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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  

A Conversation with Omar Apollo, the Soul, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop Showman Who’s One of the Most Refreshingly Real Rising Stars Around

Preternaturally gifted, singing, dancing artists with effortless charisma who seem destined for pop stardom simply do not just come around every day. And ones who don’t feel corny, canned or prepackaged? Ones who defy genres and deftly maneuver between R&B and hip-hop, funk and acoustic pop-rock? Ones who haven’t come up with the promotional force of a giant corporation (e.g. Disney) or a network talent competition behind them, but rather emerged organically through Soundcloud connections, from a truly hardscrabble, blue collar, midwestern, immigrant background? Well, now we’re talking about something that happens with the frequency of a total solar eclipse. But that’s all a fair description of what we’ve witnessed for the better part of two years in Omar Apollo, the first generation Mexican-American showman from small-town Indiana who through great, often remarkably vulnerable songs featuring irresistible melodies and earworm beats; electric live performances; affecting if largely modest videos and no-bullshit charm, has only seen his profile rise. The buzz began as far back as 2017, but with the April release of his second EP Friends and a sold-out tour to go along with it, it’s turned into a low roar.   By all rights, Omar should have canceled lunch …

All Day – [Maka] ft. [Connis]

Some things in life just go together — it’s an innate thing. For example, peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, even knives and forks; Massachusetts artist Maka and the warm weather is a perfect example of one of these combinations. Whenever the sun comes out, the temperatures rise, and the days start to get a little longer, Maka unloads the slew of music that he’s been building up throughout the colder months, and the result is an unbelievable supply of music for listeners to feast on all throughout the spring and summer. Today, Maka is back to continue on this hot streak with one of my favorite songs of his to date, “All Day” featuring Connis. Produced by Rolexdaytona, “All Day” is a perfect song for the summer due, in part, to the galvanizing swirl of infectious melodies that act its foundation. Washing over these melodies is a splash of eccentric drumlines, and the final, most essential touch here is the addition of the vocals, demonstrating an intensely entertaining performance from both Maka and Connis. Each of the two artists go back and forth in excitement, and throughout the entire duration of the song, fans receive a notably animated example of …

Mad at the World – [FatKidsBrotha]

FatKidsBrotha has been a mainstay in the hip-hop world for a number of years now, and for good reason, as their undeniably consistent output always seems to leave listeners impressed without exception. Today, the Atlanta-based duo is back yet again, this time pushing forth their energetic styles with a notably solid new project, Mad at the World. As noted by the title, one main reason why this project works so well seems to be the chip-on-your-shoulder attitude that acts as a constant throughout. Whether communicated through the hard-nosed, thunderous production or the slew of strikingly vivid lyricism, FatKidsBrotha refuses to let up the pressure, maintaining an addicting sense of seasoned charisma from the first song to the last. In addition, over a duration of only 7 songs, Mad at the World achieves a solid balance of length and quality, constantly keeping things refreshing without overstaying their welcome. The result is a remarkably dense project, packed full of memorable moments that will certainly lead me to revisit this one again and again in the months to come. That said, FatKidsBrotha has set the bar high throughout their entire catalog, and Mad at the World not only delivers on this level of quality, but pushes …

Def Jam’s Young Gun TJ Porter Talks Representing for Harlem, Having a “Celebrity” Manager, His Sentimental New Single “Do You Care” and Upcoming Debut Album Voice Of the Trenches

Def Jam Records is in something of a youth revolution. The most iconic label in hip-hop history may be turning 35 this year, but it has its eyes newly fixed on the future, with some seventeen newly signed artists set to showcase on next month’s release of Undisputed, a compilation recorded over several days last November in Los Angeles. Front and center among the Undisputed lineup is Harlem, New York’s latest ambassador to the music world, 18 year old TJ Porter, who in only a couple of years in the game has begun to serve notice of his intention to follow in the formidable footsteps of the greats that put his neighborhood on the rap map, including Mase, Dipset and ASAP Mob. The young MC has versatility on his side: early singles, like 2017’s “Trust Issues”, “Quiet Storm” and “Can’t Wait” offered bar spitting life lessons; last fall’s Pregame, his release first with Def Jam, found TJ in melodic mode – celebratory on the breakout “Glowin’ Up” and boastful on “Tricky”; while his most recent EP, No Disturbance­, released only two weeks ago, goes dark on “The Don”, admits to relationship infidelity in “Cheated”, and claps back at doubters on …

Action Bronson: An Independent Soul

Photography // Tom Gould And just to clarify what you might have heard, I never left these dice I throw ‘em until there’s nothin’ left in life. Penned in the opening lines of his brand new album, White Bronco, Action Bronson’s latest full-length effort is an untamed return to independence. It’s ferocious in spirit, and, by the metric of Bronson’s back catalog, a delivery of cheeky, raw character that roams free in the mind of a true renaissance man. Blow after blow, Bronson draws upon undeterred charisma to set the tone of the album’s slow-burning heartbeat, and the end result is a testament to the unhindered vision of a man who never has, and never will, let business take precedence over soul. In lyrical moments such as the aforementioned, an excerpt from the album’s opener, “Dr. Kimble” — Bronson quickly solidifies his stature as one of today’s master showmen simply by leaving it all on the court. Start to finish, the album captures the energy of a glorious entrance and enchanting exit, and in such a manner, it finds an eccentric voice in the art of communicating identity through music. Accordingly, Bronson is restless and unapologetic when voicing his definition …

Watch Power 106 LA’s interview with Sheck Wes

The L.A. Leakers crew over at Power 106 has featured a number of industry creatives in the past while, and their latest guest was none other than the mudboy, Sheck Wes. Speaking on his childhood in-between Milwaukee and Harlem, Sheck chopped it up with the likes of Justin Credible & DJ Sourmilk on a number of topics including his earliest memories of music, being put on Kid Cudi, his debut project, meeting Travis Scott and much more jam-packed into the segment. Sheck’s less-than-usual come up is something to behold but before finding that out, watch his latest visual for Chippi Chippi and don’t miss his interview with Power 106 LA below!

Watch Sheck Wes’ interview with TimWestwoodTV

The latest rap phenom to sit down for an interview with TimWestwoodTV was none other than the self-proclaimed mudboy himself, Sheck Wes. Kicking off the discussion with the untamed energy at his shows, both Tim & his guest chopped it up on a number of topics including growing up in Harlem, tearing ligaments before his Mo Bamba video, his travels to Africa and hooking up with Travis Scott and joining the Cactus Jack imprint. Gearing up to head out on Travis’ Astroworld tour this week as well, it’s safe to say that Sheck’s indisputable rage is about to be felt worldwide and will only spread awareness of his emerging talents. Be sure to peep the TimWestwood interview with Sheck Wes below and check out the WhiteTrashTyler-directed visual from last week for Chippi Chippi. Via: TimWestwoodTV