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10 Year Anniversary: Revisiting Kanye West’s Magnum Opus, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

“Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it/Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it/Guess every super hero need his theme music” -Kanye West on “Power” The Chicago legend that is Mr. Kanye Omari West–many people love him, some people hate him. Regardless of how you feel about him, his views, personality traits, political stance, etc., it’s almost impossible to deny the impact he has had on this world, amazing level of artistry that he has delivered, and crowing him as nothing less than a musical genius. While as of late, his music may not be resonating with the listeners as it once did ten years ago, or even five years ago after the release of his highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed project The Life of Pablo, hip-hop historians and all-around music lovers never count out Kanye West as being one of the best creatives of all time. November 22, 2010 would be the day that Kanye West would release his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Little did he know that it would go down as one of the best musical bodies of work of all time, and end up being arguably one of the best …

Watch BFB Da Packman’s new interview on Carton Conversations

Flint, Michigan artist BFB Da Packman sat down with JB + GloUpJake for our most entertaining interview to date. The “Free Joe Exotic” rapper talks about soaking in-game, the importance of staying true to yourself, and more on the fourth episode of Carton Conversations. This is a rising series on our Lyrical Lemonade 2 channel, and we have plenty more exciting interviews to come, so you might as well get familiar with the series now. Take some time out of your Thursday to learn more about BFB Da Packman by pressing play below!

The Rascals Interview: The Beauty of Creating Full-Circle Moments

We are currently in the era of music where lots of the artists that are out now have all been making music for various amounts of time in their life. Some artists have been writing raps since they were in middle school, some artists may have had a musical background as an adolescent, and some maybe even have just started making music literally months before becoming discovered. No matter the case, there’s a beauty in all of it. However, the artists that come up with the musical background potentially have some of the longest-spanning careers, and in result, may even have more “war stories” to tell. The ever-so-talented producer/songwriter duo known as The Rascals have been deep routed in music for much longer than we may have thought, and it truly shows in their art. Leon Thomas III and Khris Riddick-Tynes (also known as The Rascals) have been instilled in the music industry since they were very young, and have been a duo for seven years already. Many people may recognize Leon Thomas as he played the character Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon show Victorious alongside Victoria Justice and superstar Ariana Grande. Since then, he has been making tons of moves …

A$AP Twelvyy: The Epitome of Betting on Yourself

“I just like to let the kids know that this shit is authentic and it’s real. The dreams always come with nightmares. I’ve been down bad before, so I know what it’s like to get up.” -A$AP Twelvyy The rate at just how fast the game moves can be mind blowing at times. It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was bragging about how much they wanted to be signed to major records, and now a lot of artists are preaching about independency. The art of making your own and owning your own art is something that is being highly praised right now–even to the point of some of the major artists are threatening to leave their labels and go down the independent trail. That’s not to disrespect the artists who are currently signed to major labels and are doing their thing. There are definitely some labels out there that will take care of their artists and mean the best to their artists that are on the label. However, there are also a lot of artists who are currently in bad record deals, receiving terrible splits, and overall not getting the push that they deserve from their label they …

Turtles – [6 Dogs]

6 Dogs has long been one of my favorite artists to listen to in the underground and I don’t see that changing whatsoever moving forward. He has the gentle touch to each song that can pair with both dreamy, outer space-like beats as well as hard-nosed, ruthless instrumentals, and he just brings good vibes to every song he has a part in, even if some of the topics he talks about might suggest otherwise. While it seems as if he’s taking his time to truly perfect each and every song he delivers recently, I’m okay with this because it all but guarantees he’s going to give us a hit every single time he drops something new. There is absolutely no exception when it comes to his latest song “Turtles”, either. He brings a new vibe to his already extensive arsenal of music with this hit, and the upbeat nature of the production just makes you want to get outside and dance. A bubbly guitar plays in the background as kick drums provide some incredible liveliness to the track, giving 6 the perfect foundation to sing some incredibly melancholic bars, although these seem to be a bit less dejected than normal. …

A Conversation w/ Kaash Paige: Debut Album ‘Teenage Fever’, Musical Influences, Crafting a Signature Sound & More

