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Stuck in Admiration – [Pouya]

The Florida rap scene has long been something that I have been enthralled by, and that is something that I don’t think will ever change. While there is a certain style that has blown up that sounds almost like a southern spin on drill or trap music, there are so many other kinds of music that I simply can’t get enough of. Before I knew about Kodak Black, Hotboii, 9lokknine, or any of those artists, I was consistently bumping talents like Denzel Curry and Pouya, and it was these two talents specifically that made me realize just how diverse and talented this region of the country truly was. I may have gotten into Pouya’s music through some of his more high energy, aggressive tracks like “1000 Rounds” with Ghostemane or “Suicidal Thoughts in the Back of the Cadillac”, but over the years, the way he has been able to incorporate much more of his heart and mental roadblocks into his songs has brought out a different, more mature side of himself that I seriously believe shows him at his very best. Last year, Pouya dropped off yet another full-length LP entitled Blood was Never This as Water, an album that …

Pallbearers – [Kuttem Reese]

The Florida rap scene has been absolutely booming over the past year or two, but it seems like it’s taking a while for the rest of the country to catch on. It reminds me a lot of the Michigan scene as well because until Lil Yachty went up there to put the rest of the country on, it seemed like a very niche and close-knit community of fans that were ride or die, but everyone else was sleeping. This is what has happened in Florida as well, but the number of talented acts emerging is literally countless, and every single day a new artist rises from the shadows, it seems. While emcees like Kodak Black, Hotboii, and 9lokknine are some of the more notable names coming out of the southern region, Kuttem Reese is a talent who I’ve become very familiar with, and I feel like he just continues to get better with every new release he puts out. While Reese is still on the prowl to be the next big thing from Orlando, he’s making another strong case with his latest song “Pallbearers” which is undeniably a song you need to check out immediately as well as the Directed …

FED UP – [Ghostemane]

My admiration for different styles of hip-hop and rap music is very unique and versatile, and any of my playlists can take you from Biggie to Frank Ocean to Lil Tecca and everywhere in between. While most of the time I listen to much more normal and predictable artists, other times I get in the mood to just rage out, and I’ll turn on $uicideboy$, Night Lovell, and most of the other artists that can be classified in a similar category as them. Obviously, you can’t talk about this devilish-sounding style of rap without mentioning Ghostemane, an artist who has taken things to the extreme over the past few years with everything from his music to his overall look, providing us with an aesthetic that will leave you in a state of shock as if he were a literal ghost if you were to see him alone late at night. While I feel like he has been relatively quiet recently, he is back and better than ever with a brand-new song and Eric Ghoste and Garrett Nicholson-directed visual entitled “FED UP”, and the results drew me right back into his incredibly unique sonic repertoire. In the song, the instrumental is …

Kinda Like It Now – [Mod Sun]

Respected and worthy artist, Mod Sun, just gave us a brand new visual directed by himself and rodtheplanter for his single Kinda Like It Now. I’m not sure of the exact message he was trying to articulate in the video while he’s all scratched and bruised up, hanging with three ghosts and carrying a shovel by his side because I don’t want to make any assumptions but I do know that it was very artistic and captivating with a riveting intro. The two did a great job and there is actually a pretty wild story behind it. According to Mod Sun’s Instagram, he was attacked by a dog the night before this video shoot. So some of the marks and wounds on him are actually real. He was very upset and almost canceled the shoot as he was almost in tears looking in the mirror but luckily Fight Club was playing on his tv. This gave him the energy to make it happen as he and the other director came up with a new storyline in under an hour and made magic. About 5 months ago Mod Sun gave us a wide-open and raw video about his battle with addiction …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …

Chewing Gum – [Blood Orange] feat. [A$AP Rocky] & [Project Pat]

Dev Hynes, better known as Blood Orange, has shared the fourth video from his recently released highly acclaimed album, Negro Swan. The song features A$AP Rocky and Project Pat, but only the Harlem MC makes a cameo in the cinematic, dream-like visual. Directed by Hynes himself, the video follows Rocky and Hynes on a ATV exploration of the desert where the video is set in. The video is filled with powerful imagery, capturing the naturally striking combination of the desert sky and the pastel durags worn by the two stars. The new visual is a beautiful representation of the song’s natural atmospheric sonics provided by Hynes’ angelic chorus and Rocky’s ghostly verse. It’s incredibly difficult to watch the new video just once as you catch yourself finding small accents with each view. Marvel at Blood Orange’s dreamy new video for “Chewing Gum” below and tell us what you think in the comments!

Ghosted – [Rogelio]

Rogelio is one of my favorite upcoming artists in the game, and his brand new music video for “Ghosted” is only helping his case. First off, this song (that dropped a few months back) was already great, but he put together a fantastic concept for the visual that made it that much better. Like literally, this man actually shot, directed and edited the entire video himself, on top of making the ear pleasing jam. Too often nowadays you will get music videos that don’t have an idea based around a theme, because most music is no longer based around an idea, but lucky for us we got both this time around! I have been more than impressed with everything that I have seen/heard from the LA native, and I look forward for what else he has in store. Until we reach that point, check out the new video below and let me know if you are digging it or not in the comments!

Fallen – [Jaden Smith]

Directed by Miles Cable & Jaden Smith Jaden Smith’s current venture in to the music world has left many people with several impressions, good and bad. On our end, Jaden’s creativity is a blessing to the music scene, as it brings in a fresh breathe of air to the common mumble rap we’re seeing more often in today’s scene. Now, as Jaden prepares for the release of his highly anticipated project titled “Syre”, he treats us to a pleasant surprise in the incredibly innovative visuals to his latest offering “Fallen”. The visuals capture Jaden exploring a deserted ghost town, crooning and spitting to an haunting yet enchanting production. This clip also features a fitting tribute to a special artist by the name of Kid Cudi, as cameo captures a vinyl of Cudder’s Man On The Moon: The End of The Day being spun on a turn table. Checkout Jaden Smith’s new enticing and cryptic visuals for his latest track “Fallen” below!