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Friend Zone – [Tommy Global]

Just over a month ago, Detroit’s own Tommy Global released another hit in his new single “Friend Zone,” pairing it with an in-studio visual by Cinimaniacs. I was introduced to Tommy a couple years back when I first started writing for the site, and was instantly impressed with his track “Legacy,” and couldn’t picture anything but a career trending upward for the Detroit phenom. Since then, his numbers have skyrocketed, with “Friend Zone” already reaching 105K views on YouTube in just over a month. The track, roughly two minutes long, has big-time potential. Tommy dipped deep into his bag, with multiple different flows, vocal tones, and a chorus that make this track an immediate addition to hip-hop libraries everywhere. It’s a track that has star-potential, and it’s hard to think Tommy’s audience and viewership will go anywhere but up. His style has a mix of tendencies from some of the industries brightest stars, with hints of Durk coming immediately to mind. Slow-growth and consistency describe his discography thus far with videos and singles getting into the 10s of thousands of streams until recently. Seemingly, the only way now is up, as this video has already doubled his prior-high view count …

Play With It – [Dolly Ave] x [Charlie Curtis-Beard]

“The first line I wrote as a joke was “This kind of snack is hard to find.” That was the line that brought my producer and I into a world of sweets and candy themes. After the song was made I just felt as if there was an essence missing and I shared the song with Charlie. The creative direction of the video was between my Joe Han, Darren Bui, Sam Li, Charlie and I. I frequently work with my three film friends. We had this idea to make it really bright and pink and fun and the scale of the video got bigger as we got to brainstorming. Charlie thought it’d be a great idea to make up a dance and we all just fed off of one another. Recording video and song was the most fun part. I laughed so hard in the studio and on set. It was very freeing to not take everything so seriously and have a good time. The challenging part was sharing this track. It seems like such a silly thing to be on the fence about but I was constantly fighting with myself because of negative feedback I may get from being …

Get Refreshed: ericdoa’s Guide To The Music Industry, Inside “Insignia’s Manor,” and Resonating With DV-i

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Nick D’Apolito DV-i: “Resonance” With drum and bass still on its gradual journey of increased relevance throughout 2021, the genre has been recently jam-packed with artists both new and old to the approach coming through with some exceptional offerings at a blistering pace. But even though it can be difficult to peer through the mass amount of new content coming out of this style each and every day, it is quite easy to still see the work of a tried and true purveyor of the genre like DV-i shining as bright as it always, always does.  And if for some reason you’ve had trouble identifying such a bright and magnificent star like she is based on her latest output this year, her latest single “Resonance” is practically unable to be ignored once listened to for the first time. I’ll just put it straight; this is without question the best single offering out of the d&b-sphere to release this year, and it even rivals some of DV-i’s most exceptional work beyond just the past few months as well. It’s …

A Conversation with syd B and Floyd Fuji about their new song “Guilt Trip”

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to feature one of my favorite artists, syd B for her latest song, “Freezing” and today, she’s back on our pages for her new offering called, “Guilt Trip”. What’s best about this one is that syd didn’t do it alone; The up and comer enlisted help from her dear friend and close collaborator, Floyd Fuji which makes for a full piece overall. Instead of just writing some words in article format, I thought it would be beneficial to sit down with both syd and Floyd to talk about life, music and their working relationship! Continue reading to check out my conversation with them! — Sam: I’ve actually never written down questions for interviews. I just like having conversations and seeing where it takes us; So the first thing I’d love to know is how the two of you met. Both of you can take turns telling your side of the story. syd: Okay, I want to go first! Floyd: I knew she was going to try to go first! She hopped up so quick! syd: Okay, so, we both went to Berklee kind of around the same time. I’m a …

Big Glocks – [Pouya] & [Fat Nick]

