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Jackson Bo – [KCG Josh] ft. [Lil Mexico]

The Houston rap scene is something that is absolutely flourishing at this moment in time thanks to artists like Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, and Maxo Kream, among others, and even despite the Astroworld tragedy that occurred last year, the fault seemed to come down on Travis rather than the city itself. Beyond this, the scene there is unique because although I’m sure there are tons of underground artists trying to make a name for themselves, it seems like it is purely known for a handful of larger names and the rest of the country hasn’t dug deep enough to discover too many up-and-comers quite yet. This is why I try my best to dive into the lesser-known names hailing from the Texas mecca because it is simply too big of a city to not explore, and when the homie sent me a new song from KCG Josh featuring Lil Mexico called “Jackson Bo”, I knew I had no choice but to write about it after checking it out. At first, I thought I was unfamiliar with Josh, but after giving the song a spin, I realized that I had heard of him before thanks to his inclusion on Maxo …

Anything Left – [Samuel Aaron]

“A reflection on once-sacred spaces and beloved memories. Recalling the beauty of time shared, love found and the sorrow in realizing when a house is no longer a home” – Samuel Aaron Chicago artist Samuel Aaron makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with an incredibly smooth new single titled “Anything Left.” Produced by himself, the track employs warm piano production accompanied with ‘Motown drum styling.’ Aaron’s mature vocals recall a once wholesome relationship; the lyrics are delicately sung to emphasize each beloved memory while questioning his future outlook. The jazzy feel of this song combined with the laid-back pacing creates a mellow atmosphere completely soothing to the listener. Not to mention, Samuel’s sincere expressiveness adds genuine personality to the record which naturally creates a quality of relatability that can’t be fabricated. Listen to “Anything Left” by Samuel Aaron below! Written, produced & mixed by Samuel Aaron Mastered by Neil Von Tally Trumpet by Michail Thompson Additional vocals by Eva Osorio Painting by Karen Schoenfeld Creative Direction + Design by Sohrob Fatoorechie Creative Direction + Photography by Brandon Mendoza

broke – [cultgabe]

Not too long ago, I was put onto San Diego-native cultgabe’s song “Heathrow”, and although this was my first taste of his music, I immediately knew he was going to do some great things throughout his career. Although he’s still relatively new to the music scene, music itself isn’t a new concept to him considering he recorded his first verse at the youthful age of 8 on his cousin’s laptop, and the rest has been history ever since. He just seems like the type of artist who knew what he wanted from a very young age, and even if he couldn’t turn many heads back then, he had this dream and a desire to change the world of music at some point in time, and that time is now. At the age of 22, gabe is finally starting to see his dreams come to fruition, and that is true with the release of his most recent EP nowherefast which boasts 6 songs and clocks in at just over 20 minutes long. This project gives you the perfect taste of some of the many skills he possesses while also leaving you with a desire for more, but I can say with …

ANTI – [Aundrey Guillaume]

After seeing so many different artists come across my screen on a daily basis, it can be difficult to find talents who truly deserve recognition when compared to others who are simply chasing clout, money, and fame. An easy way to differentiate these people is to figure out who is truly speaking from the heart and sharing their story rather than just talking about the cash flow they don’t have and the designer clothes they dream of one day owning. While this is a generalization, I think it’s beyond important to point out how Aundrey Guillaume is obviously an artist who deserves all the notoriety he has been receiving recently because his music is emotional, passionate, unique, and concentrated, all in the best possible ways. Although his song “ANTI” is the first and only record I’ve heard from him thus far considering he was just put on my radar today, I got legitimately excited to look into his other offerings because his potential and personality are enough to get me anticipatory of his future in this industry. Opening up with the Bregma-produced instrumental, crisp, chattering percussion is combined with a smooth, relaxed melody that is brought to new heights thanks …

Heathrow (Somebody Else) – [cultgabe]

Although I see new artists pop up in front of my very eyes every single day, there are a few ways I can go about filtering through the overflow and finding the artists that I really vibe with. It definitely helps a lot when music-minded individuals in the industry point out up-and-coming artists and considering they’re people who have the keenest eye for talent, I have no choice but to listen up and I am literally almost never disappointed. Just the other day, cultgabe was put on my radar, and I’m so glad he was because he’s making some incredible music while also making a case for why San Diego needs to be more on the music map than it is. I still have much to catch up on in terms of his career and the moves he has made thus far, but I heard his latest song “Heathrow (Somebody Else)”, and I couldn’t resist writing about it. The beat introduces us to some sliding synths and crisp percussion that all seem to contain some sort of drowned-out filter before more traditional drums enter into the scene and truly pick up the overall enthusiasm of the record. When the beat …

