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Wunna- [Gunna]

It feels like just the other day I wrote about the titular single for Gunna’s upcoming album WUNNA. That’s because it actually was the other day, and the Atlanta icon is back right away once again with a music video to please fans in the final hours before his album finally drops. He has also been releasing parts for a documentary based around the making of his album, which gives admirers even more ways to connect with him and his journey while bringing this project to life. Now, I’m not going to lie, “Wunna” wasn’t necessarily my absolute favorite song from the rapper, but it did have moments that appealed to me and I’ve definitely heard worse songs in my time to be completely candid. I’m not going to recap the sonic elements of the song right now because you can just go back a day or two and find my initial thoughts and breakdown of the track, so it’s not worth covering twice in the same week. I did, however, leave myself no choice but to cover the brand-new visual for the track because it looked like he took his talents to another beautifully exotic place, so I had …

SKYBOX – [Gunna]

Gunna is gearing up for something big. After his massively successful album Drip or Drown 2, fans have eagerly awaited what his next move would be, and it appears as if it’s going to be in the form of another project called Wunna. The Georgia native has been working nonstop since entering the spotlight delivering multiple projects, singles, and guest features, and he’s nowhere near done. This is fantastic news for Rap fans considering Gunna is one of the most consistent talents in the genre, only releasing hits and pretty much never dropping any misses. In anticipation of his upcoming album, Gunna decided to release a video for his latest single “SKYBOX”. The beat features floating, futuristic instruments with light percussion and subdued bass. This lays the groundwork for Gunna to spit lighthearted bars in a more melodic fashion than usual as he shows off a consistent, spitfire cadence throughout his verses. While rapping, he brags about how much money he has but demonstrates this point by discussing his collection of designer clothes, luxury cars, mansions, and even renting out an entire hotel floor. For the video, he seems to draw some inspiration from other music videos in recent memory …

Side Effects – [Lil Xelly]

If you haven’t heard of Lil Xelly at this point, you’ve probably been out of the loop for some time now. He is literally one of the hardest working and most consistent rappers in the industry to the point where if we don’t get a new offering from him on any given day, it’s unusual. He was once putting out at least one EP per week, dropping numerous music videos daily, and more, basically giving off the impression that he doesn’t sleep. I don’t know how he has managed to keep up with this output for well over a year’s time, but it’s gaining him so insane attention that’s going to pay off in the long run. I’m a bit late to one of his most recent videos and considering he has already probably released more new surprises for fans since less than a week ago, I thought about skipping past his video for “Side Effects”, but I just couldn’t leave it behind. I’m not used to Xelly singing much at all, let alone using a lot of autotune and other vocal effects, but he does so in this track, opening my eyes to even more skills I had never …

Black Balloons Reprise- [Flying Lotus] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Although Black Balloons is typically a trademark of Denzel Curry’s, Flying Lotus decided to borrow the idea and run with it in his latest visual for “Black Balloons Reprise”. He didn’t leave the South Florida hanging though and invited him to spit the bars over his always impeccable production. The single has a 90’s-heavy sort of sound with the boom-bap percussion, but FlyLo adds his own spice to it with different melodies and sound effects that only he knows how to masterfully use. The visual is completely black and white, adding to the dark aura that consumes the lyrics Denzel is spurting. Literal black balloons can be seen in almost every shot, and bad omens like a black cat help contribute to the messages expressed. One of the most powerful parts of the video was when Denzel sat down to write a message in a notebook, and the pen was directly hooked up to his bloodstream. It made me picture that he’s literally writing with every ounce of his being, whether it’s lyrics for his music or maybe another message he’s trying to convey. This visual for “Black Balloons Reprise” is very well shot, clear and concise, and it’s definitely …

Wale Self Reflects on Life, Love and All the Above on ‘Wow… That’s Crazy’

“Wow I made one of the best albums of the year .. that’s crazy” -Wale, via Twitter “Timing is everything” — by far one of the most cliche and overused quotes to exist on the face of the Earth. To many people, this quote may mean nothing at all. To true musicians, this quote means the world. Music is currently in an era which people like to consider the “Microwave era” — very fast-paced and not full of content that sits long with fans around the world. There are some artists who are okay with this, releasing music and having fans tweet you two weeks later asking “yO wHeRes aNoThEr aLbUm?!”. Other artists are not okay with that, only creating music with the pure intention of sticking with the people and standing tall on their integrity to keep producing their best work possible. When it comes to Wale, he happens to be one of those artists who has always stood his ground on putting his best foot forward when releasing music. Coming out at the top of this decade alongside Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & J. Cole, Wale is among the hip hop heavyweights and has had a strong …

Nothing is Safe – [clipping.]

