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A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

Get Refreshed: The Story of Cartz

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Alejo Andres Remembering To Forget With Cat Mother Any creative eager to move towards new beginnings in their artistic career might focus on the idea of the “future” more than anything else. Most creatives would more than likely share this belief in full; planning out how things might turn out in going through with an artistic transition is much better than going in blind, obviously.  But what’s even more obvious is this: Quinn – the 16-year-old phenom of the online music world – has never, and will never, be classified under the title of “most creatives.” Simply put, we’re dealing with a talent who stands completely amongst themselves in regards to their place in the modern music landscape as a whole, and nothing better exemplifies that than their brand new artistic endeavor under the pseudonym “Cat Mother.”  This fresh title has arrived with an equally-fresh outlook in regards to their craft. The immense, impactful, and influential waves that they have already created with their past pop-centric work has been effectively concealed and placed out of sight by way …

Huh – [Yung Honcho]

Knoxville, Tennessee rapper Yung Honcho made it further than any other rapper in his city had in 2019, eclipsing a million views, collaborating with major artists, and even earning co-signs from industry titans of the likes of Meek Mill and beyond but unfortunately Honcho was locked up on federal charges for the better half of 2020 and is slowly but surely gaining back the momentum that was stripped from him by the government, but what they couldn’t take was Honcho’s incredible singing voice and gentle melodic flows that communicate immense pain and his responses to the pressure of being the most major figure in his area (until Hardaway1k comes home as well) that weigh on him greatly and are difficult enough to deal with without an envious city that would love to see you fail. Honcho recently released a triumphant yet melancholic new track titled “Huh” where he skates over the L3no Loaded beat, coming with a more menacing flow than usual but still his melodic voice shines through the ad-libs and ins-and-outs. Honcho’s city is seldom recognized by many for anything other than being the home to the University of Tennessee but the reality of Knoxville is starkly different …

Cloudz – [Mother Nature] & [BoatHouse] ft. [Sir Michael Rocks]

It seems like recently I’ve been writing about a lot more Chicago artists than normal, and I’m not mad at that even slightly. I love supporting my city because I know how talented so many individuals here are and I want the rest of the country to experience this as well. As far as major influencers in the Chicago music scene go, independent label Closed Sessions has been a force in the industry for quite a few years, and they’ve signed some of the most talented artists inside of the city and out which means that anyone on their radar has to be on your radar as well. Most recently, dynamic duo Mother Nature decided to team up with fellow Closed Sessions signee BoatHouse to announce a collaborative project called SZNZ that’s due out in April, and I couldn’t be more excited. In order to build some buzz around this upcoming release, they teamed up with Chicago icon Sir Michael Rocks on their brand-new single “Cloudz”, and the results simply speak for themselves. BoatHouse is simply a hitmaker in every sense of the label with this record being no different. Within the beat, he utilizes some ambient, spacey synths or …

Overstayed – [808vic] feat. [Cozy Kiyo]

808vic carries familiarity, technical skill, originality, and an abstract way of constructing his rhymes that makes him exciting to listen to every time. The Lagos-born rap artist is now based in London but still holds himself to the words of his mother reassuring him and his siblings of their destined path in music. His latest single, “Overstayed,” featuring Cozy Kiyo, is brought to life by whirling production that compliments 808vic’s laid back tone while accentuating the phrasing of his rhymes and effortless sounding approach to a pocket that is not by any degree easy to catch. Touching on life, blessings, downfalls through a varied set of flows, 808vic quickly proves his technical skill while composing a story surrounding self-improvement. Cozy Kiyo provides a complementary contrast to the laidback confidence of vic by approaching the track with no restraint, commanding your attention, and reaffirming his drive “to elevate.” For those looking for a rapper who is coloring outside the lines, look no further than 808vic. Listen to “Overstayed” by 808vic featuring Cozy Kiyo below.

