SEARCH FOR: MY FAVORITE COLOR

Same Old-[autumn keys] x [Ayotemi]

“I curated this project to affirm the belonging of hip-hop & electronic music in a single space. Otherwise known as future beats, this project brings together soulful and jazzy boom bap production riddled with soulful rap vocals and electronic sound design. The sub-genre was greatly inspired and developed by the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Carmack, and quite a few of the artists featured on this project including Oshi, Lophiile, DECAP, whereisalex, & ROMderful. It was no easy undertaking bringing together these staples of the producer world, but over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to have everyone place their faith in me. After over two years since the last issue, Good Society Volume 3 is our version of the ultimate genre fluid hip-hop album” – Josh Yamini Colorado producer autumn keys and DMV artist Ayotemi team up for a blissful new track titled “Same Old.” This stunning song is off Good Society’s third volume of their reputable compilation series, which never fails to recruit elite talents representative of the current beat scene. “Same Old” is my favorite track on the project, which is largely credited to the immense musical chemistry displayed between autumn keys and Ayotemi. For starters, …

off_yew – [whiterosemoxie]

Although this isn’t the case for everyone, there are certain emcees in this industry that when they’ve been relatively quiet, you know something big is coming. I mean, everyone seems to have their own cadence as far as releasing things goes, so whether they release something new every day, every week, or every few months, you know when to expect a fresh drop. As I grow used to these behaviors, though, I notice when they begin to stray away from what is usual, and considering Detroit’s whiterosemoxie seems to be relatively quiet over the past few months, I can only hope that this means he is about to drop something epic. I’ve made my stance on the Michigan music scene as clear as day quite a few times at this point, and while it is one of my favorite hip-hop destinations in the current climate, moxie is undeniably one of my all-time favorite emcees out right now, so I have to speculate, otherwise I just wouldn’t be being honest. He has dropped a slew of hits exclusively on his SoundCloud page over the past few months, and while I’m not sure what these are leading up to, I do know …

SOS – [cybertrash] ft. [reef]

I’m pretty proud of my music taste and like to think that I am someone who can put my friends, family, and industry cohorts on to some amazing new musicians, but I will never sit here and ever claim to be even close to the best. I mean, I like what I like, and while clearly I’m not the only person who enjoys the music I listen to because if I was, then no one else would probably care about these articles or check out to the music I write about. For this reason, though, I know that actual musicians are typically the ones who are the most tapped in with up-and-coming acts because I know they want to help put others in the position to succeed knowing that they were once in the same exact spot. ericdoa is definitively one of my favorite artists out right now, and he has been for probably around 2 or more years, but if there is one person who really created a new sound that I was captivated by, it’s him. He even puts me onto new emcees that he works with, and even though I don’t believe they have collaborated quite yet, …

Cut Me In – [My Favorite Color]

Although I’m about to say what I’m about to say, hear me out and keep reading to understand why I’m typing these words: My Favorite Color ruined music for me. To embellish on what I mean by this statement, the Los Angeles-born Pittsburgh-raised emcee is just too creative, forward-thinking, and enthralling that it makes almost any other emcee out there feel like a normal, run-of-the-mill person. MFC’s out-of-the-box style of creation has led to countless hits that get better and more intriguing as additional music comes out on his end, and he is never afraid to push the limits or try something new. While he is known for his undeniably entertaining personality and remarkable rap skills, when he dropped his Garrett Hunter-produced song “Cut Me In” a few weeks back, I was caught off guard because it was so much more melodic and tranquil than most of the other records that I have heard from him, but I loved this change of pace as he seized the opportunity to double down on his versatility. In the article I originally wrote about this track, I had mentioned how I was slightly let down that there wasn’t a music video paired with …

Cut Me In – [My Favorite Color]

Personality goes such a long way with me in the music business, because that’s something that you either have or don’t have. You can learn all the technical skills or get a stylist to put you in the trendiest clothes, but being your own individualistic person is simply not something that is teachable, and you can pick out fabricated personas from a mile away. Of course, I’m not hating on those that aren’t the most outgoing, unique people in the world, but I just think that standing out from the rest of the bunch and giving fans a reason beyond music to want to support you is something that can help solidify a following more than the run of the mill emcee. Pittsburgh’s very own My Favorite Color is literally the textbook example of someone who has a personality and isn’t afraid to show it, and while this is what initially drew me in in the first place, it was his unmatched aptitudes and off-the-wall approach to his music that has kept me coming back for more. “Cut Me In” is the title of his brand-new record and considering most of his singles come with equally appealing music videos, I …

FREE SOUNDs [Volume 3]