Daveed Diggs and his clipping. outfit has a new full-length album dropping in October, titled There Existed an Addiction to Blood. This should already be exciting news, but if you aren’t aware of the group, their new single will have you waiting with bated breath to hear the rest of the album.  The new track is called “Nothing is Safe”, and it is a synth-dominated banger, commanded by Diggs himself who raps his ass off for pretty much the entirety of the five-minute track. The song goes absolutely bonkers at the 2:29 mark, and the intensity in Diggs’ delivery matches the heart-thumping production. The high piano note that repeats throughout the track, along with the synth-heavy production makes this the musical equivalent of an early 80’s horror movie, and the morbid lyricism matches this as well. In fact, the lyric video down below heavily resembles the aesthetic of 1978’s Halloween. The new album is due out October 18th, and is sure to be something special, featuring names like Benny the Butcher and Ed Balloon. Stream this fantastic single on Spotify here and check out the eerie lyric video down below!

The Dubs – [Ed Balloon]

Here on Lyrical Lemonade, we’ve already covered a couple of the singles in support of Ed Ballon’s brand new album The Dubs, and as of this past Friday, we can finally listen to the project in full!  Right from the get-go, on skeletally-produced, synth-heavy tracks like “Edges” and “Hero” featuring Illa J, Ed establishes himself as a compelling songwriter, getting introspective on most tracks, but also forcing listeners to get up and dance while singing along to his incredibly addicting hooks. Speaking of hooks, Ed seems to have them down to a science, as with every track on here, I find myself singing along at one point or another, and this balance that Ed creates is quite impressive. Vocally, Ed is all over the place in the best possible way, and the standout track “Du Rags In The Air” with Niu Raza, captures this perfectly. On the chorus, he’s nearly whispering, and on one of the verses, we hear him channeling his inner Young Thug for some deep, yelpy vocals, showing off Ed’s impressive range.  Ed and his band killed it on the production side as well, which only adds to the album’s greatness. While they are capable of making …

balloons don’t float here – [Isaac Dunbar]

From Billie Eilish to Isaac Dunbar, we’re beginning to see some of the next generation’s most exciting new talents emerge at ages we never before could have imagined. Now just 16 years old, one of my personal favorite examples — the aforementioned Isaac Dunbar — is roaring with momentum and headed quickly toward the spotlight, and the craziest part of it is, he looks, sounds, and feels ready. Today, this couldn’t be better proven than with the Barnstable native’s new EP, balloons don’t float here. 8 tracks long, balloons don’t float here is a display of pop mastery. From chart-bound singles to beautiful, polished odes to reflection and love, Dunbar’s unmatched artistry refuses to back down from anything, and quite clearly, his preparedness for notoriety is perhaps his most fascinating characteristic as an artist. Not one song on this one misses the mark or breaks the project’s fervent sense of emotion, making for an unbelievably cohesive and well-executed vision from front to back. That said, Isaac Dunbar was meant to be a star, and balloons don’t float here is a step in the right direction toward such. Tune in now, because come the end of the year, Dunbar’s name is destined to be everywhere!

M’aider (Mayday) – [Ed Balloon]

Just yesterday here on Lyrical Lemonade we premiered the new collaborative track between Ed Balloon, Open Mike Eagle, and They Hate Change in support of Ed’s upcoming record The Dubs, and I wanted to highlight another great single from it. “M’aider (Mayday)” is the closing track to the album, and it’s nice to know that the project will be ending on a high point. The song is a low-key but triumphant closer, featuring impressive progressions, along with some extraordinary vocal melodies. Thematically, the song is an ode to a loyal partner more than anything, and it starts out with some nostalgia-inducing guitar chords. Once the drums kick in, Ed bursts into his infectious hook, and along with this, there are some tasteful vocal effects scattered throughout the track, plus some alluring background vocals. This is shaping up to be a special project from Ed, get ready for the new record on July 19th by pre-ordering it here and checking out the visuals for “M’aider (Mayday)” below!

Premiere: Missed Call – [Ed Balloon] ft. [Open Mike Eagle] [They Hate Change]

Photo Credit // Bank of NH Stage (Concord, NH) Deathbomb Arc’s very own Ed Balloon is about to pop off, and his brand new single “Missed Call”, released today, is proof. His new album The Dubs is set to drop next Friday, and today Ed dropped one of the best singles of the year, alongside none other than Open Mike Eagle and They Hate Change.   “Missed Call” is a generally atmospheric and somber offering, but alternates back and forth from peaceful to intense at the drop of a hat. It all begins with a profound verse from Open Mike Eagle backed by a synth, hi-hats, and some subtle drums. Ed Balloon belts out some heartfelt vocals following this, along with his infectious refrain that proclaims “pick up the phone” throughout the track. This catchy refrain is indicative of Ed’s ability to write thoughtful but equally enjoyable songs with replay value as he tends to do throughout his upcoming project. They Hate Change, a duo who dropped a solid EP a few months back, also courtesy of Deathbomb Arc, make a great contribution to the track. The duo trade off, delivering a couple of emotionally poignant and heartfelt verses that add …