Watch Blueface’s new interview with Angie Martinez

Blueface is without a doubt one of the biggest artists in the world right now and Angie Martinez is one of the best interviewers out, so it’s only right that they recently chopped it up for a dope new interview. You can find the two of them speaking about everything such as spending time in New York but living in California, playing quarterback in high school, spending two months in college, how he first started recording music, how much he enjoys performing, his starting five lineup, who he thinks did the best remix to “Thotiana”, where he sees himself in five years, artist reaching out to him for features, working with Drake, his current tour, being a romantic guy and more. Peep this amazing new interview below!

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Abby Jasmine Q&A

Abby Jasmine is one of the most talented new upcoming artists in the game, I recently got the chance to meet her while speaking on a panel at SXSW a couple of weeks ago, and then when she was in Chicago the other day for a concert with T-Pain I thought why not bring her through our office for an interview for the website? One thing about Abby that stands out is her unbelievable charisma and her stage presence when performing, she appears like an experienced veteran although she is just only twenty years old, which is exactly why she is touring the country on with the OG T-Pain at this very moment. That crazy part is that I haven’t even mentioned her stellar vocal abilities and her crafty song making ability, and impressive catalog she has created up to this point. On top of all of this she has an amazing team backing her over at Cinematic, so the sky is truly the limit for this young superstar. I am extremely excited to see where she goes from here but I expect nothing but the best for her, so go ahead and get in tune with the New York native by learning …

Watch Birdman’s brand new interview on Drink Champs

Birdman is one of the most legendary figures in the music industry as well as one of the most forward thinking businessman, and he recently sat down with one of the best interview platforms the Drink Champs for a dope new interview. You will find N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN asking him about plenty of subjects such as negotiating with labels early on in his career, the importance of maintaining independence, developing talent, Cash Money, the massive success that Blueface has had, The Game, memories from the early tours, being rich as a teenager, meeting Young Thug when he was 19 and recognizing his stardom, Drake and Nicki Minaj, Young Money, selling over a billion records, streaming being the best thing to ever happen to the game, his classic Breakfast Club interview, his relationship with Lil Wayne, his face tattoos, other crews he respects, Big Tymers and so much more. Check out this amazing new conversation below.

Sparky – [Santi]

Nigerian artist Santi is here to grace the Lyrical Lemonade pages for the first time today with his video for “Sparky.” Personally, I nitpick about what kind of sound I want to hear from international dance hall artists. Curators and friends have shown me tracks from Santi before, although I thought they were good I wasn’t blown away by it until “Sparky.” For some background, this single was first debuted on Drake’s OVO radio episode a couple of months ago and the visuals were released earlier this month. The track, at moments, feels like a new wave r&b, combined with his trademark dance hall sound, cementing the fact that Santi has created an infectious hit. Also worthy of mention, maybe it’s because of the oversaturated style of cinematography here, but “Sparky” feels more like a short film than a music video once the visual element is added in. With the narrative of the “Sparky” video, we see pieces of different events that happen leading up to the consequences of each character’s actions, pushing this song to the level. That said, show some love and watch the visuals for Santi’s “Sparky” below.

You Got It – [Vory]

If you tuned into Rich The Kid’s new album then it’s likely Vory already got your attention with his stellar guest spot on “Ring Ring.” I mean, his crisp, clean style is damn near impossible to ignore. In addition to the feature, the Kentucky native dropped off a video-assisted cut of his own with “You Got It.” Though leaning more towards the R&B side thanks to a whirring, hazy backdrop from J Gramm and Lewis Bell, Vory, again, showcases his clean sound that really pops out. More than just the stellar vocals though, he has the sharp pen to match. I love his phrasing as he puts his spin on a break-up cut; it’s easy to see why he’s written for artists like Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Beyonce and Jay. With the vocals, the pen, the resume, and the ability to take a song to take over a song with a guest spot, Vory destined for big things.  

Girls Need Love Remix – [Summer Walker] [Drake]

Summer Walker has been making waves in the music world for a minute now, and today, it looks as though she’s received the big break she deserves: a Drake-assisted remix of her gorgeous single, “Girls Need Love”. Released just in time for Walker’s forthcoming national tour as well as the lively energy of the spring/summer months, this love-minded offering is just what the world needed from Atlanta’s own and the OVO mastermind himself. The “Girls Need Love” remix possesses an indescribably addictive charisma, and thanks to its silky smooth vocals and delicate instrumental, Drake adds his midas touch to a song so perfectly made for his skillset. While it’s certainly a daunting idea to appear on a song next to Drake, Summer Walker’s part holds up as remarkably impressive even alongside such a superstar act. Needless to say, she’s a star in the making, and I can’t wait to see the momentum that this fantastic remix gives her as we head into the warm weather. Stream “Girls Need Love” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Watch Yung Tory’s on No Jumper’s “Exposed”

Yung Tory is one of the hottest new up and coming talents in the game, and he recently stopped by No Jumper for a brand new interview on their “Exposed” segment. You will find Yung Tory speaking about plenty of things such as being from Toronto, Drake putting on for Canada, what he was like growing up, how he started rapping, when people first starting paying attention to him, how the song “Mizu” came about, who inspires him, not eating meat and much more. Watch this brand new interview below and be sure to keep up with Yung Tory by giving him a follow on Twitter here.

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …