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Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Solange Remix – [Tobi Lou] Ft. [DRAM] & [Facer]

I am a huge fan of Tobi Lou, and so are a lot of the guys over here at Lyrical Lemonade, so I was thrilled when I saw that he just released a brand new remix to “Solange” minutes ago featuring DRAM & Facer! Tobi Lou is a genius when it comes to schemes and ideas he thinks of for his music videos, he has delivered one extraordinary visual after another, and he continued that trend with this amazing video concept shown here. Tobi Lou and DRAM used the Instagram Live feature to shoot their video footage at a studio session they had one night, and it made for a great new video that you shouldn’t sleep on, watch this brand new music video below!

Dangerous – [ScHoolboy Q] x [Kid Cudi]

ScHoolboy Q took a commanding surge back into the rap game with his most recent album CrasH Talk, with the album itself and several of the tracks inside soaring to the top of hip-hop charts on multiple different sites. One of the most popular tracks among the album was “Dangerous,” which features the larger-than-life figure Kid Cudi. Though the song was one of my favorites of the album, the visual to go along with it that released earlier today is one of the more prominent and lasting ones I’ve seen yet this year. It features Schoolboy and a fellow actor laying low in their Chevy sedan, waiting to pull up on an enemy. It’s unclear why they’re pulling up, but nevertheless the two leave the car, pistols on their side and execute a man walking down the alley with his back turned to them. As ScHoolboy and the accomplice jump back in the getaway car following the execution and speed off, a title page appears saying, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Immediately following the title page comes a scene with Chevy speeding off from an aerial view, and another black sedan pulling up next to them …

West Side Freestyle – [Anonymuz]

He is a lyrical genius. He can flow with the best of them, he is the founder of the Rxdical movement. He is Anonymuz. Hailing from Broward County, Florida, the young emcee does not hold back and displays his full capability of creating an unforgettably lyrical head banger. Also, let’s face the facts: In a world in which artistry, especially Hip-Hop, is grossly saturated, it is uncommon to hear a rapper come up with completely original flows. That is exactly what Anonymuz does on his most recent offering, ‘West Side Freestyle.’ Produced by Oddwin, the 808’s and kick are going just as hard, if not even harder than Anonymuz and his homies are in the music video for the new single. This is not the first time I have heard the rapper, and it will certainly not be the last. His inventiveness, sheer lyricism, and ability to paint a picture have me anxiously waiting to hear more soon. Words by Barry R

Panini – [Lil Nas X]

All eyes are on Lil Nas X — how will he follow-up a breakout single that’s spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts and easily the most viral song of the year thus far? Today, the 20-year-old hitmaker answers that question with his first new song since “Old Town Road” blew up, “Panini”. While it’d be easy to crack under the pressure of breaking out with such a massive hit single, Lil Nas quickly dispels that notion as soon as the beat drops on this track. He reaffirms his knack for insanely catchy melodic rap and genre fluidity, taking the song down a grungy path for the hook that feels reminiscent of something off an old Cudi or Travis reference. It’s not coincidental that the production on “Panini” might remind some listeners of those artists either, with veteran producer Dot Da Genius teaming up with Take A Daytrip on the beat. Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7’ is set to drop this Friday, and with “Old Town Road”, “Panini”, and some promising snippets floating around social media, it seems like the young Atlanta star might be poised to take over summer ’19. Stream “Panini” below and let us …

Watch Juice WRLD Freestyle on Funk Flex

Juice WRLD is back with yet another extendo freestyle, this one clocking out at roughly 15 minutes on Funk Flex Hot 97. At this point, any time I see Juice’s name on a freestyle video, it’s an automatic click. This video was uploaded at 3:30am, and was just following a show that Juice performed which made it even more impossibly brilliant. Every freestyle of his I’ve seen brings new bars and new flows, which make him even more rare of a talent than the Chicago product already is. He masterfully articulated through four different instrumentals without a breath or a blunder with incomprehensible lines like, “Pull up to the scene I’ma stick ‘em like glue, tie a knot with the glock like a n***a lacin’ up shoes.” Juice’s creativity and mystifying flows have made him my absolute favorite freestyler to listen to and watch – and with his consistency and genius lyricism he’s paved his way to the top as not only a freestyler but wholly as an artist as well. Watch JUICE WRLD | FUNK FLEX | #Freestyle127 below!

