RIP SMOKE – [AKTHESAVIOR] x [Powers Pleasant]

Hardly a week after releasing “Be Back Soon,” AKTHESAVIOR keeps the ball rolling with another banger titled “RIP SMOKE.” Produced by Beastcoast legend Powers Pleasant, “RIP SMOKE” is a record paying homage to the late Brooklyn artist Pop Smoke. Pre-release AK also released a chilling visualizer to pour one for Smoke. While it’s completely expected for a Powers beat to be flawless, sonically it’s incredible how fitting it is as a true Pop Smoke-esque record. Although the song is sure to leave fans bittersweet while imagining how Smoke would sound, AK unsurprisingly holds his own solo by shredding the instrumental with his signature surgical flow. Proclaiming Brooklyn as his home, AK puts the world on notice that he’s more than willing to uphold the city’s chariot while honoring Pop Smoke and all the fallen soldiers of New York.  “RIP SMOKE” marks the second single of AKTHESAVIOR’s upcoming mixtape Almost Home, with one more track expected to drop before the project’s release. Stream the offering below!

Sangria – [$NOT] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Although I had heard $NOT’s name mentioned copiously in the past few years, it wasn’t until around the time he teamed up with our very own Cole Bennett just a few weeks ago to release his single “Revenge” that I actually made an effort to tune in. After listening, I was ashamed that I allowed myself to miss out on his wonderful music, and since then, I’ve gone back and revisited everything I was turning a blind eye to. Since listening up, I realized that he is one of, if not the most compelling and talented artists in the entire industry, showing off a variety of sounds that prove he is as dexterous as he is talented. As he gears up for the release of his upcoming album Beautiful Havoc, which releases this Friday, he has been dropping off a few singles from the project that have gotten fans, myself included, more excited than ever before. Most recently, he dropped off a brand-new single entitled “Sangria”, recruiting Denzel Curry and incredible producer Powers Pleasant to bring this record to life. While I’m honestly not sure if these two artists have worked together in the past, their equally aggressive, ruthless, and …

Coast/Clear – [Beast Coast]

Beast Coast, the ten-person supergroup that is comprised of Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Issa Gold, CJ Fly and Ak the Savior. The group announced their formation with the release of “Left Hand” in early March which showcased a clever orchestration of some of the most gifted rappers occupying the East Coast. The group’s new single highlights the melodic capabilities of the ten-person collective. Produced by Powers Pleasant, the group trades melodic verses from one another opting out of the usual grit we see from the East coast natives. Showcasing a softer side, at least vocally, the ten-person collective have concocted a radio-ready single that leaves us beyond curious as to all that will be featured on their impending album. “Coast/Clear” is a testament to the versatility held by each member of the supergroup who’ve made a living off of their abilities to lyrically dismantle beats. Don’t be fooled though, despite the lofty production and delivery from each featured rapper the new record still has a serrated edge to it that is synonymous with the East Coast. Listen to the new single from the impending studio album from some of the East Coast’s finest. With no set …

Left Hand – [Beast Coast]

New York has always been home to some bitter rivalries, but with the new generation of emcees, it’s all love! Case in point, Beast Coast. Comprised of Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and the Underachievers, Beast Coast brings together some of New York’s most talented emcees. After surfacing for a rare appearance here and there, the Beast Coast collective movement appears to be in full swing with the release of “Left Hand,” the first single off their upcoming album. Possee cuts always run the risk of “too many chefs in the kitchen,” but this squad (which also includes Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, and Powers Pleasant), paces the virulent effort nicely, splitting time perfectly and seamlessly transitioning from one emcee to the next with each one taking a gritty, unapologetic approach. Despite so many moving parts, it’s clear they have quite the chemistry — at no point does it feel cramped or unnatural — which should make for one hell of an album. That said, make sure you stream this powerful new single at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Please Forgive – [Powers Pleasant] ft. [Denzel Curry] [IDK] [Zillakami] [Zombie Juice]

One of the founding members of Pro Era, Powers Pleasant, is here on Lyrical Lemonade today to share a new visual for his song, “Forgive Please”. With guest features from Denzel Curry, IDK, Zillakami and Zombie Juice, this video is stacked with energetic MC’s trading equally electric verses. The new video keeps pace with the song’s high-energy production, and the exhilarating cadences of each rapper add varied effects of entertainment to their dense verses. Also notable, Power Pleasant’s newest comes off the heels of his last video for the song, “Pull Up”. We are already anxious for what else the Pro Era renaissance man has in store for us and who else he’ll be recruiting for the hitmaking process in the future. In the meantime, join us in watching the new video for “Please Forgive” at the link provided below and tell us who you think had the best verse in the comment section!

