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Premiere: WTSB-[Tyler Sellers]

I’ve been excited about a lot of artists during my time of working in music, but the artist making his appearance on our pages tonight is someone who I will bet all of my chips on. About a week ago, I stumbled upon Tyler Sellers, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from the great state of Arkansas. He got put onto my radar for his song “Honey” and at that very moment, I took the time to dig into every single thing he’s released in the past. I wish I was exaggerating, but Tyler Sellers might just be the next best thing in 2020. The look, the sound, the swagger…he simply has it all and its just a matter of time before everyone realizes it. Tonight, its our honor to premiere his brand new song entitled, “WTSB”. From the very second you press play, I promise your jaw will drop. Right off the bat, the production hits hard in a way that will instantly captivate you. From then on, Tyler takes over and completely shines in a way that only he can. The guy has a voice that demands all of your attention and he shows it off in “WTSB”. There’s so much …

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

Racks 2 Skinny – [Migos]

Even though certain members of Migos have been flourishing while attempting to branch off and make music individually, I personally don’t think they’re ever as good without each other. Every member brings something different to the table, whether it’s their own unique style, delivery, uncharacteristic aesthetic, or anything else that you might include when discussing the supergroup. In recent years, it has seemed as if they’re stressing the importance of their solo careers over their group, but within the past couple of weeks, they’ve come back with a slew of new music. The first one came out on Cinco de Mayo, and I thought it was just going to be a novelty for the holiday, but they’re back with a brand-new track entitled “Racks 2 Skinny” as well as a music video for the fresh song. It begins with some very evocative chimes and bells, chattering percussion, and powerful drums. Takeoff begins the song with his verse, and he annunciates his words in a much more clear and understandable fashion than we’ve typically heard before. This is impressive because normally he speaks so quickly that he has no choice but to mash his words together in order to stay on …

Blue Phase – [Ash Leone]

From the very moment I heard Ash Leone’s voice, she quickly became one of my favorite artists of all time. I often times make comments like “this person has what it takes” or “be on the lookout for this up and comer”, but if there was truly one person who I had to bet all of my chips on, it would be the Philadelphia native who’s been taking the industry by storm as of late. Back in November of 2019 was the very first time we featured Ash on our pages. She made her Lyrical Lemonade debut for her song, “Physical” which has been putting up some amazing numbers on streaming platforms. From there on, she’s released remixes and a plethora of singles that all inevitably brought her to where she’s at right now. Just last week, Ash decided to drop her debut EP entitled, “Blue Phase”. The announcement of a brand new EP by the singer/songwriter was met with a lot of eager excitement which seamlessly translated to a warm reception on drop day. I have the tendency of over hyping things which is why I really wanted to take my time to listen to this whole entire project …

GoodEvil – [Luke Bar$]

In music, emotional connection is a main component of longevity. If listeners feel what you’re saying as opposed to just hearing it, they’re more likely to stick around, and furthermore, more likely to spend the time and grow with a given album. One way to achieve such is to document a slice of life; bring listeners directly into your world, from the sights and sounds all the way to the emotions, the ambitions, and even the dangers. One artist who’s found his way around this concept better than nearly anyone I’ve heard as of late is Luke Bar$. Today, the man himself is here to give people a taste of life in Brockton, Massachusetts, as presented with his brand new project, GoodEvil. Spanning across 8 tracks and 25 minutes, GoodEvil is the internal battle of a kid just trying to figure it out, balancing the temptations of his surroundings with an ingrained moral compass. Sincere and constantly in thought, listeners watch the journey sway from darker moments to lighter, sometimes taking questionable steps but never losing track of the course. With lines like “this world never meant for me,” Bar$ looks at things with a chip on his shoulder — an almost outside perspective, …

Draw 2 – [Vintage Lee]

Vintage Lee is the kind of artist who naturally shifts the attention of a room upon entrance. She’s a presence in her own right, and an undeniable one at that, having developed her reputation as a “PiMP” with the retention value and hit-making potential of songs including the MadeinTYO-featured “Vintage Like Lee.” Today, built to last and ready to make a statement with her latest project, Draw 2, the Boston native is back and better than ever. In a fashion similar to that of her last album — the aforementioned PiMP — Draw 2 sources its energy from sheer charisma, blending a natural cool with insurmountably bright production and venue-shaking deliveries. At times, it’s undeniably charming, using soaring hooks to craft songs suitable for the club, the car, and everything in between. But where Draw 2 most identifiably makes its impact is on the other side of things, creating a dichotomy between fun and serious, enchanting yet real. This intersection is where Lee’s sound finds its wings. On songs like “Left in the Cold”, her chip-on-the-shoulder mentality begins to shine through, but not without the braggadocious “Coach Lee” to follow. The entire project works in this way, blending alluring character with personal storytelling — a …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Arrogant – [Baby Smoove]

Admittedly, I’ve only been hip to Detroit native Baby Smoove for a few weeks now. In this time, however, partially due to the high volume of releases coming from his corner, I’ve quickly found myself revisiting Smoove’s SoundCloud quite often, as there always seems to be something new to catch up on from the budding talent. Today, this machine-like output continues with Smoove’s latest single, “Arrogant.” Working atop a foundation of hard-nosed production, this offering seamlessly exemplifies the “chip on his shoulder” attitude that makes Smoove such a fascinating talent to watch. He’s undeniably gifted when it comes to lyricism and he can craft and follow a flow with ease, but even more interesting is Smoove’s almost care-free charisma, whether exuded through rap money flexes or confident claims in his abilities. With this in mind, “Arrogant” is certainly one of his finest to date, and while my situation is, in no way, similar to Smoove’s, I can’t help but sing along to the utter triumph felt by blowing $5,000 from a feature at Barney’s. Detroit has yet another young star on its hands, and by all counts, it doesn’t seem as though Baby Smoove will be slowing down anytime soon. …

Waltz In – [StayGoldenSwerve]

Coming from the small town of Harrisburg, PA, rapper StayGoldenSwerve has a chip on shoulder. With aspirations of putting his city on the map, the young artist recently released an EP titled, ‘Midnight Vibes.’ The entire project happens to be a vibe with a concise and entertaining sonic landscape, but there is one song that I particularly enjoy called, ‘Waltz In.’ The song permits listeners to turn all the way up or reflect to rougher times in their lives. To quote Swerve, ‘I remember money wasn’t everything.’ Produced by the rapper’s brother, Drew Tyrell, the song has the ability to blast the roof off of your car. After hearing StayGoldenSwerve, I confidently say that the dynamic superstar in the making will be around for years to come. Words by Barry R