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Trapdoor – [Melo Makes Music]

Chicago native Melo Makes Music has been one of the leaders in Chicago’s music community for some years now, he is one of the most unique artists out of the city, and today he is back on our website with the premiere of his new offering titled “Trapdoor”. Melo Makes Music has managed to have a super successful year in 2020 despite the quarantine, he had a clip from his “Manifesto” music video shoot go super-viral + he managed to get the young legend KOTA The Friend on the remix to make the track that much better. The brightest part the year for Melo has yet to happen though, as he has a new project coming very soon and it’s easily one of my most anticipated projects to come from the city this year. This new song here finds Melo rhyming over a multi-layered + dreamy instrumental in a soft tone to start the song, but he switched his flow to a more fast-paced approach shortly after, and he continued to experiment with the styles for the entire duration of the track. I am so excited to see what the last three months of the year have in store for …

SEX – [No Suits]

With a clear and present pioneer mindset, No Suits lives and breathes the idea that many flavors always make the best product. The four-person band, made up of former classmates, is getting their Lyrical Lemonade debut today for their newly released seven-track album, SEX. Combining a medley of styles, flows, subject matter, and even languages, No Suits proves their ability in making a project that is undeniably concise while simultaneously sporadic in the best way possible. Opened by the groovy funk ballad, “Sue,” No Suits, sets a prime example of the kind of funky-rock-fueled bravado that lives and breathes throughout their new album. Seamlessly transitioning into the blissed-out and love-struck mentality of “Bad Bitch” the four-piece band finds a center between shimmering alternative and swag-laced R&B. Almost through a natural progression, the project continues with “Sugar,” a rap centric exhibition that combines the group’s predilection for funky bass-lines with Abhi the Nomad’s lyrical chops. After the album’s brief interlude, “Sexually Active,” comes the project’s second collaborative record, “Boat to Bermuda” featuring Kota the Friend. The new jack swing style of production on the album’s fifth record exudes breezy vibes and summer’s warm embrace. Primed with high energy, the album’s proceeding record, …

Interview: Inside Kota the Friend’s ‘Everything’

Kota the Friend details the process behind his new album ‘Everything’, the impact of fatherhood on his life, and offers advice to artists trying to make it work on their own in our latest interview.

BQE – [KOTA The Friend] ft. [Joey Bada$$] x [Bas]

No, it’s not summertime yet and yes, we’re all stuck inside but KOTA The Friend is back to make you forget about all that for a few minutes with his latest single, “BQE”. The track marks the first single off his forthcoming album, ‘Everything’, and showcases him alongside his fellow East Coast lyrical masterminds Joey Bada$$ and Bas. It’s one thing for a collaboration to look great on paper and another for it to sound just as good in its execution, and “BQE” exemplifies both of these cases. KOTA, who’s been on a streak with the release of his ‘Lyrics to Go, Vol. 1’ project earlier this year, keeps the momentum escalating on this song. He kicks off the track with one of his one of his most impressive verses to date, attacking the beat with precision while still keeping his lyrical content 100% true to self. Joey Bada$$ and Bas both feed off the young prospect’s energy with two memorable appearances—a gift for any rap fans who’ve been fiending for new top-tier bars from either of them. New York reigns at the center of this song, both in terms of subject matter and overall vibe. From the jump, the …

Mom’s Whiskey – [Marlon Craft] ft. [Kota The Friend]

If there is anything certain about New York City, it is that hip-hop will always remain pivotal no matter what. Such a statement is illustrated through the presence of Marlon Craft, an emcee representing Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. Marlon’s rap style often incorporates advanced wordplay and witty lyricism, with poetic verses over golden era boom-bap beats. Along with his technical proficiency in rapping, Craft’s ability to craft (pun intended) an addictive chorus not only increases the replay value of his own songs, but enhances his versatility and capability as a feature artist. Notable artists and producers that Marlon has collaborated with include Dizzy Wright, Pro Era’s Nyck Caution, Statik Selektah, Black Milk, Bodega Bamz, Termanology, and Kota The Friend. My introduction to Marlon was through his phenomenal debut studio album, Funhouse Mirror, (2019) but I highly recommend browsing his entire catalog; notably, a project entitled The Tunnel’s End. Before Marlon emerged from the underground scene, much of his following was earned through impressive freestyles, cyphers, and appearances on World Emcee, previously known as ‘TEAMBACKPACK.’ For reference, peep a super dope cypher from 2017 consisting of Marlon, Radamiz, and Angelo Mota to gain a sense of Marlon’s upbringing and work ethic to reach where he …

1982: The Quarantine – [Statik Selektah] x [Termanology]

