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Serpintina – [BBY GOYARD]

I’m beyond excited that this month pretty much officially marks the two-year anniversary of my time writing for Lyrical Lemonade, and over the course of these past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of writing about some of the greatest music and artists in the industry, no matter how big or small they might be. While I enjoy covering nationally-known acts, I definitely prefer to cover the underground because there is never any shortage of creativity or personality in this scene, and the rest of the world just needs a little extra urge to catch on. One of the artists who I’ve covered copiously throughout my tenure is BBY GOYARD, and I’ve even gotten the chance to speak with him and get to know him on a slightly more personal level to the point where I feel like I can consider him a friend, and that’s not something I take for granted for even a second. Despite the fact that he took a bit of a hiatus from releasing music over the past few months, he has still been grinding away in the studio, and I was beyond excited to find out that he’s back after his break with …

Mutombo – [Since99] & [Kenny Beats]

By now, most should be familiar with Since99. The Michigan-born rapper who took the world by storm with a video that went viral due to his matter-of-fact delivery. Since the release of “Immaculate”, Since99 has been sharpening his skillset and dropping some of the most out-there sports references we’ve ever heard.  What really makes Since99 such an intriguing artist is you really don’t know what you’re going to get when you hit play. The names he drops always catch me off guard, mixed with a lyrical delivery that can’t really be compared to many else out right now. Some have even gone as far as to say he raps in Times New Roman, but let me tell you nobody can pull this off as well as Since99. Last week, Since99 blessed us with a monster collaboration with Kenny Beats. The single “Mutombo” had been teased for quite a while, his fans had been eager for this one to hit the airwaves and its release did not disappoint. This one takes no time to get going, with mere seconds in between the song beginning and Since99’s lyrical onslaught. With his classic quick-witted lyrical content, Since99 uses a powerful sample provided by …

Moon – [Amaria]

Making her Lyrical Lemonade debut with “Twilight,” Amaria has quietly asserted herself into my consistent rotation over the past few weeks, largely thanks to the seamlessness of her music. Blending paced vocal runs with silky smooth cadences, every note from the rising talent is easy on the ears and relaxing as can be, while her songwriting continues to be the X-factor that brings the music full circle. Today, proving all this and more yet again, Amaria is back with a new single entitled “Moon.” Offering tiered melodies and a consistent, knocking drum pattern, the sun-soaked production behind “Moon” perfectly matches the breezy aesthetic of the visuals. Handled by none other than Tee-WaTT, it’s a style that easily complements the personality behind Amaria’s vocals, and only gets better once she lets loose a set of reflective lyrics, well-fit for the slowed pace of life in the midst of a pandemic. Between the musicality of her art and the incredible, complementary presence of her visual aesthetic, Amaria is firing on all cylinders right now, so don’t sleep. Stream the new single here and watch the cinematic lyric video below: Produced by Tee-WaTT Mixed by Chai

Choose Life – [POORSTACY] ft. [Travis Barker]

POORSTACY has been making waves in the music industry recently and I was honestly relatively unfamiliar with his work prior to hearing some of his collaborations with one of my favorite artists currently out, Iann Dior. Considering they both have similar emo Rap styles mixed with punk rock and a few other subgenres sprinkled in, it wasn’t a surprise that I became a fan of his right off the bat. He also continues to impress me with his most recent track entitled “Choose Life”, which also boasts a feature from the legendary drummer Travis Barker. The track begins right off the bat with rotating kick drums and snares that take turns creating the tempo as an electric guitar riffs. It’s immediately evident that this song is clearly closer to punk rock than any sort of Hip-Hop offering which actually appealed to me even more and brought about some nostalgia from back in the day when I used to listen heavily to the rock subgenre. Right away, there’s a soundbite of a British man speaking that sounds as if he was on the radio in the 50’s considering there’s a lot of static and his words don’t come through as clearly …

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, …

Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR: The Most Accurate and Mature Interpretation of Heartbreak

Heartbreak is an indescribable feeling that blends mental and physical pain into a bane that one wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. It’s been awhile since it’s been so accurately portrayed in the form of a full-length album, at least as accurately as Tyler, The Creator has on his new record IGOR, which cements him as one of the best artists of our generation. IGOR is an amalgamation of profuse and delightful arrangements — pulling elements from jazz, pop, soul, rap, electronic music, and more into his most focused and cohesive, but also unpredictable project to date. Tyler finds peace in accepting the outcome of a relationship, creating an immersive soundscape full of catchy love tunes, balancing brashness and beauty in a way that exquisitely captures the joy, sorrow, and anger of a loving but unhealthy relationship that takes a turn for the worst. IGOR represents the best and worst of a relationship, tied together through themes of self-realization and individualism. It’s an on-the-nose portrayal of the full cycle of a relationship and the heartbreak that tends to result from it, capturing everything to an extent, from the warm and fuzzy feelings that kick off every relationship, all the way …

FILM- [Leaf Set]

The last time we had the pleasure of covering the mysterious Chicago collective known as Leaf Set they had just released their single “Propeller/Nosebleed”, in anticipation of their second EP titled FILM. Well the long wait is finally over, but if we thought their singles were an indication of what was to come- we were dead wrong. There are 12 tracks total on FILM, meaning there are 12 distinct scenes that each possess a mood of their own accompanied by colorful, surreal cover art. These scenes flow and crash into each other so cohesively, comparable in effect to a Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson movie, but this is a Leaf Set FILM and is like no other musical release we have seen this year. “Who is Leaf Set?” is a question you may find yourself asking, and one that does not exactly have a correct answer given the groups organic knack of creating and collaborating with many artists in the city- leading to many honorary members I am sure. However, the talent behind the majority of the production lies with Jordan Dillman and Kwame, who bring sonic life to the mind bending photography and edits of Leaf Set’s visual talent, Rachel and Drake. FILM is definitely a team …