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GMYL – [Jams TFC]

Jams TFC is a Chicago based talent who I have been listening to for over a year now since I saw him open for Femdot in Wicker Park sometime last year, he makes some great music + a great energy to him, and tonight he is back on our website with his brand new music video for “GMYL”. You might recall me posting the audio of this song when it dropped some weeks back, but this new visual takes the track to another level, in large parts thanks to the direction from Pat Banahan from Lost TV! I have enjoyed the content that Jams TFC has been giving us all of 2019, and I don’t expect this to be the last release from him of the year, so you might as well subscribe to his YouTube channel to continue to follow him after you watch this video below! Along with the release of this feel-good videos, Jams left us with some words saying: I love how this video represents Chicago. I love the diversity – this video shows a side of Chicago the media doesn’t acknowledge. We call “summertime chi” the best place in the world for a reason. People from all …

Uncommon Nasa: The Backbone of The Underground

Uncommon Nasa is authenticity at its finest. He’s comfortable in his own skin, and he’s been operating on his own terms for years now. His unapologetic commitment to himself and his art for over a decade is what has solidified him as an impactful legend in the New York Indie scene. Nasa’s music is deeply rooted in New York culture, which is to be expected, considering he’s been there his whole life. It’s his default, in a sense. All of his music references home, sometimes more than others, but it’s always there. Despite some of the topical similarity that echoes throughout his music though, he refuses to stick to one sound. The classic, New York boom-bap influence is there, but Nasa understands the importance of pushing the ball forward, and makes his art with the intent that it won’t grow stale. His style is hard to pin-point, as his delivery can almost be classified as slam poetry at times, with extremely tight rhyme schemes and lyricism that demands the listener’s attention. Incredible amounts of time and detail go into Nasa’s art. He takes his time to make sure that every aspect of a record makes for a cohesive and engaging …

Premiere: Physical – [Ash Leone]

So far, the start of this weekend has been a very exciting one for music. With so many new releases by some of our favorite names, it’s almost hard to keep up with all of the dope vibes that’ll be blessing our playlists. Just last night, Dave East dropped an unbelievable album with some really dope features from the likes of Nas, Rick Ross, Teyana Taylor, Ty Dolla $ign, Fabolous and Jacquees. After mulling over this project a couple of times, one more notable feature caught my attention that needs to be talked about. On the track “Daddy Knows”, Dave East enlisted help from up and coming singer/songwriter, Ash Leone.  If you don’t know the name yet, it’s about time you start getting familiar. Ash is a 23-year-old artist from the suburbs of Philadelphia, who ultimately ended up in LA, where she resides now, by way of Nashville. For the past couple of years, she has been writing and collaborating with some industry chart-toppers, but now has her sights set on becoming one herself. In addition to her appearance on the Dave East album, Ashley recently dropped her first single this week that is worth every bit of the hype …

4Tounce – [Johnny Utah]

It’s true when they say that you’re only one song away, at all times. At the very end of last year, I covered a song called “Crazy For Your Love” from an artist named Johnny Utah. He was compelling, his sound was lively, and quite clearly, he had the personality to turn heads. Now, less than a year later, Utah’s life has entirely changed, he has a still-growing hit to his name with “Honeypie,” and he’s considered one of the most promising rising talents out right now. Wild. Unexpected, maybe, but equally as well-deserved. Today, Johnny Utah is back with his first new song since the big break, “4Tounce.” Taking his time after the success of “Honeypie,” “4Tounce” isn’t rushed, and it certainly isn’t trying to be another “Honeypie.” Rather, the song finds a calmed Utah, crooning about his burning desire for love as opposed to a quick, one-night ordeal. It’s sincere, and more than anything else, it’s a hint that Utah won’t be defined by one hit song, no matter how great “Honeypie” may be. With this, one commanding element of “4Tounce” is the song’s intimate sense for storytelling. One lyric after another, Utah refuses to hide his aptitude …

Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’: A Visual and Audio Experience

