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Funeral – [My Favorite Color]

I was recently just put on to Los Angeles-based rapper My Favorite Color and his name is the first thing that drew me in before anything else. It was out of the ordinary and I hadn’t really heard anything like it considering most people are named after something more specific, regardless of if there’s a Lil or a Young in front of their nickname. The song I was told that I needed to check out is called “Funeral”, and although the rapping is pretty great, it’s the visual that really drew me in more than anything else. Right off the bat, the beat is as minimal and soft as can be, truly allowing for Color’s voice to come through loud and clear. What can be heard within the instrumental is tranquil, heavenly synths that also seem to contain some sort of solemn vibes, which is understandable considering this song is all about a funeral. As Color makes his way throughout the beginning of this track, he provides a rhythm and tempo with his cadence itself considering there’s no drums or percussion to give any sort of pace to the offering. His voice seems to be so expressive and full of …

Cookie Chips [Rejjie Snow] x [MF DOOM] x [Cam O’bi]

It’s hard to be believe that “Lost In Empathy,” the first song that I heard from Rejjie Snow, released six years ago. At that time, the Dublin, Ireland artist was just nineteen years of age, touring with prominent names such as Kendrick Lamar, Madonna, and MF DOOM. Despite garnering attention, the identity of Rejjie, however, was oddly compared through the scope of Tyler The Creator. In fairness, the Tyler being compared to Rejjie was during the WOLF era, including all releases prior. Now 2020, perhaps the only credible likening between the two is their nonconformist personalities amid a dull, undifferentiated music industry. When introducing a friend to Rejjie Snow, it’s better to simply let his work do the talking. The sound of Snow fascinatingly varies from dark to mellow, highly capable of interchanging between lyrical hip-hop and pure experimentation. “PURPLE TUESDAY,” an exceptional track featuring Joey Bada$$ and Jesse Boykins, masterfully captures a blend of Rejjie’s qualities, merging expressive lyrics with melodic instrumentation. When the record released in 2017, I was thoroughly impressed by the fitted mold of the collaboration, despite Bada$$’s differing skill-set. Three years later, Snow’s latest collaboration with MF DOOM has provided a déjà vu like listening experience. …

Mabel EP – [Baby Bari]

The return of Baby Bari was inevitable. My fascination with the Naples, Florida-based artist first began after hearing his four-track EP, Grudge, back in January. One listen and I was completely sold. It wasn’t just Baby Bari’s effectiveness as a producer, writer, or singer but more so the combination of all three with the additive that there was something different and utterly authentic about his presentation. His return is in no way surprising and entirely on-brand with the kind of eclectic precedent he set with his first release. Mabel, his newly released four-track EP, combines the darker textures of Bari’s sound that champion heavy guitar ballads while balancing 90s-esque R&B production. The culmination of these two sounds colliding is utterly daunting. Somehow, someway, Baby Bari has managed to marry two sounds that you would not immediately think of pairing and to no surprise, his boldness entirely pays off. Listeners are immediately gripped by the guitar ballad of “Vampires,” which features frequent collaborator Pink Contrails, who in tandem create a record that feels like a melodic hardcore ballad from the early 2000s. In an instant the energy transitions into the 90s R&B style of the EP’s proceeding record “Lucy.” A brief hiatus in …

A Conversation With Ajani Jones

Ajani Jones is someone who I first got familiar with roughly five years ago when he was just a small artist making dope music in the city, since that point, he has grown a tremendous amount as an artist + as a person. He has become one of the top tier young talents that are gaining notoriety in Chicago, he is the kind of artist who makes music that I consider food for thought, he creates with tons of passion + he takes his craft incredibly serious. These qualities are on display whenever he drops a new project or single because, in the handful of years I’ve been listening to him, he hasn’t missed yet. I interviewed Ajani a couple of years ago, but now that I am doing more on-camera interviews here at the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters in Chicago, I wanted to bring him by for another conversation + catch up with him. I had a good time chopping it up with Ajani, it’s the perfect interview to read/watch if you are a fan of him and even if you don’t know his material at all. Listen to some of his music, watch some of these clips + learn …

Recycle Bins – [Lil Gray]

