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Five Excellent Beat Projects Pt. 3 – [Cookin’ Soul] x [Jazzinuf] x [Leavv] x [Hazy Year] x [Elijah Nang] x [Figub Brazlevič] 

Producers/beatmakers are often unfairly overlooked because of artists. Truth be told, producers are artists themselves, as every instrumental requires its own unique form of craftsmanship, and a precise vision to execute the idea. Without producers, your favorite hit single would simply not sound the same, yet alone exist! Comparable to the clientele work of an artisan or sculptor, when producers craft beats for artists, they must put themselves in another’s shoes to innovate. However, the music of production pioneers Nujabes and J. Dilla demonstrates that instrumentals are entirely separate and complete bodies of work. Applied rapping or vocals are not complements to production, but instead honorary elements that create an alternative version. Therefore, to an extent, the artist serves as a guest feature over the producer’s original creation. To effectively shed greater light to the creative brilliance of producers, I’ve chosen to start a monthly series titled “Five Excellent Beat Projects,” which will highlight five instrumental works that I consider exceptional. This is the third installment of the series. Cookin’ Soul – Carribean Bites – Despite being a Grammy award winning group, the Valencia, Spain based production duo (Big Size & DJ Zock) still somehow seem underrated. With production credits …

The Light – [Joey Bada$$]

Joey Bada$$ is an artist who could be in serious consideration to be the best to come out of the best decade, and probably without a doubt the best to come out of New York since that point, he’s an unbelievably talented creative who we here at Lyrical Lemonade have been big fans of. Personally, Joey is one of my favorite artists of my lifetime, he has released projects that have played as soundtracks to certain points of my life, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that he just dropped a new three-track pack deemed “The Light”. The first record is a dark sounding, massive record where Joey really got into his bag with his shit-talking + braggadocious bars. The second joint “No Explanation” is more of an up-tempo track where Joey airs out what’s been on his mind lately, and It features a stellar verse from the always great Pusha T on the back end! The last of the three songs, “Shine”, is easily my favorite song out of the three. It finds Joey sampling the classic record “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” by the legend Roy Ayers, as soon as I heard the beat I was …

Thought Vs Everybody – [Black Thought] x [Sean C]

“They ask why I seem so solemn, on a throne between three stone columns, you know the name, fu***** up the game no condoms, everybody goddamn first world problem..” Had you read these opening lines without reading the article’s headline, the only reasonable conclusion is that they belong to Black Thought. The forty-eight year old rap legend continues to astonish rap listeners, exhibiting ZERO signs of decline. If anything, Thought’s lyrical prowess has only increased, seemingly enhancing his vocabulary with every release. Recently, Thought announced Streams of Thought 3: Cane and Able, which serves as the third installment of his Streams of Thought EP series. The latest version is set to release on the 31st of July, with full production from Sean C. Listed features include Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, Killer Mike, C.S. Armstrong, The Last Artful, Dodgr, and even Portugal The Man. As a teaser, Black Thought chose to release “Thought Vs Everybody,” which is the first single off the upcoming project. Along with the aforementioned opening lines, Thought unsurprisingly bombards the song throughout, intricately delivering one conscious element after another. Sean C’s production is a mellow, yet pacey instrumental with crisp drums and a notable piano echo. Before Thought even utters a word, …

Wash Us In The Blood – [Kanye West] ft. [Travis Scott]

“Don’t take me the wrong way, cause God brought me a long way.” -Kanye West The legend that is Kanye West only appears every so often to premiere something—yet alone premiere new music. Whenever fans of Kanye see he appears on Twitter to get some tweets off, it’s safe to assume that something is coming. Rest assured, Mr. West mysteriously re-appeared on the timeline to share some news about all the things he is working on. That includes a “Kids See Ghosts” cartoon alongside Kid Cudi, a new documentary, and his forthcoming album, currently titled God’s Country—executive produced by the legendary Dr. Dre. He also teased a new song as well, and a small snippet of the intro with a release date. Now, anyone who knows Kanye, is well aware by now how he can be with release dates. Kanye releases need to be taken with a grain of salt in order to avoid disappointment. However, Kanye has not let us down this time, for he is here to deliver us his latest single and visual for “Wash Us In The Blood” accompanied by a Travis Scott feature. Coming off of his 2018 release of Jesus Is King, lots of fans were …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

Fort Night – [Kahri 1k]

