Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …

Luv – [Ducey Gold]

Ducey Gold is a student at Eastern Carolina University with a bright future in music, so do yourself a favor and check out his brand new single “Luv.” If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, love him or hate him, there is a significant hole missing in rap without Lil Uzi Vert dropping music. When you press play on Ducey Gold’s “Luv,” it gives me nostalgia from when I was first listening to Uzi’s Luv is Rage and Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World projects, mainly because of the instrumental and Ducey’s flows and cadences. Ducey told me he went back and forth with himself by changing the hook so he could embody the mood he was feeling on the track, and we can accredit European beatsmith BLK with the vibrant futuristic production on this track. That said, this one is definitely a standout, so stream Ducey Gold’s new single, “Luv,” down below.

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch Damon Dash’s brand new interview on Hip-Hop Motivation

I have wrote on these pages time and time again speaking about how much of a legend that Dame Dash is, and just recently he teamed up with his right hand man Kenyatta for a dope new conversation. You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of interesting topics such as Aaliyah, energy in the world, dealing with naysayers, being a great father, patterns within his family, the industry, his relationship with Jay Electronica, having a good eye for talent, being on Wiz Khalifa & Lil Uzi Vert early on, being inspired by art and much more. Check out this awesome new interview below!

Watch Lil Uzi Vert’s brand new interview with Nardwuar

Lil Uzi Vert  is by far one of the most entertaining people on the planet and Nardwuar in my opinion is the best interviewer there is, and moments ago they released their brand new interview! They did their first interview together back in 2016 if I remember correctly, but Lil Uzi has had evident growth as he has blossomed into a mega star since that point, but this new interview felt just like a good conversation between two friends for the few minutes they got to speak. Nardwuar asked him about a few of interesting topics such as fashion, GG Allin, some of his lyrics, his early days and he even ran out of the building mid interview & had nardwuar chasing him! Watch the interview here!  

2y’s – [Tayy Brown]

Tayy Brown is a new artist to the Lyrical Lemonade pages, but we suspect he won’t be a new name soon, as the young hitmaker is sure to impress with his first appearance on our site. That said, we’re here today to shed a light on the Maryland native’s debut project, 2y’s. With influence from Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and XXXTentacion, this tape packs a slick, addictive that easily sits right with fans of any kind. Having toured with Ski Mask The Slump God on his Ski Meets The World tour, Tayy is ready to spread his wings on the digital front now, and this tape is certainly a good introduction to his sound. Hear it below, and be on the lookout for more from the up-and-comer soon.

Oogie Mane: Staying the Course

Influence, popularity, and innovation are all central factors that spur the conversation of “mainstream” versus “underground” in music. It is with these metrics that fans deem their favorite artist an “underground legend” or a full-blown “star”, using popular perception and relative terms to grade an artist’s status of fame in a given ecosystem of music. But sometimes this metric just doesn’t fit. In the age of the internet, where social media paves unique pathways for artists of every imaginable kind, the barrier between the mainstream and the underground has become increasingly blurred. Notably, increased visibility of niche scenes is now allowing mainstream acts to dip their hands into the underground, utilizing the boundary-pushing, non-linear styles of smaller artists to predict innovative pushes in sound. This collaboration, or occasional lack thereof, can be demonstrated in a number of ways, sometimes crediting the smaller acts that influenced a mainstream shift and sometimes not. Here enters “I’m Upset” by Drake: a single released for his Scorpion album that arrived right in the midst of a hallmark rap beef against Pusha T, but even more importantly, a single that exemplifies this blurring line between underground and above. I can recall driving home from my …

Hercules – [LilGotit] x [Lil Ui Vert]

An artist that goes by the name of LilGotit is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with his brand new offering titled “Hercules” featuring superstar Lil Uzi Vert. The beat starts building slowly but surely at the start of this record but at around the thirty-five second mark be prepared to be blessed by a memorable verse from Lilgotit, leading perfectly into the galactic feature from Lil Uzi that helped solidify this one as a hit! Listen to this brand new record below and if you like it be sure to follow Lil Gotit on Soundcloud here.

Multi Millionaire – [Lil Pump] x [Lil Uzi Vert]

Late last night Lil Pump and Lil Uzi Vert damn near stopped the internet when they released their brand new offering titled “Multi Millionaire”. Both of these artists have been known to have an ear for some of the best instrumentals we have heard over the past few years, and that showed here as they rhymed over an absolutely menacing beat, bouncing their unieique styles off of each other to make for an all around great track. Take a few minute of your time to check out this brand new record below, the odds are you will be hearing it a ton for the rest of the year.