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HISNEYLAND – [HVN]

We at Lyrical Lemonade have been covering Houston artist HVN ever since the release of his first project, Welcome to HVN. At the time, he was mainly known around Houston for throwing parties with his brand DONTDIE. But over the past two years or so, HVN has grown into a creative force far beyond his city, landing on Don Toliver’s album a few months back with “Smoke,” modeling for Heron Preston x Calvin Klein, and just over a week ago, releasing his most impressive body of work to date in All Girls Go To Heaven. 8 tracks in length, All Girls Go To Heaven doubles down on the sound that HVN’s Houston-based team has created, sharpening the ideas on Welcome to HVN, getting more personal, and and offering deeply compelling bouts of songwriting, hard-nosed deliveries, and unmistakable personality. In every way, it’s a lifestyle project, and one that achieves its goal of bringing listeners further into the world of HVN in a massively exciting way. Today, HVN is here with his second visual off of the project, blessing our pages with a music video for one of my personal favorite tracks, “HISNEYLAND.” Built around a charged instrumental courtesy of Broadday — whose contributions to …

Marine – [HVN]

Houston artist HVN has had a whirlwind few months. Since we last covered his April ’21 single “Draco,” the rising talent appeared on Don Toliver’s “Smoke” alongside SoFaygo, performed at several U.S. dates with Toliver from Miami all the way to Los Angeles, modeled for Calvin Klein, and just last week, released a brand new single called “Marine.” Today, HVN is here to bless us with the song’s accompanying music video, directed by none other than visual genius and jack-of-many-trades, Noah Dillon, whose work spans from visual campaigns for North Face and Maison Margiela all the way to his band The Hellp and a brand called Hot Mess alongside Luka Sabbat, among other things. Simply put, “Marine” is an eccentric, deeply compelling music video, far from what one would expect from a rap video in both visual identity and substance. Dillon builds what feels like a singular world around the song, using different textures of footage, split-screen shots, strategic camera movements, and more to ingrain the visuals into the muddied feel of the production and the personality driven into the vocals. The yield is a music video that continues to build upon HVN’s differentiated sense of artistry, sonically and visually …

Draco – [HVN]

Entering the rap conversation with his 2020 project Welcome to Heaven, Houston artist HVN has been on the rise for a little over a year now. In the past 8 or so months alone, he’s received cosigned from names including Virgil Abloh, Taco Bennett, Zack Bia, Kevin Abstract, and more, while Taco actually appeared in HVN’s fall 2020 music video for “Demon.” Day by day, the momentum surrounding the Houston native has only increased, which leads us to his latest act – a brand new song and video by the name of “Draco.” Complete with an A$AP Nast skit and directed by Trey Lyons – who also did the “Demon” music video – the one-two, song-and-video punch of “Draco” makes it a head-turning release, rallying around the seemingly endless supply of energy injected into the song. Houston producer Broadday sets the backdrop with fast-paced, thunderous production, and HVN ties the song together with breezy flows and a number of quotable lines, all building on the world that his catalog has created thus far. It’s still early on for HVN, but with “Draco” out now and a new project on the way in the coming months, it’s starting to feel like Houston’s own …

Demon – [HVN]

A new frontier of talent has been quietly growing out of Houston over the past few years. It’s selling out shows across the city, making noise all over Texas, and more recently, has begun to cross state boundaries, reaching national audiences and beyond. This scene has birthed several burgeoning names as of late – Fade Em All and BBY Kodie, to name a few – but not until this year did it get its latest star in the making: HVN. Back in February, HVN released his debut project, Welcome to Heaven, after being known as a behind-the-scenes figure in Houston. He ran, and currently runs, a brand called Don’t Die which threw a large part of the shows in the city, to the point where he and his brand had become a fixture in the scene, acting as a focal point for Houston music and fashion. In the months following his debut, cosigns began to roll in from Virgil Abloh, Kevin Abstract, and Taco Bennett, among others. Houston had another must-watch name on its hands, and earlier this week, HVN proved himself worthy of the hype, delivering a brand new song and video entitled “Demon.” Arriving with a masterful video …

Premiere: Lil Billions 2 – [No Friends]

Every few years, a new local scene will come to the surface of hip-hop, often arriving with a sound and style of its own, just left of everything else happening in the genre. It’s happened with South Florida, it’s happening with Brooklyn right now, and if I were to guess where we’ll turn our heads next, I’d have to look back down South, in Houston, Texas. With names like BBY Kodie and HVN helping to lead the scene, Houston is quickly identifying itself as a destination for a variety of sounds, with a few key characters acting as the connective tissue. One of these characters is producer No Friends, whose name has become ubiquitous in his city, thanks, in part, to a very-fitting producer tag, “Are you friends with anybody?” Aside from his work across a variety of Houston songs and projects over the past years, No Friends has grown his name with a developing album series of his own: Lil Billions. Gathering a spread of unique artists over a notably versatile selection of beats, Lil Billions flips the roles and lets No Friends call the shots. The result, as we saw with the first Lil Billions tape, is a special look into …

Welcome to Heaven – [HVN]

It should come as no secret that Houston is amongst the most promising upcoming scenes in the U.S. right now. From sold-out local shows to attention from countless acclaimed artists, the city’s in-house, DIY spirit has created an ever-growing buzz, consistently raising the bar with each new release. Today, offering his official introduction to those outside of the city, Houston native HVN is here with his 7-song debut project, Welcome to Heaven. As the title entails, Welcome to Heaven is one of those rare releases that feels as though it means more than just music. Structured around careful curation from sonics all the way to graphics, it’s an introduction to HVN’s lifestyle, and a look into the beating heart of Houston’s underground, booming with energy and unafraid of creative strides. Take for example, the project’s opening track, “Backhand.” For one, the name “Backhand” sets the tone for HVN’s relentless, borderline rebellious artistry. More importantly, though, it’s a chance to kick the door open with a gorgeous gathering of keys and a few words from fellow TX artist, TisaKorean. Soon after these first few seconds, though, the glimmering keys fade, and HVN’s in-your-face sound is off to the races. As it …