Pluto – [Ajani Jones]

Is it just me or does this man Ajani Jones keep outdoing himself? I’m not complaining though, in fact I am applauding at what he accomplished up to this point, and the Chicago kid is back today with his new offering titled “Pluto”. When I first fell in love with Ajani’s music a few years back on his Eternal Bliss tape it was because of his extraordinary song crafting abilities & his on point story telling skills, and in a weird way this record made me reflect on just how far he has come musically in just a couple of dozen months, it’s like he’s the same grounded individual but his talent has blossomed immensely. This is the first record off of Ajani’s forthcoming full length project titled Dragonfly that is set to drop on July 16th, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. Don’t sleep on this one, press play below. produced by BanksTheGenius Additional Vocals provided by: Anna Agosta Additional Production provided by: Quinn Cochran & Solosam

Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR: The Most Accurate and Mature Interpretation of Heartbreak

Heartbreak is an indescribable feeling that blends mental and physical pain into a bane that one wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. It’s been awhile since it’s been so accurately portrayed in the form of a full-length album, at least as accurately as Tyler, The Creator has on his new record IGOR, which cements him as one of the best artists of our generation. IGOR is an amalgamation of profuse and delightful arrangements — pulling elements from jazz, pop, soul, rap, electronic music, and more into his most focused and cohesive, but also unpredictable project to date. Tyler finds peace in accepting the outcome of a relationship, creating an immersive soundscape full of catchy love tunes, balancing brashness and beauty in a way that exquisitely captures the joy, sorrow, and anger of a loving but unhealthy relationship that takes a turn for the worst. IGOR represents the best and worst of a relationship, tied together through themes of self-realization and individualism. It’s an on-the-nose portrayal of the full cycle of a relationship and the heartbreak that tends to result from it, capturing everything to an extent, from the warm and fuzzy feelings that kick off every relationship, all the way …

Watch Loyle Carner Perform “Ice Water” on COLORS

Loyle Carner’s newest album, Not Waving, But Drowning, has to be one of my favorite projects from the past few years, hands down. Especially nowadays, we often see artists drift from the art of the full album, but instead of following this blueprint, Loyle Carner leans right in, and the result is always something special. With this in mind, Carner is on our pages today with a new performance of “Ice Water” for COLORS — one of my favorite songs off of the album and a cut that perfectly attests to his impeccable storytelling. Backed by a soulful, sample-based instrumental, “Ice Water” is a refreshing listen from the first second to the last, soundtracking the progression of Carner’s thoughts regarding his current love. Throughout each verse, he thinks deeper into the relationship itself, and resulting is a notably self-aware offering that I’m sure many of our readers out there can resonate with in some way, shape, or form. With this in mind, the COLORS performance of the song certainly doesn’t disappoint, allowing Carner to showcase just how effortless it is when he hops on the mic. Few artists are as calm, cool, and collected as he is, and to see such …

muddy water – [Banks The Genius]

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you’ve already encountered Banks The Genius if you frequent the pages of Lyrical Lemonade. In addition to releasing his own music, the Chicago native has engineered and/or produced tracks for some LL favorites like J-Hop, Ajani Jones, Femdot, Iris Temple and more. This time, it’s all him, though, releasing a dope instrumental track entitled “muddy water.” A fitting name for the track, “muddy water” has a strong blues influence with a smoky guitar riff serving as the backbone of the cut. Though the strings drive the effort, Banks’ drums are so crisp–a testament to his engineering chop–and they really help give the effort some kick. Whether on his own or helping out his fellow Windy City artists, I’m sure we’ll see Banks The Genius back again soon! Stream “muddy water” at the link below!