Fall Hard – [Key!]

If you’re anything like me, Key’s heartbreakingly hilarious single, “Miami Too Much,” has been on repeat ever since its release. From the overdramatic croons to the slippery deliveries, “emotional Key!” is one of my favorite forms of the Atlanta legend, and today, he’s back in full form yet again with a fantastic new record, “Fall Hard.” Not only does this song follow along with the emotional blueprint of some of Key’s recent music, but the production is also handled by none other than Oogie Mane of Working On Dying — a must-watch name from Philly whose gone from underground legend to a producer for Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, and several others in the past year or so. Needless to say, this one-two punch of talent is sure to impress, and “Fall Hard” obliges, soundtracking Key’s natural tendency to “fall haaaaaaaaard” whenever he falls in love. That said, I’m sure that many of our readers out there won’t just love the song in all of its sugary, energetic glory, but will also connect on a personal level with Key’s confessional rhymes, so don’t sleep on this one. Stream “Fall Hard” below and let us know what you think in the …

Miami Too Much – [KEY!]

Atlanta icon KEY! dropped his first single of the year and it is the perfect anthem to bring in summer. “Miami Too Much” shows Keyonce channeling his inner soulful side, pairing a smooth hook with his witty lyrics that always have me running his songs back to make sure there wasn’t a single line missed. After dropping one of my favorite projects of 2018, 777 with Kenny Beats, I have been anticipating new music from one of the most creative rappers out. As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, Key is setting up the pieces for his upcoming project SO EMOTIONAL which is sure to feature the SoundCloud Veteran opening up into his inner R&B superstar and making the music he has always wanted to make. The visuals for this single take the whole song to another level to know surprise as Key’s visuals have been on the cinematic side for each of his last visual releases. Key has been working heavily with Kenny Beats over the past few years, on this track he is branching out and working with another of this generation’s most talented producers Working On Dying’s Oogie Mane. The romantic single is all about Key’s girl …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Waterslide, Fleeky, & ETA – [Yung Bans]

If we’re talking about which artists brought their A-game in 2018, Yung Bans needs to be at the top of the list. The exponential growth that this Atlanta native has seen over the past few months has been absolutely astronomical, and even amidst legal troubles that have him on house arrest, Bans continues to run the game and get even more popular by the second. Today, acting as the exclamation point to a prosperous year, Bans is here on our pages to unleash three new singles: “Waterslide” featuring Lil Skies, “Fleeky”, and “ETA”. As you might’ve expected, all three of these tracks have the potential to be some Bans’ biggest to date, as their inimitable swing and effortless cadences make for some truly addictive listens. Clearly, the Atlanta native’s hitmaking abilities are simply one step ahead of the game as we head into the new year, and this should have all the Yung Bans fans out there itching for a new project hopefully coming soon. Check out the latest 3-pack from Yung Bans at the link below and end your year on a high note! “Waterslide” Produced by Y2K “Fleeky” Produced by Dee B “ETA” Produced by Yung Forza & Oogie …

Oogie Mane: Staying the Course

Influence, popularity, and innovation are all central factors that spur the conversation of “mainstream” versus “underground” in music. It is with these metrics that fans deem their favorite artist an “underground legend” or a full-blown “star”, using popular perception and relative terms to grade an artist’s status of fame in a given ecosystem of music. But sometimes this metric just doesn’t fit. In the age of the internet, where social media paves unique pathways for artists of every imaginable kind, the barrier between the mainstream and the underground has become increasingly blurred. Notably, increased visibility of niche scenes is now allowing mainstream acts to dip their hands into the underground, utilizing the boundary-pushing, non-linear styles of smaller artists to predict innovative pushes in sound. This collaboration, or occasional lack thereof, can be demonstrated in a number of ways, sometimes crediting the smaller acts that influenced a mainstream shift and sometimes not. Here enters “I’m Upset” by Drake: a single released for his Scorpion album that arrived right in the midst of a hallmark rap beef against Pusha T, but even more importantly, a single that exemplifies this blurring line between underground and above. I can recall driving home from my …

MudBlood – [Drayco McCoy]