Pull Up (Beastcoast Remix) – [Powers Pleasant]

You may remember us covering the heat-seeking joint from Powers Pleasant in Pull Up back in May when the visual dropped with Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the numbers on that track have climbed tremendously since then and today, the Pro Era rapper has rejoined Joey Bada$$ and some of the Beastcoast areas rap juggernauts for the remix including Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice & The Underachievers. Sticking to the self-produced beat from Pleasant, the likes of Meechy & Juice set the energy in the opening verses right away before both Issa and AK close out the final seconds with their always-impressive guest spots. Not only is this one of the hottest remixes I’ve heard in a minute, but this new version is also another example of the raw talent that lies within the Beastcoast that seems to attract more attention with each release. Having said that, be sure to let loose the Pull Up remix and after doing so, watch the visual with Joey & Ferg below as well!

Know The Stro – [Stro]

Chances are you’ve seen the name Stro bounce around our pages from time-to-time, and he makes a sparkling return today with his Statik Selektah-produced track titled Know The Stro. Hailing from Brooklyn, the Beastcoast influence is evident off the jump as the 21-year-old bodied the reminiscent keys with his eclectic lyricism covering a wide range of in-the-know topics about himself who’s coming off his Dark Melodies project released back in January. Since then, he has unloaded a number of joints for his sprouting fanbase but maybe the most notable of all being his remix to Powers Pleasant latest hit Pull Up with Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg. Be sure to keep tabs on Stro as we enter the Summer months but until the next drop, get in-tune with Know The Stro now streaming on SoundCloud right here:

Pull Up – [Powers Pleasant] Ft. [Joey Bada$$] & [A$AP Ferg]

Last month, Pro Era’s Powers Pleasant unloaded a self-produced record with Badmon & A$AP Ferg in Pull Up and now, the trio has reunited for the entertaining cut that is bound to steer your attention its way. The JMP-directed cinematic could very-well be the storyline of the next Fast & Furious movie, as the action starts when Joey and Pleasant are seen in Tokyo moving the mysterious briefcase of ‘juice’ for a big race. When it’s finally brought back to Harlem for the event, Ferg uses the juice which ultimately ends up in him winning the race to some very upset competitors. All in all, you really couldn’t have asked for a better visual to accompany the all-out energy of this song and with the animated lyric video already making its rounds, you can bet this banger is about to catch its second wind. Don’t waste any more time and peep the new visuals for Pull Up at the link below. Directed By: JMP  Via: PRO ERA 

Final Destination – [The Underachievers]

The Underachievers are back at it again with a new track, and you definitely don’t want to be sleeping on it. Their upcoming project titled “Renaissance” is shaping up to be an instant-classic, and the latest project-leak called “Final Destination” only fuels the hype that much more. With production from Pro Era’s Powers Pleasant, the new joint see’s Issa and AK trade off with electric verses on making their way to the top and keeping a tight circle. On top of that, the new song happens to be the third leak off the project, so you can be sure that we are inching closer to a release date with each drop. So don’t sleep! Make sure to check out “Final Destination” below and let us know if you’re rocking with it in the comments section.  

5 Songs That Made You a Fan: [Joey Bada$$]

There are very few 21-year-old rappers who have made an impact in the music-scene scene quite like Joey Bada$$ has. The leader of the Pro-Era collective has stood out as the front-man since it’s early days that first evolved in 2011 thanks to Powers Pleasant and the late Capital Steez who passed away in December of 2012. Since then, Pro-Era has grown into nothing short of a hip-hop powerhouse that now includes the likes of Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Chuck Strangers, Dessy Hinds and several others of Brooklyn’s rising young artists. At age 17, Joey released his debut mixtape “1999” in the Summer of 2012 that received positive reviews for its unique style of sampling and an early 90’s hip-hop vibe we’ve grown accustomed too from the Brooklyn native. The following year, Joey would release his third mixtape “Summer Knights” which included an all-star team of producers with contributions from Smoke DZA, The Alchemist and DJ Premier. Fast-forward to 2015,  where Joey let loose his long-awaited debut album “B4.DA.$$” in January while on his “B4DAMONEYTOUR” which saw it debut at number 5 on the Billboard 200 charts and, in my opinion, was his best work so far.  I had the …