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Fake News – [Sowell]

Houston singer, Sowell, has brought us a melodic flow of R&B and Reggae vibes with her song “Fake News”. Originally debuted as a reel on Instagram, this super-smooth anthem is perfect for people who are looking to cleanse and cut people off: fake friends, fake family, fake love, fake news. This reel first caught my attention because of the bright, vibrant colors and hypnotizing fish eye lens view while walking through the streets. Her movements and attitudes, though minor, play a key factor in the mood of the song and her dulcet voice hits multi octaves creating a tone to real feelings set when cutting people out of your life because they think they know you. Though Sowell doesn’t have many songs out, this reel has definitely brought attention to her euphonious sound and I hope to hear more from her soon. With only three records out and such an alluring song that’s been keeping me coming back, I can’t wait for a full-length project to come from Sowell. Watch Sowell’s new single “Fake News” for yourself after the break.

More Than Average – [Taleban Dooda] ft. [Yung Bleu]

Although it has been a few weeks since Taleban Dooda dropped his debut album Fallen Angel, it seems like fans have been going crazy over it. I’m not surprised, though, because even though I’ve only recently become familiar with his music, he has been going crazy and proving that he is one of a kind, even managing to stick out in the rapidly booming music scene down in Florida. In order to keep the album’s buzz alive and well, Dooda and Yung Bleu decided to team up with Joshua Valle to shoot a music video for their hit song “More Than Average”. Opening up in the future, Dooda is slammed on the hood of a police car, glaring at the camera before a message takes us back to two days earlier. Here, Bleu is hanging out in a lavish house surrounded by lovely ladies as he sees on the news that Dooda is wanted by the police for an armed bank robbery. Once he hears a knock on the door, he opens the entrance to see a stealthily dressed Dooda with his girl, inviting him in to help him hide out from the law. While his girl tries on some …

Avalon – [$uicideboy$]

I remember back in the day a few years ago, I was just beginning to realize how few boundaries there were when it comes to music, so I literally looked out to try and find some of the most diverse, individualistic artists I could experience just to see how far the boundaries could stretch. That’s when I came across $uicideboy$, a duo of cousins that literally took the music world and flipped it on its head, but of course, you probably already know that if you’re reading this right now. While I’ve been genuinely curious to know what their next move was going to be considering it seems like it has been quite some time since their last release and they used to drop EPs and mixtapes like once a week, I was beyond excited to wake up to the news that they released a brand-new song entitled “Avalon”, and it takes me back to the early days of their careers. When pressing play, you’re smacked in the face with a beat made by Sambo Bachrack, PVLACE, and Budd Dwyer (Scrim’s production alter ego). When dissecting it, there is a classic sample and vocal chop that is nothing new to …

Space Route – [18Veno]

To my knowledge, Lyrical Lemonade was one of the first big blog outlets to cover 18Veno – at the very least, we did one of his first interviews, which remains one of my favorite interviews I’ve done to date. I remember finding “1942” for the first time, mesmerized by the level of charisma packed into the song and equally as excited about the otherworldly production behind the release, courtesy of Neeko Baby. As time went on, the promise that Veno showed when I originally came across his music only grew. He developed into an outstanding storyteller, a firecracker of energy on every song he touched, and an artist whose hunger and excitement about music oozed through every song, every verse, and every line. Simply put, it felt like 18Veno wanted it more than anyone else. He was the chosen one out of South Carolina, developed by jetsonmade and the BoyMeetSpace camp into an undeniable voice in his state and beyond. Tragically, 18Veno’s life was taken in January, just 18 years old and on the verge of a breakout year. When the news came out, an outpouring of support arrived from artists, producers, fans, and friends alike, only cementing the profound impact …

VVBLUE – [SEBii]

While the world of hyperpop is taking over the entire musical landscape as we know and love it, I couldn’t be more excited for the future. These artists are some of the most unique and inventive musicians that the world has ever seen, and what’s even more incredible is the fact that most of these talents are under the legal drinking age. As for SEBii, I feel like he’s way too versatile to be simply boxed into the hyperpop or glitchcore genres, so I’d say that he’s in a lane of his own that other artists haven’t even come close to touching quite yet. Although I’ve only become familiar with this wild world of music within the past few months, I have become engrossed with all of the out-of-the-box thinking individuals who make up the sonic landscape, and SEBii is at the very top of my list of favorites. While I’m used to hearing his more lighthearted, upbeat ballads that are joyous and playful, it almost seems like he steps out of his comfort zone on his latest tape VVBLUE, a 7 song, 18-minute-long effort that shows a different side of SEBii on some songs while giving us a taste …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

