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Not Waving, But Drowning – [Loyle Carner]

“His friends thought he was waving to them from the sea but really, he was drowning” is part of an excerpt we hear from Stevie Smith in regard to one her poems, as she speaks on the title track of Loyle Carner’s new project, Not Waving, But Drowning, a follow-up to his early 2017 record, Yesterday’s Gone. This album is a collection of tracks filled with introspection and storytelling as Loyle reflects on the ups and downs of his life thus far, touching on feeling lonely and feeling like he doesn’t belong throughout this emotionally dense album. He keeps his head on straight for the entirety of the record, however, approaching problems in a positive and inspiring way. Not Waving, But Drowning starts off with “Dear Jean”, which acts as a poem by Loyle addressed to his mother, looking back on the past, looking forward to the future, and thanking his mother for everything she has ever done for him. It serves as a solid foundation for the rest of the album’s content. Following this are a variety of easy-going, sharply produced, and catchy tunes featuring great underlying melodies with some fun bass lines, coming together for a solid project. For …

i have so much to tell you – [Curtis Williams]

Curtis Williams — the Two-9 legend, himself — is the kind of artist whose effortless cool will never fade. It’s not that he can “adjust with the times” or keep up with new trends, but rather, Williams has an individualistic style that will never burn out, fueled simply by a sense of authenticity that can’t be faked. Needless to say, ATL’s own is still putting out noteworthy music, just as we saw a few weeks ago with his “Darren Waller Freestyle.” Today, Williams brings this full circle with the main entree: a new project entitled i have so much to tell you.  As reflected by the title, this project gives listeners a chance to update themselves on what Curtis Williams has been up to as of late, and if not anything else, I love just how well this project reflects where his spirit is at. Right away, Williams takes things to an intimate, eye-to-eye level with listeners, balancing a beautiful, soul-stricken harmonica run with wisdom from none other than the Based God — and before you ask, yes, this is the best idea for an introduction I’ve heard in quite some time. From there, i have so much to tell you …

Faded in the Booth – [Young Nudy]

Coming out of Atlanta over the past few years, few artists, if any, have matched the level of consistency and individuality that Young Nudy brings to the table every time he hits the mic. Not only are Nudy’s eccentric vocals and alluring deliveries pleasing on a sonic level, but the lyrics that they highlight are just as impressive on a technical scale, proving the mark of an artist who seemingly can do no wrong. Today, as fans still impatiently await the release of Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s forthcoming project, Slim’erre, Nudy is back to bless us with an appetizer entitled Faded in the Booth. 12 tracks long, Faded in the Booth was actually a surprise release, and immediately after being texted by a friend that it was released, I ran over to Twitter to see what the conversation was about Nudy’s latest. As expected, the main sentiment was that Young Nudy really dropped a for-fun mixtape before the album, and it’s still one of the best projects of the year, and after listening to this one three times in the past two days, I can’t help but agree. Faded in the Booth is a title connotated with a certain intimacy and effortless cool that …

Don III – [Just John] & [Dom Dias]

Throughout history, we have seen countless examples of artist-producer combos that have worked together to create music that takes each party to another level. Today, I am introducing you to one of those combos, artist Just John and producer Dom Dias. The duo has been working together for some time now and just dropped the third and final installment in the Don EP series. Without a doubt, Don III is the most advanced release from the Toronto-based pair and there are no signs of slowing down yet. Over the past few years, Just John has been building up his image in the underground scene of Toronto and recently had his 2018 single “Soundboi” selected as the official playoff song for the Toronto Raptors. Working with Dom Dias has allowed John to perfect his sound over the unusual production style Dom has. Any time a producer is able to work unusual effects or samples into their music it adds another level of complexity to the music and these can be found all over Dom’s music. Together, the two combine to create a cohesive sound that allows both artists to shine in their own right. The 6-song project is filled with fire …

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here! — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

Walls – [Ryan Woods]

