viewers will examine Cash making a commute to his 9-to-5 like job, which lowers his levels of happiness, creativity, and freedoms of expression. This picture is cleverly and subtly contrasted with moments where Cash spends time with his (presumed to be) friends; all of whom are casually enjoying themselves under a carefree social climate. Stating that he “never can walk out,” the resulting FOMO is an overbearing sensation that leaves Cash feeling lost amid a routine, yet monotonous schedule. Feeling “MIA to the right place,” the track itself serves as clear evidence that Kenneth Cash has plenty more to offer than wasting his time in a confined cubicle. Therefore, the ‘right place’ is not necessarily an precise location, but rather a desirable green light to sustain and operate under the …

REMEDY – [Kaleena Zanders] x [Ray Garrison]

By Brandon Washington // 19 Feb 2021

“Ray Garrison and I wrote this song a few days after Juice WRLD’s death. Substance abuse continually takes the lives of our youth, and it’s sad that certain artists are glorified and exploited in the music industry for having extreme addictions and mental issues. I pray that we learn how to help struggling people, instead of use their problems for personal gain” – Kaleena Zanders Los Angeles based singer & songwriter Kaleena Zanders makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with a ravishing new single entitled “REMEDY.” The “Supernova Songstress’s” empowering lyrics are instantly met with a radiant electro-alternative beat provided by Ray Garrison. The song’s thrilling pace allows for a breathtaking chorus that serves to guide the phoenix into newfound altitudes of love, healing, and transformation. Exposing systemic profiteering and the exploitative nature of the musical industry, “REMEDY” is a call against the threads of abandonment that’s left countless artists in the dust. Ironically I couldn’t help but note that this record of Zanders’s would be an excellent  fit for the soundtrack of a blistering new film or TV series (particularly one with a dystopian sci-fi theme). In any case, the versatility of Kaleena Zanders cannot be overstated, as she quite easily …

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