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Satellites – [Bouvé]

Massachusetts native Bouvé is, and has been, one of the state’s most exciting artists to watch grow over the past few years. From a production placement on YG’s album, Stay Dangerous, to the sheer improvement I’ve heard in his immaculate catalog of solo work, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Bouvé develop into an artist who truly lives up the potential that myself and so many other fans have seen from the beginning. Today, bringing this story full circle, Bouvé is back with quite possibly my favorite song of his yet, “Satellites.” If I’m not mistaken, Bouvé actually posted a preview of this one on social media a number of months ago, and as you can tell by the fact that I remembered the song throughout all that time, it’s an exciting moment for “Satellites” to finally see the light of day. That said, this song is densely packed with the clever, partially humorous and partially braggadocious lyricism that I’ve come to know and love Bouvé for. Atop a supply of mesmerizing, deeply melodic production, Massachusetts’ own glides right along, displaying a profoundly entertaining ability to bend his cadences to the sound at hand. Beyond this, however, lines such as “Mattress on the …

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here! — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

Maxo Kream: The Power of Storytelling

In an age defined by the over-consumption of media and the bombardment of news, minute by minute via social media, we often lose sensitivity to the human side of the tragic occurrences and misfortune we hear about. As devastating as it may be, receiving news of a tragedy that occurs anywhere other than home is either entirely ignored or only paid attention to until the next tragedy comes up. Consequently, now, more than ever, the world needs to embrace the value of personal account and further, the power of storytelling. Humanizing these tragedies, whether they be instantaneous or generational (not justifying, which is an important distinction), reminds us that what is presented on the news is a reality, and while these realities may not strike anywhere close to home for some, they permanently alter the lives and communities of others. Houston native Maxo Kream has developed himself to be just the storyteller that music needs, in a time like this. Before this prowess receives celebration, however, it’s important to note that Kream’s stories are, in no way, derived from any sort of motive or political narrative. If they were, Kream wouldn’t present the two sides of his life so clearly …

Imported – [Jessie Reyez] ft. [6LACK]

Jessie Reyez and 6LACK each have a unique sound, but their careers share a similar arc. Both the Toronto songstress and the Atlanta crooner had tremendous years in 2018, dropping acclaimed solo projects paired with a few huge guest spots. Reyez even nabbed herself (another) platinum record in 2018, thanks to a songwriting credit on one Dua Lipa’s smash hit, “One Kiss.”  Emerging as two of the games brightest, young stars, it was only a matter of time until their paths crossed formally. The first (of hopefully many) collaborations between the two comes in the shape of a remix of Reyez’ rebound anthem, “Imported” and their chemistry is palpable. 6LACK’s presence gives the remix a special energy, taking things up a notch from the original while still fitting seamlessly into the fiber of the Hennedub-produced song. His sound works so well with Reyez, as they both share a distinct nip in their emotionally-driven voices. A rare feat for a remix and a testament to the blockbuster feel of this one, a music video is on the way as well! Hopefully, the momentum from this one carries Jessie over as she finishes hammering out the details on her next project, but for now, check out “Imported” below and let us …

Kelso – [Matty Wood$]

I have been a huge fan off St. Louis native Matty Wood$ for a minute now and earlier today he blessed his growing fan base with a brand new music video for “Kelso”. This record was a fan favorite off of his well received project I’ll Be Fine that dropped earlier this year so it’s dope to see it get the proper visual it deserved, in large part thanks to Lost TV for directing this one. I see nothing but big things for Matty Wood$ in his future, if you aren’t familiar with the midwest phenom this is the perfect chance to get in tune, press play below!

Sore Loser – [ripmattblack]

ripmattblack made his Lyrical Lemonade debut last November with “Winnebago,” a track that left quite the impression on me thanks to some wild visuals. Signed to Alamo records and armed with a crossover sound, I’ve been interested to see what the Florida-based artist would come back with; today, fans finally get to see, as ripmattblack returns with another intoxicating, pop-centric offering in “Sore Loser”. Hit-making duo Take A Daytrip (who are behind cuts like “Mo Bamba” and Juice WRLD’s “Legends”) bring their magic yet again, creating a beat that has a light, pop feel but still has mass. It’s perfect for ripmattblack’s crisp, sung-rapped approach where he adds just a little bit of a slurred drawl to match the intoxicant-laced, erratic persona he puts on in the lyrics and the accompanying visuals. This is yet another fantastic release to add to ripmattblack’s catalog, so be sure to check it out at the link provided below!

COLDHEARTED EP – [Bernard Jabs]

Whether you’re a musician, an accountant, a waiter, or any other job under the sun, it’s always important to learn how to have fun with your career. Take your job seriously and be the best that you can, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Few artists embody this sentiment better than 17-year old Def Jam signee, Bernard Jabs. And yes, I said 17-years old. Both on and off the mic, this Georgia-bred talent radiates energy. There’s never a dull moment if Jabs is involved, and this certainly carries over to his music, as the budding talent has grown a loyal following thanks to electrifying singles and a social media-savvy marketing approach. He knows how to utilize the resources around him but he’s also authentic as can be, always dropping snippets and garnering buzz where he can, and consequently growing his ever-increasing base of dedicated listeners along the way. With this, even as a high school student, Bernard Jabs has signed to Def Jam, toured with Pusha T, and developed a considerable following of fans, none of which he has seemed even slightly underprepared for. The truth is, for Jabs, his determination spans far beyond his years, pointing to an incredibly …

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Crushed Up – [Future]

Future has been on the cutting edge of trap music for years now, and yet, no matter how many singles, tapes, and collaborations he gives us, the Freebandz representative never gets old. Future always has something up his sleeve, and today, this is shown with his brand new single, “Crushed Up”. Acting as the first solo offering we’ve received from the ATL native in quite some time, it’s refreshing to hear Future start the year off on such a hard-nosed, promising note. “Crushed Up” proves that we can expect yet another blockbuster year from the Mr. Hendrix himself, and personally, I couldn’t be more excited. Be sure to check out the new single from Future below and let us know what you think about this one in the comments!