In the new age of music, there are very few duos that are quite as notorious as Pouya and Fat Nick. While they might have very different deliveries, they just have a chemistry that was formed from their upbringing together as friends, and the way they work together is just unmatched. Nick has the natural ability to make unforgettable hooks while Pouya complements this with some of the hardest-hitting verses in the game, yet they have both proven that they can get out of their respective comfort zones and try all different sorts of things that usually end up more successful than anyone could’ve imagined. A few months ago, they decided to drop off their long-awaited Drop Out of School 2 EP, and while I don’t quite think it can compare to the original project considering that’s a classic in my eyes, this tape is undeniably full of hits and new sounds that are going to continue to build the legacy that this super duo has already solidified for themselves. One of the most hard-hitting tracks, at least in my opinion, is the second song “Big Glocks”, so you can only imagine how excited I was to see the two …

Trust Nobody (2 My Brothers) – [DJ Scheme] & [Joey Bada$$]

Way back at the beginning of December, DJ Scheme blessed the world with his absolutely unbelievable debut album FAMILY, and all of the features that joined him turned out to be exactly that. He only wanted to work with his closest friends because chemistry is something that goes such a long way when making music, and it was obviously a major factor that brought this project to new heights. Obviously, we’re used to Scheme working with artists like Ski Mask the Slump God and Danny Towers who were both coming up at the same time Scheme was in the Florida music scene, but this project brought some unexpected guests to the party like Skrillex, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Keed along with others, but each and every guest brought the perfect amount of differentiation and their own flair to the project that worked wonderfully. Out of all these guests, though, I think the artist that seemed to be the most out of left field was Joey Bada$$, at least in my opinion. Scheme might be known for his high-intensity bangers full of chaos and energy, and although Joey is one of the most versatile artists on the planet, he doesn’t …

A Conversation with Mulherin

From the moment I began writing for Lyrical Lemonade, I fell in love with unearthing the true gems of the music industry; Artists who definitively transcend the fad obsessed world that we live in and truly present themselves as individuals who can have a long lasting career filled with success and influence. At first, these types of artists weren’t easy to find, but after some time, I came across two guys who truly made me rethink what I considered great music to be. If you haven’t heard of Mulherin, then allow this article to serve as a PSA for anyone who is in dire need of discovering the next big thing. I use lofty phrases and words like that lightly, but when it comes to this LA-Based duo, I firmly believe that they are generational talents that need to be seen and heard in every way. I really can’t stress how great their art is and I’m so glad that I got the chance to catch up with twin brothers, Parker and Marshall Mulherin to talk about their artists project and everything that they’ve got in store for 2021. Like I said above; If you’re looking for your newest obsession, …

Send Heartss – [Jay2]

No matter where in the country or even in the entire world that music leads me, I’m beyond grateful that it always brings me back to my home of Chicago. While there are always new artists coming out of the city, I obviously can’t keep up with everyone, so some of the most talented individuals can sometimes slip through my fingers. Nonetheless, I need to make sure that when I find out about a truly promising Chicago artist, I need to do my best to listen up and put other people onto them because I love seeing my city winning as I’m sure most people do, and I’ll never understand how Chicago can be so slept on after all of the unbelievably underrated artists that this city has produced. Most recently, one of my homies put me onto an artist he manages who goes by the name of Jay2. While this name is somehow new to me, I have no excuses as to why I’m unfamiliar considering he has almost 700 thousand monthly Spotify listeners and he has worked with numerous artists, the most notable being St. Louis’ very own Smino. While it’s slightly embarrassing that I have been so …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Bop It – [Fivio Foreign] ft. [Polo G]

One of the best parts about getting a yearly XXL Freshman class is all the collaborations that come from the multitude of artists on the cover. This opportunity for some artists has led to some wild collabs in the past, but it has also led to some long-awaited work between artists as well. Although Fivio Foreign and Polo G have teamed up once or twice in the past, they’re back and better than ever in their latest song together. Throw in a little nostalgia and some Kenny Beats production and the results couldn’t get any better. The track I’m alluding to, of course, is called “Bop It”, and although it came out late last week, it’s a song I’ve been bumping all weekend so I could help but talk about it. Kenny lays a perfect Drill-Inspired foundation with momentous synths, clattering percussion, and out of the box drums that gives Fivio an incredible path to show off his skills, while also pushing Polo out of his comfort zone slightly, leading to magnificent results. As the song starts up, a short sample that must have been taken from a retro Bop It commercial is played before the instrumental begins to build …