Shell Jumping – [Young Crazy] [Icewear Vezzo]

Virginia rap has a storied and rich history of many great artists and producers to come out of the Hampton Roads area which is made up of Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and in the case of Young Crazy who is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today, Norfolk. Young Crazy has been consistent for many years in his output and has been a household name in his area’s underground scene but has matured greatly since he started releasing music and seems poised to be the latest artist from this region to make a run. He like so many other artists recently has been embracing the ‘Detroit’ wave, but I have zero problems with that at all, as Detroit’s rapid-fire style puts artists rapping skills up to the test every-time the beat turns on and Crazy has stepped up time and time again, flexing his grimy lyrical abilities and ambitious mindset that are each certainly the by-product of hard times and a desire to never go back. He paired up with scorching hot Detroit artist Icewear Vezzo for his latest track and video “Shell Jumping” that shows off Crazy’s unique vocal tones and sarcastic and menacing shit-talking skills.

Hold Me Down – [Clay James]

The energy coming from the south as a whole has been a very interesting wave of music for so many reasons. Despite birthing so many legends, and circling back to deliver oday’s legends-to-be, the south has so much to offer when it comes to the music scene, and you never really know what you may get. Whether that be gritty trap beats or soothing R&B vocalists, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. Being discovered by the southern legend Big Boi, 1/2 of the iconic rap duo Outlast, Clay James has a lot to look forward to and has a very promising rap career after receiving such a major co-sign. Coming fresh off the news of his new movie role in Out on a Lim, rising Savannah, Georgia talent Clay James makes an appearance today on our platforms to drop off his latest visuals for his single “Hold Me Down”. Directed by Reese Davis, the visuals for “Hold Me Down” showcases Clay James around the hood letting off bars over  G-Man On Tha Beat production, which also happens to be his cousin. Really letting his southern accent show, his voice really gives me vibes of Boosie and many other southern …

Huh – [Yung Honcho]

Knoxville, Tennessee rapper Yung Honcho made it further than any other rapper in his city had in 2019, eclipsing a million views, collaborating with major artists, and even earning co-signs from industry titans of the likes of Meek Mill and beyond but unfortunately Honcho was locked up on federal charges for the better half of 2020 and is slowly but surely gaining back the momentum that was stripped from him by the government, but what they couldn’t take was Honcho’s incredible singing voice and gentle melodic flows that communicate immense pain and his responses to the pressure of being the most major figure in his area (until Hardaway1k comes home as well) that weigh on him greatly and are difficult enough to deal with without an envious city that would love to see you fail. Honcho recently released a triumphant yet melancholic new track titled “Huh” where he skates over the L3no Loaded beat, coming with a more menacing flow than usual but still his melodic voice shines through the ad-libs and ins-and-outs. Honcho’s city is seldom recognized by many for anything other than being the home to the University of Tennessee but the reality of Knoxville is starkly different …

Real – [Unfoonk] & [Young Thug]

It hasn’t even been a full week since Slime Language 2 was placed in our laps, yet I feel like with all of the new content we were given, it seems like it has been months. While there are names on here that I’m very familiar with like Travis Scott, Drake, Lil Baby, and many others, there were also artists such as YTB Trench, Unfoonk, Karlae, Strick, FN DaDealer, and others that I am definitely not very familiar with. While this might be the case for other listeners as well, it gives us the chance to get to know these rising stars and see how they perform on songs next to some of the biggest names in the game. While almost every smaller artist on the project went above and beyond to make sure that they weren’t overshadowed in the slightest, I think Unfoonk had one of the best features on the album period. That’s why, when I saw his and Thugger’s song “Real” was getting a Never Panic-directed music video, I was beyond excited to see what the results would be. After watching it, it seems to be a life story for Unfoonk, and while he tells tales of …