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The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Friday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

The Highest Flyest Fly on the Wall – [Pat Ron]

A collaboration between a producer and rapper isn’t a guarantee in quality but the pairing of Pat Ron and producer Por Vida is the closest thing to a guarantee you can get. Pat Ron’s latest project, The Highest Flyest Fly on the Wall, entirely produced by por vida, is a cinematically constructed, lyrically sharp, hazy collection of songs that is certifiably un-skippable. From the moment you press play on the eight-track project, you are immediately engulfed in a truly vivid soundscape with Pat Ron at the center of it all delivering laid-back rhymes with an undeniable punch. The project in its entirety progresses beautifully, its pacing is more focused on Pat Ron and the production, forcing the listener to match their pace, and step into their world rather than the other way around. Sonically, the 19-minute project re-instills that feeling of the blog era when mixtapes like Taylor Allderance, the Finally Famous series, and K.I.D.S. were all freshly released and blared from every speaker. Songs like, “Mirror Mirror,” “SwatMeOutTheSky,” and “Mr. BigShit” all exude this mixtape feeling as Pat Ron is surgically precise with his timing, cadence, and overall rhyme schemes that will have you completely entranced from the start of every song.  …

Every 1st – [WB Rhalo]

Of the entire Whitehouse Studio crew WB Rhalo has been the most underrated to me for a while, and perhaps for good reason, as his catalog is largely barren especially when compared to his collaborators like Los and Nutty for example who have almost too many mixtapes to count. Rhalo’s music is nonchalant, armed with a monotone flow and advanced knowledge of the streets, talking dope in code but never masking his unrelenting ambition and permanently itchy palms. Since I first heard him on his unforgettable track “Muthafucka Bitch” I have loved Rhalo’s relaxed matter-of-fact delivery and unique midwestern drawl. His ear for beats is keen and has a pretty distinct sound that he typically favors and I just hope that 2022 is the year we finally get a full-length Rhalo mixtape.

Beautiful Michi Girls – [TyFontaine]

After exploding onto the underground scene in 2019 with his project Waiting On Ascension, TyFontaine has been one of the most dynamic and prolific artists within the tightly packed scene that was itching for a new beacon of artistry and someone who guide the journey of innovation into a new decade that built upon the innovation and success of the initial “SoundCloud” era. The last five years of the 2010’s saw an unbridled period of artistic achievement with so many new styles being introduced and was also the culmination of the internet, and consequently social media, upending the traditional infrastructure and barriers to entry in the music industry. There were many highs and lows in this era but I would imagine hindsight will show us that the greatest triumph of the initial SoundCloud generation was setting the sonic precedents that are still being built off of into the ’20’s and surely will be the blueprint for hip-hop, pop, and many other genres. TyFontaine’s success and talent was obvious to many after Waiting On Ascension, showing all of the melodic promise once shown by other greats, earning him comparisons to contemporary artists like Juice WRLD or even being labeled a “SoundCloud …

Lil Pete Announces Sophomore Album With “Letter 2 The Streets”

This year, Lyrical Lemonade has covered a ton of emerging artist. Lil Pete from San Francisco, has been putting on for some time now. With the release of his mixtapes 4EverFocused and I Made A Promise, and receiving co-signs from heavy hitters like DJ Mustard and YG, Pete was on a path to greatness. However, as COVID-19 left the world on hold, Pete decided to scrap his album and create a more heartfelt work of art. His new album ‘Deeper Than Rap’, is Pete’s first project since 2019.  On May 6, the rapper released his latest single, “Letter 2 The Streets.”  With over 400k views and counting on Youtube, Lil Pete taps into the sound his fanbase fell in love with. Over a pitched-up sample of Jeremih’s “Remember Me,” Pete’s melodious voice mixed with his passionate lyrics was the best way to return to the rap game after three years.  The California native wants his fans to know that ‘Deeper Than Rap’ taps back into the sounds that drove his initial breakout and earned him his enormous online fanbase. His sophomore album is a fresh start toward the sound his fans love to hear. Check out Lil Pete’s new single …

from me 2 you – [454]

Fans of 454 rejoice! This week we have finally been blessed with a new track. “from me 2 you” is the newest banger from the Florida rapper, marking his third release of the year following the previously-dropped singles “SKITTLES” and “GATORLAND”. Though our king has been a bit radio silent this year, 2022 has been a pretty busy year for the young rapper. Though 2021 saw 454 dropping two mixtapes and being featured on Frank Ocean’s Homer website, 2022 has seen 454 tour with fellow Floridian Cochise and Aminé in addition appearing on Denzel Curry’s “SaNJURO” and even playing Coachella. The grind never stops though, as this week fans are graced with “from me 2 you” – a dreamy and minimalistic plugg track that slowly morphs into a more cosmic and laid-back banger primed for your upcoming summertime rotation. Self-produced and self-mixed, “from me 2 you” is hopefully a harbinger of more music to come, but I’m totally fine with waiting. Patience is a virtue that can only be earned the hard way – so if this is your first introduction to 454, consider this the perfect time to do a deep dive through his catalog. Check out 454’s new …

DJ Tay James Interview: A Prime Example of Staying Down Since Day One

“I can make certain calls and tap in with a certain DJ in another part of the world and know what’s being played over there. I can make calls and ask who the hottest new artist or producer is. I don’t think the DJ role will never be obsolete because an algorithm can’t think like a DJ.” -DJ Tay James Since it’s inception, the art of being a DJ has been something that has always been fascinating to watch. Coming from the old days of having to own actual vinyl records, and then transitioning to an all-digital deck, it’s been amazing to see how many DJs actually move along with the times and are able to master a new craft, when their old ways are shifting away. One could argue that the job of a DJ is one of the more important roles in the music business. At a party or event, it’s the DJs job to control the mood and the overall vibes, and listening to the crowd’s visual cues and body language is key. For DJ Tay James, he’s been able to maneuver through many avenues and kept up with the times for many years, and he is …

The Cheater – [Lil Gotit]

Throughout my years in this industry as a writer and contributor for Lyrical Lemonade, I have honestly come across few talents who are as surprising as Lil Gotit. The Atlanta emcee was always someone I had enjoyed even early on, but I really only listened to him when he was featured on one of his brother, Lil Keed’s songs, and that was really the extent of my experience with him. Then, one day I randomly decided to check out one of his earlier mixtapes to just find something new and different to listen to, and that is exactly when I turned into a fan of the young star. I honestly don’t know what song did it for me, but I knew that as soon as I heard how versatile his voice could be and how enthusiastic his cadences proved to be, I knew that he was going to be one of my favorites for quite some time and that admiration only continues to skyrocket now that his latest project The Cheater is in our hands. I am always happy when we receive new music from him, but it seems like this year started out pretty quietly when compared to other …

VVYELLOW – [SEBii]

There has been a moment in time recently where I felt like something was missing in my personal world of music, but I just wasn’t quite sure what it was. I was listening to different artists, exploring some possible promising rising talents, and revisiting a ton of music that I can’t get enough of, but it just felt like there was this void that was looming, and I now realize why this was the case… it was because of SEBii! I think because there hasn’t been an influx of new music from the insanely creative musician this year, I was missing my daily dose of SEB, but this wasn’t totally obvious to me considering I still shuffle through his discography almost every day, so I wasn’t missing the artist himself, I was just missing new music from him. Well, I couldn’t be happier now that the next installment of his VV mixtapes VVYELLOW is upon us, and after listening, I am even more excited about it. At the same time, this project comes with some sad news considering he announced that this is the end of an era due to the fact that his primary colors trilogy is complete, but …