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Stay Strapped, Vol. 2 – [STRAPPED!]

I was thrilled when STRAPPED! dropped their first official project last year as they have been an invaluable asset to the underground community for years both as a blog and SoundCloud hosting services, giving us our first listen to more links and snippets than I could count, as well as giving emerging artists a greater platform to expose their songs to. Their latest release, Stay Strapped, Vol. 2 follows their debut last year but have reloaded in terms of the artists they featured, even with a few repeat appearances. The twenty track project encapsulates almost every notable sound in underground rap today, ranging from the endless bars of Tony Shhnow, to the melodic plugg-stylings of BoofPaxkMooky, or the autotuned crooning of Pollari, with a number of flavors in between, truly giving a comprehensive sample of what is coming out of SoundCloud today. The tape features: Tony Shhnow, Draft Day, 10kdunkin, Stunna Cold, ATL Smook, Lil Xelly, BBKnight, Texako, BoofPaxkMooky, IceBirds, DC2Trill, FLEE, 1600j, MDMA, Destroy Lonely, Lil Candypaint, Thouxanbanfauni, Lil Yen, Bear1Boss, and Pollari. I am looking forwards to Volume 3 and cannot wait to see which new faces are selected for that project, as well as hearing how much the …

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

Proud of U – [Joony]

P.G. County’s Joony has been one of the most unexpected breakout young stars of 2021, captivating his region and the internet all at once thanks initially to his unforgettable mixtape Silent Battles that implanted him onto the radars of just about everyone who wasn’t aware of his prior underground output. This project was incredibly transparent and masterfully written as Joony has a knack for describing very complex feelings and navigating nuanced personal relationships in a terse and nonchalant way as if nothing could phase the young artist. He was soon after featured on Brent Faiyaz’s ultra rare DropBox release on the track “Paper Soldier” which introduced even more to his music and Joony shortly after capitalized on this newfound momentum with his Silent Battles Deluxe that gave fans new features as well as new styles we have been yet to hear from him. He continues to be prolific with his new EP Proud of U that is much shorter than the aforementioned projects but nonetheless potent and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the Silent Battles series, although for different reasons. To Joony, all love is fleeting, money is the main goal, a litmus test, and incredibly divisive, all at the same time …

One Deep in the Fleetwood – [Pouya]

The Florida rap scene is one that I seriously can’t get enough of, and while certain artists can sound very reminiscent of each other, other talents have been blazing a trail of their own for years, and there’s a reason why they get the recognition that they do. One of the most recognizable artists that come to mind when I think about this region has got to be Pouya, an emcee who has been paving a way for other artists to share their story with the masses, and I would be remised if I didn’t mention his legendary underground status. Out of everything, I think I just appreciate the fact that he’s not afraid to pour his heart out into the microphone, sharing stories of both his internal and external struggles, but he does so as a way to not only vent, but to connect with fans on a deeper, more introspective level that other artists might struggle with. Not too long ago, he dropped off his long-awaited project Blood Was Never This as Water which boasted 11 songs that ran just over 35 minutes long, and even though he had two features in Denzel Curry and Lu baby, he …

BALL IN NY – [FLEE] dir. [Digggers]

New York rapper FLEE has been a model of consistency over the past several years and without a question is one of the main artists synonymous with plugg-music as he was both instrumental in the scene both as the style was established and is now at the forefront of continuing the style as it touches a new group of fans and incorporates new artists and producers making waves. He came together with Digggers who are some of my favorite videographers in the underground and have a very special knack for color-grading, unique types of cameras, and motion-heavy videos that keep you locked in on what’s happening on the screen at all times. FLEE floated over the Playa$in production with a nonchalant and melodic flow that suits the subdued and laid-back production.