“Stand up for my own. Even if I take this walk alone. I bow down to the king upon the throne. My life is His, I’m no longer my own” -Kanye West on “Closed on Sunday”, 2019 The ideology of change is something that most people do not cope well with, or accept so openly. People are afraid of those around them changing into someone they never thought they’d see. Some people are afraid of those around them changing to become better than they are doing. Also, people are afraid of change within themselves—in fear of being placed in unfamiliar territories within their life. One area in the culture that change can be extremely neglected and frowned upon can be the music industry. Kanye West happens an individual who has gone through many changes all throughout his life, musical career, and his overall legacy on this earth.  Retroactively speaking, Kanye started out as the kid in Roc-a-Fella who was just known as the beatmaker of the clique. What came afterwards happened to be one of the most impactful artists of this generation. Had he not wanted that change for himself, he would have painted himself in a box early on …

Side To Side – [Lil Forty]

We have yet another Lyrical Lemonade debut for our audience tonight, this time around coming in the form of Lil Forty who recently released a noteworthy music video for his song “Side To Side”. One of the homies recently recommended that I take some time out to watch this visual, and I must say that I was impressed by the young Chicago creative, he’s masterful with his lyrics and showed great potential on this track. This might be the first time you’ve seen this Chicago talent featured on our website but it won’t be the last, give him a chance by clicking play below. directed by Ryan Lynch • produced by AllDay + DJ Ayo

Premiere: Better Than I Look – [Franky Hill]

Franky Hill returns to the Lyrical Lemonade pages as we premiere his new single “Better Than I Look.” This track is the first audio release from the New Jersey emcee since the release of his breakthrough project ‘USER’ that dropped in November of last year. Recently Hill has been on the road with buzzing Brooklyn rapper Kota The Friend for some tour days. The Kam DeLa produced single is a bouncy and breezy upbeat tune that will certainly have you humming along. The back vocals really compliment and bring Franky’s rapping to life. There’s no shortage of clever wordplay on any Franky Hill records and “Better Than I Look” follows suit with this trend as well. If you have some time to spare you can catch Franky performing with Myke Bogan in NYC tonight! Stream Franky Hill’s newest offering “Better Than I Look” below after the break.

Listen to Cameron Butler’s three new tracks!

Cameron Butler is a rising artist who I have been covering here at Lyrical Lemonade for at least two or three years now, it had been a minute since I heard from him but I checked his page tonight and I found that he recently blessed us with three new jams back to back to back! The first one that I will be discussing is “Propane”, an upbeat club anthem type of track that finds Cameron rhyming over a glossy beat in a high pitched register. “Bad Intentions” starts off on the slower note but gets faster & faster as it goes, eventually getting up to an energy similar to the last track but he seemed little more focused on the punch line raps here. The last joint “Yeti” is probably my favorite of the bunch, it’s an example of what happens when Cameron gets into his full out melodic bag, and the final product was pleasing. All in all, I enjoyed these songs, they each had similar qualities so I wouldn’t be surprised to see these all be included in a future full-length project to come from Cameron. That’s just a prediction though, so for the moment, you might as …

Watch Chance the Rapper Ride Around with James Corden on the Latest Episode of Carpool Karaoke

Chance the Rapper is the most recent guest to grace the passenger seat of James Corden’s whip for the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke. As they cruise around Los Angeles on this Emmy award-winning show, the duo sings along to some of Chance’s most famous tracks such as “No Problem”, “Hot Shower”, and “All Night”, among others. In between the actual karaoke parts, they get into various topics such as Chance’s relationship with Obama, Kanye and the extremely random last-minute plans he makes, as well as the process he takes when he gets a lousy verse back from someone he asked to collaborate with. The part of the segment that sticks out most is when Corden brings up the fact that Chance isn’t a fan of vegetables and proceeds to lead him into a blind taste test. Sure, I wish they threw in some classics off of 10 Day and Acid Rap, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part. Either way, this episode is definitely worth the watch, so buckle up and give it a play! Words by Dan Adams

Knightmares to Sweet Dreams – [Rad Luck]

Charlotte based emcee Rad Luck is an artist who has been making some noise in the music community over the past year or so, and just last week he released an impressive new project titled “Knightmares to Sweet Dreams”. I was more than excited to dive into this tape because Rad Luck has captured my attention multiple times in the past, so the idea of what a full length would sound like from him had me intrigued, and I certainly was not disappointed with the final product. It’s a mixture of Rad’s grimey & aggressive style but with a more polished approach to it, it’s a solid twelve-track listen that any trap fan sound check out. You can listen to this brand new tape on Soundcloud below and if you enjoy it then hit that like button!