MIXTAPES

Spaceships Mixtape – [Easy Life]

By Seamus Fay // 20 Mar 2019

Easy Life has been on my radar for some time now, and despite seeing the group’s name mentioned on multiple different occasions, I never really took the opportunity to check out their work in depth. Today, however, I’ve finally taken that chance, as the group is here to unveil their latest project — the 6-track offering, Spaceships Mixtape. Concise in length and relentlessly energetic in sound, this project is an absolutely brilliant introduction to the simplistic yet remarkably well-executed style of the group. Rather than making music that follows trends in pursuit of quick fame, Easy Life seems to be taking the opposite route, opting to thoroughly develop their sound and work within their strengths in order to achieve success in the most authentic way possible. The result is one of the most refreshing projects I’ve heard all year so far, with cuts like “Sunday” acting as easy standouts that I’ll be keeping on repeat all throughout the arrival of the warm weather. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a soulful new offering to brighten your mood heading into the spring, look no further than Spaceships Mixtape. Between a galvanizing, sun-soaked sound and 6 songs straight of pure storytelling and inspiring …

Producer Spotlight-[YOG$]

By Sam Morrison // 6 Mar 2019

When you hear a great song, there are so many key pieces that contribute to its success. Everyone experiences music differently, but when it comes down to it, I think it’s extremely important to give credit to the stellar aspects that make a song what it is.  As a music connoisseur, the first thing I pay attention to when listening to a song is the production. Behind every dope track and catchy hook is a producer who makes it all come together in a concise manor. That said, for todays’ fresh find, I want to shine the spotlight on a producer who has all of the talent to be a star in this industry. When Grant Yarber was a college student at the highly esteemed University of Michigan, he knew that the only thing he wanted to do was music. During lectures, instead of taking notes, Grant would be in the back of the class refining his beats and sending a myriad of emails to industry professionals under the name of YOG$. After some time, the young producer started receiving responses from artists who liked his work and from there, the rest is history. I stumbled upon YOG$ after one …

For Christ Sake 2 – [UnoTheActivist] [Thouxanbanfauni]

By Seamus Fay // 22 Feb 2019

If you’ve been reading Lyrical Lemonade lately, you might have noticed that we recently released a brand new interview with UnoTheActivist and Thouxanbanfauni. In the interview, UnoTheActivist promised that “For Christ Sake 2 is going to have even more styles that you’re going to see people run off with,” and now that the tape is finally out, we can confirm that this is certainly the case. 14 tracks long, this offering allows Fauni and Uno to build on the chemistry that they’re already well-known for, all the while displaying an explorative range of new styles, flows, and sounds that hammer home the fact that the two rising stars are always improving, one release after another. It goes without saying that the expectations are high for any joining of forces between these two, and just as we hoped for, the one-two punch has exceeded these expectations and then some, proving to be the incredible artists that we seem them as. That said, I could talk about this offering all day long, but the truth is, For Christ Sake 2 needs to be experienced by the listener to truly understand just how impressive it is. Stream this one below and let us know what your …

Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 – [Pouya] x [Bobbie Lootaveli]

By Elliot Montanez // 17 Feb 2019

Just a few minutes ago the mega talented Pouya unleashed a brand new mixtape titled “Greatest Hits Vol. 3” along with some help from Bobbie Lootaveli, and it’s nothing you want to sleep on. It’s a rather quick listen coming in at seven records in length, but I must admit that after running through the songs a couple of times I was fascinated with the final product. I appreciated every single of of these songs provided by a couple of my favorite include the intro cut “PE$OS” and the smooth remix to “Rey Mysterio” because of the catchy hooks & bouncy production. Stream this brand new mixtape below and if you like what you hear be sure to share this project with a friend!

Addie Pitino – [A$AP Ant]

By Seamus Fay // 14 Feb 2019

  A$AP Ant and the legendary basketball coach Rick Pitino have one main thing in common: ensuring success, one moment after another. In Pitino’s case, this may mean wins on the basketball court, but for Addie, this means impressing with every single song he releases, constantly pushing the ball forward just as he has done with his latest mixtape, Addie Pitino. 11 songs long, this project takes the stylistic progress that Ant has made over the past few years and compiles it into one body of work, cohesive and focused as can be. Loaded with features from Baby 9eno, LuLu P, lil 2dow, and Benji Blue, it lets the world know what the Marino Infantry has been up to as of late, and spoiler art, they’ve all been developing themselves in ways that are quite apparent on Ant’s latest. That said, Addie Pitino is certainly a highlight mix for Ant and co., and consequently, it’s also something that I highly encourage all fans, new and old, to give a listen to. As always, A$AP’s own is more than ready to be heard, and his latest is proof. Stream Addie Pitino at the link below!

gangway for navy – [navy blue]

By Seamus Fay // 7 Feb 2019

When it comes to pure lyricism, as honest and transparent as can be, few artists are anywhere near the level of a New York-based act by the name of navy blue right now. His style is best characterized by its tragically beautiful emotional awareness, and only adding fuel to the fire, it’s the dusty, off-kilter production that brings this soulful feel full circle. That said, navy blue is here on the Lyrical Lemonade pages today to bless us with his new, 8-track project, gangway for navy. Featuring just two features from close accomplice, MIKE, who we’ve covered several times here on LL, this tape allows navy blue to trudge head-first into the problems and thoughts that he faces without ever stopping for a breath of air. In this way, gangway for navy is as cohesive and well-executed as can be, balancing on a line of avant-garde beauty that you certainly can’t help but pay attention to. Blue’s soul oozes through the passion-stricken instrumentals, one after another, and the resulting yield is a project that clearly indicates why he’s one of New York’s finest artists out right now. Stream the new project at the link provided below and let us know what you think …

MSTRGLSS – [Bari]

By Seamus Fay // 2 Feb 2019

On two separate occasions this week, we here on Lyrical Lemonade have had the privilege to write about new releases from none other than STL native Bari, and today, he’s back yet again to take over headlines with a stellar new project, MSTRGLSS. Heading into my first listen of this one, my expectation was that the project would hopefully take me further into the world of unwavering soul that Bari is able to tap into so effortlessly. I hoped to learn more about who he is as an artist, and now that I’ve had the opportunity to give this one a few listens through since its release, I must say that Bari delivered on this and then some. MSTRGLSS is the result of St. Louis-bred soul taking on the world, one day at a time. Bari is honest with himself and about life, but even beyond this, he’s a dreamer at heart who refuses to be held back by any forces in his control. This mixtape is decidedly ambitious in ways that, as a listener, you can’t help but love, and only pushing this prowess to the next level, Bari’s vocal and lyrical performances are the best they’ve ever been. In terms of making …

One Punch – [BoatHouse] x [Ajani Jones]

By Elliot Montanez // 29 Jan 2019

Closed Sessions artists BoatHouse and Ajani Jones have been teasing the release for their collab project “One Punch” for a minute now, and late last night they released the five track effort and it’s even better than I expected. Ajani Jones has been one of my favorite Chicago rappers for a couple of years now but he has really evolved as an artist from the sounds of all of his new material I have heard, and this project is the perfect showcase of his raw skills. Ajani wasn’t the only shining factor on here though, BoatHouse cooked up five of the best instrumentals I have heard all year, each of them having their own unique, anthem like quality to them. Take a few minutes of your day to stream this brand new tape below and if you like it be sure to share it with a friend! Mixed and Mastered by BoatHouse and Michael Kolar

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