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Hallelujah – [Yung Baby Tate]

Yung Baby Tate’s life has been the definition of stunting as of late: the rising Atlanta artist just dropped her ‘GIRLS Deluxe’ album, lit up the stage at our very own Summer Smash, and got the attention of none other than Nicki Minaj for her melodic take on “Megatron”. Now, Tate takes a bow for herself and takes aim at anyone trying to hold her back from greatness on “Hallelujah”. Over a bombastic self-produced beat, Tate comes through with her signature carefree demeanor and sets it ablaze with scalding verses that recount her latest successes. Her disses come wrapped in a deceiving layer of sweetness, sending shots with unsuspecting, mischievous delivery. She then puts a declarative end to the track with a monologue warning others to stay out of her business. “Spread some love, let me live and let me win,” she pleads. But with how things are going for Yung Baby Tate, it seems like she’s gonna keep winning regardless.

Combos – [Cali Kev]

San Diego native Cali Kev is back with a new single that dropped this morning titled, “Combos.” The distinct voice and constant fighting and wrestling references allow for relatable vintage-feeling lines that often have me laughing to myself and enjoying the music even more. “Feel like stone cold in ‘96,” had me picturing the bald freak show in front of my TV back in my early childhood and I couldn’t help but smile. Cali Kev stays releasing tracks consistently and draws a following with his unique flows and different, organic voice. This is without a doubt a interesting & dope song in my opinion, but what you think about the song is really what matters here, so you might as well get in tune with him below.

19 – [Family Reunion]

Every new Family Reunion release feels like a deeper dive into the mind of songwriter Jackie Carlson—and the rising Chicago-based indie artist’s latest track is no exception. On “19”, Carlson gives listeners a genuine moment of rumination on mistakes made and lessons learned over delicately plucked guitar and choral harmonies. It’s difficult to gain perspective on a part of one’s life while still living through it, but it feels like Carlson attains this sort of “in the moment” reflection through her blunt lyricism. “Made a lot of mistakes when I turned 19” she sings before airing out harsh realities that come with coming of age, following passions, and bouts of loneliness. Her voice tiptoes a line between composed and fragile, on the verge of breaking as she maneuvers through tender vocal runs. Building the track alongside Carlson’s introspective songwriting are producers Camline and Son! who supply moral support in the form of a rumbling bassline and a guitar solo that wraps the track up with a fuzzy, reassuring riff. Listen to “19” by Family Reunion and check out her upcoming LA and Chicago shows here.

KING LOUIS – [JAY2]

Jay2 is back with yet another new single, less than two weeks after dropping the Monte Booker-produced “Dedication.” This week, he and PRODXVSN link up on a record called “King Louis”, and this one sounds like it’s coming straight out of the Zero Fatigue playbook: skittering hi hats and a warm melody lay a bouncy foundation for Jay2 to flow so naturally that it sounds like the syllables are falling naturally off his tongue. There’s a moment during the song when he flows eerily similar to label mate Smino, with what sounds like a St. Louis drawl (though Jay2 is from Chicago), and the switch up serves as a nice difference in tone before his typical warm vocal tone returns for the refrain: “She want me” is an ear worm that won’t be easily escapable this summer. This isn’t the end for Jay2 this summer either: he’s dropping an EP called “4 Tha Wait” on 7/24, and he describes the EP as a “prelude before the album.” Needless to say, he’s not slowing down. Tweets by Jay2AintShit

Maxo Kream: Unparalleled Integrity

It’s 8:30 PM on Wednesday night, just two days before the release of Maxo Kream’s major-label debut, Brandon Banks. Piling into a dim, luxurious room at Manhattan’s 40/40 club, fans and peers alike await Kream’s arrival. Conversation is light, but the overarching meaning of the moment makes the air feel dense. Now years in the making, Maxo Kream’s slow-burning ascent is reaching a new apex, and this small room of listeners is fortunate enough to become witness just days before the album’s official release. A few moments later, a thunderous presence makes his way down the hallway. Turning left, he enters the room, 4 glossy chains on neck and followed by a posse of friends. It’s Maxo Kream, the man of the night. With each step, his presence grows stronger as the heads begin to turn toward his direction. Kream’s face lights up to see the welcoming crowd of listeners, but his eyes maintain a focused glare under the soft lights. The closer and closer he moves to the center of attention, the more the moment begins to set in. Here, just minutes away from clicking play on his long-awaited new album, time seems to slow down. The message becomes …

