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Trip – [Yung Lean]

As I get further into the world of hyperpop, I realize more and more how artists seem to gain inspiration from Swedish trendsetters like Yung Lean, Bladee, and Drain Gang. While Lean is someone that has been a massive fan of for years, I feel like my admiration for his artistry has grown as I have gotten older, because I went from being a teenager who just liked how obscure his sound was to an adult who truly understood the artistic integrity and innovative styles he has nurtured into what they have become today. While it’s crazy to think that he saw a surge in fandom because of a Gen Z platform like TikTok, I am never going to be mad that one of my favorite underground emcees is receiving more love, even if it is just for some trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. I have been patiently waiting for a follow-up to his 2020 hit album Starz, which is my personal favorite project from the Swedish icon, and when I saw that he finally broke his hiatus with the release of his song “Trip” as well as a Gus Reichwald-directed music video, I stopped in my …

Real – [Unfoonk] & [Young Thug]

It hasn’t even been a full week since Slime Language 2 was placed in our laps, yet I feel like with all of the new content we were given, it seems like it has been months. While there are names on here that I’m very familiar with like Travis Scott, Drake, Lil Baby, and many others, there were also artists such as YTB Trench, Unfoonk, Karlae, Strick, FN DaDealer, and others that I am definitely not very familiar with. While this might be the case for other listeners as well, it gives us the chance to get to know these rising stars and see how they perform on songs next to some of the biggest names in the game. While almost every smaller artist on the project went above and beyond to make sure that they weren’t overshadowed in the slightest, I think Unfoonk had one of the best features on the album period. That’s why, when I saw his and Thugger’s song “Real” was getting a Never Panic-directed music video, I was beyond excited to see what the results would be. After watching it, it seems to be a life story for Unfoonk, and while he tells tales of …

YN Jay Interview: The Rise of The Coochie Man

“I did everything that all the rappers used to do like writing real bars and real raps and it didn’t work. I just had to wait my turn. I watched everybody around me shine before I had my turn to shine.” -YN Jay Whether you love the platform or not, we can’t ignore the amount of impact that Tik Tok has had on the music industry as of late. The app that caught the most traction during quarantine became the home to the latest music trends and dances, and a lot of people found new artists there. The amount it time it takes for a Tik Tok sound to trend on the app seems like it gets shorter and shorter, and rap songs are leading the charge of most of the viral songs. One artist in particular who found his rise to stardom from the app would be the upcoming Flint Michigan rapper–YN Jay. Most recognizable for his bars about coochie, YN Jay has been one of the many artists from Flint Michigan to take off and show signs of a very promising future. His buzz began around March of 2020 when the country was completely shut down, and many …

Too Humble – [FN DaDealer]

Atlanta’s rap scene is so strong at this point that exciting new artists from the city are often not given the praise and acclaim during the earlier stages in their career than it would be for an artist to build a following who is one of the only rappers in his area, however FN DaDealer is a new name in the city but is also quickly on the rise, thanks much in part to the boost he is receiving from ShotByWolf who has become Atlanta’s go-to cameraman at this point. DaDealer is not just a beneficiary of good relationships and his music is simply incredible. Wolf and DaDealer recently brought “Too Humble” to life which is a streetwise yet catchy track brought together by a sticky chorus that is certain to burrow itself into your head for days. He has been blessed with the innate gift of impeccable beat selection that seems to be in the DNA of any child born in Grady Memorial Hospital and his vocals allow him to glide over any instrumental he chooses with his distinctive melodic twang that is reminiscent of several other Atlanta legends but is still without question unique to him. I am …

Forgot Who I Was – [Rx Papi]

Rx Papi is the hardest working rapper out and the incredible pace in which he is dropping a litany of mixtapes, singles, and music videos, never with any notice or major forms of promotion in line but rather has assembled from the very bottom-up a small yet rabid cult-following that grows literally with each passing day as new listeners are lucky enough to stumble their way into Rx Papi and Nephew’s DrugRich world that is filled with would-be assassins, shiesty fiends, and three-dimensional relationships with the junkies they serve that make you sit back and re-evaluate the annals of the drug trade that would suggest there to be a negative relationship between dealer and user but the b0nd in which Rx Papi shares with his uncles and aunties is unbreakable. Papi both gives a window into this psyche and symbiosis while reminding his listeners indubitably that he is in fact the Crack Lord of Rochester. Last week we covered his track “Criminal Intent” which remixed the Law & Order intro  but today Papi is back with a breezy and happy-go-lucky tune titled “I Forgot Who I Was” which is both an existential review of his personal life with the end goal …