Mother of My Kids – [TyFontaine] ft. [Summrs]

TyFontaine is a name you should probably be pretty familiar with at this point in time, and if somehow, you’ve been sleeping, please let this be your wake-up call. Either way, he has consistently been working with various artists of all different levels of fame and recognition, and Summrs is the most recent talented rising star he decided to team up with. While I’m not overly familiar with Summrs and the extent of his previous work, I have heard of the Lafayette native mainly due to his insane work ethic, putting out so many projects in such a minuscule amount of time that you need more than your two hands to be able to count them. Regardless of if Ty or Summrs piqued your interest and prompted you to tune into their most recent record “Mother of My Kids”, the chemistry that these two talents possess is more than enough to keep you intrigued and mesmerized throughout. The two-minute runtime of this brand-new record. Slayer produced this hit, beginning with some ambient, spacey synths, pounding 808s, and hasty hats that give a fairly underground, gritty vibe to these two autotune specialists. While Ty might start out the track with a …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Product of My Environment – [Nyck Caution] x [KOTA The Friend] x [Erick The Architect] x [Freddie Joachim]

Pro Era affiliate Nyck Caution is the latest Beast Coast member to tease a solo project, recently announcing his forthcoming album Anywhere But Here. Currently slated for a January 15th release, Caution blessed his fans with “Product of My Environment,” which is a new single featuring fellow Brooklyn artists KOTA The Friend and Erick The Architect. Produced by the legendary Freddie Joachim, the track is paired with a FAKEDELL directed visual incorporating a nostalgic touch. The ‘blast from the past’ video introspectively examines each artist’s upbringing represented by younger versions of themselves. For better or worse, the theme of the record emphasizes that every artist’s persona and discography is shaped by their accumulated experiences in life. For Nyck, losing his father was clearly a hard-hitting event that he’s learned to cope with, but naturally still grieves over. For KOTA, the perils of the streets brought upon sleepless nights as he and his family struggled to make ends meet. For Erick, living with a blind mother and partially deaf father brought upon challenges, not to mention having to get over a complicated guilt complex. However, despite the serious penmanship expressed, Joachim’s instrumental is optimistically exuberant, which could serve as a silver lining …

CROWDED-[Raissa]

To say that Raissa is the next big thing would be a radical understatement, since in actuality, she’s already a force to be reckoned with at this precise moment. I initially stumbled on her art about a month ago after getting exposed to what is now one of my favorite songs ever, “GO FAST BABY”. From that moment on, I completely immersed myself into her extensively impressive catalog and began to wonder how Raissa was able to craft up the  delicate yet impactful masterpieces like “BULLYING BOYS”, “ANGEL ENERGY”, and “VALENTINE”. Her artistic maturity and thoughtful perspectives can be attributed to many factors; One of which is her upbringing. Born to a Spanish mother and Franco-Algerian father, Raissa has gone from Spain, all the way to London by way of Malaysia, Beijing and Sydney. The colorful exposure to disparate cultures and ways of life is an aspect that is represented so well in her music as Raissa possesses a dynamic sound and style that is unique to her and only her.  The brand new offering that just hit streaming platforms last night is further proof of the singer/songwriter/producer’s immediate talent and undeniable potential. “CROWDED” is the latest single by Raissa …

B4 The Storm – [Internet Money]

Internet Money is basically the music powerhouse that the average fan has no idea about. They’re cranking out hit after hit with not only big-name artists, but also with their in-house talents who are going to be superstars in their own right in no time at all. As they began to hype up their debut album B4 The Storm, I was getting so impatient because I knew that the rest of the world was in for something incredible, but I had to hear it with my own two ears to make sure my expectations could be justified. It obviously came out at midnight going into Friday so it’s been out for a few days, but I really wanted to take some time to run through it multiple times and truly take in all of the artistry and effort that went into this incredible album, and man, was I not let down in the slightest. On B4 The Storm, the masterminds behind Internet Money, including Taz Taylor and Nick Mira, were able to meld features from massive names like Future, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Gunna, and more, with some incredibly talented and promising young artists like TyFontaine, TheHxliday, The Kid Laroi, …