Back with volume 3 of the FREE SOUNDs column, and there’s a lot to discuss this week. Peep the lineup of songs below and if you haven’t already, check out volume 1 here and volume 2 here. – – – BEAR1BOSS BEAR1BOSS is, and has been, on another planet ever since I first heard his music — and he keeps getting better. Peep the ATL talent’s new, self-titled album here — a project best visualized as a firework, colorful and explosive in its collaging of sounds while held together by outrageously entertaining personality. “Quit” and “$$$” are favorites, but “Nike!” takes the cake for me. While Bear1 has been a stand out artist from the jump, it goes without saying that on the new project, his ideas are really coming into form. In Bear1’s world, the energy never runs out, and thus, the future is undeniably bright for one of music’s most unique minds. LAY BANKZ A friend sent me Lay Bankz a few weeks back, and “Going Down” has been on repeat ever since. It’s a melodic love song at heart, but once paired with the charged energy of a Philly/Jersey club beat, this one becomes sonically undeniable. Lay …

Behind The Track With: Bongo ByTheWay

Nigerian mega-producer/songwriter Bongo ByTheWay has contributed a tremendous  amount of work in producing and songwriting as an entrepreneur. Growing up in an African household with parents who often sang Gospel music and being raised in the church, played a huge role in Bongo’s career today. He also credits his brother for teaching him how to appreciate the craft and mechanics behind the music. Bongo has accomplished many amazing achievements throughout his career. He is the producer behind “Girl Like Me” by Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R., he is the face behind Cordae’s hit single “Gifted” featuring Roddy Ricch, he contributed three tracks for Mary J. Blige for her 14th studio project Good Morning Gorgeous, and the list goes on. This year, he won a Grammy for his contributions to Heuax Tales at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. I had the chance to catch up with the Grammy award-winning producer to learn more about his journey. Check out our interview below. — Lyrical Lemonade: As a Nigerian Native, it probably wasn’t easy becoming a globally known producer. Describe your journey to becoming a producer? My journey to becoming a producer started when I was around eight years old. That’s when I found …

Ok/Blick – [Slump6s]

Slump6s is an artist who I haven’t quite learned too much about at this point in time, but he is certainly someone who has caught my attention and gets me excited for another new emcee who is putting on for the current generation of hip-hop. I first heard him through collaborations with hyperpop emcees like ericdoa and midwxst, but his verses on these records left me wanting to hear so much more, and after reading some of his bio, I am even more in on the Rochester musician. Most talents nowadays seem to just pick up a mic and go, but Slump actually learned how to play the clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and drums in his school’s band, so this background gives him much more of a head start as far as his music knowledge and his masterfulness goes. At the beginning of the weekend, Slump dropped a brand-new EP called B4GEN, so coming off of a memorable performance at last weekend’s Summer Smash, it’s clear that he is on a hot streak unlike anyone else. Luckily, 5 new songs that lasted over 10 minutes long wasn’t enough because he even dropped an Everywhere & Nowhere-directed visual for the project’s closing …

FREE SOUNDs [Volume 2]

Cover Photo by @135alistair After introducing the new FREE SOUNDs column two weeks ago, we’re back today with round 2. From NY to Atlanta, Toronto, London, NOLA, and the Carolinas, here’s another batch of interesting and true-to-self things that have been in rotation as of late. Check out Volume 2 below and if you haven’t already, peep FREE SOUNDs Volume 1 here. – – – DEXTER I’ve been a fan of London artist dexter for some time now, and “Pressure” might just be my favorite release of hers thus far. The energy on the song is infectious, the production urges for movement, and dexter’s hook has found itself etched into my brain ever since it came out. Adding additional excitement to “Pressure” is the fact that dexter is also wearing a Corteiz tracksuit in the video, having released the song with Corteiz’s RULESTHEWORLD Records. The UK’s busiest streetwear brand can’t seem to miss, and signing an artist like dexter only enriches the existing connection between London’s fashion and music scenes. “Pressure” checks off every box, leaving me me just as excited as a fan of dexter as it does as a fan of Corteiz. Check this one out below: MEL GLIZZY …

Dead It – [My Favorite Color]

I try not to use comparisons too liberally just because I feel like if an artist is intriguing enough to make the waves that they’re making, they deserve to be mentioned in a sentence of their own and not someone else’s. At the same time, I think that these are necessary at times because some talents just remind me of other artists who have become massive, and if they continue to break through barriers the way they already have, then they’re going to reach that level sooner or later as well. I say all of this because My Favorite Color is someone who I think has all the talent and creativity in the world and seeing the way some of his music and visuals come together reminds me of Tyler, the Creator during his Odd Future days. Not MFC’s style, sound, or personality, but the way he brings such vivid ideas to life both sonically and visuals have me reminiscing on a time when Tyler was just doing what he loved no matter how strange or unheard of it was, and it was because of that self-faith that he became one of the biggest names in music right now. MFC …