22 songs that inspired me in 2022

In my opinion, inspiration is one of the most valuable feelings known to man. When you have it, you feel unstoppable, but when you’re without it, life feels nothing more than a useless search for meaning and fulfillment. What I love most about inspiration though is that people can find it in so many different ways. If you’ve kept up with my writing throughout the year, then you’d know that I made a vow to myself earlier in 2022 that I would only write when a song or project inspired to the point of wanting to put words behind it. Although this past year was a fast one and it seemed like new songs were dropping left and right, there truly were exceptional artists who inspired me more than they would know. For my last article of the year, I wanted to do something special, so I decided to compile 22 of my favorite songs this year with small personalized notes to each artist. Each song and artist on this list mean a lot to me and I pray they inspire you in the same way they’ve inspired me. — “Security” by Will Keeper Will, This is the most beautiful …

secretos – [Heartgaze] x [Elijah Who]

If you aren’t already familiar with Heartgaze, then let this be your moment to get in tune, because he’s creating some special music right now. Sure, he’s not the biggest artist in the world at the moment and he doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of what music you might be used to finding on our pages, but he possesses undeniable talent + should be on your radar. Just the other day, Heartgaze + Elijah Who put out a new music video for “secretos”, directed by rising videographer Noah Keckler. When we revisit Heartgaze’s music in five years, he’s going to be exponentially bigger, so you might as well go ahead and get familiar with him now!

Watch the BTS of Polo G’s “My All” Music Video

Way back in June of this year, we shot a Polo G music video on the same week of our Summer Smash Music Festival, and nearly six months later, we released the final product! This was a very hectic and busy week considering that a massive storm hit our festival grounds just a few days before the doors opened, and we were busy on the set of this music video, all while knowing our festival was in jeopardy of happening. Needless to say, all of these things going on made for an absolutely fantastic behind-the-scenes of this Polo G music video, which we just released minutes ago. Captured by Noah Keckler, this BTS shows all of the ins and outs of how this great visual came together and also provides some insight into everything that we were dealing with that week. Check out this BTS below and make sure to subscribe to our Lyrical Lemonade 2 channel.


As the year quickly comes to a close, I feel comfortable taking some time to reflect on some music and artists who have made a significant impact on my pallet over the last 10 months. If I’m being completely honest, when it comes to up and coming artists, this year didn’t unanimously wow me as a whole, but there were a few bright spots that invigorated my listening experience. Right now, one of my favorite artists out is Noah Guy. I’ve written an article or two for him in the past, but I don’t think that nearly does justice to the actual amount of adoration I have for this early talent. Noah has been around for a bit, but it seems like over the last year and a half or so, the East Coast native has been everywhere. Now a days in the musical landscape, it’s not enough to just put out music; there has to be an otherworldly work ethic that accompanies your art that helps push it to the masses…This is one of Noah’s most prominent gifts and it’s the biggest reason as to why I’ve taken such a liking to him. Not only is he talented, but the …

Blizzard – [Brill 4 the Thrill]

The Detroit sound has invaded every coast across the country as it has become the new de-facto style for shit-talking and flexing for all boisterous young artists throughout the nation and has indirectly helped give new-life to much of the West Coast scene, adding spellbinding and industrial production from the Motor City into the umistakable ‘Cali Bounce’ while the two areas share a common love of bragging. Bay Area artist and associate of G.T.’s Money Counter Music collective, Brill 4 the Thrill is one of the most captivating artists pushing through with this mindset and flow, taunting those who missed his wave while praising those who stayed down and helped honor his vision. The ominous but fast-paced instrumental comes courtesy of Noah Brabs and MykalFlippa and left Brill with a perfect backdrop to unload his braggadocios bars.  

