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Ain’t Lyin’ – [Kickkone]

After having the privilege of connecting with some of my favorite artists throughout the years, thanks to Lyrical Lemonade, I’ve been put onto so many other talents that I might not have known about otherwise. Most recently, the homie and beyond talented producer Taymasterchef told me about a friend and fellow Floridian artists Kickkone, and after hearing all of the great things he had to say, I knew he was an artist I needed to put on my radar. Well, pretty much as soon as I found out he was an up and comer in the booming Florida Rap scene is when I knew he was a talent I had no choice but to keep my eye on, and I’m glad I did. After hearing comparisons to GlokkNine, Kodak, and many other hitmakers from the southern state, I can see where these associations are coming from, but Kickk differentiates himself through certain distinct aptitudes that set himself apart from these artists, proving that he’s simply not a clone in the slightest. Take his most recent single “Ain’t Lyin’” for instance, which uses an incredible beat created by DZY and Yoda Yae, two hitmakers that I’ve known to build incredible instrumentals …

Forgot Who I Was – [Rx Papi]

Rx Papi is the hardest working rapper out and the incredible pace in which he is dropping a litany of mixtapes, singles, and music videos, never with any notice or major forms of promotion in line but rather has assembled from the very bottom-up a small yet rabid cult-following that grows literally with each passing day as new listeners are lucky enough to stumble their way into Rx Papi and Nephew’s DrugRich world that is filled with would-be assassins, shiesty fiends, and three-dimensional relationships with the junkies they serve that make you sit back and re-evaluate the annals of the drug trade that would suggest there to be a negative relationship between dealer and user but the b0nd in which Rx Papi shares with his uncles and aunties is unbreakable. Papi both gives a window into this psyche and symbiosis while reminding his listeners indubitably that he is in fact the Crack Lord of Rochester. Last week we covered his track “Criminal Intent” which remixed the Law & Order intro  but today Papi is back with a breezy and happy-go-lucky tune titled “I Forgot Who I Was” which is both an existential review of his personal life with the end goal …

100 Rounds – [Dro Kenji]

After connecting with some of the industry’s most talented tastemakers throughout the years in person, through social media, and various other ways, I’ve been put onto some incredible artists. While the amount of immense talent can be overwhelming at times due to all the incredibly promising up and comers, there are just certain artists that release even just a preview of their music and you immediately head to their SoundCloud to see what other hits they’ve made. Dro Kenji is the latest musician that comes to mind, and although there I couldn’t find a ton of information online about him, his music speaks for itself and anyone who tunes in will understand exactly what I mean. After teaming up with Internet Money recently, his aptitudes have been leveled up remarkably, as most collaborators with IM can expect, and I can only imagine his price has skyrocketed ever since. Just the other day, he hopped on an incredible beat that was co-produced by none other than Nick Mira, oktanner, and OVRCZ, and they brought an instrumental to life that highlights Dro’s talents flawlessly. Poignant, moving guitar strums are elevated by rattling percussion and intense drums that combine for an insane beat, …

Mood Swings-[Annie Green]

Calgary artist, Annie Green might just be the sweetest soul I’ve had the opportunity to come across in recent history. What intrigued me completely was her music, but what wholeheartedly hooked me was her amazing personality and gentle spirit. Today, the up and coming singer/songwriter is making an appearance on our page for the release of her song, “Mood Swings”. The offering that dropped about two weeks ago is truly receiving amazing reviews and great reactions as it’s been featured on a few of Spotify’s most coveted playlist. A feat they was achieved by the music just being amazing. Annie started her music career by singing country music. She found a bit of notoriety after posting Taylor Swift covers on YouTube; her following eventually grew which has given her the confidence to release music today. Her newest song, “Mood Swings” might just be the most impressive song I’ve heard by her to date. I asked Annie about the process of creating this one and she explained that she’s been listening to a lot of folk music lately which empowered her to write the song similar to storytelling more than anything shes’s written in the past. “When I wrote it, I …

Risk Taker – [RarieDaSavage]

Of all of the innumerable talented young rappers in Atlanta I have to say that RarieDaSavage has emerged as truthfully my favorite of the bunch over the past several months, boasting a deep back catalog across platforms if you look hard enough, and having recently droped a mixtape titled Baby Goat and a self-titled EP which I reviewed for Lyrical Lemonade when it dropped a couple of months ago. Rarie is still just a teenager but has a wealth of life experience and tribulation under his belt which he masterfully turns into songs with gripping lyrics that often make you stare back into your own soul in a particularly unexpected way given that Rarie’s sound doesn’t necessarily scream emotional potency, but this camouflage of sorts makes Rarie all the more interesting to me. His obvious confidence and swagger and the rhythm in which he rides beats and seamlessly switches flows would easily convince many that Rarie is sitting on the next huge street/club smash hit in the city, which is likely true, but don’t for a second overlook how beautifully this man tells his stories for an artist as young as he is, without ever falling off pace or having to force lyrics. …

Tens into Benjamins – [Matt Ox] ft. [Na’Kel Smith]