10 Year Anniversary: Revisiting Kanye West’s Magnum Opus, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

“Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it/Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it/Guess every super hero need his theme music” -Kanye West on “Power” The Chicago legend that is Mr. Kanye Omari West–many people love him, some people hate him. Regardless of how you feel about him, his views, personality traits, political stance, etc., it’s almost impossible to deny the impact he has had on this world, amazing level of artistry that he has delivered, and crowing him as nothing less than a musical genius. While as of late, his music may not be resonating with the listeners as it once did ten years ago, or even five years ago after the release of his highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed project The Life of Pablo, hip-hop historians and all-around music lovers never count out Kanye West as being one of the best creatives of all time. November 22, 2010 would be the day that Kanye West would release his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Little did he know that it would go down as one of the best musical bodies of work of all time, and end up being arguably one of the best …

Coming Clean EP-[Brandon]

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here. The highly anticipated collection of songs by Brandon has officially released and to no surprise, the immediate responses and reactions have been overwhelmingly positive to say the least. Since stumbling on Brandon more than over a year ago, I have seen the young artist grow right before my eyes in matters of maturity and wisdom. With every single release and every single drop, Brandon has managed to create a safe space that listeners can escape to in order to feel a sense of honesty, love and belonging. After seeing all of the people who have shown support of this project, it is clear that what Brandon is doing is much bigger than music…He’s bringing people together, which is a beautiful thing to see in all aspects. I’ve spent time with the EP since it’s been out and it is an undeniable fact that Brandon smashed this one out of the park. Each song tells a story. Each song evokes a certain feeling; and each song will touch your heart in a way that you didn’t know was possible. Each song is powerful in it’s own way, but the focus …

Dead Battery [Swam Lewis] x [JOYAGAINSTEVIL]

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, Swam Lewis is a Michigan based artist with a unique sound palette. Ranging from post-rock, alternative, and hip-hop, the only box that Lewis fits is the genre bender. I found Swam Lewis’s catalog to be Convolk esque, although Lewis’s work gives off a more chilled sensation. The latest single from Swam Lewis titled “Dead Battery”  is a dark alternative pop offering. Detailing the contrast between highs and lows, the record is about prevailing when circumstances seem bleak. The production from JOYAGAINSTEVIL applies an ominously somber bassline, while the palatial drum soundscape allows Lewis to open up on his experience(s) with depression. “Dead Battery” is the second single from Swam‘s upcoming project Immortality, which is currently set for a late autumn release. In a seamlessly atmospheric fashion, the chorus and bridge are addictive enough to make the listener press repeat. Although “Dead Battery” evokes a numb connotation, the lyrical transparency makes the song relatable and appreciative to others suffering from similar struggles. Check out the official music video for the track below, which was shot by Brandon Weiss.  

Baby-[Brandon]

At this point, everything Brandon releases will always have a place on our page. One of the hardest feats to achieve in not only music, but in life, is consistency. Being able to do something over and over again to the same level of perfection each time is a skill that not many acquire, but when you do, people notice. Brandon is that type of person and it’s been noticed by our entire staff here at Lyrical Lemonade. Ever since coming off of his hiatus and dropping “Weep”, the Riverside native has been on an absolute tear of releasing great music and the trend continues today. “Baby” is the brand new offering that Brandon has decided to bless us with today. The well established artist doesn’t feel the need to tease music for weeks in advance, but whenever you see his staple instagram journal post, you know its go-time. The announcement went up last week and from that moment, I’ve been anticipating an amazing piece from the singer/songwriter/musician. The best release days are those that have a video to accompany the song and “Baby” has just that. The cinematic caliber visual is the perfect representation of Brandon’s professional polish and …

Elastic (Music Video)-[Brandon]

It’s safe to say that Brandon has found a permanent home here on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade. His music has made a lasting impression on our writers and it’s always a pleasure to showcase his artistry any chance we get. It’s rare to find an artist who drops masterpiece after masterpiece and thats why Brandon is such a highly coveted part of the music industry today. his consistency is undeniable as it stems from his natural talent and heightened attention to detail. He cares about the music he releases to the world and that is why he makes sure the quality only reaches that of perfection. The last time we saw the Riverside native on our platform was for his latest single called, “Elastic”. Fellow LL writer, Chuck Ramos and I had the chance to cover the breathtaking piece as it received amazing reviews and responses. If you haven’t heard the song yet, I advise you to listen as soon as you can. I’ve attached the Spotify link right here! On top of the single though, 6 days ago, Brandon dropped an equally impressive video for the beautiful offering. Directed by Justin Segura, the four-minute and twenty-three second visual perfectly …