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AIR-[Sylo]

If you look through all of my articles on Lyrical Lemonade, the one artist who probably has the most write ups by me is Sylo. When you think about 5 years, most people immediately recall friendships or relationships that have lasted that long, but when that time span pops in to my head, I associate it with my 5 year long obsession with the Toronto artist. I first came across Sylo back in 2017 and ever since then, his music has been a tremendously important part of my life. Today, my favorite makes it back onto our page for the release of his new song called, “AIR”. It’s been a little bit since Sylo last dropped, but after hearing this new offering, it’s very evident that the wait was well worth it. There are certain musical minds that you can’t rush; you can just hope that they’re off creating art at their own pace and that’s exactly what I believe Sylo did with this latest one. From start to finish, “AIR” is just that…A breath of fresh air when you least expect it. From the mesmerizing guitar strum, all the way to Sylo’s soothing vocals, this song is as good …

Houston star Aaron May continues his rise with “Outside Looking In”

Firstly, I want to mention that my guy Brandon has already written up the opening track of this EP, “What It Take,” which happens to be my favorite joint on the project, so check out a more in-depth look at that piece here. Beyond that track, this EP just further reinforces the idea that this independent Houston mogul is on his way to mainstream stardom. Only four songs in length, it’s refreshing to see artists be selective in their tracklists, being that these four pieces are all absolutely perfect representations of his talent. A professor of rhythm and flow, Aaron May supplements those facets of his game with raw melodies and vocals that separate him from many of the artists we listen to on an everyday basis. Aaron is no newcomer to the site, and rightfully so. I wrote on the project prior to this one (No Recognition), a masterpiece that ballooned his following and solidified his status. This EP just adds ammo to his claim for greatness, and I’ll continue to be an avid listener. My favorite pieces on the EP were tough to decide on, but if I had to choose two to listen to first I’d say …

Sangstaa – You’re All I Know

Sanghyeok Lee, otherwise known as Sangstaa, is an American rapper and producer, known for his signature R&B/rap hybrid sound that delves deep into the artist’s psyche. Hailing from South Korea to Raleigh, North Carolina, Sang quickly fell in love with hip-hop. Growing up with a guitarist father and a pianist mother, the rising artist knew he was developing a passion for music. When he decided to pursue a career in music, ghghbrelocating to Los Angeles was the best move he could have ever made.  In a short period, Sang’s catalog has garnered the attention of several Spotify playlists and landed him on tour with Korean star G-Soul’s North American tour. On October 21, Sangstaa released his new EP You’re All I Know. This project marks a departure from his earlier R&B/rap fusion and goes into a more experimental nature. His inspiration for his EP was inspired by a recent heartbreak, and revolved around themes of internal battles, resisting temptations, and staying focused within a whirlwind of emotions.  “This project is different in all aspects. Sonically, It was my first time trying out indie pop/rock stuff so it was mad fun. Having instrumentalists like Luke White on the guitar and Trey Graves …

Imperfect Girl-[ThxSoMch]&[thekid.ACE]

“Imperfect Girl” by ThxSoMch and thekid.ACE is the latest sped up masterpiece that I’ve found myself obsessing over. Over the past few months, I’ve had a myriad of different conversations with people debating on whether sped up versions are worth the listens, and I will shamelessly always say yes! Some of my favorite songs are sped up versions and I think it’s due to the fact that it just adds a cooler dynamic and groove to already well rounded tracks. I really believe you can tell the quality of the song based off of whether or not it  sounds good sped up or slowed down. If it sounds good, then that means the creators completely crushed the creation of it from all cylinders. “Imperfect Girl” is so good and I want everyone to listen as soon as they can. Right now as I’m typing this article, I’m refraining myself from running around the house and dancing to it. I’m hesitant to say that this is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year, but that might be exactly what I’m saying. ThxSoMch quickly went from being an unknown artist on my radar to now occupying the top of my …

I Hope You Know – [Machai]

Considering California is such a large state, it’s no surprise to hear about promising new artists who are spanning the entire coastline. Los Angeles is obviously the city that gets the most buzz, and even though the West Coast music hub is deserving of all the notoriety that it has earned over the past few decades, there certainly are a lot more cities that should be shouted out. I love LA, but I do feel like the majority of emcees from there stay in a familiar lane that sounds pretty similar, but if you head to any of its northern neighbors, you can slowly begin to see the diversification expand exponentially. The Bay area has some remarkable musicians, and so do Oregon and Washington, but right in the middle of these destinations sits Redding, California. Although it might not be a town with lots of hype surrounding its scene, that is sure to change thanks to Machai, a rising talent who has been cementing his place in this industry for many years. I first found out about him probably last year or later on the year before, and when I got my first glimpse at what he could accomplish, I …

