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Come Home The Kids Miss You – [Jack Harlow]

Though it may feel like just yesterday, a lot has changed for Jack Harlow since 2020’s Thats What They All Say. Between his three (3) Grammy nominations, a track with over a billion (with a B) streams, and most recently, a viral banger sampling Fergie’s iconic “Glamorous” – few lately have been moving with the same precision as Harlow himself. His newest record Come Home The Kids Miss You is in many ways a love letter to the life that he’s lived since – Jack’s rare moment to breathe between headlines, events, and accolades. With a meteoric rise to fame like his comes a host of new challenges – practices to learn, people to be wary of, and no amount of accommodation or luxury can totally erase the inconvenience of his level of celebrity. Because of this, Jack Harlow’s new record is surprisingly mature from an artist known for his humor and carefree confidence. The mixes are much less conventional than one may expect, suggesting a refreshing and admirable desire to take risks coming from a position that in no way demands he takes them. Above all else, Come Home The Kids Miss You is much more reflective than his last …

The Cheater – [Lil Gotit]

Throughout my years in this industry as a writer and contributor for Lyrical Lemonade, I have honestly come across few talents who are as surprising as Lil Gotit. The Atlanta emcee was always someone I had enjoyed even early on, but I really only listened to him when he was featured on one of his brother, Lil Keed’s songs, and that was really the extent of my experience with him. Then, one day I randomly decided to check out one of his earlier mixtapes to just find something new and different to listen to, and that is exactly when I turned into a fan of the young star. I honestly don’t know what song did it for me, but I knew that as soon as I heard how versatile his voice could be and how enthusiastic his cadences proved to be, I knew that he was going to be one of my favorites for quite some time and that admiration only continues to skyrocket now that his latest project The Cheater is in our hands. I am always happy when we receive new music from him, but it seems like this year started out pretty quietly when compared to other …

Behind The Track: Featuring Menace

This year at Lyrical Lemonade, I’m starting a feature section titled Behind The Track, specifically to shine a light on producers. A producer oversees all aspects of the creation of a song or album. The choice of song, choice of musicians, instruments, and vocalist(s) and how it all comes together. Your favorite artist makes dope music but without an amazing producer, your favorite song might not be so great after all. In this industry, the artist always receives credit for producing records that the world wants to listen to. However, as you start to learn more about the music business, you begin to understand how important having a dope producer is. Behind the track was created to give acknowledgment to producers that are behind our favorite songs. Whether the song might be big or small, producers deserve just as much credit as an artist. The first producer I had the opportunity to learn more about is Adnan Khan aka Menace from Manchester, England. Menace is the face behind the 2016 mega multi-platinum smash hit ‘Panda’ by Designer. This record sold over 20 million copies and collected over 7 billion + streams and counting. The beat was so popular that artists …

24 Hours – [Fresco Trey]

If you’re a fan of the booming hip-hop movement that’s happening down in Memphis, then Fresco Trey probably isn’t a new name for you. He has been on an absolute tear recently, dropping hit after hit while racking up mind-boggling numbers on streaming platforms, music videos, and social media, and he is still at the very beginning of his industry takeover. His last song “Need You” provided just a glimpse at exactly how much potential this emcee has, achieving over 73 million views on TikTok and 7.6 million streams across platforms. Not to mention his project Heartbreak Diaries was a huge success and boasted a guest verse from Lil Tjay, he was featured on the NBA 2K22 soundtrack, and he even teamed up with Budweiser to release an NFT that ultimately sold out. If these accomplishments weren’t enough to pique your curiosity about, the rising talent, then I think his latest single “24 Hours” off of his upcoming EP Heartbreak Diaries 2 definitely has to be the eye-opening song that will get you to pay way more attention than ever, and with such an amazing music video to accompany the record, there are no shortfalls to this release even slightly. …

eastside – [Lu]

You may have heard of Lu in the past because I have tried to write about pretty much every song he has ever released or has been featured in back when he went by the name Lubaby, and although I often find myself running out of adjectives to describe artists I consistently write about because there is only so many ways to describe certain emcees, Lu is someone who never fails to rejuvenate my personal dictionary. He is just so complex and diverse, and although I have heard so many different variations of his skillset on various songs, I feel like I can say more confidently than ever that he crushes every single verse that he drops, and I am never even slightly bored when it comes to his music. His most recent release, “eastside”, might honestly be my favorite record from Lu yet, but it’s hard to say because I am constantly absorbed in the sonic world that he creates, but I do know 100% that this track is an all-out hit. The effortlessly smooth cut is produced by Christian Carcamo who includes some smooth guitar riffs, lowkey percussion, and thudding drums that allow Lu’s naturally indescribable vocals to …

