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Criticizing – [Crazyboybray]

No matter what kind of music you make, you have a story to tell, a past that has made you into the person you are today, and a message to share with fans. Basically, you have a platform to be whoever you want to be, but it’s up to you to control the narrative and make sure that what you’re saying is going to be conveyed the way you want people to experience it. For Crazyboybray, I am not entirely familiar with his past or even the present considering I can’t find too much information on the emcee, but what I have found has shown me that he has a consistently amassing following of loyal fans that are rooting for him every step of the way. My first taste of his music, at least to my current knowledge, is his record “Criticizing”, and one listen is all it took for me to realize that he isn’t here to play games by any sense of the phrase. In this track, the piano notes used are incredible considering the high-pitched keys play off of the deeper, more intimidating notes as the bass drums just kick you in the stomach in the best …

1,2,3,4 – [SNLDRE]

As much as I love finding out about a new artist and doing a deep dive to find out anything and everything I can about them, sometimes that’s just not entirely possible. There are emcees I come across that may not have a massive following so they don’t have countless interviews or bios out that are easily accessible or existent in the first place, so as much as I prefer knowing more about a musician, I have to look at it as a glass half full scenario. I say this because it allows me to go into someone’s music with completely no knowledge whatsoever, so there’s no chance for my bias to show or judgments to be made outside of the music itself. This is how I approached SNLDRE’s song “1,2,3,4”, a track that was sent my way from one of the homies and it certainly was a pleasant surprise. Over an instrumental that boasts an intensifying piano progression, punchy drums, and a menacing melody that gets your head bobbing and your heart pumping. SNLDRE comes in with such an even-keeled demeanor, never really getting too far ahead of himself and just letting his lyrics flow out of his mouth …

Newport Beach – [Westside Webb]

Music is so intriguing because it can act as a sort of history lesson for fans who never forget the previous generation of greats and ensure that this music is never forgotten. Whether you look at the progression of rock, rap, R&B, soul, or any other genre that can be thrown into the mix, you can pretty much go decade by decade and see the changes first-hand, and while there are innovations and changes with time, there are still similarities as well because emcees often include facets that they have grown to appreciate with time before incorporating their own flair into the mix. That’s why I love the Los Angeles music scene so much, because these artists, no matter what style of hip-hop they may make, always seem to include similar sonic elements to the legends that paved the way for their careers in the first place, but they never fail to also display unheard of flows and inventive techniques that are as individualistic as they are. Westside Webb is an emcee that I am just now getting officially acquainted with, but after listening to his latest song “Newport Beach”, I just want to take a direct flight out to …

Knee Brace – [Eshu Tune] (Hannibal Buress)

If you clicked on this article because the figure in the cover art looks like the hilarious and always boundary-pushing comedian Hannibal Buress, you’d be right. Well, you’d be right to an extent because to my recent discovery, he has been making music under the moniker Eshu Tune, and while I hadn’t heard any music before today, I am just now realizing what I have been missing for way too long. Hannibal is from Chicago, but no matter where his home is, I would consider him one of my favorite actors/comedians, and since I knew he has always been a lifelong music fan, his introduction to rapping doesn’t surprise me even slightly. I want to say his rap skills surprise me, but he is one of those people who just doesn’t stop exuding creativity, so his knowledge of the history of rap along with his artistic track record doesn’t shock me in the slightest. The song that put me onto his music career is called “Knee Brace” produced by Haile Supreme who creates a casual, jazzy foundation that is laidback and relaxed, just like Eshu. In turn, the spitter strolls along the beat with this effortless ease, boasting remarkable bars …

Peach Fuzz – [Groupthink] ft. [Cybertrash]

There aren’t many artists in Chicago that I haven’t at least heard of, but that comes with the fact that I have made so many friends who keep me in the loop with so many musicians who are buzzing like crazy. Obviously, I know that there are a ton of emcees that I probably have no knowledge of, but I like to think that if they’re worth listening to, I most likely have them on my radar already. Groupthink is a local artist that I was actually put onto by one of my out-of-town homies, but when I first heard his unique indie-fueled sound, I knew he was going to be someone I needed to pay a lot more attention to in the coming months. This happened at the beginning of 2022 from what I remember, and the number of times I’ve heard my Chicago homies mention his name in terms of DJing a show he was performing at or just wanting to see him live has blown my mind. While he still has a long way to go, I think that his buzz is already quite notable, and his dominance only continues with his latest track “Peach Fuzz” featuring …

Monsieur Dior – [IDK]

