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HISNEYLAND – [HVN]

We at Lyrical Lemonade have been covering Houston artist HVN ever since the release of his first project, Welcome to HVN. At the time, he was mainly known around Houston for throwing parties with his brand DONTDIE. But over the past two years or so, HVN has grown into a creative force far beyond his city, landing on Don Toliver’s album a few months back with “Smoke,” modeling for Heron Preston x Calvin Klein, and just over a week ago, releasing his most impressive body of work to date in All Girls Go To Heaven. 8 tracks in length, All Girls Go To Heaven doubles down on the sound that HVN’s Houston-based team has created, sharpening the ideas on Welcome to HVN, getting more personal, and and offering deeply compelling bouts of songwriting, hard-nosed deliveries, and unmistakable personality. In every way, it’s a lifestyle project, and one that achieves its goal of bringing listeners further into the world of HVN in a massively exciting way. Today, HVN is here with his second visual off of the project, blessing our pages with a music video for one of my personal favorite tracks, “HISNEYLAND.” Built around a charged instrumental courtesy of Broadday — whose contributions to …

Marine – [HVN]

Houston artist HVN has had a whirlwind few months. Since we last covered his April ’21 single “Draco,” the rising talent appeared on Don Toliver’s “Smoke” alongside SoFaygo, performed at several U.S. dates with Toliver from Miami all the way to Los Angeles, modeled for Calvin Klein, and just last week, released a brand new single called “Marine.” Today, HVN is here to bless us with the song’s accompanying music video, directed by none other than visual genius and jack-of-many-trades, Noah Dillon, whose work spans from visual campaigns for North Face and Maison Margiela all the way to his band The Hellp and a brand called Hot Mess alongside Luka Sabbat, among other things. Simply put, “Marine” is an eccentric, deeply compelling music video, far from what one would expect from a rap video in both visual identity and substance. Dillon builds what feels like a singular world around the song, using different textures of footage, split-screen shots, strategic camera movements, and more to ingrain the visuals into the muddied feel of the production and the personality driven into the vocals. The yield is a music video that continues to build upon HVN’s differentiated sense of artistry, sonically and visually …

Sam Morrison’s October Favorites

Last month, I had the pleasure of launching a brand new long-form series on Lyrical Lemonade that I’m more than excited to expound upon. If you’ve had the chance to read my articles, then you’d know that my musical taste is all over the place in the best ways possible. I’m never listening to the same genre consistently, which has allowed me to discover and appreciate a wide range of artists. With that being said, the goal of this series is to share my taste and give you all a concise list of my favorite released tracks from each month. October was filled with some great music, so keep scrolling down below to check out some songs and projects that have been on repeat for the last 30 days; IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER — 1. argyle-[brakence] One of my favorite artists out right now is none other than the pure genius that is brakence. Ever since first stumbling on him in 2019, I have been utterly hooked on just about every song that he’s put out. Once 2020 hit, it felt like everyone in the music community instantly became aware of how talented and trailblazing he actually was. With songs …

Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

MIA – [SSGKobe]

SSGKobe is a young superstar who we are massive fans of here at Lyrical Lemonade, we worked with him in the past on “Calabasas”, and today he is back with a new LL-directed music video for “MIA”. This record has been teased on SSGKobe’s social media accounts a few different times in the past and it’s been a wildly requested track from his growing fanbase, it needed the perfect visual to compliment the audio, and that’s precisely what we received. One area that SSGKobe excels is with his gift to make songs that are undeniably catchy like this one, because when you hear a song like “MIA”, it doesn’t take a music expert to hear the potential that this song has. The future is bright for ssgkobe, he’s going to be one of the standouts of his class, and I am having a great time watching him + his peers continue to grow as artists.

Weight – [Redveil]

Seventeen year old DMV prodigy Redveil returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a powerful song & visual entitled “Weight.” Conceptually, the video was intentionally crafted to keep viewers on their toes, as it highlights the artist narrowly escaping police custody. With a multitude of resulting/uncertain obstacles he must face, an impending ‘weight’ torments Redveil’s psyche, coupled with scenarios of possible detriment. Moreoer, the mature commentary on race, policing, and point-blank injustice solidifies that the artist’s youth hasn’t limited his scope of knowledge. Visually I immediately thought of the Safdie Brother’s fantastic film Good Time, due to bustling, high-stress environment with an uneasy atmosphere. Watch the official music video for “Weight” below; a three-way collaboration of direction between Tyler Shuler, Redveil, and YSSHUA.

Draco – [HVN]

Entering the rap conversation with his 2020 project Welcome to Heaven, Houston artist HVN has been on the rise for a little over a year now. In the past 8 or so months alone, he’s received cosigned from names including Virgil Abloh, Taco Bennett, Zack Bia, Kevin Abstract, and more, while Taco actually appeared in HVN’s fall 2020 music video for “Demon.” Day by day, the momentum surrounding the Houston native has only increased, which leads us to his latest act – a brand new song and video by the name of “Draco.” Complete with an A$AP Nast skit and directed by Trey Lyons – who also did the “Demon” music video – the one-two, song-and-video punch of “Draco” makes it a head-turning release, rallying around the seemingly endless supply of energy injected into the song. Houston producer Broadday sets the backdrop with fast-paced, thunderous production, and HVN ties the song together with breezy flows and a number of quotable lines, all building on the world that his catalog has created thus far. It’s still early on for HVN, but with “Draco” out now and a new project on the way in the coming months, it’s starting to feel like Houston’s own …

Destined – [DREJ]

If you are a frequent visitor of our website in search of new music, then the odds are that you have come across Drej at some point, the Florida native who I am a huge fan of. His track “On Everything” has been posted on our website + Spotify playlist because of just how damn catchy it is, but a couple of days ago, Drej released his new offering called “Destined” and it’s arguably his best release yet. Drej displayed some of his best rapping on this track, he flowed with ease for three minutes straight, dropping off plenty of catchy bars along the way. I am a massive fan and believer of Drej, I am so excited to see what the future holds for him, the sky is the limit for him. Take some time out of your day to stream this new release below, and if you have a minute, go ahead and watch The Lemonade Stand interview that I did with Drej recently!

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Demon – [HVN]

A new frontier of talent has been quietly growing out of Houston over the past few years. It’s selling out shows across the city, making noise all over Texas, and more recently, has begun to cross state boundaries, reaching national audiences and beyond. This scene has birthed several burgeoning names as of late – Fade Em All and BBY Kodie, to name a few – but not until this year did it get its latest star in the making: HVN. Back in February, HVN released his debut project, Welcome to Heaven, after being known as a behind-the-scenes figure in Houston. He ran, and currently runs, a brand called Don’t Die which threw a large part of the shows in the city, to the point where he and his brand had become a fixture in the scene, acting as a focal point for Houston music and fashion. In the months following his debut, cosigns began to roll in from Virgil Abloh, Kevin Abstract, and Taco Bennett, among others. Houston had another must-watch name on its hands, and earlier this week, HVN proved himself worthy of the hype, delivering a brand new song and video entitled “Demon.” Arriving with a masterful video …