3.15.20 – [Childish Gambino]

We may all be cooped up inside and isolated right now, but luckily a lot of our favorite artists, both big and small, have taken this time to brighten the mood by dropping new projects. Adding to the heap of new music to get listeners through these times is this surprise drop from Childish Gambino, titled ‘3.15.20’.  The music mysteriously dropped last weekend under, but Donald Glover has now made it available across all major platforms. The unexpected release of ‘3.15.20’ along with suspicions of whether or not this will be Glover’s final album as Childish Gambino have all added to the air of mystery surrounding the project, which is itself quite experimental in nature. Glover seems to have condensed all of the best qualities of his previous releases into this one, offering a balance of some of his sharpest bars yet along with enigmatic and futuristic soul that marked his critically-acclaimed ‘Awaken, My Love!’.  ‘3.15.20’ comes with surprises at every corner. While I don’t want to spoil too much, all I can say is expect the unexpected.

12/31 – [D-Walk]

I apologize for being a little late on this one but it absolutely NEEDED a write-up. D-Walk dropped his second six-song EP in three months and is doing it right. Sometimes when someone is getting big quickly they keep their content in to try and be perfect when in all actuality people just want more and more stuff to listen to. D-Walk is providing that. This is the most support I’ve seen for an artist in Kansas City yet. The Quality Control Music prospect is on the brink of a life-changing day. But he’s staying focused and pumping out good music which will only further boost his support when that day comes. It has been very cool to see someone finally getting the recognition they deserve out of KC. Anywhere D-Walk pops out whether it’s the club or local show he is getting mad love and he’s giving the love too. When you listen to his music you can hear the “IT” factor… some people just have it and he is mastering it. The 69th street native seems confident in his abilities and he is reaping all the benefits. If I could put his project 12/31 into a mood it …

An Honest Conversation with Kembe X

Photo by TooSam By: Jacob Blieu “I just want to push to be human.”  Kembe X has found his voice; he knows who he is and he’s back to loving music. After settling into one of the rooms of The Alter, an understated studio tucked away in the guts of Los Angeles, Kembe’s rediscovered passion becomes immediately clear. By embracing the daily mix of sadness and happiness instead of looking to escape it, Kembe’s found his pocket–a place that shows life as the real, complex, and beautiful thing that it can be if you tilt your head a little and look at it from a new angle.  At 24, Kembe has faced many personal doubts, and even clashes with alcoholism, forcing him to step outside of himself and the music to uncover a new sense of purpose. Since working alongside fellow Illinoisian juggernauts such as Chance the Rapper and Alex Wiley early in the Chicago scene, Kembe’s career has developed in ways no one could’ve predicted, encouraging a sharp shift in perspective as he steps into a new chapter of his life. With the support of his close friends and fans around the world, Kembe is back and ready to …

Watch DJ Paul’s brand new interview with Berner

Berner has been creating a super dope platform with his new Berner’s Round Table, and the legendary DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia was the latest guest on his episode! They spoke about plenty of things such as how often he has to clear samples, being in the game for about three decades, influencing people through music, his catalog, crunk music, working with Pimp C & Bun B, tour stories, the artists he has signed, random celebrities he has partied with, when he first moved from Memphis to LA, his father teaching him out to be a businessman, working on movies and TV shows, Hustle & Flow, bringing the Oscar award to restaurants, producers now compared to back in the day and he even drops off some legendary stories. Take about an hour out of your day to watch this interview featuring one of hip-hop greats!

Cowboy Talk – [Donald Grunge]

With “Old Town Road” climbing up the charts and taking over the conversation on social media, the music world is beaming with Western-influence and trends right now. For Massachusetts native Donald Grunge, this trend is nothing new, however, as his cowboy-themed mixtape entitled, well, CowboyTalk, came out over 4 months ago. Even before then, Grunge had been headed this direction for quite some time throughout the project’s creation, and today, we see this vision come full circle as MA’s own hits our pages with the spectacular new visuals for CowboyTalk‘s title track. Dressed in a Toby Keith shirt, jeans, and his very best cowboy boots, this music video is a perfect representation of the off-the-wall, unapologetically true-to-self creativity that I’ve come to know and love Grunge for over the years. Yes, it’s an odd sight to see the rising artist dance around in this outfit on the top of a mountain and even ride a horse, but it’s as Grunge as it gets, eccentricities and all. The uncontainable energy of the song soars to new heights when translated onto the screen, and the Western theme, as a whole, finds new life thanks to this music video. Donald Grunge and his wild Western image …