One sure way to make fans resonate with your music is to make it relatable and fit in with what’s going on today. Now that’s not to say that you have to follow the wave or be trendy to succeed. There are some ways that just make it easier for people to gravitate towards your offering if you are referencing something they are familiar with. Kahri 1k is making another appearance on the Lyrical Lemonade platform with his latest trap single, “Fort Night”. Presumably misspelled to avoid any compliance issues with the video game, “Fort Night” includes many references to the ever-popular third-person shooter that has taken the world by storm over the past few years. Much different than the previous release “When They See Us” feat. Quando Rondo, this time around he delivers a trap ballad about masking up and hitting licks. The fact that Kahri is able to switch gears effortlessly showcases his limitless rangeability in music creation, being able to attack any and every subject matter when it comes to rap. Kahri 1k had this to say about the creation and the background of the visual: “This song was an opportunity for me to show my fans how …

Modus Vivendi – [070 Shake]

Authentic and in a lane of her own words that I can definitely use to summarize when speaking on behalf of the New Jersey-native rapper/singer 070 Shake. Most of the world began to become hip to her music from her features on Kanye West’s ye album, and her vocals on Pusha T’sDaytona album as well. Since her signing to G.O.O.D. Music, fans have been waiting eagerly for a full-length release from her. She has been growing tremendously since I first discovered her shortly after the release of her Glitter EP, so it’s been nothing less than amazing to see the amount of progression I have seen in not only her vocal capabilities, but her creativity as well. About a week ago, she released the first single “Guilty Conscience“–an 80s-themed, synth-heavy track about her catching her significant other in the act of sleeping around–all while her hiding the same situation happening to her and watching karma work its ways. As soon as I heard this track, I told myself that if there was anything like this on the album, then I’d be all in. Turns out, her album delivered much more of this and then some–that album being Modus Vivendi. The title derives from a Latin term which translates …

Life Is Good – [Future] feat. [Drake]

One thing that is always amazing about the internet–specifically music culture on the internet, is that it never sleeps. There are people who sit and watch artist each and every move. Even every little detail about how they maneuver on social media can allude to and have fans think new music is coming. If there are any artists in the game right now who are usually much more conspicuous than most, it would be Future and Drake. Fans noticed the two starting to hang out more often–coupled with a few cryptic instagram posts about the possibility of a sequel to the Drake & Future tape What a Time to Be Alive. Months ago, they were spotted filming a music video in a fast food restaurant and fans still couldn’t figure them out. Recently, they were spotted with matching owl and eagle chains–two symbolizations of the OVO/Freebandz collaboration they formed–which fans then confirmed that there had to be a project coming very soon. Here we are only days into the new year, and Future surprised the rap game with a new single titled “Life Is Good” featuring Drake. The title of the song seems to reflect on exactly how things have been …

Watch Drake’s Latest Interview with Elliott Wilson & B Dot on Rap Radar

It goes without saying when speaking in regards of Drake and his legacy as an artist. Being titled as the Artist of the Decade from many publications–and arguably one of the greatest artists we have ever seen in music, there are seldom who have touched on the career and secured the accolades he has gained over the span of the 2010s. Not even just in music, but in his business ventures as well. Being an artist of his caliber, it can be difficult to get him to stop in the middle of what he’s doing to get him to do anything. That being said, Drake infrequently commits to any interviews from anybody due to a fear of a hidden agenda to exploit or use the content for clicks and buzz. Nevertheless, Drake decided to sit down with the ever-so-talented media journalist Elliott Wilson on his Rap Radar Podcast. During their almost two and a half hour sit down at Drake’s multi-million dollar Toronto mansion, The guys cover a myriad of topics all surrounding around the past five or so years that Drake has had. We all know by now the situations that have occurred from his rap beefs, relationship troubles, …

Pusha T Deserves The World

Photo Credit: Matt Berg (Instagram) (Twitter) Attending school in Western Massachusetts is pretty much what it sounds like. For those unfamiliar with the area, it consists mostly of farmland, and while the vast space can make for some beautiful scenery, it is far from an urban environment. The densest areas population-wise are colleges and surrounding towns, the largest of which being the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (UMass), with a student enrollment of over twenty thousand. The school is the centerpiece of the area, and as a result, has been able to land performances from big names in the past. Rap music fans like myself eagerly await the announcement of these school-wide concerts, due to the general concert drought we tend to find ourselves in. Live music is abundant in Western Massachusetts. One can catch an indie rock band in a basement somewhere on pretty much any weekend, but rap shows are rare. This past March, the school secured Future to headline a show at UMass, and it was without a doubt a highlight of the year. So, when a poster appeared on a bathroom door outside of my information systems class declaring that the legendary Pusha T, alongside Lyrical-Lemonade …