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SICK OF IT* – [Jean Dawson]

It had been quite some time since we had last heard from Jean Dawson, but over the last month or two, he has been unveiling singles from his highly anticipated upcoming project CHAOS NOW* and my excitement is at an all-time high. When it comes to Jean, you aren’t only going to get a banger, a unique style of music, and a vibrant persona. You’re also going to get some profound and thought-provoking lyricism that makes you ponder on life itself, just as he does within his releases. I never leave a song or visual knowing exactly what to take away from it, but that’s what I find so magnificent. His records seem to leave the message up for debate, and depending on what you may have going on in your mind while listening, you may have an entirely different takeaway than you will during your next listen. Although I don’t make music myself, I know how difficult this is because it’s a rarity in the industry, and if it were simple to do, everyone would. We’re slowly getting closer to his next project’s release date of October 7th, and with his latest self-produced (with some help from Austin Corona, …

Space Rabbit – [Freddie Gibbs]

It’s hard to imagine an artist from Indiana that is more exciting than Freddie Gibbs, but it might be difficult to envision because that person is nonexistent. Sure, there are tons of emcees that I love from the midwestern state, but in terms of sheer success, skill, and accolades, I think Freddie takes the cake without a question. For over a decade, he has been carving a path for himself as one of the most lyrically gifted and overall talented emcees in rap music, so while his GRAMMY nomination for his Alchemist-produced project Alfredo was amazing to see, it was long overdue in my opinion. Until late last night, his highly anticipated album $oul $old $eparately was keeping me up at night out of how much excitement I had leading up to its release, but now that it’s here, I can’t wait to keep listening time and time again until I can actually appreciate all of the artistry and skill that went into its creation. With a total of 15 songs and features from world-renown emcees like Pusha T, Rick Ross, Offset, Raekwon, Scarface, and many more, this album was set up for success from the moment it was announced, …

Waiting on You-[Hailey Knox]

Hailey Knox is truly in my top 5 when it comes to favorite up and coming artists and it’s not even close. I’ve been a fan of here for a long time now and it’s been such a blessing getting to see her musical evolution over the years. Today, the LA based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer is making a well-deserved appearance for the release of her highly anticipated song called, “Waiting on You”. A few weeks ago, I saw a tiktok of her promoting this exact song and I was immediately hooked. Hailey has a supernatural presence about her that draws everyone to her and the fact that she’s amazing at music is just more fire to the dynamic flame that she is. “Waiting on You” features our favorite parts of Hailey. Her songwriting, vocal talents, harmonies and production are all operating at an insanely high level, which inevitably results in a song that you won’t want to stop listening to. A lot of songs released today, but there is no way any of them will get more personal plays by me than this one. Hailey is truly a gift to music and I pray she continues to get the recognition that she’s …

4 Month Binge Before Revenge – [wifisfuneral]

Music that’s made with a purpose always seems to reminisce with me for much longer than any other records that are made just for fun, and while these easygoing tracks might be in constant rotation for the time being, they usually get phased out before I even realize it. I just feel like when a musician, especially someone with as much talent as wifisfuneral, makes music from the heart in order to try and get something off their chest, express the emotions they’re going through, or as a way of coping with past tragedies or struggles, I want to listen, learn, and appreciate their courage and honesty, regardless of the outcome. I mention wifi because he just ended a months-long break from music with the release of his brand-new album 4 Month Binge Before Revenge, a 12-song, 25-minute-long effort that really shows him at his best, even with some of the subject matter that had to be difficult to cover. On this project, wifi dives deep into some extremely trying topics that were the result of a recent spiral of misery, self-remedy, and frantic creation, giving into his imperfections as a way to fuel his music, even if it wasn’t …

Sign Language – [Reason] ft. [ICECOLDBISHOP]

Versatility is the name of the game, and even though this can be tougher and tougher to come by as new generations of artists seem to flood the internet with music that is pretty commonly expected at this point, I am never going to let it go unappreciated when I hear something different. Reason is one of TDE’s most exciting artists, and while faces of the label like Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, and others seem to take excruciatingly long hiatuses in between releases, it feels like Reason carries the weight in the meantime, and I don’t think anyone else in the world could do as good of a job as he does. He is lyrical, captivating, intense, and dexterous, never giving you what you expect regardless of if you’re witnessing a new song, project, video, or any other release. Not too long ago, he teamed up with ICECOLDBISHOP for his latest drop entitled “Sign Language”, a record that I believe can be expected on his forthcoming second studio album. He takes a step in a different direction over the Dwayne LaFleur-produced instrumental, showing off a handful of more intentionally ignorant lines than he normally displays, but it is done in a …

