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Lost and Found – [MBNel]

MBNel has rapidly become one of my favorite artists to cover on Lyrical Lemonade, and after you listen to just a few of his songs, it should be pretty obvious as to why. I mention his up brining a lot in my articles, but once you understand that he had all the odds stacked against him growing up in Stockton, California but he persevered through the struggles and got to the place he is now, I find it hard to not mention his captivating story. One thing that I love even more than anything is the fact that even if those days are in the past thanks to his hard work and dedication to his craft, he never forgets about them, constantly bringing up some tough moments in his life in order to never take his foot off the gas and continue to work hard to not only make his own life better, but to make a better life for his loved ones who struggled with him, and that speaks volumes of the person he is, even outside of his music. While I feel like he has been locked in and not releasing as much music, I’m sure he has …

Take My Hand (Freestyle) – [MBNel]

If you’ve followed along with my writing over the past couple of years, you know that the West Coast music scene has a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the pleasure of making my way out to California quite yet but it’s very high up on my list of destinations, and I know when I get there, it’s going to feel just like a second home. There are tons of different styles and sounds coming out of Cali and I truly appreciate each and every artist there, but Stockton’s very own MBNel has been an artist who has really opened my eyes and shown me a different side of the scene that is captivating, to say the least. It may have been a little bit since we last heard from him, but I was super excited to find out that he released a freestyle recently entitled “Take My Hand”, and the results definitely highlight some of his God-given talents perfectly, so I had no choice but to write about it. When the beat begins, the piano chords just resound within your brain as the soothing vocal sample glides effortlessly over the melody, giving Nel a wonderfully transparent …

Throwbacc – [MBNel] ft. [Drakeo The Ruler]

I know what most of you readers who read my articles regularly are thinking: Oh great, here’s another post about MBNel. Well, I hope that’s not sarcasm because it is great, and so is his music, so I’m not going to stop until he releases a miss which I don’t think will ever happen! Not too long ago, he released his latest album called No Hard Feelings which I’ve been bumping regularly, and out of all of the amazing records on there, my personal favorite is probably “Throwbacc” featuring the one and only Drakeo The Ruler. This song just hits, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that they decided to team up for an awesome new music video directed by Esoteric. Considering the homie (shout-out Ish) was sending me behind the scenes clips about a month ago when they shot this flick, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it to release. Somewhat comically, Ish graciously invited this massive hoard of people into his downtown Los Angeles apartment to shoot this music video, and while that might not sound like anything crazy, they all played an incredible part in turning what could’ve been another …

No Hard Feelings – [MBNel]

Stockton, California’s very own MBNel is one of the fastest-rising West Coast artists I can think of, and it’s for good reason. He has been an absolute workhorse, dropping music on a constant basis in order to keep up with this new internet age’s demand and the short attention spans that come along with it. He also has a way of sharing his truthful and oftentimes extremely ruthless upbringing in the streets of Stockton in a manner that doesn’t sound preachy or make you feel guilty like many other rappers seem to do, and because of this, it makes ingesting and appreciating his music so much more possible. Although I’m a week or two late to the party, I was told that MBNel decided to release a brand-new album entitled No Hard Feelings, and even though it seems like he should be running out of stories to share, it’s becoming more and more obvious that he’s pretty much a walking encyclopedia of knowledge that will never run out of things to share. This album contains 15 songs that run just short of 45 minutes long which can be considered a lengthy project in this day and age, but when listening …

Opulent – [MBNel]

I feel like I write about every single new MBNel release no matter what it is, but that’s because he’s legitimately one of the most promising up-and-comers on the West Coast. At first, when the homie put me onto him, I like his stuff, but I wasn’t necessarily blown away, but I didn’t give it my best effort to truly listen, in all fairness. Since then, though, I have gone back and completely consumed my life with all of his music from years ago until now, and I truly think he’s one of the most dynamic artists in the entire state of California. He just has this way of telling his truthful, eye-opening story in such a manner that is not only compelling but it’s told in such a way that it’s like he’s reliving every moment as he makes his way throughout each narrative. Not only this, but he is able to incorporate some of that trademark West Coast bounce into his music so that way it doesn’t sound like he’s just preaching to you, as it sounds with so many other artists in the industry. Most recently, Nel decided to please fans once again with an unbelievable song …

I Know, Pt. 2 – [MBNel]