It’s commonly recognized that the DMV is packed with gems right now. Especially over the past few years, the entire region has risen to become one of rap’s most fervent communities of talent, and one of the names helping lead the charge is Lil Gray. Whether tackling melodic, hook-heavy anthems or deciding to get right to the punch, Gray’s versatility lends itself the surge of momentum that he’s attracted thus far, and today, he’s here to prove himself worthy of the hype. Stringing together 8 tracks from the cutting floor, the DMV’s own is here to unleash a new project entitled Recycle Bins. Assembling some of Gray’s most out-there, colorful flows and sounds to date, Recycle Bins is the kind of action-packed release that fans wait on the edge of their seats for. Each song blends a street-induced edge with clear hip-hop prowess – lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – while one song after another, Recycle Bins almost seems to be competing with itself. Lil Gray refuses to let his foot off the gas, and as a result, his latest is a strong-hearted, deeply-promising body of work that simply can’t be boxed in. With “Hoodrat” already receiving a Brent Faiyaz cosign via Instagram story, the …

Rockout – [HotBoii]

I absolutely love listening to the booming Florida rap scene and all of the unique artists that share similar influences and styles throughout the various different projects and singles that are released. HotBoii has been an artist that has constantly popped up all over my social media feeds and I never really took the time to tune in and pay attention for whatever unexplainable reason. Today, while scrolling through my Twitter account, a short clip of the Orlando singer/rapper kept popping up and it gave me no choice but to take a moment to listen. I’m so happy I did as well because it truly shows how much I’ve been missing out on. Not only does his voice have a naturally harmonious sound to it, but he also has a very reminiscent delivery to some of his other Florida counterparts that gives a new spin to the interesting Florida style that has been taking the country by storm recently. HotBoii just released his album Kut Da Fan On and although I haven’t listened to it all the way through yet considering I was sleeping on him, I can’t wait to give it a spin and see even more artistry that …

Let Em Drip – [Hydraulix] x [DJ Afterthought] & [Wifisfuneral]

Although I’ve definitely been keeping a more open mind to EDM recently because it really can be extremely appealing, I’m still grossly uneducated about producers and musicians in this genre of music. That explains why I’ve never heard of the producers Hydraulix or DJ Afterthought, although I need to start tuning in more. They’re apparently no strangers to the world of Hip-Hop and have worked with and been surrounded by some of the biggest names in the genre, so they’re a perfect duo to come together and try to merge a couple of different types of music together. Wifisfuneral is an interesting artist to work with because although he does have moments where he loses control and goes off the rails on hard-hitting records, he’s also known to break songs down to the minimum and truly reveal some of his inner pain and struggles at times. This intrigued me when I noticed he hopped on an electronic track with these two producers, and I knew I had to check it out. The name of this track is “Let Em Drip”, and this title describes exactly the kind of swag and confidence that all aspects of this song portray. Starting out …

Wunna – [Gunna]

There has been a ton of anticipation and promotion around Gunna’s new project Wunna for a couple of months now, so when it dropped late last night, I couldn’t wait to dive into it! There are eighteen records included on this tracklist, which can be considered a lot for this day & age, but after running through this tape a few times, I didn’t hear any sort of ‘filler’ tracks, they were all ear-pleasing jams that played an important role in the cohesiveness of this project. When it came to who Gunna decided to handpick to be featured on this tape, he got all of the heavy hitters, as the features were from the likes of Young Thug, Nechie, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch and Travis Scott! I liked every track included here and there’s at least a dozen I could consider standouts, but if I had to narrow it down to two, I’d say my favorite were “Dollaz On My Head” or “Cooler Than A Bitch”. I believe this project will be remembered as a great one when the year 2020 is over, you’ll be hearing songs from this tape at plenty of functions once things open back up, so …

Dead Cappers Remix- [Lor Heavy]

One of the greatest things about the Rap scene is just how accessible it is to anyone who is interested in making music. If you pretty much have an electronic device that can record, you can make a song and if it stands out enough, you can get recognized. This can also be one of the worst things at the same time, however, because not everyone that’s attempting to make music, should be, in all honesty. This isn’t the case for Lor Heavy whatsoever, though, because he truly has a knack for music and seems to put his all into his craft. I legitimately came across him and his most recent music video for his song “Dead Cappers Remix” by chance on Twitter, and it instantly drew me in, causing me to do as much investigation as possible to find out about the young artist. It turns out that he’s actually from Connecticut, which clearly isn’t known for being a hotspot for Rap music, but he’s making a strong case for why people need to pay more attention. In all honesty, “Dead Cappers Remix” is my first and only experience of the rising talent so I’m not sure if all …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …