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Old News – [My Favorite Color]

Ever since the homie put me onto My Favorite Color’s music a handful of months back, I’ve been tuning in pretty religiously. He is just so versatile, goofy at times, and all-around talented, making him a person that isn’t only someone I need to have on my radar, but someone I want to have on my radar. Even though he has been relatively quiet in recent history, he has continued to be active on social media and make sure that his fans are constantly enthralled with him, so when he dropped his latest song “Old News”, we were all ready for it and I couldn’t have been more excited to share it with you all. Produced by the one and only ID Labs, we are greeted by a very mischievous pan flute that is eventually coupled with crisp percussion and booming drums for a very versatile foundation that gives MFC free reign to do anything he pleases with this beat. As he begins, he mumbles into the microphone about how hungover he is, but how he needs to persevere and get to work, showing just how dedicated he is to his craft. Following this, he delivers some of the most …

Spotify Singles-[Omar Apollo]

Omar Apollo has been one of the most exciting names in the music industry for some time now and I honestly don’t see that changing any time soon. What I love most about him is his ability to continually elevate and evolve his artistry in a way that no one expects. Omar Apollo is truly unpredictable and that stems from his innate versatility and unique gift to make beautiful sounding art from nothing. As I said, Omar has a track record of continuously elevating his craft and today he’s doing just that with the release of two new Spotify exclusive singles for fans and tastemakers to indulge in. I’ve been a huge fan of what Spotify has been doing with these releases and the fact that they enlisted this superstar is proof that they’re building a catalog of songs that will be played for years to come. For these songs, Apollo decided to drop an intentional rework of his track, “Go Away” for Side A and for Side B, he treated us to an acoustic rendition of the complete classic, “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas. When it comes to timeless tracks, not many artists have the confidence …

Better Life – [Lil $o$o]

One thing about artists from the south, specifically South Florida, is that you will never have them figured out. Just as soon as you think you know how to pinpoint their sound and put their craft in a box, that same box is then broken out of and on its way to create a new one. Florida-native Lunchmoney Lewis is someone whom I’ve covered on this platform in the past, and I think that he has an amazing pen. One thing that comes with having a great pen, is being able to know what sounds good and what will pop. That said, Lunchmoney Lewis is flaunting his latest signee to his label, and her name is Lil $o$o. Coming with her debut, she just released the visuals to her song “Better Life”. “I’m proud of this one, I wrote it by myself and got in a zone. I’m focused on a mission to provide a better life for my son. Ain’t nobody stopping that”. One thing about Lil $o$o that is very admirable, is that she does all that she does for her son and to provide for him. That alone may sound like a cliche thing to say, but …

Bigger Than Life Or Death – [EST Gee]

EST Gee has been on an insurmountable rise over the past few years. He’s arguably one of the best and most consistent bar-for-bar lyricists in rap right now, he comes from Louisville which isn’t widely known for its hip-hop output (which could very well be changing with the recent explosion of both Jack Harlow and EST Gee, among others), and most importantly, his music stands on a level of focus that very few artists are touching at the moment. Every new verse from Gee feels like he’s trying to bring the house down, and this concoction of deeply vivid street tales and hard-nosed deliveries has anointed Lousiville’s own as the next superstar in rap. Today, he places an exclamation point on an incredible run of albums over the past few years with his major label debut, Bigger Than Life Or Death. After giving this one a thorough first-listen, I scrolled through Twitter this morning to read a tweet comparing the album to a project from the classic Gangsta Grillz series, known for its ability to bring out the most focused and hungry version of some of the best rappers alive. I don’t think I can come up with a better way …

Slugger – [Kevin Abstract] ft. [$NOT] & [slowthai]

Kevin Abstract is an artist that I truly don’t think gets the amount of credit he deserves, but that doesn’t slow him down even slightly. The BROCKHAMPTON frontman has been making waves both whit his massively successful group as well as individually, so I couldn’t be more excited to see him succeed, especially with all of the beyond unique and inventive styles of music he has been bringing to life over the last handful of years. While he’s no stranger to working with a variety of artists you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see him in the studio alongside, he continued this streak late last week with the release of his single “Slugger” which features two of my current favorite artists $NOT and slowthai. An unlikely bunch, yet a group that always kills every verse, so the fact that this one was no exception is just another reason why Kevin is undefeated thus far. Opening up with an instrumental created by Kevin, Al Hung, and fellow BROCKHAMPTON star Romil Hemnani, we hear a very unique and uncharacteristic beat full of inventive sounds, a mischievous chorus, and a very tempo-setting drumline that is just chaotic enough to catch your attention without being …