Touchdown – [NNAMDï]

I seriously can’t believe how long I have slept on NNAMDï’s music, and even though I have been listening for a handful of years, it wasn’t until the rollout of his album Please Have A Seat that I saw his vision and truly appreciated the force he is in this industry. The indie artist has been blazing a trail in Chicago for many years, and although I had tuned in time and time again when we would feature him on our year-end top 50 Chicago projects lists, I guess I was so overwhelmed with all of the music that was included on these features that I would accidentally overlook his gifts. I am extremely grateful that this will no longer happen because his album is now here, and it is everything I had hoped it would be and more based on the singles I had experienced prior. Before I go into details about the album overall, I really want to give it a few more listens to be able to do all the hard work and effort that NNAMDï and his team put into it, so instead, I wanted to focus on the brand-new Sandy Honig-directed music video for his …

life sucks – [ninexteen]

As the internet changes the music business as we all know it on a regular basis, it can be hard to find someone with a good work ethic. Well, I guess it’s not as difficult as I first thought because the people who work hard and never give up are the artists that we know and love, but it’s the underground emcees that I struggle to find these traits in because there are just so many of them. When you don’t get the results you hope for, it can be hard to keep going, but so many of these current artists who want to make a name for themselves try and drop one or two songs and go viral, so when that doesn’t work, they have no backup plans. At the same time, ninexteen is the exception to this ideology because even though I don’t know too much about him, I had heard that his work ethic is unmatched, and he truly wants people to hear (and appreciate) his music. In fact, the eighteen-year-old spitter is currently in the fall semester of his freshman year of college, so while there is a massive workload that comes with school, he makes …

Forever – [Pretty V]

As Fall turns the corner, many of us are scrambling to assemble the perfect lineup to start our fall rotations and playlists. Though September has already been a month flooded with high-quality releases, none are perhaps more deserving of your attention than rising UK rapper Pretty V who returns with his latest project Forever. Though it’s been a minute since V (FKA Voldy Moyo) released his last project Liberty City in 2020, his past few singles suggest that he hasn’t taken a day off since. Preceded by singles like “Uh uh” and “OBAMA” – Forever is a tightly-woven collection of psychedelic and cloud-rap tracks that showcase a rarely-seen side of England’s cultural canon. From the lurching bass signals of “DROGBA” to the nostalgic soul samples of “There’s Always Something For You To Get Over”, Pretty V uses Forever to not only showcase his unique futuristic sound, but also to showcase a talent and versatility that is just as uncommon as it is understated. With eighteen tracks making up Forever‘s tracklist, fans of V old and new are sure to find something to enjoy across the project’s diverse tracklist. While I’m hoping that V treats fans to some new visuals or tracks before the year ends, ultimately …

ImUP! – [Cee]

Cee is a sensual R&B act based out of Vancouver, Canada that’s making her Lyrical Lemonade debut with her single “I’m Up. Cee is an artist whose messages primarily cater to women as she wants to inspire women from all walks of life by showcasing her vulnerability through her music. This is a record that I can envision in chill tracks or relaxation playlists for day-to-day listeners. This may sound a little weird, I know that this is an r&b song, but this reminds me of some of the more recent sounds that are coming out of the Soundcloud rap scene. I think that this is good because “ImUp!” has a great chance of translating to other audiences outside of r&b. It’s the production and the progression of the record that almost makes it hypnotic to the listener. Stream Cee’s newest record “I’mUp!” For yourself after the break.

Penny Pinching – [Dayna Madison]

Some people have to work day in and day out, spend long hours in the studio, and really put in years of work before they finally find their footing and begin to grow their music career, but others were simply born for the spotlight. Dayna Madison is one of those individuals (not to say she didn’t work hard within her music career, by the way) because prior to music, she was a dancer and had been on a stage for around 22 years. She wasn’t just someone who enjoyed dancing for fun, though, because she ended up getting a coveted job as a dancer for the Memphis Grizzlies, a position that many people work their whole lives for. Even with this remarkable accomplishment, Dayna found love in making music more recently, so she decided to chase another dream and start creating her art which proved to be a move that’s paying off thanks to her obvious talents. I mean, a multifaceted individual like her is destined for this, and her experience on a stage as large as the one she had with the Grizzlies will help her to avoid anxiety or struggles when performing her music as well, so her …