Eyes on Me – [Skepta]

Although I feel like grime music is grossly underrated in America, there is still a huge market of fans that eats up everything that our London counterparts release, and I’m definitely a part of this crowd. Skepta is undeniably the king of this genre, and he has been somewhat familiarized in the US music scene through his work with artists like Pharrell, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, and more, so he has been an emcee who I always have to listen to whenever he drops something new. After releasing his 5-song EP All In back in July, he has been living the life of a superstar, and this life is clearly displayed in the recently released Matthew Walker-directed music video for his song “Eyes on Me”. Opening up, Skepta wakes up in his luxurious mansion before getting ready for the day. Soon enough, a fleet of all-black Rolls Royces show up in his driveway to pick him and his crew up for their eventful day, taking him to a photo shoot for the new Bottega Veneta clothing line, where he dresses up in a variety of outfits and shows off his modeling skills well. After this, he and his friends head …

Hustler Muzic – [Baby Smoove]

Every time I tune in to a new Baby Smoove track, I find it hard to believe that I’ve been following along with his career for almost a year. At this point, it seems like he’s still as fresh and new as the day I first heard about him late last summer, and although it has been a substantial amount of time compared to other artists I’ve just found out about, I think it feels this way because there’s really no one else like him in the music industry. His dexterity is obvious despite his laid-back style, yet he can flow with the best of them on any instrumental you put in front of him. While I feel like I always write about his new releases, I simply couldn’t resist his latest visual for his song “Hustler Muzic” after seeing it all over social media, so I honestly had no choice. Produced by Michigan Meech and shot once again by his videographer JuddyRemixDem, things open up in the middle of an absolutely massive, modern-day mansion. Laying there with his hat covering his face, he seems to wake up in a daze in the middle of the home’s library. As he …

Bleach – [Worry Club]

“I really wanted to capture the nostalgia associated with a fleeting childhood. The idea of growing up has always scared the shit out of me” – Chase Walsh  Personal favorite Worry Club returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a fresh new single titled “Bleach.” The emerging Chicago duo has been on an absolute tear lately; having released plenty of quality music this year. On this particular record, Worry Club sticks to their signature alt-indie style to create an edgy Gen-Z elegy that somehow makes perfect sense. Sonically the slow guitar instrumentation bolds well with Walsh’s somber vocals, and sets the tone as the artist details his own troubling afflictions. Listen to “Bleach” below!

One Day – [LotisMusic] x [Lul Sparq]

Nashville artist LotisMusic is making his debut in the Lyrical Lemonade pages today alongside upcoming Nashville star Lul Sparq who captivated the city over the past year with his deeply emotional track “Pain In Me” that was a local favorite for 2020. LotisMusic has been making a name for himself across Nashville for a minute now, differentiating himself with his smooth r&b feel and comparatively wholesome lyrics compared to the rest of the city, but Lotis was in a swaggier-bag on his latest track “One Day” where Lotis and Sparq take on a bouncy and melodic west-coast-tinged instrumental that allows both artists to simultaneously skate on the beat and tell their stories as they relate to their many and always fleeting love interests. Andrew Flippa handled the video’s direction and Lil French mixed the track, definitely keep an eye on LotisMusic and Lul Sparq going forwards.

Can’t Trust a Soul – [7ru7h]

Although I just found out about West Virginia native 7ru7h a couple of months ago, I’ve been pretty heavily invested in his music ever since. After fleeing his drug-plagued town to Cincinnati where he slept on his producer buddy’s couch, he decided music was his last resort to get out of the stressful situation he found himself in. This led to the release of his debut project OBLIVION which began to gain traction for the rising talent as soon as it hit the internet, eventually leading to certain stats that are mind-blowing including over 600K monthly listeners, 45 million total streams, and over 4.8 million YouTube channel views, just to name a few. Most recently, the budding star decided to drop off a brand-new song entitled “Can’t Trust a Soul”, and I can already tell that this record is going to do wonders for him as he continues strengthening his name in the industry this year more than ever. As the instrumental begins, you can hear touching piano keys that are eventually met by pounding kick drums and chattering percussive elements that provide a very solid foundation for 7ru7h without even slightly stealing the spotlight from the remarkable artist. As …