Drayco McCoy is a frequent flyer here on the Lyrical Lemonade pages, and today, he’s back once again to take headlines with an incredible new project entitled MudBlood. Presenting McCoy at his most refined level of artistry to date, this tape offers up 12 tracks straight of booming production, ambitious flows, and undeniably hard-nosed energy. There doesn’t exist a weak point in any second of its duration, and in all of its unforgettably impressive glory, MudBlood solidifies two facts about Drayco McCoy: the first – he can do wrong, and the second – he’s about to be a star. To say the same thing in fewer words, the Indiana native is in his bag, and he’s here to let us know. That being said, make sure you listen to the thunderous new tape, MudBlood, and be sure to follow Drayco McCoy on Twitter here! Feature from Mathaius Young Production by Mathaius Young, Charlie Shuffler, TayMasterChef, BlkYth, Yung Icey, BigCat, Dauphin Amir, & Oogie Mane

I’m Upset – [Drake]

You don’t have to be a Drake fan to know that when the OVO President comes through with a visual, he sets out to shut down the entire internet. Ironically enough, he has done that yet again with the latest Karena Evans-directed cut for I’m Upset, the Oogie Mane-produced record from the forthcoming Scorpion project that was just recently given its date of release. Starting out bedside with Drake in the middle of the Air Canada Center logo in Toronto, he wakes up to a reminder of his high-school reunion taking place that night, and of course, it had to be at Degrassi High. From arguably the most lit high-school reunion to one of Drake’s teachers singing The Motto, this was quite possibly the last thing you’d expect to come out of a darker-than-most track to begin with and returning to his Degrassi-roots well, that speaks for itself. Be sure to check out the entertaining visual for I’m Upset and let us know which Drake video has been your most favorite in recent memory. Directed By: Karena Evans 

I’m Upset – [Drake]

Drake is the talk of the internet right now with his “Duppy Freestyle” and the bad blood between him, Pusha T, and Kanye West, but in the midst of it all, he is back to bless the world with a brand new single, “I’m Upset”, which will appear on his forthcoming album, Scorpion. Although the OVO frontman made it clear that this track is not a follow-up to the current beef but instead another song from his project, the charged up lyrics and fierce, kill-or-be-killed mentality on this one take us down a similar path as listeners. That being said, it’s also critically important to mention that the production on this track comes from none other than Philadelphia producer OOGIEMANE of Working On Dying – a triumphant win for all those paying attention to the underground right now. To see that Drake has his ear to the streets and Mane is getting the recognition he deserves is a wonderful sight, no matter how this huge win came together. Listen to “I’m Upset” at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Pokemon & Tater Tots – [Asaad]

Just recently, Philadelphia rapper Asaad joined Lyrical Lemonade to share a warm-weathered release titled “Lemon Lime“. Today, he maintains the full-court pressure with two new songs, “Pokemon” and “Tater Tots”, both of which appear as singles off of his forthcoming mixtape, I’ll Be Late, due for release on June 1st. The first song, “Pokemon”, features guest spots from UnoTheActivist and Thouxanban Fauni, and by joining forces alongside Asaad to form an unstoppable trio over such relentless production, this track achieves the status of an absolute heater for the ages. With that, the second of the two, “Tater Tots” follows right by its side, taking from production via Oogie Mane to bless Asaad with a sonic atmosphere in which he clearly excels over as he delivers entertaining bars with a machine-like consistency. I’ll Be Late is about to be a truly special project, so make sure you don’t sleep on this Philadelphia native and his diverse arsenal of talent. Check out “Pokemon” and “Tater Tots” at the links below!

Lemon Lime – [Asaad]

Ever since the release of his most recent mixtape, White 3, Asaad has been on my radar as one of the most promising, versatile artists to listen to as of late. His wide range of stylistic endeavors can’t be imitated, and today, he’s here to add to this trendsetter status with a bright new single titled “Lemon Lime”. Produced by the hitmaker himself, Oogie Mane, this warm-weathered release taps on rapidly-paced drums and a feel-good instrumental to let loose an abundance of energy. As Asaad puts it, the song is an anthem for anyone with the “money on their mind”, and no matter what you’re doing to chase the bag right now, it can act as just the song you need to get ready for putting in work every day. This is yet another very solid release to add to Asaad’s catalog, so be sure to check it out below and look for more from him on his SoundCloud here!