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Manzanita St. / !holysh*tohmygod! – [Brevin Kim]

I’ve always loved the idea of A/B side releases. It allows the artist an opportunity to package two flavors into one box, and therefore, to highlight contrast in a way that can be equally as digestible as it is innovative. Today, following the blueprint of their last release – “i need water / he doesn’t love her” – Massachusetts duo Brevin Kim is back with another A/B side that does all of this and more: “Manzanita St. / !holyshitohmygod!.” With both songs weighing in at just over three minutes, the latest from the brotherly duo leans directly into the aforementioned appeal of an A/B side. On one hand, “Manzanita St.” is the more undeniable of the two, easily digestible but without compromising the left-of-center personality that Brevin Kim releases are keen to have. On the other hand, there’s “!holyshitohmygod!” – the more polarizing of the two, but one of the duo’s most exciting tracks to date, electing to double down on a simplistic, industrial style that wouldn’t sound out of place among a group of Yeezus-era demos. The stylistic gap between the two is considerable, but it’s a tactic that says “this is what we can do,” whichever way you’d …

Zaza – [Kevin Kazi]

For me, Kevin Kazi is a bit of a household name in my personal world of music. I’ve been listening to him legitimately for years at this point and I’ve never grown sick or tired of the music he has produced. Speaking of which, he has been one of the most consistent but also dexterous rappers in the entire industry, yet he still seems to not get the respect he so desperately deserves. He has been on a steady grind and his rise into the spotlight isn’t one that he has grown impatient for because he believes in the quality of his work and knows that eventually, it’ll all pay off. He’s not one of those artists who are willing to change themselves or their sound and compromise their integrity just to become an overnight sensation which is an extremely notable part of his work if I do say so myself. He ultimately experiments with so many different sounds and remains in my head as one of the most unique artists I can think of, and this is going to yield incredible results in the long run. Most recently, he has been somewhat quiet, but being a fan of his …

Proud of U (Remix) – [1TakeJay] ft. [Blueface]

If you have read some of my other articles, you already know I have a deep devotion to West Coast Hip-Hop music. I just love the sliding synths, hard-nosed attitudes that shine through, and all the different personalities that can make this type of music great. Blueface has obviously become a household name on that side of the country, and although 1TakeJay has been rapidly climbing up the ranks, I still think he deserves a lot more respect and recognition than he receives. As for their most recent collaboration, the two talents team up for a remix of “Proud of U”, a song Jay originally dropped earlier this year. Low the great, a frequent collaborator of West Coast artists, utilizes alternating keys and synths, some staticky percussive sounds, and absolutely pounding 808s to add some extremely interesting vibes and an even more hasty tempo that both of these artists know exactly what they need to do with. On the chorus, Jay takes over and utilizes a slightly aggressive yet notably enthusiastic approach to deliver his lyrics. As he gets into his verse, he uses a similar cadence that provides a seamless continuation from one part to another before switching things …

Mood – [24kGoldn] ft. [Iann Dior]

Just a couple of weeks ago we were graciously gifted a brand-new collaboration between two of my absolute favorite up and comers in the Hip-Hop scene. Of course, I’m talking about 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, and it feels weird to even still consider them up and comers after all of the incredible music they’ve already put out, but I know that they’re just getting started so I’m definitely looking forward to watching their careers blossom even further. Ever since we received “Mood”, it has no joke been played over my speakers or through my headphones probably four or more times every single day to the point where I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve replayed it. I even learned every lyric early on because not only are the cadences and melodies catchy, but the words aren’t hard to ingest whatsoever, so they just get stuck in your head and linger there for a while. Due to the fact that I just wrote about this record the other week and you’ve most likely heard it multiple times like I have, I want to mainly focus on the brand-new visual that the duo just gifted us. It opens up with …

A Conversation w/ J.I the Prince of NY: Returning to Music After Quitting, Current Brooklyn Scene, “Painless 2” w/ Lil Durk & Nav and more.

“I really view myself higher than a prince to be honest. Sometimes I view myself as a king or a God when it comes to my music. I just know that I have more work to do to really get to that point and work harder towards the goals that I have.” -J.I the Prince of N.Y It’s safe to say that if you are a fan of hip hop, or even music in general, that you may have had those childhood dreams of becoming a superstar one day. You may be in your room rehearsing rap songs, or having daydreams of you performing on stage in front of a sea of fans reciting every lyric you spit. For some of us, those thoughts may not make it past that, but for others, that dream had the potential to turn into a reality. Being a young teen and dreaming of being famous and on TV is something that not many rappers can say that they have had the experience of living through. For the 18 year old Brooklyn-native J.I the Prince of N.Y, he turned that dream into a reality when he first appeared on Jermaine Durpi’s The Rap Game at …