Ever since I was put onto Stockton, California native MBNel, I have been pretty much completely captivated. His story is definitely unique and individualistic, but the way he shares his experiences makes them seem relatable to anyone whether you’re from the streets or not. I also give him props for sharing so many of the hardships and adversities that he has faced because it’s never easy to revisit these moments, and it’s even harder to talk about them while the entire world is listening, so that speaks volumes on who he is as a man as well as an artist. Although I’m almost a week late to the party, I couldn’t resist talking about his latest release entitled “I Know, Pt. 2”. In the production for this hit, you can hear some telling strums of some sort of stringed instrument, punchy drums, and spread-out claps that are met with what sounds like a tambourine shake that all come together for another candid, honest tale that Nel has to tell. As he spits, his voice doesn’t swing too much and remains fairly level, yet he has this natural quality within the way he talks that just sounds so smooth and musical, …

Heart – [MBNel]

Ever since the homie put me onto MBNel a few months ago, I haven’t stopped being impressed by the Stockton, California native. He just has this way of telling his story that comes through so authentically and pure without any need for embellishment considering he has lived through the struggles that he details in his music first-hand. Not only this, but his flows are always flawless, and his deliveries change up constantly which ensures that his music is always fresh and creative. Most recently, he took to the internet to drop off a brand-new visual for his record “Heart” which is yet another example of just how powerful his narratives can be within each and every one of his songs. In the Director Carrington-directed music video, we are transported to a film studio of some sort where MBNel makes his way around the premises. As it begins, a door opens to reveal the rapper sitting at a table as animated snakes slither out of the picture, possibly being used as a metaphor for the snitches and other un-loyal people he has dealt with throughout his life. As the beat drops, he gets up and stands in front of a green …

Alley Oop – [MBNel] ft. [Fenix Flexin]

Obviously, there’s an overflow of talent pouring out of the California music scene, but this is nothing new if you’re even remotely familiar with music in general. When it comes to the various Rap acts hailing from the coastal state, I’ve always been a fan of all the different vibey, synthy offerings that have come out over the years, which actually makes it tough for me to single out an individual artist who I favor over the rest. While MBNel is a slightly newer name for me, he has quickly risen through the ranks and become one of my absolute favorite talents due to the incorporation of his individualistic backstory and sheer skills, among many other things. One of the songs I was most excited for when I saw the tracklist for Child of the Trenches II prior to its release featured Fenix Flexin, one of the most notable West Coast acts you can think of, and this record, called “Alley Oop”, exceeded any of my expectations tenfold. Luckily, the duo linked up once again to bring this song to life in the form of a brand-new music video, directed by Carrington, and I couldn’t be more excited. As the …

Child of the Trenches 2 – [MBNel]

Although I was just put onto MBNel a few weeks ago, I couldn’t be more grateful for the music I’ve been able to experience. Hailing from Stockton, California, this Filipino-American emcee has clearly lived a tough life but rather than using music as a platform for revenge or threats, he instead uses it as a source to vent about all of the eye-opening and life-changing experiences that he has had to go through. Although his life might have gotten a bit better since making a name for himself in the music industry, he’ll never forget his roots or the things that molded him into the man he is today, and that’s extremely evident in every single song he drops. Not too long ago in July, the California spitter dropped Child of the Trenches, a 6-track EP that dives head-first into the battels he dealt with in the streets while also offering up optimism, courage, and tenacity that allows listeners to look at the glass half full rather than the other way around. Thankfully, he’s back with a follow-up to this incredible project with the EP’s second edition, Child of the Trenches 2, and this project proves his story wasn’t even …

Thru the Night – [MBNel]

Although I have only recently found out about Stockton, California rapper MBNel, I immediately knew he had a very important story to tell so I knew I had no choice but to listen up. Growing up in such a violent, dangerous neighborhood, many people don’t have much of a choice when it comes to life in the streets. They’re born into the situation and don’t typically have the resources to get out, so not only do they have to resort to things they might not be proud of, but they also have to watch the ones they’re closest to reach untimely demises and pray that they’re not next. Although this might sound harsh, it’s very true, and it’s a narrative that MBNel works hard to get away from but also one that he’ll never forget no matter how successful he becomes. In order to garner some hype around his upcoming project Child of the Trenches II EP which is set to release later this month on the 25th, he decided to gift fans with the EP’s lead single entitled “Thru the Night”. Once again, considering I was fairly unfamiliar with the up and comer leading up to this, I had …