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I’m Mad – [KTOE]

This year we saw one of Toronto’s most impressive artist/producer expand out of any box people tried to put him in by releasing a strong debut EP. The artist’s name is KTOE and readers may be familiar with his work with Jazz Cartier, but he has been plugging away working with some of the industry’s top talent for years. As many producers branching out to get behind the mic will find, there is often a criticism by those who try to label creatives in one way or another. On his first EP release, KTOE is here to tell the industry I’m Mad and there isn’t much they can do to stop him. This 6-song EP is the perfect introduction for KTOE to get everything off his chest as one of Toronto’s artist working artists. There is a wild variety of energy levels on this project. From the dance-ready “Feel Like It” is set to get people moving to the more introspective telling of his personal journey in “Yellow Bandana” there is something for everybody on this project. Being that this is only his introduction, it will be interesting to see the way KTOE builds out his platform as an artist at …

House Money – [Max B]

THE WAVE IS BACK! The long-awaited return to music from Max B is finally upon us and it could not have come at a better time. The Wave God himself has been incarcerated this entire decade and the rap game has been missing him dearly. As the next decade creeps up we are edging closer to an icon being back to reclaim his place in the industry. If Gucci Mane’s glow up after his stint in prison was something to behold then what Max Biggavelli is about to do will be talked about for generations to come. Releasing a feature-heavy 7 song EP is about the smartest thing Max B could do leading up to his freedom. The roster on House Money is heavy, with features coming from French Montanna, Jadakiss, A Boogie, Wiz Khalifa, Cam’ron, Dave East, and A$AP Ferg all bring an insane level of energy for an artist well respected by his peers. The highlight of this incredible project comes on the intro track “Take My Time” which is a classic Max B cut, instantly reminding me how big his impact will be when he is able to go full throttle. As we wait on more news on the …

Real Things – [Kaylee Ameri]

The powerful vocal stylings of New Jersey-based R&B singer-songwriter Kaylee Ameri is gracing the pages of Lyrical Lemonade yet again for her latest music video for “Real Things.” Kaylee welcomes viewers into a moment of vulnerability and empowerment as she realigns her ideals and tolerance level for the preverbal run-around. Kaylee Ameri’s latest offering, which brings to life the second record off of her eight-track project, Corduroy, is a resounding example of her continued growth as a sonic and visual artist. Compiled of subliminal filtered images that represent moments of happiness and frustration during a past relationship, the Common Courtesy Collective produced visual walks viewers through Ameri’s reprioritization of feelings and emotions. This journey of growth and maturity, which is echoed by the video’s side-by-side comparison of Ameri’s past and present, paints a vivid picture of love’s troublesome nature. Despite the somber attitude of the song’s subject matter, reverberating production from Dub Tha Prodigy and Natra Average helps create an empowering backdrop for Ameri to defiantly speak power into her decision.  Watch the new music video for “Real Things” by Kaylee Ameri below and make sure to show her your support by following along on Twitter and Instagram.

Grammy’s Babies – [Cam O’bi]

Cam O’bi is a creative who was the mastermind behind plenty of timeless music to come out this past decade whether it’s producing or vocally, he is someone who I respect to the highest level + today he is back with his brand new offering & visualizer for “Grammy’s Babies”.  This record is the second single off of Cam O’bi’s just announced new album titled Grown Ass Kid that is set to drop at some point in 2020, and from the sounds of the first two singles as well as the credibility that Cam has built for himself up to this point, I expect the forthcoming album to be one of my favorites of the year next year. I truly cannot say enough about this record, it’s so soothing + so beautiful, I have ran it back on my speakers at max volume here at the LL office at least a dozen times through + I’m not stopping anytime soon. Cam O’bi connected with Chicago based creative Christopher Brown who animated this entire visual, and shout out to him because he did a fantastic job of bringing this song to life, hopefully we see these two link again in the future. …

Valet – [Jay Whiss] ft. [Puffy L’z]

Jay Whiss is an established artist out of Toronto who is beginning to hit his stride as he emerges from a tough place with the loss of people close to him in the past few years. Earlier this year, Whiss dropped the EP Dark Cloud to outline the pain he felt with what was happening around him in his home city. It seems that with the release of his latest single “Valet” he is emerging from the cloud that fogged him to release his greatest piece of work to date. This release is a strong return for Jay Whiss as Murda Beatz provides a thumpin beat that allows Jay to lay down intricate bars and deliver an anthemic chorus. Whiss is joined by a personal favorite of mine, Puffy L’z, whose signature sound embodies Toronto to the fullest. The single was accompanied by a video that had both artists celebrating amongst their people, a regular occurrence simply because the whole crew has been seeing a lot more wins now more than ever. “Valet” serves as the lead single to Jay Whiss’ upcoming album, one that is sure to turn some heads and level up a rapper ready to take on the world. …

