Cardinal Rule – [Frais]

It’s rare that a track under two minutes can pack such a punch, that it leaves the listener wanting to click repeat. That’s exactly the case, however, with the CMO Flexx-produced banger “Cardinal Rule,” a new track from Charlotte-born and LA-based artist Frais, who looks to continue making a splash. The track is a high-energy piece, with a catchy hook that immediately had me locked in. “N**** sayin’ he doing this and that, well he gon’ have to prove it – you were lyin’, ’til I popped out with that draco, now we know the truth.” Another facet of the piece that will undoubtedly draw more attention is the flawless video, produced by N:OW Productions. A masterpiece, this visual utilizes creative animations, text, and transitions that effectively make this short piece into what feels like a cinematic experience. I’m also a huge fan of the green lighting and tint throughout, which, to me, hints at the feel of night-vision goggles for this evening video shoot. An impressive collaboration between song and visual, “Cardinal Rule” is a heater you don’t want to miss. Look and listen on YouTube below!

Beautiful Michi Girls – [TyFontaine]

After exploding onto the underground scene in 2019 with his project Waiting On Ascension, TyFontaine has been one of the most dynamic and prolific artists within the tightly packed scene that was itching for a new beacon of artistry and someone who guide the journey of innovation into a new decade that built upon the innovation and success of the initial “SoundCloud” era. The last five years of the 2010’s saw an unbridled period of artistic achievement with so many new styles being introduced and was also the culmination of the internet, and consequently social media, upending the traditional infrastructure and barriers to entry in the music industry. There were many highs and lows in this era but I would imagine hindsight will show us that the greatest triumph of the initial SoundCloud generation was setting the sonic precedents that are still being built off of into the ’20’s and surely will be the blueprint for hip-hop, pop, and many other genres. TyFontaine’s success and talent was obvious to many after Waiting On Ascension, showing all of the melodic promise once shown by other greats, earning him comparisons to contemporary artists like Juice WRLD or even being labeled a “SoundCloud …

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

Cmon – [Yeat] [Moshpxt]

Without a doubt, Portland, Oregon artist Yeat is unquestionably the most exciting and simultaneously groundbreaking artist to emerge in the past year, despite having been making noise in the underground for almost four years. He has been constantly innovating with his deliveries and melodic patterns but still lacked production that was both recognizable enough and captivating enough to fully realize the sound that we love him for now. The duo of Moshpxt and Jack Rottier also deserves a great deal of credit when looking at the meteoric rise of Yeat, as it was Moshpxt who helped Yeat first grab everyone’s attention this year with their now classic song and video to “Sorry Bout Dat” which was just the jumping off point for Yeat’s run. “Cmon” is the intro track to Yeat’s most recent project Up 2 Me which is easily my favorite underground release of the year and is certain to be a verified cult-classic in the underground world. I could watch this video over and over and never get bored and I like the emphasis Moshpxt placed on the actual car-racing element of the video, as Yeat’s music is likely responsible for dozens of reckless driving offenses since first coming out, …

best friends-[prettyboyshav]

There are certain individuals whose sole purpose is to serve. In a world that’s all about “I”, it is a breath of fresh air when you come across someone who is more concerned with the well being of others above all else; and these are the types on individuals who I strive to gravitate towards. At the end of the day, when you strip away jobs, money and societal constructs, all we’re left with is our relationships with people; and it is our job to steward those relationships to the best of our ability. Someone who knows this concept all too well, is making a well-deserved appearance on the page of Lyrical Lemonade to be celebrated not only for his music but for the person he is. prettyboyshav’s journey in music has been anything but ordinary and nothing shy of spectacular. Growing up as an Indian Immigrant, life for Shav looked inexplicably different; something that the young boy knew but something that would prove itself to be a catapult rather than a hinderance. Affirmation amongst his family was a driving force that led him to where he is today. “You are krishna. you are chosen. you are our sunshine boy…” These …