If you asked me who IDK was about a year and a half to two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have recognized the name, even if I had heard a song or two. That knowledge has changed tremendously throughout 2021 up until now, though, because he has shown me that even if I don’t necessarily always listen to his style of music, he brings this charisma to every track that I simply can’t ignore. My admiration truly spiked when he dropped his project Simple. with KAYTRANADA, and it has remained even ever since, but I can’t give this guy enough props. His success is just beginning, which is crazy considering he already led a 10-day course on music business at Harvard, performed at countless shows, and is even supporting Pusha T on his It’s Almost Dry Tour currently, so the world is his oyster and I know we’re in for many more blessings as time goes on. His artistry is one of a kind, something that is shown on his latest track “Monsieur Dior”, and it all starts with TK’s production with a sample of “Huit Octobre 1971” by Cortex, a French jazz band. Even if you’re not familiar with …

Hood Trophy – [Mackk & Company] [Rucci] [Peysoh] & [KingMostWanted]

If you’re not living in certain parts of the country, it can be difficult to stay tapped in with the underground artists coming from those cities, so the only real way to stay up to date is by having homies who won’t let you miss out on amazing music. Coming from Chicago, I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the local scene here, and I only know about certain regions across the US because my friends always send the hottest street anthems through, and I am forever grateful. In Los Angeles, the scene is as diverse and dense as it gets, and Mackk & Company is certainly putting together a winning roster. The LA-based label has boasted some of the city’s hottest up-and-comers, and their latest song “Hood Trophy” features some of the hottest newcomers in the game. Rucci is the only emcee I recognize on this track and I’m a big fan, but Peysoh and KingMostWanted are two talents that thoroughly impressed me, and I’m stoked to get to listen to more of their music. Peysoh gained traction after his No Jumper interview and has amassed millions of streams on various tracks while King has dropped countless viral …

orion-[ggwendolyn]

If you follow my writing, then you’d know that I’m a sucker for debut songs. There truly is nothing cooler than stumbling on an artist who is putting out their first ever song…It’s very special to say the least; But, one thing I love more than debuts is when the debut is from an artist who you have no knowledge about. As much as I would love to connect with every single artist I write about, I think it’s really cool when there seems to be some anonymity behind the music. Today, I have the pleasure of bringing a work of art on to the pages of Lyrical Lemonade and I’m so excited about it. “orion” is the debut offering by an artist who goes by the name of ggwendolym and after listening to it, I can confidently say that my life is significantly better after coming across this package of brilliance. When it comes to who ggwendolyn is, I really can’t share any information since there isn’t much on the internet, so all that’s left to talk about is the music, which is a great place to be. When I first pressed play on “orion”, all I remember is …

Nice Guy – [Babyface Ray]

Over the course of the last year or two, Detroit has become one of the top music cities in the entire world. Considering I begin so many of the articles that I write about the city (which is honestly just way too many to count), I won’t go into the history or my knowledge of the scene as it has accumulated over this span of time to spare you the repetition, but just know that one of the main emcees you need to keep an eye on is Babyface Ray. Ever since I first really dove into the scene, Ray has consistently been someone who has lived and breathed what it means to grow up the way he did in Detroit, and the rest of the world has certainly caught on. After releasing his album FACE at the top of this year, he secured a spot on the XXL Freshman list, sold out his United Stated tour, and received plenty of other accolades. One thing I’ve learned about Ray is that he’ll never stop working, and that streak continues with his latest work of art “Nice Guy”, a fantastic new track that comes equipped with a Joseph-directed music video. Tapping …

N.O.C Menace Redefines What Is Country-Urban Music

With the recent release of his latest single “Country Boy Living,” NOC Menace has critics craving to see more of his peculiar lifestyle. Shortly after a video surfaced of a shirtless Menace cruising on a candy-painted antique tractor, the Nocatee, Florida native released his debut record, “Country Boy Living.” “Plenty of people say they’re country, but they’re not country boy living like I am.” Menace stated. When asked what exactly is Country Boy Living, he noted that “it’s the lifestyle rooted from real southern upbringing. It’s not something that’s limited to just the south or Florida. But I represent Nocatee, Florida to shine light on where I’m from.” Formally known as Yung Flawda, his music was inspired by his family, especially his father and sister. Even though he proclaims not to have been so good, it’s clear that he was creating sound and artistry. NOC Menace creates music filled with hope and pain, with inspiration from Rod Wave. When we learned of his musical inspirations we found it intriguing to acknowledge Rod wave previously stated he would inspire the next artist to come up out of Florida. This Nocatee native is the epitome of art that imitates life. His music …