Beyond the act of storytelling through lyrics, music has the unique ability to actually paint pictures of the scenes that it describes using the sound that surrounds the words. Here to deliver a perfect example of this, an artist by the name of Ryan Woods is here with an incredible new single entitled “Walls.” By splashing color onto the story at hand here, Woods’ latest is a striking example of the power of instrumentation in music, specifically when considering what exactly the sound adds to a given song. Sampling a police siren and pairing it with a dreamy set of guitar riffs and cathartic vocals, this release embodies the idea of creating an entirely new world through music. The rising talent’s songwriting skills are certainly impressive by themselves, but just as impactful are the sun-soaked chords here that push “Walls” to the next level. That said, this is a wonderful release all the way through, so be sure to check out “Walls” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

FEEL! – [Zero McKenzi]

Monte Booker is one of the music’s most sought-after producers right now, and for good reason, as his otherworldly style isn’t only worlds away from what everyone else is making right now, but it’s also levels ahead in sound, feel, style, and everything in between. Needless to say, hopping on a Monte Booker beat is a  daunting assignment, but an artist named Zero McKenzi has successfully done so with his latest offering, “FEEL!”. Noted by the cover art, which features a definition of the word “feel,” this offering is all about making listeners feel something. Zero certainly succeeds at this mission, as the heartbreaking beauty of lines such as “my home doesn’t feel like home” take listeners to a dark place, using the electric production as a cathartic backdrop for such honest, candidly depressing lyrics to take place. “FEEL!” isn’t simply a canvas for Zero to dump all of these thoughts, however — rather, he takes this introspection to another level by describing the ways in which we, as humans, tend to pick ourselves up and keep moving, even as the sadder things weigh us down. Being that this song is my first introduction to Zero McKenzi, I must say that …

223 Remix – [S3nsi Molly] [Lil Brook] [Lil Yachty]

“223” by S3nsi Molly and Lil Brook is truly one of the hardest songs I’ve heard in the past few months, and as if this one couldn’t get any better, the Def Jam signees are back to revisit the single with a brand new remix alongside Lil Yachty. The main element of this song that caught my ear in the first place was the riotous instrumental, pairing a simplistic set of piano notes with a hefty supply of bass. Only adding to the action are Molly and Brook’s undeniably fun vocals, as they put forth a pair of charismatic, head-turning performances to match. Now, with the official remix out, “223” blends all of these captivating elements with an outstanding verse from Lil Yachty, pushing this song to an entirely new level. Considering the fact that I loved this song ever since my first listen, it’s a wonderful sight to see these two budding stars getting the attention they deserve, and this remix will is a perfect place to start for fans both old and new as they keep track of their full court press. Def Jam’s own are ready to do numbers all throughout 2019, so prepare yourself by listening to …

Never Know – [LocoCity]

There has been no shortage of talented artists coming out of Toronto in recent months. One artist, in particular, has gained traction fast is LocoCity. Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, LocoCity has been consistently dropping heat during the tail end of the cold Canadian Winter. What stands out about this artist is that he always seems to bring a certain level of realness to his melodic tracks that allow listeners to have a glimpse into his experience in the streets of Toronto. “Never Know” is a song that captures life in Toronto, with rising levels of violence and lost youth that create an emotional connection for anybody who presses play. LocoCity has been gaining serious attention with his recent videos and singles taking off in Canada and beyond due to the overall quality of his music. Be on the lookout for more music from the budding artist in the near future as there are no signs that he is slowing down any time soon. Watch the music video “Never Know” below!

GUAP – [QUAMON]

Today, we are introducing an artist out of Vancouver named Quamon who has been quietly dropping some noteworthy singles over the past few months. His latest single, “GUAP,” features a stuttering hook that blends seamlessly over a bubbly beat that almost feels like it was taken straight out of a video game. All three singles released by Quamon have been produced by the talented young producer Joseph L’étranger, who has worked extensively with XO’s 88GLAM and recently became a member of Murda Beatz’s Murda Gang. Quamon always brings a high level of energy to his music that pairs perfectly with Joseph’s upbeat production style, and further, he’s been on my radar for some time now, improving his lyrical and melodic abilities with every new release. There is no doubt that the pair will work continue working together, creating underground hits as both of their profiles continue to rise. Check out “GUAP” and other singles from Quamon below.