“I just got to be myself at all times and always speak about how I’m feeling regardless of how it may come off. You have to be vulnerable in your music at all times.” -Kaash Paige If there’s one thing thats for sure, is that the women are on the rise right now in the music industry. Competing in a world that has been predominately ran by males is something that many have struggled with for a long time. That is, up until this year. In 2020 alone, we have seen many more female rappers and singers emerging and gaining enough momentum to make it onto peoples radars. One of the biggest stars to blossom this year, would undeniably be the Texas-native Kaash Paige. With the success of her ever-so-popular “Love Songs” record blowing up with over 15 million TikTok clips, as well as over 725 million streams, Kaash Paige was destined for success right from the jump. The “Kaash” in her name standing for “Kill All Arrogance–Stop Hatred”, she is one of the youngest R&B stars in the game now that is no stranger to showing the world just how creative she is and can be. Collaborating earlier this …

What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye Cover) – [OLU]

Whether you’re a musician, an athlete, a celebrity for some other reason, or just a regular everyday person, there is some sort of music that has helped shape you into the person you are today. Your early taste in music most likely might’ve been built from your parents’ preferences because that’s all you had access to at a young age, but as we grow older, we truly appreciate these offerings more than ever before. Most musicians show their appreciation for these early influences by either mentioning those artists in interviews, referencing them in songs, or even sampling their music and giving it their own spin in order to bring it new life. As for EARTHGANG member OLU, he decided to take this dedication one step further and dropped off an actual full-on cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic record “What’s Going On”. Considering EARTHGANG is one of my favorite groups coming up in the music world, I wasn’t sure what to expect here. Normally, the duo is on songs with one another and they elevate each other’s aptitudes, so this was a new experience for me to hear OLU individually. Additionally, covers can be a challenging thing because you want to …

A Conversation With Ajani Jones

Ajani Jones is someone who I first got familiar with roughly five years ago when he was just a small artist making dope music in the city, since that point, he has grown a tremendous amount as an artist + as a person. He has become one of the top tier young talents that are gaining notoriety in Chicago, he is the kind of artist who makes music that I consider food for thought, he creates with tons of passion + he takes his craft incredibly serious. These qualities are on display whenever he drops a new project or single because, in the handful of years I’ve been listening to him, he hasn’t missed yet. I interviewed Ajani a couple of years ago, but now that I am doing more on-camera interviews here at the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters in Chicago, I wanted to bring him by for another conversation + catch up with him. I had a good time chopping it up with Ajani, it’s the perfect interview to read/watch if you are a fan of him and even if you don’t know his material at all. Listen to some of his music, watch some of these clips + learn …

LL Presents: The 99 Neighbors Q&A

Back in 2019, I became introduced to one of my favorite groups to ever exist. That sounds like an exaggeration, but ever since stumbling upon their music, I have been completely enamored by their art in every way. It’s extremely common to be inspired by music itself, but its another thing to be inspired by the people who are making it; But, that’s exactly what you get when talking about the Vermont, Collective, 99 Neighbors. Over the past year or so, the rising group has made immense strides; from the release of their debut album, “Television” all the way to inking a record deal under the Warner backed label, Nice Work, the group of talented individuals have been creating a unique and outstanding lane that only they can occupy. As a longtime supporter of 99 Neighbors, it was only right to get them on our page in a way that covers more ground than the classic write up. Last week, I had the chance to hop on a zoom call with the main vocalists of the group, Sam Paulino, Aidan Ostby, Hank “HANKNATIVE” Collins, and Connor “Swank” Stankevich. I was even able to get manager, Cal Rawlings on for a …

A Conversation with Sevn Thomas: Toronto Music Scene, Working on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’, Musical Inspirations and More

A reoccurring theme here on Lyrical Lemonade, is speaking in regards to the importance of producers and songwriters. They are some of the individuals that will never not get the respect as some of the most important individuals in the music industry. Songwriters specifically, are amongst the many individuals in the music industry that are almost always in the shadows. Sometimes by design, other times by choice. For Grammy-Nominated songwriter and producer Sevn Thomas, he has the talent level and the resume to prove that he is one of the most diverse and versatile producers in the game–and his songwriting pen is even stronger. Hailing out of Toronto Canada, Sevn Thomas would spend his earlier days in life inside of various recording studios–navigating his way though them all to find his craft and master it. After many trials and tribulations in his life, the singer turned producer’s efforts eventually lead him to linking up with the legendary producer Boi-1da–most known for his contributions all throughout Drake’s career. Sevn’s musical abilities afforded him the luxury of producing and/or writing for a wide-ranging pool of musical acts such as Mac Miller, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and even Drake himself. He is …