And Then We’ll Be Alright – [DWELLERS]

An immensely talented Southern California duo is making their very first appearance on our pages today. If you haven’t heard of DWELLERS before, it’s of the utmost importance that you sit up right now and pay attention. Joey Spurgeon and Bren Eissman have been friends since High School, but it wasn’t until their first year of attending college where they began to explore the art of making music and collaborating together. As the two young men began growing their bond, the music began to benefit from it as well. I was able to talk to the two guys and they shed some light on their story in a really cool way. Bren explained, “When we started getting close we kinda bonded over our tendency to overthink a lot of stuff and that’s what DWELLERS kind of came from. An expression of the ins and outs of two dudes minds and how we perceive things like love, lust, life, and death. We write all our songs together and our first single “And Then We’ll Be Alright” was pretty much the embodiment of what we want DWELLERS to communicate. Experiencing something/someone, ur mind questioning it or doubting it, and then finding a …

Upper Hand – [Bblasian]

In today’s climate, there are a million and one factors that go into making a hit record, ranging from the right feature at the right time to a viral Tik-Tok. Sometimes, though, it really is as simple as making dope music. At the end of the day a hit record is a hit record and Bblasian’s “Upper Hand” is a hit record. Already garnering some buzz, and, now, freshly signed to Cinematic Music Group, “Upper Hand” could be the one that takes the Louisville product to the next level before his debut EP, DIF, drops later this month. On “Upper Hand,” Bblasian looks to motivate and inspire, tackling obstacles in his path, with his melodic flow that’s engined by his positive, youthful energy, and a hook guaranteed to get stuck in your brain. The video, directed by Gxdlike, echo the personality and mission of the track, with  “Upper Hand” spreading the color throughout a dark environment. A positive message, packaged in a colorful, anthemic sound, with well-executed video to cap it off, “Upper Hand” will serve as a strong foundation for the talented up-and-comer.


Vancouver’s young rockstar AC has been dropping a steady stream of melodic hits over the past year as I’ve written about previously. Earlier this week, he dropped “All4Me” which is one of his first official releases on streaming platforms since his collaborative EP with ILLYMINIACHI. Over the past few years, AC has adopted a much more melody-heavy rap allowing him to create music that is laced with iconic bars and a lot of his brash personality. This song has AC declaring he wants it all, as he deserves putting in years of work into his music and he’s only 18. Take a listen to the new track here, and be on the lookout for more singles from this artist on the rise!

Cloud Burst – [A$AP Ant] [Soduh]

Fresh off of the release of his stellar new project, The Interlude, A$AP Ant and his unforgettably charismatic style are a main topic of conversation in rap right now. The level of growth and development that we’ve seen from the Marino Infantry representative is second to none, and today, Ant is back in the headlines to prove this with a new music video for “Cloud Burst” alongside Soduh. Produced by none other than Lord Fubu, the otherworldy instrumental on this one sets the tone for an eclectic set of visuals. Shot by BORN UNIVERSAL, the video is sure to take advantage of this, as trippy scenes of Ant, Soduh and their team cross the screen in ways that perfectly fit such a dreamy song. “Cloud Burst”, as the title denotes, sounds like Ant and Soduh are floating on a cloud while they rap, and considering the addictive, ethereal tone of this one, it goes without saying that the stocks are going to continue to rise for them with this release. Click play on the new video at the link below and stream The Interlude here if you haven’t already!

Pants From Japan – [Qari]

I apologize because I am a few days late on this, but while he was rocking stages at SXSW over the weekend Chicago’s own Qari dropped a brand new music video for “Pants From Japan”. Any one of Qari’s fans will tell you that this is some of his best work to date, so he needed a brilliant mind behind the camera to bing this song to life, and that’s exactly what he got as he linked up with Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett. Qari has been having a fantastic year so far in 2018 & this new visual is only going to help that trend continue. Watch this brand new visual below and let me know what you think about it in the comments section! Produced by Mulatto