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Dirty Money – [Rich Amiri]

Rich Amiri is one of the few emcees I’ve recently come across who has left me speechless after first tuning into his music. His versatility is tremendous, his imagination has no limits, and his execution is about as good as it gets. At only 18 years old, the Boston emcee has only been making music since 2020 when he began uploading songs that he recorded in his bedroom to SoundCloud, but he has obviously come such a long way ever since. Internet Money has helped him craft his sound, build a following, and extend his reach far beyond what a singular up-and-comer can often achieve themselves, but at the end of the day, I think Amiri would have done just fine for himself relying on his skills alone, even though a bit of help never hurt anyone. His dominance has been unignorable, but his most recent hit “Dirty Money” takes things to a new level thanks to the immaculate Rio production, fascinatingly ambient vocals, and an innocent confidence that Amiri has boasted every step of his journey. In the Tycho Burwell-directed video, the creativity continues as our first look at the musician takes place with him locked up behind bars. …

THREE HEADS* – [Jean Dawson]

Kids these days have a much different upbringing than anyone in the history of this world thanks to technology, the internet, and even social awareness. We are the generation that doesn’t stand for anything unjust, and with access to anyone across the world on the world wide web and social media, there is never a day that goes by where someone doesn’t make their stance on an issue known. That also means that misfits no longer have to hide or be afraid of their true identity, because there once was a time when these outcasts felt excluded due to their minimal exposure to others like them, The internet allows these individuals to come together and rise up, embracing who they are and being proud of this label, not ashamed of it as they once were. I mean, I’m not ashamed to call myself a bit of a misfit because although certain traits of mine might not fit the mold, others definitely do, and if I had a penny for every time someone came up to me and said something along the lines of “Danny, you really don’t look like someone who would be into the type of music that you …

Empty – [Junt Sosa]

If it isn’t obvious already, I have never been to jail and I don’t plan on going anytime soon, or ever for that matter. So, my experience with the prison system is definitely pretty narrow, but I have an understanding of the toll it can take on people through a good variety of the music I listen to. While jail might not always be a place where lessons are learned and reflection is possible for everyone, there are certainly individuals who look at their time behind bars as a way to really look within themselves and figure out what needs to change so they don’t end up back in there after being released. I’m not going to look at someone negatively one way or the other in terms of the experience they had in the system, but I will definitely show the utmost admiration for those who do decide to make a change and help spread a message to keep others out of a similar situation. La Grange, Georgia native Junt Sosa is new to my radar, but he is turning so many heads with his honest, genuine, and compelling narrative that can be brutal and heartbreaking at times, but …

helpless. – [YSN Fab]

Sometimes, if an artist isn’t all over social media and publications aren’t constantly talking about them, it can be difficult to understand exactly how much of a wave they’re actually making. While this can be frustrating at times considering I love to see rising talents win and I enjoy cheering them on and showing support along the way, I also can’t complain too much because as long as they know that their music is turning heads and getting attention, that’s all that really matters. YSN Fab is a talent from Winnipeg, Canada, and although he isn’t someone I have extensive knowledge about, I do know that the Instagram freestyles he was posting almost a half-decade ago are finally starting to pay off, and I’m super excited for him. After receiving attention from us here at LL as well as plenty of other publications, he even found himself on the official “Beats by Dre” Apple Music playlist, so if that isn’t a massive step in the right direction, then I don’t know what is. His latest song “helpless.” is just another example of his dominance behind a microphone, but there is much more to it than what meets the ear. The …

ilikegirls – [Eleanor Kingston]

I feel like over the years, the hip-hop community has always been slightly more closed-minded, not really accepting societal shifts or changes as new waves come into the scene, and I think that this is one of the major flaws of the genre. Or at least it was until only probably a handful of years ago. Now that a new generation is beginning to take over and speak their minds, whether the old heads like it or not, there is an entirely new outlook on what it means to be an artist in the current day and age. In fact, I love the direction that music is headed in as fans and musicians alike are much more accepting and open to LGBTQ+, races, and people of all different walks of life. Eleanor Kingston is a singer that I just found out about literally today, but as soon as I looked her up and did a little bit of research, I found out that she is bisexual, and proud of it, as she should be, and that’s something that so many people struggle with in society nowadays. Well, her latest song “ilikegirls” obviously says her feelings loud and clear, and the …

