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Masons – [2kthagoon]

In a world full of up and coming artists who all have so much potential, it can be hard to decipher exactly who deserves your time of day and who isn’t necessarily worthy of your efforts when it comes to listening to their music. I can tell you with one hundred percent certainty that 2kthagoon is well worth your time and efforts because he’s one of the most slept on artists coming up in the Rap industry. His style is unique, and although he may use autotune as the majority of the industry does, he has a stranglehold on the sound, knowing exactly how to use it to elevate his voice and not exploiting it as a kickstand to hold himself or his music up. Whether he used the vocal effect or not, his music would still be able to stand on its own because of his masterful flows and intricate deliveries that are always on display within each and every one of his songs. Don’t just take my word, though, but rather check out his latest song “Masons” in order to see his talents for yourself. The scene is set through reverberating, mystifying synths, chattering hats, and somewhat subdued …

Angelic Hoodrat – [Kenny Mason]

The best storytellers are those who bring you into their world, who offer a “slice of life” that merges personal experience with universal themes, emotions, and so on. Think of Kendrick Lamar and Compton or Jay Z and Brooklyn. How do they offer such specific and personal accounts of life without losing any audience beyond California or New York? How can a listener from halfway across the world find empathy or understanding in a story about growing up in the Marcy Projects? Magic, I suppose, which is the ability of any great storyteller. To introduce you to an unfamiliar world without unfamiliarity. Today, Atlanta artist Kenny Mason is here with his highly-anticipated debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. And after the first of many listens to come, I’ve found that Mason’s introductory offering lands in this high-caliber category of unrivaled storytelling: Don’t bring Atlanta to the world; bring the world to Atlanta. 14 tracks in length, this idea is perhaps the most impressive function of Mason’s debut. Comprised of several genres of music, an endless variety of flows, and an assortment of close-to-the-heart stories, Angelic Hoodrat weaves Atlanta’s sun-soaked personality into its identity, all while presenting itself in a way that speaks to that one …

Chasing Feelings – [Sakura]

I believe my first interaction with Sakura was in Kenny Mason’s “Angels Calling” video — a snippet still unreleased, but something that I revisit quite often. Kenny’s rapping is, of course, always great, but the foundation of that video, and an artist that I haven’t forgotten since, is Sakura. Also hailing from Atlanta, her presence in “Angels Calling” is understated, yet remarkable in just how natural her vocals and guitar playing seem to flow together. Now, almost 8 months later, the star herself is here to step into the foreground with a brand new single, “Chasing Feelings.” Far from an acoustic guitar on a doorstep, “Chasing Feelings” is a powerful, piano-driven introduction to Sakura, rooted in its enthralling performance value from vocals to emotion. To start the track, keys and vocals offer the entry point, simplistic yet strong, with a hint of strings budging in to support. As the song continues, however, “Chasing Feelings” continuously adds elements and grows, almost ‘blossoming’ in the way that it builds momentum. Even as the instrumentation changes, though, Sakura’s silky, impassioned vocals lay strong roots as the song’s centerpiece, and refuse to budge. Her deliveries impress without fail, and somewhere near the midpoint of …

Foreign Energy – [Matt Easton]

Matt Easton is a recording artist now living in Los Angeles, California pursuing his career in music. He was born and raised in Chicago and went to school at the University of Kansas where he began really making some noise in the music world. You may recognize some songs of his from that college party era in hip-hop like “Live Life”, “Kryptonite” and “Jet Life” which have millions of views on Youtube; at least they were on my IpodNano. This was a fantastic run for him but at some point, he stepped back and seemed to have a big turn in his sound and what direction he wanted to go with music. He stopped dropping music altogether for at least a couple of years. Fast forward to working a job in LA, Ubering to support his career and changing his sound he once had a very important customer. The uber passenger somehow knew Harvey Mason Jr. who is a producer that has worked with names like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and more. Matt was playing his own music just getting through his shift and they must have liked what they heard. The passenger looked him up on social media while in the ride and saw that it was him! Long …

Hit – [Kenny Mason]

Kenny Mason. A soaring new talent ready to take over Atlanta, a standout member of the highly-talented BricoFleur collective, and a hitmaker by nature, equal parts lyrical and remarkably energetic. Earlier this year, marking perhaps the central catalyst for his recent rise, Mason released the song “HIT.” Anthemic in every sense of the words, the track has taken on a life of its own throughout the past few months, and has even become a soundtrack of sorts for Atlanta’s newest generation of DIY talent. Today, bringing the ever-growing momentum of “HIT” to a new peak, the man himself is back with a long-awaited set of visuals to match. Placing Mason and co. right in Atlanta, where it all started and where things will continue to sprout from, the new video focuses less on Mason as an individual and more on the collective energy of “Hit.” From scenes of swerving around in a Mercedes Benz to hanging out on the stoop, the cinematography works to capture Mason’s single as a point of unity within his team, perpetuating the song’s anthemic nature without ever losing touch of its homegrown authenticity. These thematic elements, when partnered with the saturated, sun-soaked color of Atlanta, Georgia, …

