But – [Deem Spencer]

Currently coasting off of the success of his stellar new project, Pretty Face, it feels as though all eyes are on Deem Spencer — and apparently so, the Queens native is more than ready to perform under pressure. Today, Spencer revisits the project with a set of accompanying visuals for one of my personal favorite cuts, “But.” Infused with jazzy instrumentation and a nonchalant, yet deeply soulful tint, “But” works well in the way that Spencer seamlessly marries his vocals to the production. In doing so, he intertwines the sonic elements of the track under one, ever-so-smooth umbrella, and the result is a magical sense of energy that comes across just as unique as it does organic. Beyond the song, however, the newly-arrived visuals speak to these very same points, using a day in the life storyline to show listeners the worlds of diverse people, places, and surroundings that act as a backdrop to Spencer’s artistry. That said, while Pretty Face certainly had a lot to say in and of itself, I would argue that this music video is an essential subsequent release to understanding the full story, as both the imagery and effects showcased here give us an even rounder picture …

Purge – [Bas]

Dreamville’s own, Bas releases his latest visual for his song, “Purge.” The Queens born MC runs lyrical laps around you as he talks directly to the camera unloading his mental distaste for the past. Chronicling his experience and credentials in the game, Bas makes it blatantly known that he favors himself over any of the newer rappers daring to enter the game. The overall production of the video is minimalistic in nature allowing for Bas and his wordplay to be the center of attention. The new video is complementary in nature creating a neon atmosphere for Bas to outshine even the brightest of lights. This is the third music video release from Bas’ previously released album, Milky Way, shared in late August of 2018. Make sure to put your friends on by sharing Bas’ new video and show the New York native some love by following him on Twitter and Instagram.  

Rugbys & ACGs – [Flee]

Queens’ own, Flee, has been known to make bangers with machine-like consistency, and today, he’s back in the spotlight to display these hitmaking skills with a brand new single entitled “Rugbys & ACGs”. Produced by @sadbalmain and Ginseng, this otherworldly offering allows Flee to seemingly slip into his own world. His verses find their fuel from Flee’s lullaby-esque cadences, and the bright-eyed sound of the melodic instrumental fits right in as a worthy complement. “Rugys & ACGs,” as the title denotes, is effortlessly fly, and if not anything else, it should remind us that Flee is still one of the brightest up-and-comers in New York City’s rising scene. Stream the new song below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by @sadbalmain & Ginseng

Def Jam’s Young Gun TJ Porter Talks Representing for Harlem, Having a “Celebrity” Manager, His Sentimental New Single “Do You Care” and Upcoming Debut Album Voice Of the Trenches

Def Jam Records is in something of a youth revolution. The most iconic label in hip-hop history may be turning 35 this year, but it has its eyes newly fixed on the future, with some seventeen newly signed artists set to showcase on next month’s release of Undisputed, a compilation recorded over several days last November in Los Angeles. Front and center among the Undisputed lineup is Harlem, New York’s latest ambassador to the music world, 18 year old TJ Porter, who in only a couple of years in the game has begun to serve notice of his intention to follow in the formidable footsteps of the greats that put his neighborhood on the rap map, including Mase, Dipset and ASAP Mob. The young MC has versatility on his side: early singles, like 2017’s “Trust Issues”, “Quiet Storm” and “Can’t Wait” offered bar spitting life lessons; last fall’s Pregame, his release first with Def Jam, found TJ in melodic mode – celebratory on the breakout “Glowin’ Up” and boastful on “Tricky”; while his most recent EP, No Disturbance­, released only two weeks ago, goes dark on “The Don”, admits to relationship infidelity in “Cheated”, and claps back at doubters on …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Premiere: Did It Again – [Lil Tecca] + Q&A

Today we are more than excited to introduce you to 16-year-old rapper Lil Tecca as he drops off his new single, “Did It Again.” The New York based artist teams up with Nick Mira and Taz Taylor on this one who lay down the perfect production for Tecca to ride over. Tecca has been quickly making a name for himself over the past few months as he continues to impress us with every single release. It’s clear that the young artist is someone to keep an eye out on in 2019 as he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. We were lucky enough to ask Lil Tecca a few questions. Check out the Q&A and his new song below! JM: Before diving into question tell our readers who you are. LT: Wasgud. I’m Lil Tecca, 16 year old rapper from Queens, New York. – JM: How did you get the name Lil Tecca? LT: I got the name Lil Tecca from a girl on Instagram, her name was Tecca and she used to call me Lil Tecca, so I said fuck it why not just use the name. – JM: What was it like growing up in New York? …

Action Bronson: An Independent Soul

Photography // Tom Gould And just to clarify what you might have heard, I never left these dice I throw ‘em until there’s nothin’ left in life. Penned in the opening lines of his brand new album, White Bronco, Action Bronson’s latest full-length effort is an untamed return to independence. It’s ferocious in spirit, and, by the metric of Bronson’s back catalog, a delivery of cheeky, raw character that roams free in the mind of a true renaissance man. Blow after blow, Bronson draws upon undeterred charisma to set the tone of the album’s slow-burning heartbeat, and the end result is a testament to the unhindered vision of a man who never has, and never will, let business take precedence over soul. In lyrical moments such as the aforementioned, an excerpt from the album’s opener, “Dr. Kimble” — Bronson quickly solidifies his stature as one of today’s master showmen simply by leaving it all on the court. Start to finish, the album captures the energy of a glorious entrance and enchanting exit, and in such a manner, it finds an eccentric voice in the art of communicating identity through music. Accordingly, Bronson is restless and unapologetic when voicing his definition …

Watch Action Bronson’s New Interview on Power 106

Fresh off of the release of his stellar, true-to-self, hyper-creative new project, White Bronco, Action Bronson is free as ever and making some of the best music of his career. In order to provide some context for the project and show how he’s been living as of late, the Queens native is here on our pages today with a brand new interview alongside Power 106. Bronson really lets it out in this one, speaking on the process of creating his new album, his relationship with Viceland, changing his diet, food, Queens, his more recent artistic ventures outside of music, and much, much more. As always, the natural charisma of the White Bronco artist makes this an entertaining watch for new and old fans alike, so be sure to show some love and watch the video below. Lastly, if you haven’t already, make sure you give Bronson’s latest full-length a listen and stream the album here!

Watch Bas’ Live Performance for Soulection

Dreamville heavyweight, Bas visited the Soulection studios in Los Angeles California to perform live renditions of two of his songs from his recently released album, Milky Way. The Queens lyricist brings his songs to life in a green lit studio creating a more intimate setting. Beginning with “Designer,” Bas flexes his singing ability providing a gritty harmony to his song prior to his lyrical breakdown of his trips abroad. Jumping into “Purge,” Bas captivates, gripping the mic with conviction as he raps at a speed we mere mortals could never reach. The stripped down performance has us fully ready for Bas’ upcoming nationwide Milky Way tour set to kick off on November. If you have the means, get to this show because Bas will no doubt be selling out stadiums very soon. Watch Bas’ Soulection live sessions below and give us your thoughts about the performance in the comment section!

White Bronco – [Action Bronson]

Newly independent and ready to take on the world with his new album, White Bronco, Action Bronson is a hot topic at the moment, recently dropping off the album’s lead single and title track. Today, he’s here to punctuate this momentum with a complementary visual offering for the song, taking to a trippy approach to illustrate the jazz-inspired melodies and deeply soulful deliveries. Full of ever-changing colors and mesmerizing imagery, this video seems to place a direct focus on the ability of “White Bronco” to transport listeners into an entirely new world. Per usual, Bronson communicates captivating personality through the eyes of the song’s graceful presence, and the visual companion arrives just in time to magnify this impact. White Bronco is about to be a standout project of 2018, so get ready by clicking play on the brand new set of visuals from Queens’ own at the link below! Created by Rik Cordero & Action Bronson Produced by Daringer & The Special Victims Unit