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Thought Vs Everybody – [Black Thought] x [Sean C]

“They ask why I seem so solemn, on a throne between three stone columns, you know the name, fu***** up the game no condoms, everybody goddamn first world problem..” Had you read these opening lines without reading the article’s headline, the only reasonable conclusion is that they belong to Black Thought. The forty-eight year old rap legend continues to astonish rap listeners, exhibiting ZERO signs of decline. If anything, Thought’s lyrical prowess has only increased, seemingly enhancing his vocabulary with every release. Recently, Thought announced Streams of Thought 3: Cane and Able, which serves as the third installment of his Streams of Thought EP series. The latest version is set to release on the 31st of July, with full production from Sean C. Listed features include Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, Killer Mike, C.S. Armstrong, The Last Artful, Dodgr, and even Portugal The Man. As a teaser, Black Thought chose to release “Thought Vs Everybody,” which is the first single off the upcoming project. Along with the aforementioned opening lines, Thought unsurprisingly bombards the song throughout, intricately delivering one conscious element after another. Sean C’s production is a mellow, yet pacey instrumental with crisp drums and a notable piano echo. Before Thought even utters a word, …

Wash Us In The Blood – [Kanye West] ft. [Travis Scott]

“Don’t take me the wrong way, cause God brought me a long way.” -Kanye West The legend that is Kanye West only appears every so often to premiere something—yet alone premiere new music. Whenever fans of Kanye see he appears on Twitter to get some tweets off, it’s safe to assume that something is coming. Rest assured, Mr. West mysteriously re-appeared on the timeline to share some news about all the things he is working on. That includes a “Kids See Ghosts” cartoon alongside Kid Cudi, a new documentary, and his forthcoming album, currently titled God’s Country—executive produced by the legendary Dr. Dre. He also teased a new song as well, and a small snippet of the intro with a release date. Now, anyone who knows Kanye, is well aware by now how he can be with release dates. Kanye releases need to be taken with a grain of salt in order to avoid disappointment. However, Kanye has not let us down this time, for he is here to deliver us his latest single and visual for “Wash Us In The Blood” accompanied by a Travis Scott feature. Coming off of his 2018 release of Jesus Is King, lots of fans were …

What’s Home – [MIKE]

I remember back a couple of years ago when I first found MIKE’s music, I was in love with everything that I was hearing. Here we are now midway through 2020 and that hasn’t changed, as he is back with his brand new music video for “What’s Home”. Often times, MIKE will rhyme on top of unique + abstract instrumentals that not many emcees would dare touch because they simply aren’t the easiest beats to jump on, but MIKE always seems to do it with ease, just as he did on this one here. This record was accompanied by a visual that finds MIKE all around what I would assume is his house, considering mostly everyone’s been locked in because of COVID, but he + the video director made the most out of it + created something to be proud of. Watch this new music video below. prod. by rbchmbrs

A Conversation With MC Blue Matter: Iconic Crews

Gabriel Amzallag b.k.a. Mc Blue Matter is an artist from Paris, France. MC Blue Matter specializes in album covers, merch design, illustration, and animation. He has made illustrations for the likes of Illa J, Blu & Exile, Curtis roach, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Guilty Simpson just to name a few. MC Blue Matter regularly collaborates with Jakarta records as a graphic designer/illustrator and an a&r. He is a part of the creative talent agency Project FILO, and also regularly writes for The Find Mag. His work has been featured in media outlets such as Complex UK, Earmilk, Beware Magazine, Pitchfork and more. MC Blue Matter’s art draws inspirations from unlikely sources: comic books, African art, hip-hop and impressionism. The idea behind his art is to create something new and diverse that hopefully relates to the people. Read our conversation in full below! For the many Lyrical Lemonade readers tuning in, tell us, who is MC Blue Matter?  MC: I’m a 21 years old artist coming from France. I am specialized in illustrations, animation and graphic design. I work regularly for the music industry, making album covers and animated music videos. People I have collaborated with include Illa J, Guilty Simpson, …

iamlegend – [Flatbush Zombies]

I remember when I was put onto the Flatbush Zombies back in high school, I immediately became obsessed. Although I didn’t necessarily connect with all of their wild drug references or anything on that end of the spectrum, I was drawn into their gritty personas and descriptive personalities. Meechie Darko’s raspy, deep, and individualistic voice along with his ability to rap at different tempos and timestamps was always intriguing. Erick the Architect’s mixture of masterful bars and even more impressive production skills impressed me time and time again. Finally, Zombie Juice’s higher, more melodic voice was typically a nice opposing sound that evened the playing field, but he also had an aggressiveness while remaining playful, consistently drawing me in wanting more. I have to be honest, I lost touch with the group a bit in the last couple of years, but when I was scrolling through Twitter and noticed that they’re back with a new song, music video, and have a project entitled Now, more Than Ever on the way, so I was sucked right back into the wormhole that once consumed me years ago. This new single is called “Iamlegend” and it’s as eye-opening, dark, and hostile as ever …

Cold Water – [Medhane]

Medhane is an emcee out of Brooklyn who I have covered once or twice before on our platform, and today he is back with his brand new project titled “Cold Water”. Medhane released on tape on Soundcloud as a track that just runs straight through the thirty-five-minute duration, which is kind of dope to me because it seemed more like one long song or story as opposed to a bunch of different songs complied together for a project, a large part of that feeling though has to be credited to the super-smooth transitions in between the songs. I just finished my first run through this tape and I loved it, I am about to run it back right now, so hopefully, you feel the same way that I do. Along with the release of this one, Medhane added few words saying: “thank you to everybody who played a part in this project. thank you to everyone who pulled up to the crib, everyone who is patient with me, everyone who has taught me a lesson in life. thank you 2 keiyaA, Navy Blue, Maxo, and Jadasea . im 4eva grateful for yal contribution, words travel like emotions and are more powerful than …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

DON’T HIDE – [Frank Leone]

Based in LA, Frank Leone’s latest track “Don’t Hide” was the first song he wrote after moving to the city at the end of 2018. Around the same time, California wildfires were in season. Leone also informed me that this track initially was intended to be the first single for his upcoming debut album, but it didn’t fit the project’s storyline in the end. Entirely produced by Frank, the record is about him reconciling the death of a close friend of his a few years ago. Two days before “Don’t Hide’s” release, Leon’s cousin tragically passed away, which unintentionally shifted and enhanced the meaning of the song. The day before his cousin died, Frank asked his friend Mike Manor to animate a short piece for the track, where Leone lays flowers on the grave of another friend from their last animated video “Huffing Paint.” Despite the grimness of both songs, each one holds a significant weight of importance for Leone. A notable line from the track is when Frank eerily states: “Been gone for a month, hope my mama don’t get sick ‘fore I get funds,” which paints a picture of Leone’s paranoia, having lost plenty of his loved ones …

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, …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …