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Who You Are-[Sally Sossa]

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been anticipating the emergence of an artist who is nothing short of spectacular. With more rappers popping up each and everyday, it can sometimes be hard to delineate between the real and the fake. Every once in a while though, an undeniable talent comes around that you can’t help but marvel at. Today on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, I get to bring one of those talents to the forefront. When it comes to debut singles, you never know what you’re going to get or how it’s going to preform, but in the case of Sally Sossa, expect her first time stepping on the scene to be a triumph. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Sally started off as a highly coveted basketball recruit out of high school but ended up choosing the rap game. After putting out some impressive mixtapes at the age of 17, word started making its way around town and Sally became a prominent figure weighing her community. Fast forward to today, the Houston native just dropped her very first single on streaming services called, “Who You Are”. The fiery track has already made it onto NMF which will …

Call Him-[Noah Cunane]

As time passes and our hunger for creativity rages on, Fridays are a day that cannot come soon enough. With so many songs dropping at once, I pray my articles can serve as a guide to the music that needs to be consumed. An artist who I’ve been extremely high on since his career started is Noah Cunane. From “Lips” and “Rich Girls” all the way to his most popular songs, “Medicine” and “Miami”, Noah is a talent who has evolved before my eyes in such a short amount of time. With so much more untapped potential and so many more hits to be written, Noah continues to up his game with more intensity and intentionality. Today, the well-known vocalist is resurfacing after releasing a brand-new track called, “Call Him”. Being able to tell if a song is good or not by listening to the first couple of seconds is a skill I pride myself on having. This latest offering just so happens to be one of those pieces that you’ll fall in love with among pressing play. The production makes itself know right from the start as it sets the tone for an infectious energy throughout its three minute …

PILOT-[emawk]

“Who has been your favorite artist to write about?”… A difficult question for some writers, but an easy one for me. Throughout my time at Lyrical Lemonade, I’ve had the pleasure of highlighting talented individuals, but none quite as talented as the artist making it onto our pages again. I’ve written about him before, but each time feels like the first time, due to sheer excitement and joy. If you’ve heard emawk’s music before, then you know why he is deserving of every kind word and positive affirmation. I wish there were enough words in the dictionary to encapsulate what makes him so special as an artist, but I fear that’s a feat that can never be accomplished when it comes to this generational talent. Every time emawk drops music, it’s a treat and today there’s no greater blessing than being able to highlight his art. The last time we saw emawk was for the release of his latest song “tea” that dropped back in December of 2019. Just like “PILOT”, “tea” was a triumph that has pushed the limits of emawk’s artistic potential. He keeps growing as time goes on and this latest offering is just evidence for that …

Come & Go – [Juice WRLD] ft. [Marshmello]

I can say with the utmost confidence that Juice WRLD was a one of a kind musician that only comes around once in a lifetime. While he might’ve started out humbly as an underground rapper and singer, his rise to fame was unlike anything I’ve seen in my life. It seemed like I was listening to him and showing friends his music for roughly six months ever since I had first found out about him and then in the blink of an eye, he was an immediate sensation. Obviously, he was beyond talented and shared messages that so many people could relate to, but there was just something deeper that isn’t quite tangible, and I’ve always had trouble putting my finger on it. Maybe it’s what some people consider a star factor or something like that, but either way, he had something that most artists, even most superstars, lack. Eventually, his music ended up transcending the Rap and Hip-Hop worlds and entered into various other genres where he once again was able to prove his dominance and talents to even wider audiences. This is clear as day with one of his most recent releases called “Life’s a Mess” which featured …

Slim Peter – [Wiz Khalifa]

Sometimes it seems when certain artists blow up beyond a status that is even comprehensible, they somewhat lose touch with reality and forget about the fans that got them to that level of success in the first place. Luckily, Wiz Khalifa, although a massive, household name in the Rap world, is not one of these people and he has been known to interact with fans no matter how successful he becomes. Most recently, he created a Discord in order to get in touch with his supporters and even asked for name ideas for a brand-new single off of his freshly announced mixtape Big Pimpin’. While fans seemed to be trolling a bit considering they suggested that the name of the track be “Slim Peter” in reference to cartoon icon Peter Griffin, Wiz went with it and played into the joke. Other users went above and beyond to create cover art for the single as well, and the results seemed all too comical for the legendary rapper. Nonetheless, he listened to the fans no matter how much they might’ve been joking, and the song was fire regardless, so I guess the name and the cover art are the least important parts …

Hallucinogen (Trippin’)-[Ncognita]

The individual who is making it onto our pages right now might be one of the most dynamic artists that I’ve ever gotten the chance to write about. When you experience true and raw talent, it is impossible to shake it. Think back to the first time you heard a legend. There was not a doubt in your mind that you were witnessing something special; something that might only come around once in a lifetime. When you stumble upon those types of artists early, it’s of the utmost importance to take immediate notice. Today, it is my honor to highlight a future star in the making. Someone who is not only going to leave a mark in her genre, but in music altogether. Ncognita is the rapper we’ve all been waiting for. In a brief conversation last week, one of my colleagues asked me if I’m a fan of Hip-Hop and I proceeded to tell him that “I’m a fan of good Hip-Hop.” If you’re wondering what constitutes as good hip-hop, look no further than this article. I came across the stellar talent of Ncognita when her first song to hit streaming services came out. The offering, titled, “Clap Clap” …

Premiere: About April (Music Video)-[Alex Banin]

Stellar music is hard to come by, so whenever I receive songs that completely blow me away, I’m endlessly grateful to say the least. Today, it’s only right that I share with the readers what was shared with me and why I think it’s so spectacular. If you’re looking for your latest indulgence, look no further.  An artist named Alex Banin is making an appearance on Lyrical Lemonade today for the release of her brand new song titled, “About April”. The 22-year-old London born artist, grew up in New York, but now is based in Chicago, where she started making music. The new piece that dropped last week has been preforming well on streaming platforms and its only a matter of time before it catches fire and is heard by everyone. The subtle production was truly what caught my ear at first listen. It is strong but doesn’t overpower Alex’s beautiful voice which you truly won’t want to miss out on. The best artists are those who can tell stories just as well as they can sing, and that perfectly encapsulates Alex in totality. In this peaceful and reflective piece, the up and comer takes us on an introspective journey …

Cajun-[Baby Bari] & [Gidi]

Baby Bari is an artist who keeps coming up in conversation. Whether it’s in passing exchanges or intentional talks with other artists, on many occasions, I’ve been told that Baby Bari is someone to look out for. After hearing all of the referrals, it was only right to check out some of his music and peep what makes this up and coming hitmaker so intriguing. Today, Baby Bari is making it onto our pages for a song that is definitely worth all of the hype that I’ve been hearing. The track, “Cajun” is a 2 minute and 22 second offering that introduces us to the 22-year-old Naples, Florida native in the best way possible. As soon as I turned this one on, it was instant vibes. Everyone who is familiar with my writing knows that I’m a sucker for all things guitar and in the first couple seconds of this one, there is a groovy guitar that completely sets the tone for the whole entire piece. I could get into every single element that is present, but all y’all need to know is that the sound from a stylistic standpoint is utterly perfect. Bari knows exactly who he is as …

A Conversation With Ajani Jones

Ajani Jones is someone who I first got familiar with roughly five years ago when he was just a small artist making dope music in the city, since that point, he has grown a tremendous amount as an artist + as a person. He has become one of the top tier young talents that are gaining notoriety in Chicago, he is the kind of artist who makes music that I consider food for thought, he creates with tons of passion + he takes his craft incredibly serious. These qualities are on display whenever he drops a new project or single because, in the handful of years I’ve been listening to him, he hasn’t missed yet. I interviewed Ajani a couple of years ago, but now that I am doing more on-camera interviews here at the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters in Chicago, I wanted to bring him by for another conversation + catch up with him. I had a good time chopping it up with Ajani, it’s the perfect interview to read/watch if you are a fan of him and even if you don’t know his material at all. Listen to some of his music, watch some of these clips + learn …

On The Way: 18Veno talks South Carolina, jetsonmade, BoyMeetSpace, and more

Photo by @bijannyfootball Over the past year and a half, largely under the guiding light of DaBaby, there’s been a shift happening in the Carolinas. The pieces are moving into place, the signature sound is there, and with names like jetsonmade and Neeko Baby behind the boards, the Carolinas – and more specifically, South Carolina – are churning out hit after hit, playing entirely by their own rules while the rest of the world tries to play catch-up. The soundtrack to it all? “Jetson made another one.” Today, with numerous hits to his name and even a hit single at this very moment in the form of “WHATS POPPIN,” jetsonmade is using onwards and upwards growth to turn inwards, championing his native South Carolina with a locally-focused label called BoyMeetSpace. From producers 1stClass, Deskhop, and Neeko Baby to creative director Chidiebere Udogwu, he’s keeping things close to home, with one artist, in particular, as the chosen one for his SC-oriented team: 18Veno. Hailing from Winnsboro, South Carolina, 18Veno is a 19-year old rapper supplied with beats from arguably the hottest crew of producers in rap right now. By all definitions, he’s South Carolina’s “chosen one,” and as the chosen one might do, Veno has …