War On Drugs – [Los]

The last year has seen the whole world turn their eyes to the Detroit music scene through a variety of different avenues as many, many artists at this point have stamped their names into the national consciousness from the Motor City, but to me the group of artists that are both some of the purest embodiments of the chaos and problems with their city as well as the ones who are the most committed to telling their stories in the most creative fashion possible are without question Los & Nutty, who alongside their Daisy Lane companions, have built a cult-following for their music almost as rabid as the fiends they rap about serving from Michigan to Tennessee, not to mention having been arguably the most consistent out of their city as the last two years has seen them drop three collaborative mixtapes, several individual projects, and dozens more features and singles to boot. While I also really, really enjoy WB Nutty’s music, Los has always been my favorite of the duo, and honestly from a personal perspective is my favorite rapper out of Detroit period, and on his latest project War on Drugs he delivers some of his very best work …

Seizure – [Rubberbann]

Rubberbann is one of the very hardest artists coming out of Washington, DC, especially ones who have not yet landed in our pages, but certainly is forcing his city to take notice with his catchy flow where he alternates between a shouting delivery and a more calm but still intense flow that keeps the entire song interesting and carries a melody despite not actually singing like even a little. One thing I really like about DC rappers is how rapidly they punch in, leaving none of the beat wasted and delivering a relentless flow that sounds off-beat to many as a whole who don’t know the pocket that the city’s artists are trying to keep pace with. Rubberbann has a lot of bars too and even though he is talking the same money-hungry, drug-addled, and increasingly violent lyrics that many other DC artists also say but making sure to come unique with his phrasing and honestly I can’t hear a line in this song that is recycled from another artist or from somewhere else in Rubberbann’s catalog which is the type of quality-control that many young artists are lacking in my opinion. I hate that I don’t know who produced …

Woke Up – [Zubin] feat. [Glvsshouse], [Dek Amazing] & [Koi]

One of the beauties of music production is that it is not just limited to making a beat. Years ago when the generation of young and hungry kids was looking for their calling, it was initially inferred that music producing just meant that you were just making the beat. However, people are now learning that it can be so much more than that. With producers like Murda Beatz and Metro Boomin’ executive producing entire projects, it is now known that you can orchestrate an entire track and bring it into existence, and that is so much more than just making a beat. New Jersey-native Zubin kept this thought in mind as he went into his latest track and visual, titled “Woke Up”. “I feel like it’s the first track I’ve released where I really had the chance to bring together some fire artists with different styles onto one track. It’s definitely a unique song and the way I composed it was inspired by producers like Metro Boomin and DJ Khaled.” -Zubin Drawing inspiration from mega producers, Zubin decided to take things a step further and really bring an entire song to light and provide more than jsut an instrumental for …

Elegant – [Austin Skinner]

Austin Skinner is undeniably one of the most exciting up-and-coming talents in the entire industry, yet he still seems to remain as underrated as they come. He has the ability to switch up his styles, adapt to different productions and sounds, and no matter what kind of beat is placed in front of him, he legitimately never releases a bad verse, keeping his streak consistently strong since entering the industry years ago. While I’ve been a fan for a number of years and know just how special of a talent he is, others are going to catch on sooner or later, and BIGBABYGUCCI saw the same exact thing, recently recruiting him to be a part of his Better Temperatures label. In my opinion, this was a great move for both Austin and GUCCI, and seeing how well they work together since joining forces makes me even more confident in the future as well. Over the weekend, Austin decided to drop off an amazing new music video for his song called “Elegant”, and I couldn’t be more excited to share. Directed by Aaron Fenichell and Dante Napoli, they bring this ProdByEvn song to life in an awesome fashion that shows his …

For The Fun – [Kiraly Payne]

One of my favorite things about the seven years that I have been with Lyrical Lemonade so far is the relationships that I have built with artists, especially from the Chicago/Chicagoland area. Kiraly Payne is someone who I met shortly after I started working for LL, he was a common attendee at our cyphers that we would host back in the day, and even then, I knew that he had superior rapping ability. When it comes to witty flows, unique rhyme patterns, and the mixture of melodic/straight-up rapping, not many can compete with Kiraly. Just a couple of days ago, Kiraly Payne released a new EP called “For The Fun”, and it has been on repeat in my rotation since its release. This was an all-around solid project that left me hungry for more music from him, but in the meantime, this EP will hold me over. It’s still only halfway through the year, but I would expect this EP to land on our Top 50 Chicago Projects article this year come December.