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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 …

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 …

Max Subar – [Max Subar]

One of the perks of being a writer is that you’ll receive submissions from extraordinary talent(s) that you hadn’t known before. Such is the case of the talented artist Max Subar, a Chicago, Illinoisan with an alt-folk edge. In 2019, Subar opened up for Quinn Christopherson, aka the NPR Tiny Desk winner. Subar intends to craft songs that illuminate the unseen, intimately expressing his inner self. As a result, Subar places honesty at the forefront of his creative process, extending an invitation of companionship to the listener. Subar’s third and latest release titled Max Subar is a six-track EP, produced and recorded (in 2019) with contributions from close friends. The project juxtaposes his solo songwriting with a single guitar, along with a wider palette of instruments and sonic landscapes. To Subar, the making of the EP served as personal trials for clarity. Since some songs were written long before others, each track provides its own unique moment(s) and/or realizations from relationships, as well as how Subar relates to others. The collective result very much influences how Subar visualizes himself, connecting pieces for self-understanding. From start to finish, the entire project offers a refreshing ambient sound; Subar’s chilled vocals soothingly align with the gentle and organic instrumentation. In …

Cookie Chips [Rejjie Snow] x [MF DOOM] x [Cam O’bi]

It’s hard to be believe that “Lost In Empathy,” the first song that I heard from Rejjie Snow, released six years ago. At that time, the Dublin, Ireland artist was just nineteen years of age, touring with prominent names such as Kendrick Lamar, Madonna, and MF DOOM. Despite garnering attention, the identity of Rejjie, however, was oddly compared through the scope of Tyler The Creator. In fairness, the Tyler being compared to Rejjie was during the WOLF era, including all releases prior. Now 2020, perhaps the only credible likening between the two is their nonconformist personalities amid a dull, undifferentiated music industry. When introducing a friend to Rejjie Snow, it’s better to simply let his work do the talking. The sound of Snow fascinatingly varies from dark to mellow, highly capable of interchanging between lyrical hip-hop and pure experimentation. “PURPLE TUESDAY,” an exceptional track featuring Joey Bada$$ and Jesse Boykins, masterfully captures a blend of Rejjie’s qualities, merging expressive lyrics with melodic instrumentation. When the record released in 2017, I was thoroughly impressed by the fitted mold of the collaboration, despite Bada$$’s differing skill-set. Three years later, Snow’s latest collaboration with MF DOOM has provided a déjà vu like listening experience. …

Deal Or No Deal – [Benny The Butcher]

With rap capos Boldy James, Conway The Machine, and Westside Gunn, sharing the headlines, Griselda affiliate Benny The Butcher is ready to make strides in 2020. Benny is coming off a three-year project run, having dropped Butcher on Steroids, (2017) Tana Talk 3, (2018) and The Plugs I Met (2019) respectively. “187 with Griselda wrote in Arabic, murder I’m aware of it, cause I’m who takin’ care of it..” is the chilling opener from Butcher off his latest titled “Deal Or No Deal,” produced by the Buffalo, New York favorite Daringer. Daringer’s instrumentals are always a perfect match for Griselda due to the producer’s ominous signature sound; every collaboration of theirs is like an unreleased scene from your favorite mafia film. Not to mention, Benny is the head of the Black Soprano family. Benny’s motto “violence the only way you answer violence” is well understood by Daringer, incorporating a beat that perfectly emphasizes DANGER to the listener. Labeling Griselda the “super-villains to the music business,” Benny announces that he’s made coke rap sound like a new invention, all while abiding by actual street codes in real life. Butcher implicitly implies there is a good chunk of artists attempting to maintain a similar identity, …

The World is Watching – [Kemba]

“If you’re going to make music for the times we’re in, you HAVE to get feedback to make sure you’re adding to the conversation in a way that benefits the people you’re promoting to. This ain’t a time to confuse, divide, or sell some sh*t we don’t need. At that point artists are there to serve the people. The difference between making protest music and whatever you normally do is that you’re no longer the authority. There will be people who know more than you. So don’t tell us what to do if you haven’t done the work.” These words were tweeted from Kemba, who has been the exact opposite of idle during this horrific pandemic. When I say pandemic, I am not only referring to the ongoing repercussions of COVID-19, but also the continual epidemic of systemic racism and police brutality. Kemba’s tweet supports the message on “Kill Your Idols,” a song emphasizing the importance of not relying on celebrities or big names for guidance. To Kemba, silence is better than ignorance, because spouting nonsense further deviates from the real discussions that need to be addressed. Having a large(r) does not make one more qualified to speak on a particular …

Looting Freestyle – [Supreme Sol] x [Abnormal]

Saint Louis, Missouri Native and Project FILO member Supreme Sol is back with “Looting Freestyle,” produced by Abnormal. The powerful track is in response to the injustices committed against Black lives, namely the police. The title does not refer to the looting committed by protesters, but rather, the unjust system that has systemically robbed Black people while deceiving the public in the process. Sol opens up the song by stating “Done asking now it’s time to take / peaceful protests, police will project the tear gas, guns and tanks.” Much of the record addresses how Black people have been propped up and used as ‘footstools,’ i.e. across mainstream media, political discourse, and more aspects of society, all while being ignored from the discussion table. Because of the heightened state of society, the true colors of many have unconsciously been exposed, creating a dichotomy between the racists and anti-racists. In other words, the middle component of the Venn diagram has been expunged; to definitively be a non-racist, one must also be openly anti-racist. These particular lyrics of Supreme Sol’s perfectly capture this divide: “See in times like these you start to see the true nature, are you for Black lives matter …

The Bigger Picture – [Lil Baby]

“I can’t lie like I don’t rap about killing and dope, but I’m telling my youngins to vote.” These honest lyrics are the latest from rap superstar Lil Baby. The highlighted lines are from his new song and video titled “The Bigger Picture,” which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. I chose to highlight these lyrics because Lil Baby’s transparency and willingness to step out his comfort zone for social issues is exactly what’s needed from those with platforms in our current climate. The new school era of hip-hop is notoriously known for a lack of activism and intellectual stimulation; in fact, the identity of modern rap is often labeled the exact opposite. As enjoyable as Lil Baby’s music is, he himself knows how his music is perceived. Violence, sex, drugs, and money are the four deadly sins of rap to the point where outsiders have stereotyped the entire genre because of them. The solution, of course, is for new school artists themselves to flip their own reputations. In the visual for “The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby is among several protesters in the streets of Atlanta, symbolizing a greater urgency for entertainers to put their personal agenda’s aside …

PIG FEET – [Terrace Martin] FT. [Denzel Curry] FT. [Daylyt] FT. [Kamasi Washington] FT. [G Perico]

For this post, I initially wasn’t sure how to approach covering this visual. However, after some reflection, I realized that some works of art (especially realism) do not require analysis. Instead, I ask of all readers to listen, process, and reflect on what is being said by these special artists. If there is any message that I would like to pass over, it is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. To help fight for justice against police brutality, systemic racism, and discrimination, click this hyperlink for resources. Words by Brandon Washington