SahBabii Just Wants To Have Fun

The world’s first major exposure to the name SahBabii arrived in the form of a bubbling street anthem entitled “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick”. Combining bright melodies and a lighthearted sound with threatening lyrics and all the appeal of a street-raised rapper, it combined two worlds of rap music into a refreshing blend of joyous and hardened charisma — an odd combination, but one that worked with a degree of unexpectedly seamless chemistry. SahBabii had arrived, and in an unconventional fashion, he had taken the spotlight in what many might have predicted would be a short run in the limelight. As is the case with many viral internet stars, the Atlanta bred artist had made way to the front of every blog with an eclectic sense of artistry as his support, but it was still unclear whether he would last or not. The truth is, especially in the run-and-gun age of streaming, not many viral hits offer any sense of longevity, and while “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick” remained on repeat for the time being, the future was uncertain. It wouldn’t be long until another viral sensation came along and took the throne, consequently leaving SahBabii in the dust. Then …

CowboyTalk – [Donald Grunge]

While the worlds of hip-hop and country music may seem like polar opposites on the surface, it can be oddly magical when an artist attempts to find a fusion between the two. Here to take on the challenge is a Boston-based act by the name of Donald Grunge with his latest project, CowboyTalk. 7 tracks long, this tape is by far one of the most creative we’ve heard in recent memory, as Grunge’s otherworldly vocals take on a life of their own amidst such energetic production. Surely, CowboyTalk is creatively ambitious, but it’s also extremely well-executed, shedding a light on one of Boston’s finest rising talents at the moment. The tape’s two singles — “Guitar Grunge” and “Snake In My Boot” — set up a perfect alley-oop for the main entree, and just as we anticipated, Grunge released a slam dunk. Stream CowboyTalk below and stay updated on the latest from Grunge by following him on Twitter here! Art by @gregisonfire Produced by Mike Hector, David Walker, JORD4NEVERDIED, Chris Tophr, Jonny Doobs, Maka, & Humbeats

Reel It In (Remix) – [Aminé] [Gucci Mane]

Ever since the release of Aminé’s incredible new project, ONEPOINTFIVE, I’ve been keeping the Portland representative’s music in heavy rotation. In my eyes, he’s two for two on full-lengths at this point, and with more than enough buzz around his name to keep the success rolling in, Aminé is here today to revisit the standout track, “Reel It In“, blessing it with a feature from none other than the legend himself, Gucci Mane. Just as you may have expected, this remix is a huge moment for Aminé and his fans alike. Hearing Gucci slide over some of the smoothest production of the year courtesy of LDG Beats and Tee-WaTT is a beautiful sight to see as a fan, and it acts as a testament to all of the well-deserved success the ONEPOINTFIVE has seen all year long. Aminé is going to be around for quite a while, so get used to it. Click play on the Gucci Mane-assisted remix of “Reel It In” at the link below!

The Interlude – [A$AP Ant]

A$AP Ant is a remarkably consistent member of the A$AP Mob, and by always sticking to his guns and making the money-minded anthems that we know and love him for, the budding star never fails to turn some heads with his music. Today, Ant is back on our lemon-filled pages with a brand new, 17-song project entitled The Interlude. Luxurious and hypnotic in sound, this project certainly shows some growth in Ant’s sound. He determines his goals and shoots toward them with a clear mind and definite focus, offering up clever lyricism and an ample supply of his steal-the-room, charismatic personality. Also featuring appearances from LuLu P, Baby 9eno, Coldgame Slayter, Nbdys100, Soduh, Benji Blue, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Gabby, Dufflebag Boog, and MoneyMarr, this project is star-studded in every way, giving even more reason why you need to click play. The Interlude is a standout moment for A$AP Ant, so be sure to check out the DJ Nick-hosted album at the link provided below!

Replay Interlude – [SuperSmashBroz] ft. [Jefe Replay]

For those who have been following Lyrical Lemonade for some time now, you may remember a write up we did on Boston DJs the SuperSmashBroz and their Massachusetts-oriented compilation project, Family Cookout last summer. Well, today, the SmashBroz continue what has been an eventful summer of shows and new releases with a brand new set of visuals for the song “Replay Interlude” off of the project. Featuring none other than Jefe Replay, this music video finds the Boston rapper in a natural atmosphere of women and partying, unleashing a barrage of clever bars with the same effortless style that we know and love him for. The Snapchat-incorporating scenery shows off unforgettable nights of good times, and all in all, this is a dope visual companion to go alongside a hard-hitting song, The SuperSmashBroz aren’t playing around this summer, so check out their latest offering at the link provided below! Shot by M9 Visuals Produced by LDG Beats