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In Summation – [Restless Modern]

“I wanted to create something that evolves from being dark and atmospheric into having a huge high-energy alternative moment at the end of the record. This is the closing track on the EP, so the structure serves both the individual song and the larger body of work thematically. As the name implies, “in summation” acts as a holistic overview that brings together everything discussed in the project and adds an important perspective to it.  Nick Anthony played guitar for me in the final section and helped out with some of the production as well” – Restless Modern Personal favorite Restless Modern returns to Lyrical Lemonade with arguably his best song yet titled “In Summation.” The track is the first single off his highly-anticipated Scary Sky EP, which serves as a short, yet excellent preview of what to expect. With a somber, yet peaceful piano opener, Modern’s high-pitched vocals set the tone before the eclectic production kicks in. Each and every note is sung with a quality of eloquence and emphasis, which gives the listener an immediate impression of the song’s conceptual gravity. Afraid of what’s ahead of him, such uncertainty mirrors the unpredictability of the composition; notably an epic electric-guitar sendoff to close …

Gravestone (Remix) – [Tuxx] ft. [Landon Cube]

Not too long ago, Tuxx released his hit song “Gravestone” and as soon as I heard it, I truly understood exactly why everyone has been telling me this kid is going to be a star. It’s an unbelievable song all around from production to performance to the music video and everything in between, so I wasn’t sure how it could get any better. Insert Landon Cube on the remix, and that’s exactly how it can get better, even if it’s just by a hair. He just brings an even more hard rock vibe and aesthetic to the remix that complements Tuxx’s more punk-like sound naturally, and they recruited the homie Sam McGrath to shoot another movie for this new spin on the record, so I couldn’t help but share it with anyone and everyone that I come in contact with. As it opens up on Tuxx, the camera pans around to reveal a very heavily patterned room behind him with a checkerboard floor and floral walls that is dimly illuminated by a dying lamp in the back corner. While he sings, a clone of himself as well as Landon moves around frantically at a fast-forwarded speed which was an awesome …

Pressure + Layers – [BIGBABYGUCCI]

Just a week or two ago, BIGBABYGUCCI dropped off his highly anticipated project entitled 1 Night I Took Acid, and while I still want to dive even deeper into this record, I can already tell you without a doubt in my mind that it’s one of his strongest efforts to date. That’s saying a lot too because he has been known as one of the biggest phenoms in the underground, so with a discography as strong as his, other artists can struggle to live up to their previous hits. Obviously, this isn’t the case for BBG though, and throughout the 12 songs that last right about 26 and a half minutes long, GUCCI takes us on a journey to another world that you need to hear to understand exactly what I mean. Although there are so many hits on this project that it’s hard for me to choose specific favorites, I think it goes without saying that a fan favorite was one of the project’s singles entitled “Pressure + Layers”. While the album’s version features the legendary Cold Hart, GUCCI decided that he wanted to team back up with filmmaker Keaton Jones to shoot a movie for this hit, and …

Love Hurts Feelings – [7ru7h]

Ever since I found out about Huntington, West Virginia native 7ru7h a few months ago, I have heard nothing but rave reviews from fans all over the world. Most recently, when I saw his latest release “Love Hurts Feelings” pretty much going viral, I had no choice but to tune in. Opening up, you hear the strums of a very emotive guitar melody that 7ru7h ends up introducing his vocals on, starting out with a very passionate, almost melancholic delivery that is full of pain and heartache. Although his voice is powerful and as honest as ever, a deep, pungent 808 enters into the scene about halfway through, elevating the bounce as well as the energy of the instrumental which then seems to rub off on the singer, ultimately adding up to another unbelievable offering from the rising star. Considering he predicted this track to be a hit from the jump, he also teamed up with T Aubrey who shot a miniature movie for this record, and the results are simplistic yet complementary in all the right ways to bring this offering to new heights. As it opens up, he is sitting down in a cemetery with his back to …

13 G’s – [ILLYMINIACHI]

Over the past few months, ILLYMINIACHI has been releasing some of the best music of his career. With a unique voice and approach to his music, there has never been any question that ILLYMINIACHI stands out amongst the pack. His laid-back delivery matches perfectly with complicated production that lines up for something that sticks with you after listening. As we move closer to the release date of his highly anticipated project CAMPAIGN, ILLY blessed us with another single titled “13 G’s” which is another upbeat banger that is set to test the bass in your speakers. The last time we heard from ILLY, he was venturing into new territory with a UK Drill influence. On his latest release the Vancouver artist performing at his best, riding the pocket over astronomical production by 13Graeme. While the past year has seen travel come to a standstill, ILLYMINIACHI has spent a good portion of his time in Nigeria working on music. ILLY has always been one to pull from a multitude of influences, going back home is sure to have unlocked some different sonics that we will hear in the not-so-distant future. To accompany the single release, a video was released to bring the …