U Wasn’t There – [A-Trak] & [Cam’ron]

Both A-Trak and Cam’ron have built iconic careers in various different lanes, causing them to be considered legends without a doubt in anyone’s mind. While A-Trak is a DJ, Producer, and record label founder (Fool’s Gold), Cam’ron is considered one of the greatest emcees to ever hop in a booth or grace a stage. Although. A few months ago I never really anticipated them working together or even knowing each other, but my knowledge of their relationship was as minimal as it gets, and I am glad that their affiliation has blossomed into something spectacular. In fact, the duo’s friendship started way back in 2014 after being connected with one another through Damon Dash, a music trailblazer who had hopes of a 3-way collaboration between the Diplomats, Fool’s Gold, and Bluroc brands in the form of the Federal Reserve EP, and nearly 10 years later, the duo is back for more. The result of their latest collaboration is their highly anticipated project U Wasn’t There, a 9-song effort that brings you back to the sounds of Dipset in the early 2000s as a sonic walk down memory lane that seems more relevant than ever. While I admittedly wasn’t heavily into …

Iced Tea – [Joyce Wrice] ft. [KAYTRANADA]

As most of my regular readers know, KAYTRANADA is one of my favorite producers ever, and thanks to him, I have found out about numerous amazing talents that might not necessarily make the kind of music that I’d normally listen to, but when they’re featured on one of his instrumentals, I can’t help but groove along to the music. The most recent example of this is Joyce Wrice, a San Diego native who I didn’t know an extensive amount about, but when a press release came through my email inbox with her name alongside KAYTRA’s, I wasted no time acquainting myself with the songstress’s background in this industry. Her debut album Overgrown seemed to really put her on the map in the R&B world, receiving high praise for the project that was leveled up even more thanks to features like Freddie Gibbs, Lucky Daye, Masego, KAYTRA himself, and a few more talents. So, since Joyce and KAYTRA are no strangers to one another, I was excited to see that they have an EP called Motive on the way, and although that isn’t expected until October 7th, they dropped their single “Iced Tea” which served as the perfect introduction to the …

Chaitha- Blurry Vision

Hailing from the Bay area of California, twenty-year-old Chaitha is a rising artist who began his journey in his bedroom during the pandemic. As a result of his isolation, he began recording covers of well-known songs, which resulted in thousands of views. With the amount of positive feedback he received, the Indian-American artist released his first ever song and hasn’t looked back since. Since then, Chaitha has gone on to release an EP titled “Bittersweet Boulevard” his favorite project thus far, as it shows the ups and downs of his relationship and how he tried to be vulnerable. My musical inspirations are Bryson Tiller, Ryan Trey, Santino Le Saint, and Aaryan Shah. I create music based on the feelings that we all experience during the ups and downs of life and relationships/love. I aim to make music that evokes emotions of love, bliss, and euphoria.” Chaitha explained to The Source Magazine. His latest single “Blurry Vision” was produced while the young artist was experiencing a breakup and decided to turn his pain into music. This year you can expect the best heartfelt music he ever created. Check out his new track below.

Chris Patrick: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Chris Patrick is fresh off of the release of his phenomenal project X-FILES, and it had been about a year since our last interview, so I recently brought him by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand new interview on The Lemonade Stand. I asked Chris about plenty of topics including his experience at Seton Hall Prep, breaking the school record for the high jump, his recent project X-FILES, the meaning behind the title, his record “Snakes”, his infamous Kyle Kuzma diss, wanting to collaborate with EarthGang, and much more. Chris is an awesome individual and this was a great conversation, check it out below!

Baking Soda – [Mavi]

Anybody who knows me understands that Charlotte native Mavi is one of my favorite artists ever, and just last week he dropped a new music video for “Baking Soda”. I feel like what draws me to mavi’s music is just how good it makes me feel, the way that he floated over this excellent + soulful production from Monte Booker was phenomenal, to say the least. This single is off of Mavi’s upcoming album Laughing So Hard, It Hurts and it would be an understatement to say that this is my most anticipated project of 2022 so far. I am excited to see where Mavi takes it from here, but for the time being, watch this new music video below!