SEARCH FOR: GUNNA

Mink Bars – [Jimmy Bolt]

The music industry is something that will never fail to amaze or impress me, and that just seems like a given that will never go away. Unless you’re truly tapped in with a ton of different people or have your hand on the pulse of different music scenes around the country, some massive names and even more talented artists can somehow slide under your radar, and that’s something I try my best to not let happen. It just seems like if an artist isn’t from Los Angles, Atlanta, or New York, it takes a bit of extra effort to learn about new up-and-comers from other regions and states, but if you are completely dedicated to the industry, these names will never go unnoticed. Houston is a city that seems to be on the fence of either being known as a massive hip-hop hub or just another city with a few huge superstars, but after experiencing music from some of the promising rising talents in H-town, I have no doubt in my mind that it is tipping towards the former statement rather than the latter. Jimmy Bolt is a name that I luckily can’t get out of my head when this …

it’s a monday – [Yung Kayo]

It seems that as artists rise in fame, success, and popularity, there are a few different routes they can take. They may focus all of their efforts on their music, work on their music while also attempting to embark on other business endeavors in other industries, or give up their time in the studio in order to build an empire of their own, and no matter what path they may pursue, it’s usually very inspiring. Young Thug is a bit of an anomaly because he seems to be a superstar who pursued the middle path that I previously spoke of, but considering he is as massively successful and dominant in both music and business, it appears as if everything he touches turns to gold. After starting YSL records, which is an imprint of his mother label 300 Entertainment, he has brought attention to some of the industry’s biggest stars including Gunna, Lil Keed, Lil Baby (who is no longer signed to the imprint), and more, with each emcee bringing something different yet equally appealing to the table. A couple of years ago, DMV-based talent Yung Kayo signed to YSL, and ever since, I have yet to be let down by …

Somebody I Know – [Era] ft. [Dro Kenji]

Considering it’s the year 2022, it should come as no surprise that Internet Money has been a breeding ground for some of the most talented up-and-comers in the hip-hop world, and their strength seems to grow by the week. Sure, they might work with superstars like Lil Uzi, Gunna, Future, Lil Tecca, The Kid LAROI, and way too many other talents to name, but their in-house roster is full of some of the most incredible producers, singers, and emcees in the game, making them a collective that simply can’t be ignored if you call yourself a music fan. Dro Kenji is an artist who I found myself gravitating towards the instant I first heard some of his early songs like “100 Rounds” or “Save Me” off of his debut project Tears and Pistols which came out at the end of 2020 and seeing how much potential he had back then has only snowballed into the successful career that he has maintained ever since. Era is a singer who might still be making his way up the rungs of the industry, but his voice is just so unique and special that it’s impossible for others to ignore him in any way …

livin’ wild – [Gunna]

YSL superstar Gunna is starting off 2022 with his foot on the gas, fresh off of the release of his highly anticipated album DS4EVER. In my own opinion, this album is his most polished album yet, and I can already say that it ranks very highly in his discography. While the flows and cadences may sound familiar, Gunna is reaching new heights on this album that he hasn’t reached before, and his superstardom is really beginning to be on full display. One of the tracks that stood out the most to me, would have to be “livin’ wild”, for many, many reasons. As one of the deeper tracks on his album, and serving as that halfway point on the album, Gunna offers fans a closer glimpse into his life and his emotions as he raps about one of the tolling moments of his life. While most of Gunna’s lyrical content revolves around money and fashion, and sometimes love, it is very seldom that we get a deeper glimpse into his life and how he REALLY feels at times. On “livin’ wild”, Gunna recalls back to the moment he was hospitalized for pneumonia and also was suffering from kidney failure as well. …

pushin P – [Gunna] Ft. [Future] & [Young Thug]

Gunna has been in the music scene for a handful of years at this point, but it is truly amazing to sit back and think about how hard he was grinding to get to this point. For me personally, it really wasn’t until “Drip Too Hard” went absolutely insane when I first truly paid attention to him, and I haven’t looked back ever since. He is one of my favorite Atlanta emcees for more reasons than I can count, and his albums are always nothing less than a spectacle. WUNNA is a project that I still listen to weekly, and when I finally had to chance to see him perform live at the Summer Smash last summer, my expectations were completely exceeded. Unsurprisingly, when he dropped his latest album DS4EVER last week, I couldn’t go a day without hearing how great the project was, but I knew this fact from the first chance I had to listen. Out of all of the incredibly diverse and immaculate songs on the album, though, I think a personal and fan favorite is undeniably “pushin P” which has become a trend that has caught fire on social media. After looking up what this phrase …

Too Easy (Remix) – [Gunna] ft. [Future] & [Roddy Ricch]

2021 was an awesome year for music, and even if other facets of life were difficult, the songs and albums we were blessed with helped to ease some of this stress. Although we’re only a week into the new year, it seems like things are getting off to a hot start thanks to some of the biggest artists in the music business releasing amazing songs and even better cohesive albums. Today, The Weeknd obviously dropped his album which is going to be a chart-topper without a doubt, but Gunna also came to play by releasing his undeniably amazing album DS4EVER, a project that gives us 19 songs spanning just about 55 minutes long with features from talents like Young Thug, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, G Herbo, and many more. I definitely still need to take some time to dive into the deep end with regards to this album, but I figured the perfect place to start would be his brand-new visual for the remix of his song “Too Easy” with a great new verse courtesy of Roddy Ricch. The original track has been in my rotation pretty much daily since it was released, but this remix is awesome and the …

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

Walk Down – [Lil Gotit] ft. [CEO Trayle] [Lil Double 0] & [Biggz]

Lil Gotit has always been an artist who I felt like I was on a weekly streak of writing about something new that he released. It almost felt like he never found time to sleep because he was always working, but I’m not complaining even slightly considering he was one of the most entertaining names in the entire rap world. Of course, as a lot of other fans were, I was put onto him through his older brother Lil Keed and his affiliation with Young Thug and Gunna, but I quickly realized he was as individual as it gets, and he wasn’t just another Atlanta clone like so many other artists seem to be. This past summer, he turned even more heads with his album Top Chef Gotit, but ever since that was released and he dropped a few music videos for it, it seemed like he went a little quiet, and I found myself hungry for more music from the ATL up-and-comer. Thankfully, that hunger was satisfied recently after he dropped a brand-new song entitled “Walk Down” featuring CEO Trayle, Lil Double 0, and Biggz as well as another dope music video that was directed by Shotbywolf and Nelshoitit. …

Mask On – [GSO Phat] ft. [Yungeen Ace]

Cash Money and 7 Kings Ent new artist GSO Phat has been creating a buzz for himself this past year on the music scene. The Mississippi-born rapper might only be 19, but his work ethic has the potential to become a worldwide name. Growing up listening to YoungBoy NBA, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Gunna, and Young Thug, Phat began freestyling for his fans on Facebook. It was only a matter of time before 7 Kings Ent presented him with a life-changing opportunity. Earlier this year, Phat released “Diddy Bop” with Southern legend Boosie Badazz. The track was produced by Air Keezy and received over 500k views on Youtube. The energetic uptempo song is a club banger that makes you want to get up and Diddy Bop! “I can sing and rap, and I can make any kind of song. In everyday life, I feel like I’m misunderstood. With my music, I just try to make people feel me,” He shared. Most recently, the Houston- based rapper teamed up with Yungeen Ace to deliver their new single “Mask On”. This song was created the first night they met in the studio. The blues-inspired trap production allowed both artists to bounce off …