“AGAIN.” – [KDVSGOLIATH]

This week South London rapper/singer KDVSGOLIATH returns to us with his newest single “AGAIN.” – his first release since last month’s “BREAKING.”. Though known for his affinity for clever songwriting and high-energy vocals, “BREAKING.” saw our king deliver a relatively introspective and brooding performance that worked well to juxtapose the explosiveness of his previous hits like “PISTON.” and “BANTER.”. Today KD returns to flip listeners’ expectations on their heads once more with “AGAIN.”, an abrasive and incendiary banger perfectly tuned for your weekly rotation. Trapped in the endless cycle of romantic tension and disillusionment KDVSGOLIATH finds himself struggling to make things work with the one he cares for – thus making “AGAIN.” a bittersweet love letter to the trials and tribulations of young love. From “AGAIN.”‘s head-pounding percussion to its insatiable guitar melodies, listeners are sure to fall in love with this new banger whether they’re an old fan or a new stan. With more music slated for release later this summer, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of South London’s KDVSGOLIATH. Check out “AGAIN.” by KDVSGOLIATH below:

Awkward (Freestyle) – [Eem Triplin]

Eem Triplin is someone who came across my radar a couple of weeks ago, and although I thought he was a new name, I realized that I had listened to his work considering he was the production mastermind behind some of $NOT’s biggest records, and I just didn’t realize it. I then found out he is trying to branch out and make a name of his own in the rap world beyond beat-making, and once I heard his song “Awkward (Freestyle)”, I was instantly enthralled. He actually sampled Tyler, the Creator’s WOLF cut “Awkward”, and considering I loved this song so much when it was first released around a decade ago, I instantly knew that this new spin was going to be right up my alley as well. Then, I saw that Tyler even commented on a post referencing the song with a very positive message, and Eem was understandably in shock. Now, with a Tyler cosign, a bunch of powerful connections in the industry, and most importantly a seriously innovative skillset, I think Eem is only going to see his career skyrocket and I couldn’t be more excited for him! Keeping the momentum going can be a struggle for …

Get Refreshed: May ’22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. On Sidia… and Dolly’s Midas Touch I’d like to introduce everyone to the world’s best A&R. You’ve probably never heard her name before, just hear me out. It’s d0llywood1. Yes, this obscure, unheard-of A&R doesn’t work for a major label, nor is she even working in this little thing called the “music industry” whatsoever. She’s actually just like all of you out there – an admirer of modern underground music; a proponent of the future; a real music listener, if you will. Many of your favorite artists working today were originally discovered by her, and just because you’ve never heard her name before, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate her for this very fact alone. In all seriousness, Dolly is not just the best damn rapper and all-around performer for her age. She’s truly the best A&R who’s not really an A&R. From Lei, to Kyenn, to pretty much everyone in SillyTeam who wasn’t popping before the collective started, she’s co-signed some of the most talented acts in the grander Internet music landscape before practically anyone else did before. Much like being a “Paul …

On tha linë – [Yeat]

I don’t know if this is a controversial opinion, and I don’t think it is even a little bit, but if you ask me, Yeat is already the artist of the year and we’re only two months into the year. I know that 2021 was game-changing for him, but it just seems like that was all child’s play when looking at what he has done so early on in 2022. Of course, his album 2 Alivë was absolutely insane thanks to the 20 songs that lasted over an hour long and it showed off even more dexterousness from the Portland hitmaker. Not only this, but it even boasted insanely massive features in artists like Young Thug and Gunna as well as some incredible underground guests like Yung Kayo, Ken Car$on, and SeptembersRich, and even with all of these names, Yeat was clearly the most show-stopping performer on every single track he included on this album. Add in those accomplishments alongside a Cole Bennett-directed music video for “Still Countin”, and that’s exactly what he’s going to be doing as he continues to amass insane numbers on any record he puts out. As always, Yeat is never comfortable where he’s at, so …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …