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Dancing with the Devil – [Babyface Ray] ft. [Landstrip Chip] & [Pusha T]

At least once or twice a week, I feel like I have the luxury and the pleasure of writing about yet another magnificent Michigan rap release, and I haven’t even begun to think about growing tired of this trend. I am simply dumbfounded by just how insanely talented each and every emcee is in this region, whether I’m listening to straight lyrical geniuses like Babyface Ray, Icewear Vezzo, and Rio Da Yung OG or more uncharacteristic spitters like BabyTron or Teejayx6. Simply put, there is never even close to a shortage of remarkable music coming from the northern music hub, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the sounds that have been brought to life over the past couple of years. Out of everyone, one of my favorite artists is undeniably Babyface Ray, and while I don’t think this is an unpopular opinion for most, I still think he is grossly underrated based on the amount of indescribably amazing content he has put out for fans. This is just the beginning it seems, though, because my excitement went through the roof once I found out that he has a brand-new album entitled Face dropping in two short weeks on January …

Luigi – [2KBABY] ft. [Chief Keef]

2KBABY is an artist who I heard so much buzz about, but I never got around to checking out his music, somehow. Although Jack Harlow is an artist who can be considered the face of Louisville rap, there are so many incredible talents hailing from the Ville, and 2K is definitely a name you should keep in your head, and this was made obvious to me after I finally tuned in and realized what I was missing out on. He might still be scratching and clawing his way through the ranks of the music industry, but he already has a solidified foundation in the scene after working with numerous other artists including G Herbo, Marshmello, and others as well as a few other promising collaborations on the way with names like Murda Beatz. Most recently, the song that finally got me to listen up and pay attention was “Luigi”, 2K’s latest track with Chicago icon Chief Keef, so when I saw this record and Jay Pusha-directed music video came out towards the end of last week, I couldn’t put it off any longer. In the instrumental, there are some optimistic, resilient piano keys that are brought to new levels once …

Mr. Jones – [Pop Smoke] ft. [Future]

It goes without saying that Pop Smoke was taken from this Earth way too soon, but if there’s one positive we can take away from this tragedy, it’s the fact that he made his time here count and has left behind tons of amazing music that will continue his legacy for decades to come and beyond. His first posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was a smash hit, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and remaining on the charts for months to follow. That’s why, when I saw that his team was gearing up to release a follow-up album entitled Faith, I couldn’t have been more excited if I tried. Obviously, there is so much to delve through in this album that I wanted to truly dive into it before I gave my opinion one way or another, but just know that I’m beyond excited about it and I was even more excited to find out that there is even a brand-new music video for the song “Mr. Jones” which also features Future, so I had to at least share that with you. As it begins, Pop pulls up to a strip club in …

Texture – [Sebastian Kamae] x [Blvck Svm] x [Roosevelt The Titan]

Talented Dutch producer Sebastian Kamae recently caught my attention with “Texture;” a fantastic collaboration with Blvck Svm and Roosevelt The Titan. On “Texture,” Kamae laces a dark Pusha T esque record to produce a drug dealers anthem. The repetitive 808’s and incisive bassline matches the quick tempo of each breathtaking verse, which sounds seemingly effortless due to the low-key tone expressed throughout. Proving that not every banger has to employ overbearing musical traits, the track contains a certain quality of calm that listeners can appreciate. Therefore, the texture of “Texture” is multicolored and multi-layered, which Sebastian Kamae intentionally weaves to his unique creation. Listen to the song below!

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 …