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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Used To – [Ryster]

“Used To” is an emotional outpour of emotions. Ryster was sick of being mistreated by his last fling, who has caused his mental health to take on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The song really tugs on the heartstrings as Ryster, brings out every ounce of sentimental feeling with his signature croons. Within this year, the 17-year-old singer from Presidio, Texas has created quite the name for himself racking up just over 100,000 total streams on SoundCloud. What reels in listeners is Ryster’s signature sound, it’s definitely something you’d distract yourself with while you’re down and you’re emotions are high, which is a feeling I’m sure everyone can relate to. Notable records in his catalog such as “Without Her”, “Lovesick”, & “Told You” feature production from Internet Money producers Nick Mira and Sidepce. Stream Ryster’s latest single, “Used To” produced by Nick Mira and Ryan Bevolo below.

Ransom – [Lil Tecca]

One artist that we have ben raving about here at Lyrical Lemonade is Lil Tecca, who is finding himself back on our website with the release of his brand new music for “Ransom” with Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett. If you examine Lil Tecca’s catalog you will see that he has only releases outright bangers one after another, this kid has been racking up millions of plays on his own despite still being a sixteen year old high school student and it appears as the release of this video is like lighting the wick to a firework, Lil Tecca is going to be one of the biggest new rappers in the near future. Don’t sleep on Lil Tecca, smash the play button below! song produced by Nick Mira & Taz Taylor

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

OKAY – [poorstacy]

There aren’t very many producers out there that have been able to build and foster talent quite like Nick Mira. An artist that has been working with Mira heavily as of recent is poorstacy and what they have been releasing has caught the attention of rap fans across the globe. “OKAY” dropped a few days ago on poorstacy’s SoundCloud, which is the only place to find his music at this time. The single begins with unassuming strings that takes a drastic turn as the 808 kicks in and the beat goes super saiyan. Throughout the song, poorstacy shows his ability to craft self-reflecting lyrics, then deliver them in a somber yet energetic way. Although this is poorstacy’s first post on Lyrical Lemonade, don’t be surprised if you see this name pop up more frequently. There is a reason Nick Mira works this closely with only a handful of artists, he can spot talent and has definitely found one with massive potential. Stream “OKAY” below and be sure to check out the other tracks on his page.

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Abby Jasmine Q&A

Abby Jasmine is one of the most talented new upcoming artists in the game, I recently got the chance to meet her while speaking on a panel at SXSW a couple of weeks ago, and then when she was in Chicago the other day for a concert with T-Pain I thought why not bring her through our office for an interview for the website? One thing about Abby that stands out is her unbelievable charisma and her stage presence when performing, she appears like an experienced veteran although she is just only twenty years old, which is exactly why she is touring the country on with the OG T-Pain at this very moment. That crazy part is that I haven’t even mentioned her stellar vocal abilities and her crafty song making ability, and impressive catalog she has created up to this point. On top of all of this she has an amazing team backing her over at Cinematic, so the sky is truly the limit for this young superstar. I am extremely excited to see where she goes from here but I expect nothing but the best for her, so go ahead and get in tune with the New York native by learning …

COLDHEARTED EP – [Bernard Jabs]

Whether you’re a musician, an accountant, a waiter, or any other job under the sun, it’s always important to learn how to have fun with your career. Take your job seriously and be the best that you can, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Few artists embody this sentiment better than 17-year old Def Jam signee, Bernard Jabs. And yes, I said 17-years old. Both on and off the mic, this Georgia-bred talent radiates energy. There’s never a dull moment if Jabs is involved, and this certainly carries over to his music, as the budding talent has grown a loyal following thanks to electrifying singles and a social media-savvy marketing approach. He knows how to utilize the resources around him but he’s also authentic as can be, always dropping snippets and garnering buzz where he can, and consequently growing his ever-increasing base of dedicated listeners along the way. With this, even as a high school student, Bernard Jabs has signed to Def Jam, toured with Pusha T, and developed a considerable following of fans, none of which he has seemed even slightly underprepared for. The truth is, for Jabs, his determination spans far beyond his years, pointing to an incredibly …

Romance361 – [Iann Dior] Ft. [PnB Rock]

Iann Dior has appeared on our platform multiple times in the past month or so, and this evening he is back with his latest record titled “Romance361” featuring PnB Rock. I think Iann Dior is making a stellar run at the start of 2019 so far, and if he keeps up his current workload I am sure he will be one of the “most improved” artists of the year in terms of how much more famous he will be by the end of the year. Once I pressed play I was blown away by the stellar production by Nick Mira and Sidepce, they blessed him with an instrumental that was so good it gave him no choice but to create a smash hit. Nick Mira has been taking good care of Iann Dior on the production end of things for a great majority of his recent releases, so I predict that he will continue to rise at a rapid pace. Listen to this brand new track via Soundcloud below and if you like it be sure to give it a like + repost!

Robbery – [Juice WRLD]

A few days ago Chicago’s own Juice WRLD released a brand new track called “Robbery” and teased a music video with LL’s own Cole Bennett, and a few hours ago they blessed the fans with the final product! At this point in both of their careers working together Juice & Cole are reminiscent of Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen or Kobe & Shaq, in the sense that their chemistry & ability to consistently provide hit records & videos one after another is truly unmatched. Take a few minutes of your night to watch this brand new visual below, and if you aren’t already following Juice WRLD on Twitter be sure to do so here! Photo by Cole Schwartz • Produced by Nick Mira

Molly – [Iann Dior] ft. [Bernard Jabs]

Bernard Jabs is most certainly one of our favorite rising talents here at Lyrical Lemonade, and today, joining forces with fellow budding artist Iann Dior, the Def Jam signee is here to unleash a brand new single entitled “Molly”. Admittedly, being that I hadn’t heard of Iann Dior before this song, Jabs was the one who attracted my attention toward “Molly,” but now that I look back, I must say that Dior deserves full credit in bringing this one full circle. Not only is his melodic style addictive, but his ability to float over the beat without losing sight of his flows or sound is incredibly impressive (and quite entertaining/replay-worthy, at that). That said, the pairing of Dior and Jabs is most certainly an effective one, especially when placed over galvanizing production courtesy of Nick Mira. “Molly” is a must-listen, so keep this one on repeat as we head into the weekend and let us know what you think in the comments!