In complete honesty, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Matt Ox, but I guess I’ve always respected the moves he has made to blow up in the underground rap scene. Since his early days making music after barely becoming a teenager, I have tuned in slightly more often and I definitely have heard him make hits, so I can’t deny him that whatsoever. I typically listen up when he hops on a track with another artist I’m a fan of, and that’s when I see all of his different styles come out of the woodwork. Most recently, although I was a few days late to the party, he teamed up with my favorite skateboarding rapper Na’Kel Smith to drop an absolute heater along with a music video to accompany it directed by none other than Lonewolf. The instrumental for “Tens into Benjamins”, which is produced by McCoy, includes rapidly chattering percussion, hard-hitting yet somewhat composed drums, and a mysterious, tiptoeing melody that is simple but provides a nice base for the two artists to truly unleash their personalities. Before the beat drops, Matt’s voice is filtered as he gives us a bit of a preview of what’s to …

Elastic (Music Video)-[Brandon]

It’s safe to say that Brandon has found a permanent home here on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade. His music has made a lasting impression on our writers and it’s always a pleasure to showcase his artistry any chance we get. It’s rare to find an artist who drops masterpiece after masterpiece and thats why Brandon is such a highly coveted part of the music industry today. his consistency is undeniable as it stems from his natural talent and heightened attention to detail. He cares about the music he releases to the world and that is why he makes sure the quality only reaches that of perfection. The last time we saw the Riverside native on our platform was for his latest single called, “Elastic”. Fellow LL writer, Chuck Ramos and I had the chance to cover the breathtaking piece as it received amazing reviews and responses. If you haven’t heard the song yet, I advise you to listen as soon as you can. I’ve attached the Spotify link right here! On top of the single though, 6 days ago, Brandon dropped an equally impressive video for the beautiful offering. Directed by Justin Segura, the four-minute and twenty-three second visual perfectly …

Staring Contest – [James Ivy]

Previewed via Instagram back in April, a snippet of James Ivy’s “Staring Contest” has been sitting in my bookmarked page on Instagram for over two months now, revisited on nearly a weekly basis. Thankfully, the song is finally out, and paired with one of my favorite videos of the year thus far, directed by Danielle Bruce and Ivy, himself. Offering a blend of emotive lyrics, soul-stricken guitar riffs, and Ivy’s decadent vocals, “Staring Contest” sits in an emotional space that hits extra close to the heart when you’re quarantining back at your childhood home. It’s inherently nostalgic, outwardly emotional, and charming in the kind of way that connects personally, just as much as it does musically – an important distinction to make, especially when the playlist-geared climate of so much music today forgoes real, emotional connection to the listener and therefore, longevity. The magic doesn’t stop there, either. Match the musicality of the song with a homegrown set of visuals, and you have a release perfectly fit for today, tomorrow, and years to come. “Staring Contest” is the soundtrack to so many emotions, memories, and people, and the mastermind behind it all is none other than James Ivy. Enough talking, because …

Split/Whole Team – [Lil Yachty]

I remember way back a few years ago when Lil Yachty was starting to blow up and I hopped on the wave early because I saw his star potential. It was pretty easy to predict so I’m not saying I noticed anything that other people didn’t, but with the amount of hate he was receiving that contrasted the praise he was also getting made me question how far he could actually go in his career. Lil Boat, the original edition of the series, was one of my favorite mixtapes at the time and I still return to it occasionally. This project, although it was fun and unlike anything that was out in Hip-Hop at the time, didn’t really showcase Boat’s wide variety of skills that he is known to possess now. Since then, he has released a few albums and other mixtapes, putting his talents on full display and showing the music world that he’s not just some young kid with red braids and minimal musical aptitudes. After announcing the upcoming, highly anticipated release of the Lil Boat series’ third edition, Yachty decided to release a new song and video entitled “Split/Whole Time”. This double-sided song begins with a beat …

Miles Davis – [Blu & Exile]

When it comes to discussing the greatest ever hip-hop duos, Blu & Exile are a must mention. The legendary Los Angeles based pair share a total of five project releases; three albums and two EP’s. Their most cherished release is unquestionably Below The Heavens,(2007) which deservedly received countless praise from numerous media outlets. The album later provided fuel for Blu’s XXL Freshman nod in 2009. However, don’t be fooled; Blu & Exile’s entire discography is worth hearing! Everything the duo has shared is gold, no matter it be their other two albums: Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, In The Beginning, (Before The Heavens) or EP’s, Maybe One Day and True & Livin’. Exile’s smoothly eloquent, soulful production has been cited as inspiration from two production pioneers; J. Dilla and Pete Rock. Though Exile had already earned production credits from Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Jurassic 5, and more, it is remarkable that his eventual collaboration with underground MC Johnson Barnes, aka Blu, formed each of their iconic legacies. Avid listeners of Blu are aware that the artist struggled to make ends meet before his impending encounter with Exile, as a result of simply not garnering enough recognition and (music) sales that he deserved. Blu …