Even during a pandemic, creativity cannot be stopped! Not allowing COVID-19 to slow them down, legendary producer Statik Selektah linked up with his fellow Massachusetts native Termanology. Since 2010, the pair have gone under the duo name ‘1982,’ leading up to their best effort yet for The Quarantine, which is a ten track album entirely crafted in the span of eleven hours. Even more impressive is the fact that the making of the entire album was live-streamed, due to the respective artists having to self-isolate in light of the coronavirus. Beyond being an incredible producer and DJ, Statik Selektah seems to always get the absolute best out of the artists he works with, blessing them with his crisp boom-bap influenced sound. Moreover, Statik undoubtedly has a keen sense of who is legit, having worked with numerous greats that were largely underground at the time of their collaboration. Examples include Joey Bada$$/Pro Era, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Flatbush Zombies, Logic and Ab-Soul. Furthermore, Statik has always received acknowledgement from established hip-hop legends, ranging from Black Thought, Raekwon, Snopp Dogg, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Styles P, Crooked I, Blu, Royce Da 5’9, and more. Split by A and B sides, The Qurantine is …

Premiere: Better Than I Look – [Franky Hill]

Franky Hill returns to the Lyrical Lemonade pages as we premiere his new single “Better Than I Look.” This track is the first audio release from the New Jersey emcee since the release of his breakthrough project ‘USER’ that dropped in November of last year. Recently Hill has been on the road with buzzing Brooklyn rapper Kota The Friend for some tour days. The Kam DeLa produced single is a bouncy and breezy upbeat tune that will certainly have you humming along. The back vocals really compliment and bring Franky’s rapping to life. There’s no shortage of clever wordplay on any Franky Hill records and “Better Than I Look” follows suit with this trend as well. If you have some time to spare you can catch Franky performing with Myke Bogan in NYC tonight! Stream Franky Hill’s newest offering “Better Than I Look” below after the break.

Elevate – [Jams TFC]

Jams TFC (The Flava Child) has been making his name more and more known here on our lemon filled website, and tonight the Chicago native is back with his latest release titled “Elevate”. Jams is fresh off of a six-stop tour alongside Kota The Friend, and he credits this release as an ode to everyone that he got the chance to meet while on tour. Jams creates some soulful and straight-up beautiful music so I am always happy whenever he decides to bless us with new music, and this new joint certainly did not disappoint, this is a smooth listen so I highly suggest that you give it a spin below! A quote from JAMS; “Elevate” is all about not settling and demanding more. The hook says, “I’m not satifised I don’t wanna maintain, wanna elevate oh I wanna elevate…I spend the day making tomorrow better than yesterday, that’s what I call an elevate!” I want this song to inspire people to reach for the ultimate heights in life, because a lot of people are alive, but not a lot of people are living. 

Six Flags Drive – [Niko Blue]

Atlanta based artist Niko Blue returns with his latest single, “Six Flags Drive.” The latest offering from the rapper and producer is his melodic contender for song of the Summer. Hoping to reach those eager to submerge themselves in a body of water, Niko Blue makes a compelling case for all those looking to capture the coveted sun-soaked vibes. The song begins with a set of electric riffs that crescendo until an eventual tension release that introduces thumping bass and Niko’s signature vocals. Filled with bright textures that comprise the song’s production, Niko relishes in a playful energy, capitalizing on his skill as a rapper and vocalist. There is no doubt this record needs to be blared while in a car with friends, windows down and bass turned all the way up. Niko looks to reignite the momentum created from his Summer themed album, Me, You and Summer, released in May of last year. With artists everywhere releasing music to accommodate the increase in temperature, I don’t think it is any stretch of the imagination to say that “Six Flags Drive” deserves a spot on your “pool ready” playlist. This is Niko Blue’s first offering in a few months, coming …

FOTO – [Kota The Friend]

Where he saw room for a path, Brooklyn’s Kota The Friend created one. I’ve been aware of this budding talent for some time now, and simply by maintaining a consistent, high-quality level of output, Kota’s journey has been an undeniably lovable one. There aren’t any gimmicks involved — he makes great music, his guiding principle of authenticity never ceases to bleed through the music, and his clear creative vision has made for countless visuals and songs in the past, all of which have shown great development throughout Kota’s career. Today, these sentiments come full circle with the release of Kota The Friend’s long-awaited debut album, FOTO. 19 songs long, FOTO is definitely a longer album, but quite honestly, it gets away with it because of Kota’s storytelling abilities. His character arc throughout the album tracks the journey of someone truly questioning himself and the world around him, using the wins, the losses, and confusion as his map toward the light at the end of the tunnel. In general, the jazzy, lush instrumentals make sense for such a reflective release, and by the time the last few songs roll around, this inviting sonic environment and around-the-campfire lyricism make you feel as though you …