Dancing with the Devil – [Babyface Ray] ft. [Landstrip Chip] & [Pusha T]

At least once or twice a week, I feel like I have the luxury and the pleasure of writing about yet another magnificent Michigan rap release, and I haven’t even begun to think about growing tired of this trend. I am simply dumbfounded by just how insanely talented each and every emcee is in this region, whether I’m listening to straight lyrical geniuses like Babyface Ray, Icewear Vezzo, and Rio Da Yung OG or more uncharacteristic spitters like BabyTron or Teejayx6. Simply put, there is never even close to a shortage of remarkable music coming from the northern music hub, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the sounds that have been brought to life over the past couple of years. Out of everyone, one of my favorite artists is undeniably Babyface Ray, and while I don’t think this is an unpopular opinion for most, I still think he is grossly underrated based on the amount of indescribably amazing content he has put out for fans. This is just the beginning it seems, though, because my excitement went through the roof once I found out that he has a brand-new album entitled Face dropping in two short weeks on January …

Luigi – [2KBABY] ft. [Chief Keef]

2KBABY is an artist who I heard so much buzz about, but I never got around to checking out his music, somehow. Although Jack Harlow is an artist who can be considered the face of Louisville rap, there are so many incredible talents hailing from the Ville, and 2K is definitely a name you should keep in your head, and this was made obvious to me after I finally tuned in and realized what I was missing out on. He might still be scratching and clawing his way through the ranks of the music industry, but he already has a solidified foundation in the scene after working with numerous other artists including G Herbo, Marshmello, and others as well as a few other promising collaborations on the way with names like Murda Beatz. Most recently, the song that finally got me to listen up and pay attention was “Luigi”, 2K’s latest track with Chicago icon Chief Keef, so when I saw this record and Jay Pusha-directed music video came out towards the end of last week, I couldn’t put it off any longer. In the instrumental, there are some optimistic, resilient piano keys that are brought to new levels once …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

Watch YBN Cordae’s brand new interview with Hot 97

YBN Cordae is one of my favorite new young artists in the game because of the great music he makes, but also because of the great head that he has on his shoulders, so when saw he stopped by Hot 97 to chop it up with Nessa I was glued to my screen. You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of interesting subjects such as performing in London, places he wants to travel to and perform, his album The Lost Boy, being an old soul,  studying artists like Jay-Z, his YBN crew, meeting each other on xbox, being raised in the DMV, working with Meek Mill and Pusha T, how he first connected with Chance The Rapper, performing at the BET Awards with HER, supporting Colin Kaepernick, Dr. Dre and so much more. Check out this amazing new interview below!

Diaspora – [GoldLink]

Right before I dosed off to sleep last night I saw that GoldLink had just released a new project, so it only made sense to stay up a bit longer and dive into the tape, and that lead me to writing this article about this new tape Diaspora. I truly got excited after first looking at the fourteen song track list and seeing features from Ari PenSmith, Khalid, Maleek Berry, Lil Nei, Bibi Bourelly, Pusha T, Jay Prince, Jackson Wang, WSTRN, WizKid, Tyler The Creator. I love GoldLink”s music but I also enjoy plenty of the artists I saw featured as well, so I was interested and eager to see what this one was all about so I took about an hour out to listen closely, but sleeping on it and then running through it again twice more. After a handful of plays through this album I commend GoldLink for this fantastic piece of art, it’s easily one of the best albums of 2019 so far, and I see it making plenty of year end lists and reviews, but even more so being regarded as a special & important tape in his discography. I plan on spending a lot more time …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch the new episode of The Joe Budden Podcast

We posted about a couple episodes of The Joe Budden Podcast a few weeks back when they had Pusha T & Chance The Rapper as guests, so i thought why not write up their latest episode they titled “Mathematics”. You will find Joe, Mal, Rory, and Parks speaking about a ton of interesting subjects such as Nas, Justin Bieber in the hood, politics and voting, new music that has dropped recently such as Mick Jenkins, Action Bronson & Jay Critch, wellness centers, the hilarious story of the making of Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Mariah Carey collab, Ja Rule’s fantasy football squad, 6ix9ine, bad experiences with Uber drivers, Nike and much more. Take a few minutes of your day to check out this brand new podcast below!

Hunnid – [SoloCelo]

We have a lyrical Lemonade debut for our readers this morning, this time around coming in the form of Chicago native SoloCelo’s brand new music video for “Hunnid”. This record itself was pretty solid and catchy all around, but the visual is really what took it over the top for me, the video director @TheRealJayPusha did a fantastic job of matching the energy that Celo was bringing to the track & brought this song to life in the best way possible. Check out this brand new music video for yourself below.

Lit – [GrownBoiTrap] [D Savage]

GrownBoiTrap and D Savage have blessed us with a number of bangers in the past, so much so to the point where the two hitmakers have developed an inimitable chemistry with one another. Today, they honor the force of their collaborations with a brand new music video for the melodic song, “Lit”. Directed by Jay Pusha, this flex-worthy release perfectly follows the blueprint of heaters that we have heard from the rising stars. One bar after another, they effortlessly grace the key-led production with addictive flows and unforgettable bars, and the colorful visuals act as the cherry on top to an already-incredible single. Scenery of women, money, and luxury sprints across the screen right on pace with the song, and all things considered, “Lit” is a fantastic way to keep the momentum moving forward for both D Savage and GrownBoiTrap. That said, click play at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!