Watch the BTS for Lil Yachty’s “Poland” Video

Last week on Thursday we were sitting here in the Lyrical Lemonade office in Chicago, and a snippet of Lil Yachty’s “Poland” music video had just dropped and was going viral. All of the guys around the office had the track stuck in their heads and we were watching the moment unfold live in front of our eyes when suddenly, Cole walked into the kitchen and yelled “I’m going to New York tomorrow to shoot Poland with Yachty!”. The next morning, Cole + our BTS cameraman Noah Keckler were on a flight to New York where they spent the day shooting for Yachty in SoHo – and we just dropped the behind-the-scenes from the shoot on our Lyrical Lemonade 2 channel! The music video itself has already accumulated 2.5 million views in about 18 hours, and it is currently the #2 most trending video on YouTube! Take a few minutes out of your day to see how this masterpiece was created below!

UMI: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Seattle native UMI is an artist who I first discovered at some point last year, and I quickly became a fan of her soothing voice,  melodic records, and well-produced visuals! About a month ago, UMI was finishing her tour in Chicago so it was the perfect time to bring her by the office to be featured on a brand new episode of The Lemonade Stand! You will find UMI speaking on plenty of topics such as her family dynamic, her musical influences, her experience at Tahoma High School, missing her ACT, touring, her favorite Spongebob episode, her album Forest in the City, and we even took ginger shots together! This was an awesome interview, UMI has great energy and it was a good conversation, check it out for yourself below! Shot by Noah Keckler – Edited by Riley Hulligan

If You Must Go – [Sækyi]

Sometimes music just really hits home, and although the typical music I listen to on the day-to-day might not share these more sincere messages, I love to get in tune with these songs because they give me a chance to reflect on the past and think about where I could have done better throughout my life. Sækyi is someone who I haven’t had a tone of listening experience with, but the handful of songs that I have heard have opened my mind and shown me that life isn’t always easy, but as long as you have the chance to express yourself and learn from your mistakes, you can be a better person for it. In his most recent song “If You Must Go”, he shares a very honest and difficult message in a way that had my attention from the moment I heard the Dan Edinberg and Noah Terefe-produced instrumental. Not only is his message powerful and heartfelt, but his sonic diversity is beyond impressive considering he raps with passion and displays a fair share of serenading as well. While the majority of the record showcases his soothing and vehement singing abilities, the final verse is where he resorts to …

Oblivion – [Glassface]

In my eight years at Lyrical Lemonade, I have had the honor and privilege to meet plenty of talented artists, and Glassface is easily one of the most talented that I know. I first got familiar with Glassface through his absolutely brilliant music video directing + editing, and after a while, I finally got wind of the music he creates + it’s just as good! It is rare in life that a single person can master multiple skill sets, but Glassface is in that one percentile, not only can he record an ear-pleasing record – he can also animate and piece together a visual masterpiece to match. The record itself is one of his best to date, it’s one of those songs that you can play in literally any sort of scenario. To add to that, anyone type of person can enjoy this music, whether it’s a teenager or a fifty-year-old, a track like this cannot be boxed in I could keep writing about this, but I’ll give it a rest for now. Take some time out of your Tuesday to get in tune with this new release from Glassface below! Produced by Noah Breakfast + Glassface

Kid Zen and PrettyBoyNoah Come Together For Their Latest Track “Zaza”

Kid Zen and PrettyBoyNoah have done it again! Their latest track “ZAZA” is a smash hit, showing off the versatility and musical prowess of both artists. The track features alternative rap flows, aggressive instrumentation, and a catchy cadence that is sure to get stuck in your head. PrettyBoyNoah’s production skills are on full display, and Zen delivers verses that pack a punch. This collaboration is a must-listen for any fan of hip-hop or alternative rap. At just 17 years old, Kid Zen is quickly making a name for himself as the king of Perth’s underground scene. His unique blend of styles and influences has captured the attention of music lovers from all walks of life, and his raw talent has made him a hot commodity on the global stage. While he is still relatively unknown outside of Australia, it is only a matter of time before Kid Zen takes the world by storm. In the meantime, those lucky enough to be in the know can enjoy his music while they can – before he blows up and becomes too big for his hometown. It’s a track that will appeal to fans of both rap and alternative styles, and it’s just …