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Payday: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Payday is an artist out of Seattle who first caught my attention with her hit song “Beam”, and she’s been someone who I have kept a tab on ever since. I recently had the teenage music sensation come by the Lyrical Lemonade office a few weeks ago for a brand new interview on The Lemonade Stand series, and it was a great conversation. I asked Payday about plenty of topics such as growing up in Seattle, working with Jackboy on the “Beam” remix, her latest album Rap In A Can, working with Danny Brown, some of her childhood memories, her personal favorite song that she’s created so far, Red Bull Italian Sodas and more. Check out this brand new interview below + be sure to subscribe to The Lemonade Stand channel!

Vampire – [Payday] ft. [Danny Brown]

Payday is one of the first up-and-coming artists I found out about when I first started writing for Lyrical Lemonade over two years ago, and she never fails to impress me. While her first few mixtapes and EPs were somewhat elementary and full of endearing, teenage-inspired subject matter, she has come such a long way in her still-growing career, and even though some of these sounds are still incorporated, it’s obvious that she is no longer the kid she once was even just a year or two ago. Now, her bars are even more precise, and her singing has proved her versatility, making her a multifaceted talent that has so much to bring to the table. Not too long ago, she released her latest project Rap in a Can, a 7 song, almost 14-minute-long tape that further proved her skills and ability to thrive in this ruthless industry, and that’s not something anyone should take lightly. Out of these tracks, she only included one feature in Danny Brown which was unexpected, yet very impressive on their song “Vampire”, so once I found out that she was releasing a music video for this hit, I couldn’t wait to write about it. …

Rap in a Can – [Payday]

Even though her Twitter and Instagram both say “Everyone Loves Payday”, this is a true statement that people would proclaim regardless of if they followed her already or not. At just 17 years old, Payday has lived quite an interesting life, traveling all over the country and gaining valuable life lessons from the various regions she lived in, and all of these things come together in her music. While she might be young and utilize this youthfulness to her advantage throughout her discography, there is such a mature disposition with the way that she carries herself that I can’t help but think she’s years older. While she has been making major waves in the music scene for the past couple of years, her latest project Rap in a Can seems to be another big step in her career, and I couldn’t wait to talk about it with you all. At just 7 songs that last almost 14 minutes long, it can be hard for an artist to fully encompass all of their skills in one place without getting deeper than the surface, but Payday pulls this off with ease as she delivers some remarkable tracks that you’re going to want …

BUZZCUT – [BROCKHAMPTON] ft. [Danny Brown]

For both musical powerhouse BROCKHAMPTON and Detroit legend Danny Brown, it has been a few years since they released fully cohesive projects. While I’m not sure when Danny is planning on dropping even though I hope it’s soon, I’m almost positive that the aforementioned group is planning on dropping their 6th album at some point this year, so fans definitely can’t wait to see what else they can deliver. Now, in all honesty, I’m not entirely familiar with much of BROCKHAMPTON’s music although the times I have tuned in, I can tell that they’re as talented, storied, and dexterous as it can get in music. Most recently, they decided to surprise fans with the first single “BUZZCUT” from their upcoming album and recruited Danny to hop on the track with them, and I’d be lying if I said that he wasn’t my main reason for tuning in. I’m so glad I didn’t sleep, though, because they truly made a magnificent song come to life by bringing some innovative new sounds to an otherwise old-school-inspired instrumental. Jabari Manwa and Queen Sixties play a part in producing this record, incorporating some random yet energetic synths alongside a new spin on an almost …

A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

2 – [ZelooperZ]

The Bruiser Brigade coming out of the Detroit area of Michigan is one of the more underrated groups in all of music, in my opinion. I was first put on to Danny Brown back earlier on in high school, almost a decade ago, and I haven’t stopped listening since. Obviously, I loved his hyper-energetic flows and wild stories, but I can definitely appreciate the maturity that comes through within his music as he’s gotten older. I’ve known about his fellow labelmate ZelooperZ since he was featured on Danny’s Old cut “Kush Coma” alongside A$AP Rocky, but I haven’t really paid too much attention since then for whatever reason. Recently, however, my brother told me I had to check out his latest project Moszel Offline because it has some wild tracks, and I’m so glad I did because it’s absolutely insane. What’s even more unbelievable is the fact that it seems like there’s almost no information or promotion behind it as if he just dropped it as an under the radar project. Even a simple Google search yields hardly any results, but that doesn’t seem to affect Z whatsoever considering he knows how good the tape is and he’s continuing on …