Premiere: heaven come – [GOLDN]

A couple of weeks ago, the rising artist GOLDN was featured on a track entitled “Someone”. Ever since hearing his stellar inclusion on the Space Primates hit, I was itching for some more of his solo stuff. This morning I woke up to the surprise of a brand new song by him entitled “heaven come”. If you’re familiar with GOLDN, you’ll know that the singer/songwriter has a distinct style that is so refreshing to hear. In his latest offering, he clearly shows why each release continues to get better and why you should choose to keep listening every time. The simplistically eloquent melody will be stuck in your head for a long time. From the production, to the vocals, all the way down to the artwork…this is a track that you really won’t want to miss. GOLDN never misses a beat, which is why he’s a regular on our pages here at Lyrical Lemonade. I could continue to go on and on but you’ll just have to listen for yourself and be the judge! “heaven come” is available on all streaming platforms! I’ve attached the Spotify link down below, so give it a listen and let us know what you …

Days – [AQVOL]

Nostalgia is a funny thing. There’s the nostalgia that reminds us of the brighter moments of life, and there’s the nostalgia that reminds us of the darker moments of life. Regardless of which is felt, however, the one constant is that no matter how hard we try, how much money we have, or how successful we become, we can’t go back. Nostalgia is based on memory, and that’s all our past becomes, to a certain extent: a collection or memories, often times when things were much simpler. Today, channeling this very feeling is an artist by the name of AQVOL with the new visuals for the song “Days.” Focused around the constant hunt for money that we all experience, “Days” is partially an expression of AQVOL’s yearning for wealth and partially a memory of the times when things like wealth didn’t matter quite yet. Meanwhile, in the visuals, a gathering of childhood clips plays, reminding listeners and viewers of when they, too, lived a much simpler life. With this, “Days” hits on a nostalgic note, but also reaches a current-day problem that I’m sure we can all resonate with to some extent. Catchy as can be in a lyrical sense and …

Ben/Frank – [NASAAN]

NASAAN is a creative out of Detroit whose name I have heard a few people I respect speak about recently, so I thought why not give him a chance? The next thing I know is he dropped this new music video for “Ben/Frank” at the perfect time, and after watching this one through at least a dozen times, I am walking away from this one very happy I took the time out, he gained a new fan today. I quickly learned at he can rap his ass off, I found a liking to the melody he created here, but what I enjoyed even more what the story he was telling. The picture he painting lyrically was displayed even better with this amazing new visual, I highly suggest you give it a spin below, and if you like it then be sure to share it with a friend!

Watch Denzel Curry’s brand new interview with No Jumper

Denzel Curry was recently at Wireless Festival in London performing and he got together with his homie Adam22 for an awesome new interview for No Jumper! You will find the two of them touching on several subjects such as the early days of Raider Klan, his come up, what has changed since that time, XXXTentacion, A$AP Mob, SpaceGhostPurrp, Xavier Wulf, mental health, being inspired by Andre 3000 & New York hip-hop, people being taken away too soon, Pouya, being careful with how he moves, the Florida rap scene and Denzel even turns the camera on Adam for a few questions at one point! Take some time out of your day to watch this brand new interview below.

Watch Zane Lowe Interview Tyler, The Creator on Beats 1

As his career has progressed, Tyler, The Creator has only become more and more serious as an artist, and with that, we’ve seen less and less interviews from him over the last couple of years, so it’s always a treat when we get to hear from him in this format. I wrote extensively about his #1 album IGOR, as I thought it was such a well-executed breakup album that cements Tyler as one of the best artists of our generation, so I was happy to see this new video interview out with Zane Lowe. Zane and Tyler talk for about an hour on a number of topics, but what stands out to me the most from watching this interview is the fact that Tyler has his sights set on even bigger and better feats. His new album landing at the number one spot is just one step in the process towards his overall goal as an artist. What that goal is, I don’t even think Tyler knows, but what he does know is that he’s playing the long game, and when all is said and done, based on his trajectory, and his values as an artist, he will be one …