Def Jam’s Young Gun TJ Porter Talks Representing for Harlem, Having a “Celebrity” Manager, His Sentimental New Single “Do You Care” and Upcoming Debut Album Voice Of the Trenches

Def Jam Records is in something of a youth revolution. The most iconic label in hip-hop history may be turning 35 this year, but it has its eyes newly fixed on the future, with some seventeen newly signed artists set to showcase on next month’s release of Undisputed, a compilation recorded over several days last November in Los Angeles. Front and center among the Undisputed lineup is Harlem, New York’s latest ambassador to the music world, 18 year old TJ Porter, who in only a couple of years in the game has begun to serve notice of his intention to follow in the formidable footsteps of the greats that put his neighborhood on the rap map, including Mase, Dipset and ASAP Mob. The young MC has versatility on his side: early singles, like 2017’s “Trust Issues”, “Quiet Storm” and “Can’t Wait” offered bar spitting life lessons; last fall’s Pregame, his release first with Def Jam, found TJ in melodic mode – celebratory on the breakout “Glowin’ Up” and boastful on “Tricky”; while his most recent EP, No Disturbance­, released only two weeks ago, goes dark on “The Don”, admits to relationship infidelity in “Cheated”, and claps back at doubters on …

Premiere: FLY – [dylAn] feat. [Quatho] and [Jaden Smith]

Calabasas native, dylAn is premiering his new video for his song, “FLY,” right here on Lyrical Lemonade. The song and video come off of his upcoming album, Woodland Hills, set to be released tomorrow, February 22nd. The new video is rap through and through, dylAn commands your attention among a motley crew of MSFT affiliates. Bouncing and dancing among various areas in the cinematic Calabasas hills, dylAn stories his growth, success and future plans as an artist. Trading the spotlight between fellow collaborators Jaden Smith and Quatho, dylAn and crew make sure to hype each other up during the sporadic, fun loving visuals. This is dylAn’s second video from his proceeding album coming off the heels of his video release for “Pull Up (Thousand Oaks).”  Make sure to put your friends on by sharing this new video from dylAn and show some love to the rising artist by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

RAW – [Yung Bans]

Lyrical Lemonade favorite Yung Bans has been teasing the release of the visual for his hit song “RAW” for a minute now, and moments ago we got blessed with the final product. Yung Bans has some of my favorite records from the past couple of years, but this song is by far my favorite of the bunch, and it’s awesome to see it get the proper visual that it deserves. The video director THEM did a fantastic job on this one so hopefully we get to see them do some more work together in the future, but if I had to guess I would assume that they will. Take a few minutes of your time to watch this brand new music video below and if you like it be sure to give Yung Bans a follow on Twitter here. Photo by Cole Schwartz


SoundCloud is home to a seemingly endless supply of gems, and here to add to the list is an artist by the name of Nion with a thoughtful new release, “SUPERNATURALGRL”. Based around the idea that a given relationship may not be as special as a girl thinks, this honest, simplistic release perfectly encapsulates the candid emotion that one might feel in a situation like the one at hand. “SUPERNATURALGRL” keeps it brief and to-the-point, offering exactly what’s on the table without digging too far to the point where the song loses its ability to resonate with such a wide base of listeners. That said, Nion definitely shows some serious potential with this one, so be sure to keep an eye on him in the future and for now, stream “SUPERNATURALGRL” at the link provided below!

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

but – [Deem Spencer]

It’s been awhile since I have last heard from Deem Spencer, but lucky for me he dropped a gem a few days back titled “but”. First and foremost, shout out to Keith Charles Spacebar for blessing Deem with this unbelievably pleasing instrumental, and Deem created the best song you will hear this week with it! It has such a dreamy and euphoric feeling to it, then the funky beat switch up toward the back end was a smooth & refreshing change of pace to finish it off. I am expecting big things for the New York native in the near future, but I am sure he has some amazing music stored away that we don’t even know about yet, plotting on his takeover. Check out this brand new song below and if you like it be sure to give it a repost on Soundcloud!

Guess Who’s Bizzack – [Brittney Carter]

One of the best gems that shined in 2018 was Chicago’s own Brittney Carter, and a few days ago she released a brand new offering titled “Guess Who’s Bizzack”. Any hip-hop head will recognize this classic instrumental as soon as they press play, as Brittney Carter flipped Scarface’s smash hit, and sheeeeeesh she did her thing on this beat! I have wrote thousands of articles about hundreds upon hundreds of different artists & creatives here on Lyrical Lemonade, but it’s not too often that I get this feeling about a talent, understand that you guys are witnessing the start of something great. Brittney Carter has an extremely bright future ahead of her and I am so excited to watch her continue to grow into the artist that she’s going to become. Stream this brand new joint below and if you like what you hear be sure to give Brittney a follow on IG here.

Addicted – [Violet Star]

Today I am extremely happy to bring our audience the premiere of a brand new trio that goes by the moniker of Violet Star, consisting of Milwaukee breeds IshDARR, BoodahDARR, and Canadian bred Canis Major. Each of these creatives have remarkable talent so when I got word that they were going to create a Big 3 so to speak, I will on the edge of my seat trying to get some of their new music because I expected big things from them. Of course by the time that I got the chance to bump some of this heat in my headphones i was sold, and I was honored when the guys wanted to premiere this masterpiece on our pages. This track was produced by KINGBJMN and he really laced the trio with a beautiful instrumental, so hopefully he continues to work with these guys in the future. Listen to this debut offering below and if you like their sound be sure to give them a follow!

Loner – [Jumex]

Jumex is an artist that is from Illinois and makes some fantastic music, and this afternoon he is making his way back on our website with his brand new music video for “Loner”.  Jumex is pretty fresh off of the release of his last music video for “Trapped” that was directed by Odd Future’s own Taco, and it has been doing some serious numbers, already well past four millions views and still counting! With all that being said I expected this new music video to live up to those high standards that he placed upon himself, and sure enough he capitalized with yet another sensational visual. As if creating the ear pleasing music wasn’t hard enough Jumex had his hand in the direction of this video along with some help from Kyle Cogan, and together they created something to be proud of! Take a few minutes of your day to check out this addicting new music video below and if you like it be sure to give Jumex a follow on Twitter here.