The World Is Watching – [Rinchere] ft. [Var Brown]

Queens rapper Richere makes his debut in our pages today with his lyrical new visual “The World Is Watching,” which is a play on Jay Z’s classic “The Streets Is Watching,” to exemplify numerous social issues that extend far beyond the streets and also to accentuate the fact that hip-hop and its culture is now being consumed by those far beyond the neighborhoods in which it originated and thrived originally. The track features Var Brown whose lyrically dense flow matches the standard set by Rinchere as both artists clearly care deeply about delivering their messages in the most creative ways possible. As well as being featured on the track Var Brown directed and edited the visual showcasing his skillset that extends beyond music.

Crunkstar Duke Deuce Drops “Running Out of Love” Single ft Dante Smith

Memphis rapper Duke Deuce has been in the spotlight ever since his 2019 single “Whole Lotta”. Widely known for his signature ad-libs (“WHAT THE FUCK?!”), Deuce is proving that rap doesn’t always have to be serious. The Crunk rapper wants his fans to have fun while enjoying his music. With a co-sign from platinum-selling recording artist Drake, and over 33M+ global streams and 1.2M+ monthly listeners on Spotify, Deuce continues to pave his path and climb up the charts with each release. Last week, the Quality Control Music/Motown Records artist released his new single “Running Out of Love” with the visuals to match. This song showed off a different side of Deuce we haven’t seen yet. The hip-hop/rock banger welcomed rockstar guitar riffs and hypnotic melodies. Produced by Hitkidd, Duke performed on a stage pouring out his heart in true rockstar form. “Niggas is bitches and bitches is hoes. What happened to real niggas nobody knows. You is so jealous that sometimes it shows. You is so jealous can’t stick to the code. I’m so used to the pain I can’t cry. You hate me why oh why. Just can’t understand you lil niggas.” On March 1, Deuce announced that …

i want you – [DC the Don]

I know I always seem to write about anything new that DC the Don comes out with, but when he is constantly releasing an influx of unbelievable songs, projects, and music videos, how could I not try and share them with as many people as I can? His album My Own Worst Enemy was not only extensive, but it also featured an inner monologue between characters like the more caring, meaningful side of his personality he dubs RAG3 KIDD and the more demonic, hellish side of himself known as DONNY. I love when there is more to a story than the music itself, and considering DC understands that not everything in hip-hop has to always relate to drugs, money, or women, this allows him to give us an alternate storyline that is even more compelling, at least in my opinion. While I do personally prefer the more chaotic, belligerent version of DC more than anything else, I do appreciate and recognize that even when he does slow it down on more melodic ballads, he is able to do so gracefully and smoothly without sounding like he’s totally out of his comfort zone, and that is more obvious than ever on …

Trendsetter – [Coi Leray]

Coi Leray is one of those artists that I love hearing when she’s featured on songs and I always play some of her massive singles on repeat once I first hear them, but I have slept on her solo albums and projects for quite some time, and I really have no reason as to why I do this. I know she is so dexterous, talented, and compelling, but I guess I have no excuse as to why I haven’t listened up, and after finding out about and listening to her brand-new album Trendsetter, I realized that I was completely sleeping on her, and I need to wake the hell up because she honestly can do it all. Luckily, the homie hit me up and told me that it’s an essential listen because it’s such an insane album, and that was the push I needed to tap in, and I was blown away by the 20 songs that spanned just over 50 minutes long. With features like Nicki Minaj, Fivio Foreign, G Herbo, NAV, Lil Durk, Polo G, Lil Tecca, and many more, she has a star-studded lineup of diverse emcees which allows her to flex her versatility as well which …

Material Girl – [Darius] x [Lo Village]

Maryland trio Lo Village returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a glorious record titled “Material Girl.” In featured collaboration with extraordinary producer Darius, the otherworldly vibes this single contains are exactly what you’d expect. Sonically the bass-booming production is fantastically met with an electro-piano melody, which seamlessly aligns with Lo Village’s low-key raps and pristinely romantic vocals. As for the track’s replay-value, if  there were an award for the the most addictive song of the year, “Material Girl” would have to be among your list. With Darius’ second album Oasis right around the corner, this offering couldn’t be more appealing ahead of its release. Have a listen below!