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Behind the “Learn How To Watch” Video with Cole Bennett

The latest “Behind The Video” segment is about the “Learn How To Watch” visual by Carnage, Mac Miller + Madeintyo, enjoy!

A Conversation with Sevn Thomas: Toronto Music Scene, Working on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’, Musical Inspirations and More

A reoccurring theme here on Lyrical Lemonade, is speaking in regards to the importance of producers and songwriters. They are some of the individuals that will never not get the respect as some of the most important individuals in the music industry. Songwriters specifically, are amongst the many individuals in the music industry that are almost always in the shadows. Sometimes by design, other times by choice. For Grammy-Nominated songwriter and producer Sevn Thomas, he has the talent level and the resume to prove that he is one of the most diverse and versatile producers in the game–and his songwriting pen is even stronger. Hailing out of Toronto Canada, Sevn Thomas would spend his earlier days in life inside of various recording studios–navigating his way though them all to find his craft and master it. After many trials and tribulations in his life, the singer turned producer’s efforts eventually lead him to linking up with the legendary producer Boi-1da–most known for his contributions all throughout Drake’s career. Sevn’s musical abilities afforded him the luxury of producing and/or writing for a wide-ranging pool of musical acts such as Mac Miller, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and even Drake himself. He is …

Premiere: VULTURES – [Boslen]

One thing that has been abundantly clear in Canada, its that hip hop is no longer a Toronto exclusive when it comes to exporting artists ready to compete on a global level. At the top of the charts currently, you can find some of the most talented Canucks to ever come out of the Great White North and there is no clear sign that our musical exports will stop dominating American airwaves any time soon. While a majority of Canada’s biggest star’shave emerged from the country’s cultural capital, there has been a crazy emergence of talent coming from cities that don’t have Drake as a resident. We have begun to see artists emerge from all over Canada, but none seems more poised for global domination than Vancouver’s Boslen. At the intersection of talent and hard work, you can find Boslen and his team plotting their next moves to continue to grow his brash, energetic brand of music. Boslen began to turn heads with the release of his debut EP BLACK LOTUS last year, the 7-track project served as a strong introduction to what he is capable of sonically. Since then his passion and drive have been turned up a level to …

1982: The Quarantine – [Statik Selektah] x [Termanology]

Even during a pandemic, creativity cannot be stopped! Not allowing COVID-19 to slow them down, legendary producer Statik Selektah linked up with his fellow Massachusetts native Termanology. Since 2010, the pair have gone under the duo name ‘1982,’ leading up to their best effort yet for The Quarantine, which is a ten track album entirely crafted in the span of eleven hours. Even more impressive is the fact that the making of the entire album was live-streamed, due to the respective artists having to self-isolate in light of the coronavirus. Beyond being an incredible producer and DJ, Statik Selektah seems to always get the absolute best out of the artists he works with, blessing them with his crisp boom-bap influenced sound. Moreover, Statik undoubtedly has a keen sense of who is legit, having worked with numerous greats that were largely underground at the time of their collaboration. Examples include Joey Bada$$/Pro Era, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Flatbush Zombies, Logic and Ab-Soul. Furthermore, Statik has always received acknowledgement from established hip-hop legends, ranging from Black Thought, Raekwon, Snopp Dogg, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Styles P, Crooked I, Blu, Royce Da 5’9, and more. Split by A and B sides, The Qurantine is …

10 Years Later: Revisit the Classic Mixtape ‘Kush & OJ’ by Wiz Khalifa

Timeless (adj.) “Not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion”. Classic (adj.) “Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind”. As many people will say, it is believed that many artists put out their best bodies of work before they are thrusted into the major spotlight. This is said to be true because the art comes from one place and one place only; from within. No pressures from the label, no pressure from fans, no pressure from first-week-sales projections, just pure artistry at it’s finest. The ability to have the freedom of releasing whatever art you want, whenever you want is one of the purest joys that an artist can have. For Wiz Khalifa, it goes without saying that many fans of his can all come to a natural agreement that his best body of work was his mixtape, Kush & OJ. The year is 2010, and I am nearing the end of my Junior year in high school. Having already been a fan of Wiz Khalifa for  about a year at this point, I had already knew at what capacity he would be able to deliver in. However, …

It is What it is – [Thundercat]

