Lellow – [Curtis Roach]

Through his discography thus far, Curtis Roach has introduced listeners to his brand of bright, upbeat hip-hop with influences from jazz, funk, and footwork music. This week, Roach honed this sound into his most concentrated project yet, titled ‘Lellow’. The new EP shows growth for the Detroit artist as he carves out a sonic niche that’s full of bouncy summertime beats and lively raps. While his buoyant persona could draw comparisons to artists like Aminé or KYLE, Roach sets himself apart with effortlessly executed melodies and an ability to blend multiple styles into his own. Whether he’s drawing inspiration from Detroit’s historic jit sound and movement on “WJIT” or declaring his arrival on the motivational opening track “You Got It”, Roach navigates different styles without losing his own. Curtis Roach’s joy feels contagious, and it’s this exact care-free attitude that inspired the EP. A reference to the solar plexus chakra (associated with the color yellow), ‘Lellow’ embodies unbounded energy and playfulness. “It reminds me of when I was a kid and used to say Yellow like Lellow,” Roach explains. “It’s that pure freeing feeling you had as a kid when you put your hand out the window riding in the …

Trust – [Brent Faiyaz]

Brent Faiyaz is a once-in-a-generation kind of artist. From his futuristic, inimitable R&B sound to his almost spiritual level of songwriting, few artists have developed a vision as unique and advanced as the Sonder representative himself, and even so, Faiyaz keeps getting better with every new release. At this point, he’s on an island of masterful creativity far away of his peers, and today, he’s here to take this even further with one of my personal favorite visuals of his to date, “Trust.” Blending blurred, rapidly-paced scenes with intimate looks into Faiyaz’ personal life, the music video for “Trust” acts as a seamless extension of the song’s fascinating introspection. The star, himself, looks out on success and its social implications, using the fleeting sentiment of trust as the lens through which he examines such a prominent aspect of his life. Per usual, Faiyaz has raised the bar with this one, so be sure to show him the love he deserves. Watch “Trust” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Truth – [Mark Ronson] ft. [Alicia Keys] [The Last Artful, Dodgr]

Seeing names like Mark Ronson and Alicia Keys on Lyrical Lemonade might seem weird considering their genre and legendary status, but don’t focus on them. “Truth” is all about the imminent emergence of The Last Artful, Dodgr. Despite not having a solo album in her discography, The Portland product has already established herself with some supreme talents like Aminé, Anderson .Paak, and now Ronson and Keys. She may not have an extensive discography (yet) but her immense talent is palpable. Even with Ronson’s anthemic board work and Keys’ crisp vocals, Dodgr doesn’t just ride their supreme talent, she makes her voice heard and ends up stealing the show. Brimming with energy, she matches the pop “feel,” but her unique, textured vocals give the effort some real edge with grittier, rock/blues-inspired feel. Already running with the big dogs, it’s only a matter of time until The Last Artful, Dodgr explodes; get familiar now. Extra Credit: “Win Is Enough” & Bone Music

Aminé & The Importance of Smelling The Flowers

The music video for Aminé’s latest song, “Places + Faces Freestyle,” begins with a scene of the Portland artist on a rollercoaster beside one of his longtime best friends, Jonathan. As the two sit there, strapped into their seats with bulky red harnesses, their facial expressions mirror an equal supply of excitement and unease for the rollercoaster ride to come. In spite of the inevitable, quickly-approaching start of the ride, Aminé squeezes out the words, “honestly, I ain’t ready for this.” And then, they’re off. Screams follow, and the very next scene captures a line of fans holding posters of Aminé’s face ahead of a live performance. Quite intentionally, this opening scene acts a preliminary statement to the insurmountable growth of Aminé’s career over the past few years, all the way from “tryna hope for my hustle to pay off real soon” to “a different city every weekend“. Nowadays, all it takes is one song for any artist making music out of their bedroom to turn into an overnight sensation. Largely due to the power of the internet, the music world is moving at the fastest pace it has ever moved before, and to try and navigate this volatility is quite …

Ransom – [Lil Tecca]

One artist that we have ben raving about here at Lyrical Lemonade is Lil Tecca, who is finding himself back on our website with the release of his brand new music for “Ransom” with Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett. If you examine Lil Tecca’s catalog you will see that he has only releases outright bangers one after another, this kid has been racking up millions of plays on his own despite still being a sixteen year old high school student and it appears as the release of this video is like lighting the wick to a firework, Lil Tecca is going to be one of the biggest new rappers in the near future. Don’t sleep on Lil Tecca, smash the play button below! song produced by Nick Mira & Taz Taylor

Injury Reserve – [Injury Reserve]

We’ve been hearing “Injury Reserve Coming Soon” for months now, and the day that we can finally listen to their self-titled album in full is here. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece highlighting everything the group has done so far including the singles in support of this album, what makes the group so great, and how committed they are to their craft. I’m happy to say that the group delivered with their latest release, as expected. The production on this project is layered, diverse, and pulls from a variety of genres. Elements of noise are heard on the hard-hitting second half of “What a Year It’s Been”, there’s some early 2000’s sounding production on the quirky “Gravy n’ Biscuits”, and “Best Spot In The House” features some glitchy and atmospheric production. “GTFU”, track three, is a journey in and of itself. It opens with a hard-hitting and raw, stripped-down beat, along with intense verses from Cakes Da Killa and Ritchie along with additional vocals from JPEGMAFIA that add a sense of chaos to the track. Before long though, the song transitions into this mystical soundscape backdropping a couple of brutally honest verses from Groggs and Ritchie. “Rap Song Tutorial” …

Places + Faces Freestyle – [Aminé]

A worldwide tour, an XXL Freshman look, a spot on a major motion picture soundtrack, two successful projects resulting in more than a few plaques, Aminé has had a hell of a few years. But what good is it if he doesn’t stop and smell the roses? Currently overseas on tour in Australia, Aminé has dropped off a new loosie entitled “Places + Faces Freestyle,” which serves as a heartfelt and honest celebration on his career so far. Atop an understated, chiming beat from GRAMMY-nominated producer, Jahaan Sweet, Aminé native gets introspective. He opens up about his incredibly successful, chaotic come-up by celebrating the highs and acknowledging some of the lows. A compilation of behind the scenes footage from his worldwide travels and performances, the corresponding visuals echo the stripped-down, sentimental feel and help you really connect with his journey.

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Jailbreak the Tesla – [Injury Reserve] ft. [Aminé]

When it comes to pure energy, few groups are on the same level as Phoenix trio, Injury Reserve. Relentlessly charismatic and constantly offering up some of rap’s finest boundary-smashing production, this three-man all-star team is making some serious noise right now, and their latest release, “Jailbreak the Tesla,” is ready to take things one step further. Packaged with a feature from none other than Aminé, this offering takes the braggadocious connotation of a Tesla and flips it on its head, kicking through the metaphorical walls and offering up one of the hardest songs I’ve heard all year so far. That said, “Jailbreak the Tesla” might just go 0 to 60 faster than an actual Tesla, and the imagery of, quite literally, jailbreaking a Tesla only adds to the unstoppable force that makes this song so unforgettable. Injury Reserve’s latest is yet another reminder why Phoenix’s own are taking over right now, so don’t sleep. Check the new visuals for “Jailbreak the Tesla” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

A Closer Look Into Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

On the Road Again, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Talks the New Approach of Latest Project “Suffer On,” the Impact of Lil Peep’s Death, Major Label Wooing, and the Future of GothBoiClique For the first time ever on a headlining tour, Adam McIlwee, the Pennsylvania  electronic angst auteur who records as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, has gone out with a stage backdrop, and it’s impressive. But last week in Brooklyn, he didn’t use it. No need, really, as the artist was performing in front of one of the most dramatic views a New York venue has to offer: the elevated tracks of the J, M and Z trains, which rumble by periodically mid-set, just outside the beloved indie venue Market Hotel. It feels like a moment for Wicca Phase. Maybe not a splashy, look-at-me moment, but then, flexing is not really for McIlwee, who at 29 has already logged several notable chapters in an unlikely musical path, one that’s bridged punk, hip-hop, emo, and most recently evolved into singer-songwriter acoustics. He’s still based in his native Scranton, PA, where in the late 2000’s he fronted the indie outfit Tiger’s Jaw, until more electronic and experimental tendencies led him to split from …