Old News – [DavidTheTragic] x [Kenny Mason]

From DavidTheTragic to Kenny Mason, Jelani Imani, Jazz Ingram, and several others, Atlanta is going through a transformation right now. The trend-setting city is on the verge of a game-changing class of artists, and perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the comradery in the new scene. Even with so much potential on an individual basis, none of the ATL natives shy away from working together and showing love, just as we see in DavidTheTragic’s latest 2-pack of demos, Old News. Unsuspectedly pictured at a kitchen table in the cover art, the entire packaging around Old News screams of candidness. Each of the two songs, pairing David’s impenetrable skill with Kenny’s melodic style, find two artists of strong merit testing their talents, infusing a lively sense of ambition into raw, energetic displays of sound — the first more excitable, the second more low-fi. The result of such is a compelling listen, and one that we’re going to look back on in a few years as a true gem. With this, even as Atlanta continues to bubble up, artists are still blessing fans with demos and random collaborations to keep the momentum moving forward. What a time for Atlanta, and furthermore, …

High – [Kenny Mason]

Hailing from the talent-filled land of Atlanta, Georgia, Kenny Mason is en route to becoming one of the most refreshing acts out of the A in recent years. Fueled by his energetic, off-the-wall style and dense lyrical abilities, Mason is the kind of artist whose comfortability with his sound reflects a wise-beyond-his-years kind of mindset, and furthermore, the way that he explores and thrives within this pocket of sound is second to none. Today, fans get to feast on the latest from Mason — a brand new music video posted only on social media (to my knowledge) entitled “High.” Switching styles several times throughout, this offering clearly shows the extent of Mason’s artistically-inclined brain. With relative ease and seamless sonic transitions, he balances bellowing vocals with stimulating melodies and animated lyricism, blending all three together to curate a sound just as unique as it is advanced. Simultaneously, on the visual front, Mason matches the coloring and imagery of the video with the aesthetics of the sound at any given point during the offering, flipping back and forth between a colorful and a black and white world in the process. Needless to say, “High” is not just an incredibly impressive release …

It Rains – [Wiley From Atlanta] ft. [Kenny Mason]

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…or in this case, title. You might see the name of this Lyrical Lemonade newcomer, Wiley From Atlanta, and be expecting a certain type of trap, but Wiley breaks the mold with a super unique style which, in a certain way, embodies the unconventional, creative spirit of Atlanta. He’s not what you might expect, and displaying this today, Wiley is here on our pages with one of my favorite discoveries of 2018, “It Rains” — an effort that encapsulates why I hopped on the bandwagon when I first came across his music in the first place What always jumps out to me is Wiley’s emotion and authenticity. Here, he pours (pun intended) over the end of a relationship, bringing to life his personal, emotional songwriting with raspy vocals that give off a truly genuine feel. Joining Wiley is fellow ATL-native, Kenny Mason, whose auto-tune twinged vocals fit incredibly well with the cascading, electronic-inspired beat from DvDx, and resulting from this collaboration, we receive a solid offering that I would certainly recommend our listeners check out. No word on if this is part of anything larger, but if you need more, I highly suggest Wiley’s …

Replay Interlude – [SuperSmashBroz] ft. [Jefe Replay]

For those who have been following Lyrical Lemonade for some time now, you may remember a write up we did on Boston DJs the SuperSmashBroz and their Massachusetts-oriented compilation project, Family Cookout last summer. Well, today, the SmashBroz continue what has been an eventful summer of shows and new releases with a brand new set of visuals for the song “Replay Interlude” off of the project. Featuring none other than Jefe Replay, this music video finds the Boston rapper in a natural atmosphere of women and partying, unleashing a barrage of clever bars with the same effortless style that we know and love him for. The Snapchat-incorporating scenery shows off unforgettable nights of good times, and all in all, this is a dope visual companion to go alongside a hard-hitting song, The SuperSmashBroz aren’t playing around this summer, so check out their latest offering at the link provided below! Shot by M9 Visuals Produced by LDG Beats

Codename: Girls Next Door – [Gin Mason] [CHI]

It comes as no surprise by now that Massachusetts is home to an incredible number of rising artists. Amidst the finest of these artists are Gin Mason and CHI: two remarkably gifted talents that are here today to present fans with a 6-track project, Codename: Girls Next Door alongside Boston DJ duo the SuperSmashBroz. For those who have been paying close attention to our pages recently, you may remember the first single from the project, “Girls Night“, released a few weeks back. We heard great promise on this loose release, but now that the final product is finally here, it goes without saying that Mason and CHI have blessed us all with a worthy soundtrack for the good times that arrive with the warm weather. Each song is immaculately placed in a way such that its full effect is felt, and the solo feature from fellow Boston native Michael Christmas only acts a cherry on top to the melodic track and my personal favorite off of the project, “Fronto”. Additionally, we need to acknowledge production credits from LDG, Maka, Tee-WaTT, the SuperSmashBroz, and KorHef, all of which absolutely snapped in their respective roles. The latest collaborative offering from Gin Mason and CHI deserves …