Maneuvers – [They Hate Change]

They Hate Change is striking while the iron is hot. The Florida duo has completed their 2019 trifecta – three great EP’s in one year. And the best part: they’ve only gotten better with each release. Every EP sees the duo honing their skills and perfecting their sound. One day, we’ll look back on 2019 as the year They Hate Change took it to the next level, and began their journey to stardom.  The newest EP, released yesterday, is titled Maneuvers, which serves as a fitting title to top off the group’s year full of huge moves. Production-wise, this is the group’s sharpest project yet. It’s full of low-key synthesizers that create a unique, futuristic atmosphere, and serve as a backdrop for Andre and Vonne’s fantastic verses packed with quotables. Vocally, the duo is hungry, and on every track here, they bring relentless flows chock-full of charisma and energy. Along with that, their chemistry only improves as the two make music together, and they have an impressive amount to say here. Maneuvers closes out with the epic “Steven”, a glitchy track with a jazzy twist that coasts along smoothly until the EP comes to a close on a high note. …

No Saints Loading – [MANILA GREY]

The reigning Kings of Canada’s West Coast, Soliven and Neeko, have been on quite the tear this year. After finding initial success in 2018 with the video for “Timezones” the R&B duo doubled down on their Filipino-Canadian heritage to begin to absolutely dominate both regions with their futuristic sonics. Coming off the success of their single “Silver Skies”, MANILA GREY embarked on a World Tour that took them across Asia and Canada to perform their hits in front of sold-out crowds. This year has taken their early fame and developed it into the beginnings of an illustrious career for a team that is running on all cylinders in all aspects of their creative output. Their latest album No Saints Loading dropped last week and is their first full-length release since their debut project No Saints Under Palm Shade put them on the map. While this project was intended to be the long-awaited follow up to last year’s debut, it is dense with big songs that are incredibly relatable for all those who listen. What makes this project incredibly special is the way they tie in their home city of Vancouver into each song, something the likes of which the city has really …

BLACK LOTUS – [Boslen]

We have a special one on our hands today folk. Canadian hotshot Boslen has been absolutely kicking down every door in front of him for the past year with impressive singles that have taken him from an unknown artist to one of Canada’s most exciting acts in recent memory. Boslen released his debut EP BLACK LOTUS yesterday and shot up to the top of the Canadian Apple Music Charts, an impressive accomplishment for an artist just beginning to share his story with the world. Boslen is an insanely energetic artist, each and every track of his get’s listeners blood pumping as he spits incredibly personal and triumphant lyrics in almost every track. Being able to not sacrifice intensity levels for an artist to convey their individual fears and struggles is an extremely rare talent that very few coming up now possess, further proving the fact that Bozzy is just different. The name of the project BLACK LOTUS takes its name from the flower that grows out of the mud to become something beautiful, much like Boslen grew from his tough upbringing on the outskirts of Vancouver, where growing up would be an unlikely candidate to be one of the country’s best new artist. As …

Get It Today – [Bari]

Bari continues his streak of new music with a new song titled “Get It Today”. The St. Louis/Chicago-based rapper continues building the energy level that he started escalating with his other recent tracks, an exciting prospect as he’s teased dropping a new mixtape before this year ends. Bari teams up once again with one of his most frequent collaborators @prodxvzn on the beat, and the two continue to prove their synchronicity on “Get It Today”. The song feels like a natural flow of ideas between the two artists, and Bari’s able to flow in his signature effortless, melodic way over Vzn’s sporadic drum patterns and sound effects. It seems Bari’s been honing the evolution of his style since releasing his ‘MSTRGLSS’ project earlier this year, and with this song as part of the already long list of tracks he’s dropped in the past couple of months, there’s reason to be hype about whatever he has coming next.

iunno – [Yung Gravy] & [bbno$]

Baby Gravy is back! The duo that got their start trading intricate witty bars back and forth has never taken a break from putting out their weird brand of music together. With the release of this latest single “iunno” the pair announced this would be the lead single to their upcoming collab project Baby Gravy 2. This may come as a surprise as we are only weeks away from the release of bbno$’s wild album i don’t care at all and if anything it seems that album title is perfectly accurate for the way bbno$ drops his music. What makes Gravy and bbno$ such a great pair is their chemistry every time they record together. The two started working on music long before either of them ever saw fame, now that they both have certified hits on their own it will be interesting to see the type of heat they will create now that each of them has leveled up. The production on this one is provided by Lentra, who always seems to create the perfect triumphant sounding beats for Yung Gravy and bbno$ to go absolutely crazy on. It looks like we’ll be getting Baby Gravy 2 this holiday season so keep your eyes …