Pretty Face – [Yuki Dreams Again]

‘Pretty Face’ is a very personal song about a relationship I had a couple years ago. I made this song to inspire people to leave anyone that makes you feel bad about yourself. I came to the realization that when you surround yourself with the right people and you let go of anyone that is toxic for you, you make room for better things to happen in your life. My friend and artist SORAN co-produced the track with me using old-school R&B samples mixed with a dead simple trap beat. That combination gives birth to a unique bounce and an original feel leaving a ton of space for my vocals. I wanted to create a bouncy song that makes you wanna get up your chair and put yourself first” – Yuki Dreams Again Talented Montreal artist Yuki Dreams again makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with an amplifying new single entitled “Pretty Face.” Off his forthcoming debut EP Together Alone, the song delivers a polished preview of summer, with a glorious assortment of beachy production and refined vocals. Conceptually there is an immense feeling of joy following the artist’s overcoming of a damaging relationship, with renewed energy for fresh romantic interests. …

Slime Language 2 – [YSL] [Young Thug]

While the idea of rap groups as a whole may be slowly disappearing in the rap game, we have been seeing tons of cliques and rap labels that may have tons of solo artists, but appear to have that group-like demeanor. As of late, we have seen Quality Control–home of rap acts lie Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and more. Griselda Records consists of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine & Benny the Butcher. Last but not least, we have seen YSL flourish in the rap game since Young Thug took the scene by storm. If you do a bit of digging, you will see Young Thug interacting with tons of members of YSL before they were famous as he built them up to become the stars they are today. Gunna used to appear in Thugger’s music videos before signing to his label, and a young and determined Lil Keed played his music for Thug before the fame and he ultimately ended up signing with Thug as well. Here we are today and Young Thug is here to showcase his latest body of work alongside his star-studded YSL crew, Slime Language 2. With the original Slime Language project dropping in 2018, it was met …

Get Refreshed: Twikipedia and SEBii’s Trip To Eagleland, A Year Since Exeter, and Saturn’s Guide to SoundCloud

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Twikipedia + SEBii: “hotel” Occasions like these remind me that nothing ever truly grows “stale” in music, no matter what the hardcore skeptics and critics of the world may think otherwise. Both the art and the craft of basing entire hip-hop tracks around video games – while always being present and developing – have taken on prominent and exciting new forms over the past decade. MCs and producers alike from scenes that stretch from South Florida to the Kanto Region ushered in this wholly entertaining era as the 2010s entered its waning years, and though this particular approach had its moment for quite some time, it certainly isn’t at the level of supply that it once was.  Now if anyone from today’s crop of superstars-in-the-making were to give this approach a welcomed return-to-form, could we have chosen a more obvious pairing than Twikipedia and SEBii? I seriously believe there could have been no one better to take up this task than these two given their track record of video game-centric bars and aesthetics alike; the shared …

Show Me Up – [Lil Tecca]

In a current climate fueled by snippets and previews, there’s a certain level of joy that comes when a song you have been listening to finally gets an official released version. Speaking on behalf of Lyrical Lemonade veteran Lil Tecca, he has been notorious for previewing snippets that have been amazing. After circling around the internet for some months now, and most recently blowing up on Tik Tok, “Show Me Up” has been a fan favorite and finally sees the light of day on streaming services, as well as an amazing visual to accompany it. “Show Me Up” showcases one of the many bags that Tecca can get in, and that is his relaxed flow with many quotables scattered throughout the song. Tecca is seen in the visuals rapping his verse effortlessly overlooking a beach as the sun sets, adding to the overall aesthetic of the song and the beat. One thing is for certain, is that Tecca knows that his fans love and he knows what will resonate online. Say what you will about Tik Tok and that community, but we have all seen by now just how fast a song can really take off once those creators get …

Duke Deuce Interview: The Resurrection of a Crunk Star

“I’m just doing me and that’s the only thing I know how to do. I know one day that I want to be bigger than the legends that came before me. I want to be the biggest from the city of Memphis, which I will be very soon.” -Duke Deuce Photo Credit: Cam Kirk One of the best things about the feeling of nostalgia, is that it never seems to fade away. A previous time of happiness and joy that you felt in your life will remain in your mind for years and years to come, and whenever you’re reminded of it, you can’t help but smile. This is that exact feeling that I felt when I stumbled across Duke Deuce — the energetic, enthusiastic and entertaining artist out of Memphis Tennessee. Since emerging, Duke came in the game with a demeanor that can’t be duplicated or imitated, and it made it extremely hard not to be a fan of his. Most notably known for his hit single “Crunk Ain’t Dead”, its clear by watching the visual treatment for the record that Duke Deuce is having fun, enjoying what he does, and is here with the sole mission of resurrecting …