Left Lonely – [Hotboii]

It should be no secret to fans who read my articles that I have an affinity for Florida Hip-Hop music. Through many different artists, we’re given tales from the streets in a variety of different forms, some being about more violent threats while others detail hardships and struggles that come along with the street life. Hotboii, one of my personal favorites, has been using his platform ad an emotional outlet, mentioning themes like the things he had to do to survive, his time in jail, and other gracious appreciations thanks to the life he’s now able to live with his success in the music world. Following last month’s Lil Baby-assisted remix to his hit song “Don’t Need Time”, he’s back with another incredible offering, this time in the form of a song called “Left Lonely” and a music video that couples with it. The beat begins with a Flamenco-inspired melody that gets your hips moving as your brain’s gears begin to spin prior to feel-good guitars entering into the picture that is elevated by crisp percussion and concise drums. As he begins to recite the chorus, he spreads his words out slightly while boasting his unique sing-song style. After a …

Dead Trollz – [YoungBoy Never Broke Again]

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is an artist who I understand does absolutely crazy numbers and has amassed a fanbase unlike most rappers in the entire industry, however, I haven’t really listened to him as much as I probably should. If I’m not mistaken, his recent album Top was already projected to go number one on the Billboard charts before it even came out, and now that it has been gifted to fans, it is almost undeniably going to be at the top of the charts once the official numbers come out. In order to keep the momentum going, he decided to gift fans with a brand-new music video for one of the project’s standout songs entitled “Dead Trollz”. Considering most of you have probably been listening to the album on repeat since its release, I’m not going to go too heavily into detail regarding the track itself, but the music video is definitely an offering that you’re not going to want to pass up. After watching the visual once all the way through, I quickly noticed that it takes the two lives that NBA has lived and combines the two, meaning it takes his violent past in the streets and …

Tighten Up – [Lil Keed]

Trapped on Cleveland 3, Lil Keed’s most recent album, completely lived up to the hype in my personal opinion. In all honesty, the first run through or two didn’t necessarily catch my attention, but that’s happened in the past with other albums, and I’m glad that it has grown on me because now I revisit it constantly at least once a day. Although some of the guest spots were absolutely insane, especially the features from Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Gunna, Thugger, and others, Keed managed to consistently steal the show with his diverse styles and dexterous deliveries. Although he’s been celebrating the success of the album, he’s not slowing down any time soon, and he’s continuing to support the project by releasing some music videos, most recently for his track “Tighten Up”. As the song starts up, the camera pans up to the sky as balloons obstruct the view. Soon after, we’re transported to a used car dealership lot, and Keed makes his first appearance. A filter is used on the screen during certain shots that give it the feel as if you’re watching a cheesy public access commercial, and I find this style somewhat humorous but also intelligently placed …

OMNITRIX – [Reddot550]

One of my favorite parts about writing for Lyrical Lemonade is the fact that I get a chance to come across some of the most promising up and comers to date. This might not be as possible if I didn’t write for LL considering I probably wouldn’t dig as deep to find new and interesting music to write about, but I love discovering innovative artists that already have a formidable following and have laid a solid foundation for their careers. Beyond this, I truly enjoy giving these talents a moment in the spotlight with a simple write-up, because I know just how helpful and meaningful that can be to someone who’s still working day and night to make a name for themselves in this industry. The most recent artist I came across goes by the name of Reddot550 and hails from Broward County, a Florida region that is known to produce some of the best rappers in the entire country. After doing some additional research, it turns out that some people refer to him as the Tay-K of Florida because of the similar styles they both share, and this had my interest at an all-time high. His most recent project, …

Snow on tha Bluff – [J. Cole]

Through trying times, music has been known to be a healer for many individuals out there. No matter the circumstances, there is a song out there that perfectly aligns with each and every situation that someone can be going through. As we all know, the current state of the world is all over the place. On top of the COVID pandemic, we are now fighting for Black Lives, as well as June being Pride month. If there’s anybody that we all needed to hear from in times like this , it would be J. Cole. As his discography shows, he has always been a prominent voice when speaking on behalf of black lives, political issues, police brutality, the list goes on and on. His music always speaks to all of the souls who may have experienced any of the issues of America–that is why he is held to such a higher standard when it comes to speaking out about these sorts of life issues. On a random Tuesday evening, J. Cole blessed us all with a surprise release of a new single “Snow on tha Bluff”. Starting off with the cover art, it shows a screenshot from the Notes app …