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The Best Part of Life – [SAINt JHN]

2x Grammy-winning Guyanese-American artist SAINt JHN, exclusively dropped his latest single, “The Best Part of Life,” produced by Bizness Boi, FWDSLXSH & Pink Skies mid-December. What started as an unreleased record in Atlanta during SAINt’s North American tour has received over a million views on Youtube. SAINt made sure to clarify that his words were directed towards his fans. Especially since he views his music as a journey he gets to share with his followers. “I always preferred it this way… when it’s just me talking to you. No middlemen, no rollout,” he told HYPEBEAST. “Just me telling you my truth, the way we started! In Case We Both Die Young, WORLD TOUR. I f****** love you!!” The singer, whose real name is Carlos St. John Phillips, began creating music at just 12-years-old. According to Dancehallmag, he wrote his first song in his freshman year of high school while living in Guyana. SAINt rose to stardom as a songwriter for Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Usher. His collaboration on “Brown Skin Girl”, cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. As his career advanced, the tracks that caught on most were “Roses” ,”Reflex”, “3 Below” and “Some Nights” followed in 2017. Later …

Get Refreshed: January ‘22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Please Let Me Explain  Hi. It’s been quite a minute, huh? Whether you realized it or not, I haven’t published this column since the summer of 2021. That’s a long-ass time; it’s even longer if we’re talking in terms of the Internet. 6 months ago feels more like 6 years ago when you really break it down. So… yeah. It’s been a MINUTE. But I have excuses, I promise. Besides my chaotic school life, my work for other places, and everything else I was doing last time I wrote for Lyrical, I kinda picked up something new within that time period. It’s not as simple as just being something new, though – it was something of astronomical proportions. It’s actually not that serious, I don’t know why I’m going on about it like that. Basically, I co-founded a Sick and Cool label called deadAir with my bff Jesse, and it’s been taking up all the extra time I was originally dedicating to this weekly column. Nonetheless, I feel it’s only right that, after discovering some semblance of balance in my …

Hatesonny: The Lemonade Stand Interview

In late 2020, I interviewed Hatesonny for the first time and it was a really good conversation, so I just recently brought him back by the LL office for a second interview on The Lemonade Stand. I spoke to Hatesonny about plenty of topics such as his song “Kill Bill”, blowing up on Tik-Tok, his Golden Child project, when he started making music in 2016, meeting nombreKARI, his collective HL, when he was Tumblr famous, the time he ate 12 Popeyes biscuits, what he’s currently working on, and we even dove into some rare footage of him. This interview was even better this time around now that sonny & I know each other better, check it out for yourself below!

Tabula Rasa – [Earl Sweatshirt] ft. [Armand Hammer]

Earl Sweatshirt is as much of a phenom as he is elusive, and this has been a fact over the past half-decade or so. Nonetheless, when he comes out of the shadows, he proves time and time again that there’s not an emcee that could stand a chance against him bar for bar, and I don’t know how he can continue to deliver such creative, lyrical records every time he releases something new. It has been a few years since we received his last solo release entitled FEET OF CLAY, but I couldn’t be more amped up about the announcement that his next project SICK! is set to release on January 14th of the new year. Although the hype surrounding Earl projects is always through the roof, he decided to team up with Armand Hammer, a duo that has been making waves in the industry recently, and together they brought “Tabula Rosa” to life, which comes equipped with a Josh-directed music video that shows these three artists spitting their bars all in one take, which isn’t an easy feat after hearing some of the insane lines they spit. The Alchemist took over on the production for this record and considering …

Set The Tone (EP) – [HitKidd] [K Carbon] [Aleza] [Gloss Up] [Slimeroni] [Glorilla]

Old-school Memphis rap has been a fascination of mainstream music for the better part of a decade now, as just about nearly every single major and underground act out now can somehow track their musical lineage back to the early-Three-Six days when triplet flows were first established by Lord Infamous and percussion patterns were revolutionized by the Memphis DJ’s who had literally no fancy equipment but still forever changed how rap music sounds. I am not exaggerating at all when I say that Memphis is by far the most influential city in the history of music (and really the entire Delta if we want to name a whole region) and as Memphis continues to spit out massive mainstream rappers some of his heritage and DIY-essence was lost as big-budgets and Billboard hits transformed the scene into a totally different animal. However one man, in my opinion, continues to approach the industry and creative process with this particular Memphis heritage in mind, and was evidenced greatly by his work with Duke Deuce, but is perhaps most apparent with his new project SET THE TONE alongside five of Memphis’s most exciting new female talents, creating a series of memorable posse-cut tracks where each girl …

heather – [ericdoa] & [glaive]