Hustle Don’t Give [Che Noir] ft. [Black Thought]

Mello Music Group consistently delivers sheer quality. The independent record label’s latest offering “Hustle Don’t Give” is a collaborative single by Che’ Noir and Black Thought with their artist Apollo Brown covering the production. The track will be off Noir and Brown’s joint album titled As God Intended, set to release July 10th. Just like Griselda, Che Noir hails from the very active hip-hop city of Buffalo, New York. Che’ Noir’s rap style frequently consists of rapid-fire rhymes and subject-matter that eerily resembles the sounds of her birth year in 1994. Meshing classic golden era hip-hop with relevance, Che’ refreshingly shatters the ignorant claims that ‘hip-hop is dead.’ As for Apollo Brown, it is without question that the Detroit producer is carving a monumental impact on boom-bap instrumentation, having produced for Skyzoo, Rass Kass, Guilty Simpson, Big Pooh, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Masta Ace, Oddisee, Black MIlk, Joell Ortiz, and more. From the crisp kick drums, to the horns and organs, an Apollo Brown instrumental quickly become signature in familiarity. Brown’s credo for his work is to try and make each album his favorite of all time. I love everything Apollo touches, but his collaborative album Mona Lisa with Slaughterhouse member …

On God – [Big Yavo]

Birmingham, AL has a new star on the rise as Big Yavo has transformed into one of the most prominent artists in the city after his visual for “No Pen” went viral, climbing almost to nine-hundred-thousand views currently and after this he earned co-signs from arguably Birmingham’s two current biggest rappers, Luh Soldier and TLE Cinco which helped solidify him to both the city and the industry alike. Recently, Yavo unloaded his debut project On God which was a very impressive first release from a rapper who is rapidly building up steam. “Mr. Incredible” is another anthemic banger from Yavo, showing his distinct punchline ability and southern accent which is one of the best combinations imaginable. The LamarcusJ produced “41Loads” features TLE Petty & Cinco which is another bar-packed track from three of Alabama’s finest. Another bright spot is “Vroom” which features fellow Birminghamian Richard So Icey who kind of raps like a more menacing Danny Brown, in the best way possible, and the project finishes with the Luh Soldier featuring “West To Da East” which has my favorite beat on the entire mixtape, courtesy of Young Kros. I am really excited to see what else Big Yavo has in his bag …

Four Albums with Distinct Atmospheres

We are currently living through a historical event and at times, it is difficult to keep our spirits up. All we can do is try to adapt and do what we can to keep ourselves safe and sane while being cooped up indoors. One way to cope is to try and step away from the tragedy for an hour or two. I’ve personally found myself watching movies, reading, or listening to music to distract myself. There are many different ways music can help, but I’ve found that albums that distinguish themselves from the rest are those that create a distinct atmosphere and a world of their own. They do this by establishing consistencies, not just sonically, but also in terms of subject matter. An atmosphere alone isn’t ideal though. Many albums fall victim to using the same presets, filters, or vocal pitching across songs to the point where they blend together and create an album that serves as nothing more than a soulless tone. What is really impressive is an album’s ability to have a collection of songs that stand strong on their own, while also reinforcing the qualities that many of the tracks around them share, thus creating a …

3 Tearz- [Danny Brown] ft. [Run the Jewels]

Danny Brown is one of the most diverse artists to not only come out of Detroit, but he’s also one of the most multitalented artists in the rap game period. Coming on to the scene with his drug-induced personas that sounded like nothing else I’ve ever heard, I became a fan in the blink of an eye. As his career has progressed, he has come a long way as an artist as well, still speaking the same true stories from his past but in a different dynamic. His most recent project uknowhatimsayin¿ is the perfect example of his progression, and it might’ve been one of the best albums released last year in my opinion. One of the most notorious songs off of the record has to be “3 Tears” featuring one of the most ingenious duos in all of Rap, Run the Jewels. To go along with an already star-studded lineup, JPEGMAFIA created some insane old-school production for this track. Over the classic, boom-bap beat, Danny uses a pretty assertive flow with his deeper, more stern voice to lay down some serious bars. El-P takes the second verse, boasting masterful lyrics full of analogies and anecdotes. Finally, Killer Mike gets …