The day that I have personally been waiting for, for what seems like ages, has finally come. Of course, the event I’m talking about is the highly anticipated release of Thundercat’s fourth studio album entitled It is What it is. I’ve been paying extremely close attention to all the moves he’s been making leading up to this release and I’ve even written up most of the singles he dropped prior to the entire project, so I was waiting with bated breath for some time now. Considering I’ve always been a massive fan of his hyper-charged bass skills mixed with his ability to incorporate all different genres of music into one fully encompassed genre of his own, I was expecting nothing short of amazing from this album. I believe he totally delivered on this record for multiple reasons. He had fun with certain themes on fun-loving songs while diving deeper into more personal issues he has dealt with on others, always demonstrating his immense talent on the bass guitar. His emotions are in full effect, sometimes being portrayed in a lighthearted manner as if he’s laughing at how crazy he can get about someone he loves, while other times truly putting …

Fair Chance – [Thundercat] ft. [Ty Dolla $ign] & [Lil B]

Thundercat has been producing a heck of a rollout for his upcoming album It is What it is. After a single like “Black Qualls” that was a bit more serious but truly masterful, I never expected “Dragonball Durag”, an absolutely hilarious take on a love song with an even more entertaining visual. I guess these two singles should have had me expecting the unexpected, but his most recent release was even more unexpected than the others. Thundercat was very close with the late legend Mac Miller and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to most people. “Fair Chance”, the most recent single off of his album, is described to be a song dedicated to the loss of his dear friend. This is touching, to say the least, and he even recruited Ty Dolla $ign and the elusive Lil B to join him in paying homage to the deeply missed artist. As far as production goes, melancholy bass and complex, somewhat chaotically organized instruments come together with a sound as if raindrops are falling in the distance. Thundercat takes a very deep, introspective look inside as he talks about how he has trouble getting over the loss as well as the …

LL Presents: The Henry AZ Q&A

I first found out about Henry AZ about a year or so ago because he was uploading multiple freestyles that were going viral on the internet, and then seemingly not too long after, he signed a record deal with the LEGEND Juicy J! Whenever a GOAT like Juicy shows that he believes a young upcoming artist has some talent + potential, as a hip-hop head, it’s only right that you pay closer attention. Now is the perfect time for you to get familiar with Henry AZ because he just released a brand new project titled Roommates that has some solid music + some big times features from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Freddie Gibbs, Famous Dex and more. Take some time out of your Friday to read this brand new Q&A with Henry AZ below + while you’re at it make sure to stream this new tape via Spotify, and if you like what you hear then make sure to follow him on Instagram here!   EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.  Henry AZ: My real name is Henry Anzola and that’s really …

Good News – [Mac Miller]

The biggest news of the week was, no doubt, the announcement of a new, posthumous album from Mac Miller. With Circles described by Mac’s family as a companion album to Swimming, set to drop on January 17th, the Miller family has released the visually-assisted, lead single “Good News.” Much like the album announcement–or listening to anything from Mac for that matter– “Good News” is beautiful, but comes with a bittersweet, almost haunting feel. A cushioned, atmospheric backdrop, Mac’s natural approach, seamlessly weaving between crooning and rapping, sounds warm and honest; listening to him just sounds “right.” It’s incredible to hear him again, but still, between the visual–which feature a visualizer sandwiched between studio clips– and lines like “I’m running out of gas/hardly anything left hope I make it home from work,” the song has an inescapable shadow looming over it. It’s as beautiful as it is hard to listen to. With everything that comes with it, the incredible music, the incredible emotions, Circles will no doubt be one of the more complex, albeit important albums we grapple with.

A Conversation with DJ Premier: One Of The Best Yet

DJ Premier is a pioneer of hip-hop and an absolute living legend, he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his career and just about a month ago he released his latest masterpiece, a brand new Gang Starr album titled One Of The Best Yet. I grew up a huge fan of Gang Starr in my adolescent years as I am sure many of the people reading this did as well, so when I first head about this new album I was in complete shock, partially because their last album prior to this came out way back in 2003 and also because it has been nearly a decade since the passing of the legendary emcee Guru who made up of one half of the group. This was the first time in his career that DJ Premier had to piece together an album without Guru by his side helping him compose it, he had previously recorded verses that we anywhere from 10-20 years old and he somehow managed to craft it into a tremendous + memorable body of work. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to interview one of my idols and someone who I have studied like DJ Premier, …