I know I just wrote about glaive’s brand-new song “prick” and the video for it just yesterday, but there’s just something about him that I can’t get enough of. His emotion, passion, and energy are enough to get my heart pumping, and the fact that he’s doing this at such a young age is never something I can overlook. Combine his skills with the dense and plentiful talents of his close friend ericdoa, and they’re like a match made in music heaven. eric seems to bring the enthusiasm while glaive seems to bring the sentiment, combining their various skills in one song that is serious always unforgettable no matter what. Sure, we had some singles like “cloak and dagger” or “fuck this town”, but fans knew that something else had to be afoot. That’s when we found out about then i’ll be happy, their 8 song, 15 minute long EP that gifted us with 6 original tracks from. The dynamic duo as well as the two aforementioned records, and after listening to this project numerous times, it’s obvious that this tag team is one that can’t be overlooked for even another second. The third song on this project is called …

the broken hearts club – [ZZ] [Bill]

ZZ is fresh to our pages today with a new emotional video titled “the broken hearts club” where he and Bill take turns unpacking their pain over a moody r&b beat that still has quite a kick to it from a percussive standpoint. Both of these artists float over the multi-dimensional instrumental with their own unique styles but share a propensity for honest songwriting and introspection. The BenJ Allen Visuals are fantastic and mesh with the song very well and he received help from ZZ in lining up these shots and scenes. ZZ hails from New Delhi, India but emigrated to Los Angeles and begun to pursue his music career which is beginning to take off more and more by the month. I am eager to see where ZZ goes from here and definitely would recommend adding this track to your playlists.

GOURMET – [Marcel Allen]

“Gourmet” is perhaps one of the very best descriptors of Freeport, New York’s Marcel Allen’s music from the highly manicured and soulful music he gives us, in small portions, but with his newest visual for his track “Gourmet,” Marcel is poised to begin releasing again leading up to his long awaited new project. Since 2018 Allen has given listeners small doses of his lyrically dense and introspective style that was coupled with always artistically bold visuals that further drive home the comprehensive attention to detail that he approaches his art with. Marcel is an adept storyteller and skilled wordsmith who loves to flex his lyrical muscle over luxurious yet laid-back and sample-driven instrumentals, moving at his own pace and never hard pressed to over exaggerate a punchline or force a metaphor that doesn’t belong. This, along with his razor sharp wordplay, is exemplified in his latest visual as he subtly drops sleek like “We’re breaking ribs and hundred-dollar bills,” exemplifying Allen’s determination to his goals and unwillingness to let anyone stand in his way. He raps meticulously with a breeze, and that is a very difficult thing to do. His presence is unlike many others when he steps into the booth …

VANISH – [Dro Kenji]

It should come as no secret that my catalog of artists runs deep and is rich with unbelievable talents. Whether I’m listening to a mainstream musician receiving billions of plays or an artist that barely has one hundred followers on social media, this means nothing to me. I truly don’t care about numbers whatsoever, but I focus mainly on skills and aptitudes, so when I first found out about Dro Kenji last year, I was blown away. Back then, he had many more listeners than he did even just a couple of months prior, but now knowing that he has blown up in the underground scene thanks to the help of Internet Money, I couldn’t think of someone who deserves it more. At the same time, I still think that he is grossly underrated when thinking about the quality as well as the quantity of music he has put out in the last year, but music fans are going to catch on sooner or later, and when that happens, it’s game over for everyone else. Just a couple of weeks ago, Dro released his Danny Wolf and Earl on the Beat-produced song “VANISH” which quickly became a mainstay on all …

Sticks – [Broke BOii]

Los Angeles-native Broke BOii has been an artist who has been making some very impressive moves ever since he started to gain some traction in the game. The amazing work that he has been putting in has lead him to get other major platforms such as HotNewHipHop to do a feature article on him, as well as him performing during our Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash back in August. All of this momentum he’s been building up over the last year has definitely added more drive, ’cause he’s been going crazy and hasn’t even reached his full potential yet. Today, he is dropping off his visual for his latest single “Sticks”. It’s crazy to think that sometimes the best songs come about by accident. What would once be a night of just kicking it and messing around, could end up being one of the most lit songs. The visuals for “Sticks” take place at the house with Broke BOii and his homies just having a good time. Everything about the song is super catchy, from the 8-bit melody in the background to the hook giving of a crowd-worthy chant that’s hard to ignore. Sometimes it’s better to not overthink the music, …