Don’t Look at Me – [POORSTACY]

Internet Money standout POORSTACY has only recently been introduced to me over the past couple of months, but he has rapidly grown into one of my favorite artists not only on the IM roster but in the entire music industry. He’s so versatile with his music, sometimes opting to go with a more Hip-Hop vibe while other times strictly going completely Punk Rock and not even giving it a second thought. I think he and his fellow IM counterpart Iann Dior have similar aesthetics, but Iann seems to include slightly more Pop-like elements that I thoroughly enjoy, while STACY sticks to a more hard-nosed, ruthless style most of the time. When STACY dropped his highly anticipated debut album The Breakfast Club just a couple of weeks ago, I was blown away. I was expecting a lot, of course, but it just took my expectations to a whole new level. Then, out of nowhere, a couple of days later he dropped a couple of new songs for a deluxe version, one of them being “Don’t Look at Me”.  This song shows off exactly what I mean as far as his Rock influences are concerned, but also leaves some room for him …

DON’T NEED [Frank Leone]

Los Angeles based artist Frank Leone returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a unique new single titled “DON’T NEED,” serving as a follow up to his related song “DON’T HIDE.” Frank’s birthday was this past Monday, announcing DON’T, which is his upcoming and latest album since 2015. Each and every single record off the LP (including his newest track) was entirely produced and orchestrated by Leone. In Frank Leone’s words, “This song, along with the rest on my upcoming album, I made on my own little quarantine last year. I was living in the California countryside – sunny as hell, broke as hell, and in a really broken home; just smoking weed listening to Brazilian [music] all day.” Frank stated that his newest album was crafted during his incubation period, resembling an emotional, nostalgic purgatory. Filled with anger and loneliness, these feelings resulted in a false sense of comfort for Leone when creating new music. Ironically, the pandemic has brought upon a similar circumstance. On the bright side, Frank Leone was not only able to finish his next four bodies of work, but overcome his trials and tribulations in the process. For these reasons, Leone is grateful for the adversity he once …

12+10 – [Na-Kel Smith]

Na-Kel Smith has been on my radar for quite some time for various reasons. I first found out about him because he used to run with the Odd Future crew who I was basically obsessed with throughout high school, so I pretty much knew every single member of their group whether they made music or not. Then I quickly realized that Na-K was actually an extremely talented skateboarder who skates for various brands like Supreme and Fucking Awesome. Due to the fact that I’ve always had such a deep appreciation for skate culture and have grown an equally admirable adoration for streetwear culture, it only made sense that Na-Kel was someone I had to keep my eye on. Then, out of nowhere a couple of years ago, he started making music and I had no choice but to tune in. His most recent offering is entitled “12+10”, and it shows off another side of his artistry that isn’t always on display. When it comes to his music, he has shown off a plethora of skills from impressive flows to wild screams that bring insane energy, and everything in between, but this song is a lot more relaxed and nonchalant that …

e-girl – [Wastedju]

Chicago is a place that is home to a bunch of magnificent creatives, and one of the most unique artists in my opinion is Wastedju, who is back on our site today with the release of his new music video for “e-girl”. Wastedju dropped this song some months ago, and as soon as I first heard it, I knew it was a hit! It’s one of those songs that you simply cannot listen to just once, it’s so addicting + sonically pleasing, that one minute & thirty seconds just isn’t enough. WastedJu got very creative on this visual, with the help of video directors @uglybitchfilms + @g9l9xygirl, they created something that is timeless. I feel like this song will have a massive surge in plays at some point, whether it’s a movie that picks up the song or big-time artist reaching out to Ju to hop on the remix, I just have a feeling that something will happen to continue to have this song grow. Anyways, you can watch this new visual below! Produced by Sensu

I Swear They Hate U – [BBY GOYARD]

If you’re unfamiliar with BBY GOYARD, one of Maryland’s most promising talents, it’s about time that you tap in and understand what you’re missing out on. He’s basically your favorite underground rapper’s favorite underground rapper, and he is appreciated by a cult following that has been growing consistently for years at this point. Despite his growth and success within his blossoming music career, he still doesn’t get nearly enough credit or recognition for the plethora of individualistic styles that he experiments with. It’s almost like every time he hits the studio, he makes a conscious effort to make a song that sounds unlike anything else someone has made in the past. Not only this, but it’s almost like he challenges himself even further to create sounds that he himself hasn’t even made yet. Due to this experimental nature and constant drive to try and invent new styles, he’ll keep you on your toes time and time again and GOYARD basically makes it impossible to be bored with any of his offerings. Take his latest single “I Swear They Hate U” for example. The beat, co-produced by deceased, blvnts, and snoozed, is created with rhythmic, animated, almost video game sounding synths …