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A Conversation with Giveon: Success of His Debut EP ‘Take Time’, Early Begininngs, “Chicago Freestyle” and More

“It’s crazy because about fifteen months ago, I was a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. To come from that, to where I am now was just amazing to see. -Giveon The journey to becoming a musician can be something that can be very difficult to venture. There are many aspects to consider when you start with that initial thought or dream. What will your sound be? Who are you inspired by? What do you hope to leave the fans with? These questions and many more are some of the things that come to the minds of artists all around the world who may be sitting in their car on their lunch break-trying to find a way out of their hard times. One of the most important questions of all, is how will I be differentiated from my peers? Giveon, the rising star out of Long Beach, California has asked himself each and every one of these questions and then some. What we are witnessing right before our eyes, is the blossoming if the next music sensation that will begin to take over the industry, one harmony at a time.  Giveon’s initial burst into the musical realm came from a …

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

#LF95 – [Lupe Fiasco] [prod. Kaelin Ellis]

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite artist. Notoriously known for his sheer lyricism that only Harvard graduates can fully comprehend, Lupe is likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Lupe is a true lyricist, but this label alone is not sufficient enough to describe the thirty-eight-year-old unfettered music veteran. Some have even claimed that the musical work and career of Lupe Fiasco was simply ahead of its time, with an audience not yet prepared for the boldly unfiltered content he delivered. Nonetheless, Lupe’s resume is among the very best, with seven studio albums, one Grammy, (twelve nominations) 2006’s GQ man of the year, along with million-plus records sold and streamed. However, these accolades aren’t what matter most to Lupe; it is instead the lifelong respect/acknowledgment from his music peers that shaped and influenced him. For instance, in a joint Instagram live conversation with Joe Budden, Joe revealed Jay-Z himself once stated that he thinks Lupe Fiasco is the best rapper ever. Lupe also tweeted that Jay-Z wanted to sign him to Roc-A-Fella records. Moreover, when legendary emcee Nas was asked by N.O.R.E which rapper most reminds him of himself, Lupe was his answer. Most recently, Off-White CEO and fashion designer Virgil Abloh tweeted that …

My Turn Deluxe – [Lil Baby]

There are several different ways to describe someone on a hot streak. Comparable to a LeBron James triple double, or a thirty kill-streak on Call of Duty, Lil Baby is undeniably one of, if not the hottest rapper in the game right now. The Atlanta, Georgia native and Quality Control member turned heads when he released his second studio album My Turn in February, with guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 42 Dugg, Young Thug, Gunna, Rylo Rodriguez, and Moneybagg Yo. The chemistry shared between Lil Baby and his chosen features is magnificent like a Lamar Jackson juke. Lil Uzi Vert arguably delivered the most memorable guest verse of the year on “Commercial,” with Lil Baby somehow not being overshadowed on his own part. From “Drip Too Hard,” “Sold Out Dates,” Life Goes On,” and more, it is no secret that Lil Baby and Gunna are a formidable brotherly duo, linking up once more on “Heatin Up.” According to Billboard, in its first week alone, My Turn debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, with a staggering 197,000 album-equivalent units (including just under 10,000 legitimate album sales). Lil Baby is a fascinating artist because he completely understands what he’s best …

A Conversation w/ Trippie Redd: Success of ‘A Love Letter To You 4’, Perfecting His Craft, New Album Ideas & More

Photo Credit: Aidan Cullen It goes without saying that within the music realm, time can move incredibly fast. With the release of new music every single Friday, it can often blow past us actually how long certain projects have been released and how long certain artists have been actively making music for. So much so, as we sometimes scroll through our personal libraries of music and select that one project from 2017 and go, “wait, that came out that long ago?”. For me, this was a real-life scenario, and the artist in mind was Trippie Redd. On my journey through memory lane, I ended up back at Trippie’s debut commercial mixtape A Love Letter To You, which was released in May of 2017–almost three years ago. Being exposed to his music around that time, it really does not seem like that long ago, but the way music is today, makes it seem like lightyears ago. From that project to present-day Trippie Redd, his career has been a roller coaster full of many ups and some downs as well. Nonetheless, Trippie has done enough = groundwork to solidify himself amongst not only the new school, but the previous generation of rappers as …

TYCOON – [Future]

Although it’s safe to say that Future has been on an absolute tear in the music industry for probably close to the last decade, it’s especially true in the last few months. Although he has dropped countless albums and mixtapes that ended up being instant classics, he has seemed to level up to heights I never even knew existed. There are very few people who gain this much notoriety and it is truly something to behold when they do get there. Future has had a massive year so far with pretty much the release of two singles in his collaborative efforts with Drake called “Life is Good” and “Desires”, although the former seemed to attract more buzz. It’s almost unfathomable how the one single has garnered so much attention and media coverage, but the same happened for Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room”, and an entire clothing collection followed along after that song, so it’s not unheard of. Although the Drake-assisted collaborations became massive, everyone knows that Future knows how to handle things on his own as well. This is as clear as ever on his newest music video and single called “TYCOON”. The song begins with an expressive-sounding xylophone …

A Conversation With Myquale: A Diamond In The Rough

Myquale is an unbelievably talented artist who is based in Chicago that I have been a fan of for a few years now, so as I started to do more of these on-camera interviews here at Lyrical Lemonade, I knew I wanted to bring him in as a guest. One of my favorite projects to come out last year was Myquale’s tape XX Winters that he created along with the legend Thelonious Martin, it’s a solid body of work that I found myself playing on repeat over and over again for months, making him one of my favorite rising artists that resides here in the city. Myquale has an unreal amount of talent and potential, I see him continuing to thrive and prosper as an artist in the years to come, so if you’re unfamiliar with him now is a good time to get in tune. Listen to some of his music and read/watch our brand new interview with him below!   *Interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* EM: When did you first start creating music? Myquale: I’ve been rapping for play since I was a jit, maybe 7 or 8 years old. Rap was something that I …

When To Say When & Chicago Freestyle – [Drake]

Drake is the biggest artist in the world and he has been for the past decade-plus, so late last night when he released two brand new records, of course, the internet & music world was shocked! The first record “When To Say When” featured a sample from one of Jay-Z’s biggest records “Song Cry”, and as soon as I heard the instrumental I just knew that Drake was about to do some damage, and in my opinion he gave us one of the best songs of his career. On the second record “Chicago Freestyle” he pays homage to one of the GOATS Eminem, referencing his classic song ‘Superman” on one of the most catchy bars in the song, but all in all this two-piece that Drake gave us will be both viewed as classics when it’s all said and done. Listen to both of these terrific jams below & see which one you enjoy more!

LL Presents: The Henry AZ Q&A

I first found out about Henry AZ about a year or so ago because he was uploading multiple freestyles that were going viral on the internet, and then seemingly not too long after, he signed a record deal with the LEGEND Juicy J! Whenever a GOAT like Juicy shows that he believes a young upcoming artist has some talent + potential, as a hip-hop head, it’s only right that you pay closer attention. Now is the perfect time for you to get familiar with Henry AZ because he just released a brand new project titled Roommates that has some solid music + some big times features from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Freddie Gibbs, Famous Dex and more. Take some time out of your Friday to read this brand new Q&A with Henry AZ below + while you’re at it make sure to stream this new tape via Spotify, and if you like what you hear then make sure to follow him on Instagram here!   EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.  Henry AZ: My real name is Henry Anzola and that’s really …