SEARCH FOR: MATT OX

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Denzel Curry: Retracing Roots

“I think about how my art is going to be reflected when I’m gone.” This is something Denzel Curry said to me during our conversation just moments before his stellar performance for 5,000 people in Boston this past Friday in support of Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep tour. Denzel has been an artist that I’ve held in high regard over the years because I’ve been able to recognize his dedication to the art, and to hear him talk about his passion for the craft was inspiring. Denzel Curry has been rapping for about eight years now, and by the young age of twenty-four, he’s already passed huge milestones in the game of rap due to his impressive work ethic and unwavering artistic integrity. Not only does he have an incredible discography under his belt, but he’s already garnered a noticeable impact on the genre of rap at such a young age, all while constantly growing, evolving, and refining his output in the process. On a widespread scale, many fans became aware of Curry after his track “Ultimate” turned into a viral internet sensation, becoming the “water-bottle-flipping” song just a few years back. Even this track though, as big …

Hard Soft – [KEY!]

Just as it’s been for the past decade, at this point, no one is quite like Key!, and for this reason and more, it becomes obvious why he’s become such an influential mainstay in a game known for its high turnover rate. From hilarious, relatable scenarios to true, heartfelt emotions, Key! always knows what strings to tug and where to fling his energetic deliveries, just as we saw in his latest project, So Emotional. Today, the Atlanta native himself is here to revisit the project with a brand new video for my personal favorite cut, “Hard Soft.” Constantly blurring the line between reality and animation, this visual offering has to be in consideration for one of the best of the year. The director, Lonewolf, is always sure to come through with some magic, but in the case of “Hard Soft,” he’s simply outdone himself, including incredible finishing touches from the Matt Ox cameo to the unbelievable editing on the gunshot scene. Key! made a great song and an even better full project, and now, Lonewolf has honored this with an unreal music video to match. Be sure to watch “Hard Soft” below and let us know what you think in the …

Read Frank Ocean’s New Interview with Dazed Magazine

Frank Ocean isn’t an artist I can always expect new music from, and for that reason, I don’t. For one, he’s completely on his own schedule, and takes the time he needs to perfect his craft. Along with that, I’m still spinning the two albums he dropped in 2016, Blonde and Endless, as if they came out yesterday, being that they haven’t aged even a second. So as great as new music would be, I’m not too hard pressed on it because of who Frank is, and I don’t like to get my hopes up. However, that doesn’t mean we should count out any and all new content from Frank, and this is proven again today, as his new cover story with Dazed Magazine has been released. He is questioned by a number of performance artists like John Waters, Janet Mock, and Billy Porter, but also receives a couple of questions from contemporary hip hop artists like JPEGMAFIA and Matt Ox. He is asked dozens of questions, ranging from his infamous record deal fiasco to the perfect swimming pool environment. Frank is also asked if he is a futurist or nostalgic, and even hints at the idea that a Channel Orange vinyl may be released in …

Taylor Bennett Speaks on The American Reject, the Cover Art, TBE + more!

Taylor Bennett has been one of the biggest pieces in the puzzle that makes up Chicago’s music community. He has been rapping and creating music for damn near a decade and has become not only one of Chicago’s best rappers, but more importantly one of the brightest business minds that the city has to offer. The growth of his company Taylor Bennett Entertainment has been amazing to watch to say the least: he has built up a still small yet unbelievably talented roster with Bianca Shaw who has blossomed into one of the best talents that the city has to offer, as well as Zxxk who is one of the most talented producers & creatives in the game. When we look back ten years from now, these two will be far along in their careers under the guidance of Taylor & TBE. Next week Taylor is releasing his forthcoming album The American Reject, and when I saw him tease the cover I knew I had to bring him by the Lyrical Lemonade office to pick his brain about the project, the cover and so much more. As we gear up for the project that appears to be Taylor’s biggest and most …

Sydny August: One Of Chicago’s Gems is Continuing to Thrive

Sydny August is one artist out of Chicago that we have been covering since damn near the beginning, and if you are a hardcore & long time LL supporter you may remember way back when we first did a Q&A with Sydny in November of 2016, but today she is back as the feature of a brand new interview piece! Obviously Sydny has grown since the last time we sat down for a interview, at the time she was barely out of high school and was just getting started in her music career, and now she has become one of Chicago’s best young singers & is well on her way to a degree in English Creative Writing at University Of Kansas. About a month ago Sydny released her latest project titled Uni (You and I), and it is easily one of my favorite tapes to come out of the city this year, so I recently sat down with her to catch up with everything she has been doing and get a closer look at the idea that became this project. Stream her brand new project via Spotify  + watch her new visual below while you read through the interview, and …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Jetlag – [Matt Ox] ft. [Chief Keef]

In all honesty, I firmly believe that Matt Ox’s last album, OX, was firm proof that he’s going to be around for a while. Even if people discounted him as a meme at first, Ox was sure to develop his sound and style, impressing with a well-rounded, hard-hitting project on which he doesn’t swear even once. Today, the budding star revisits the project with a new music video for one of its standout cuts, “Jetlag” alongside Chief Keef. Fueled by the glassy melodies and bass-backed instrumental, this song is a banger at its core, and quite possibly its most alluring feature is the fact that Ox and Keef hold such a profoundly entertaining sense of chemistry with one another. In the accompanying visuals, this becomes apparent, as they dance alongside one another on a plane (hence, “Jetlag”) and deliver one of the more exciting, colorful music videos the year so far. As if “Jetlag” wasn’t already great enough, this visual companion acts as perfect support, so check this out below and let us know what you think in the comments! Production Company: 29 Reform Director: Al Kalyk Producer: Thomas Hartmann

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 …