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Watch A$AP Ferg’s brand new interview with Joe Budden

A$AP Ferg was the latest record on Joe Budden’s Pull Up series, and it’s not anything you want to miss out on! You will find these two speaking about plenty of subjects such as taking a step back to self scout his situation, getting new management, his A$AP crew, dealing with stress, delegating, mental health, having thoughts of doubt with music before, touring, buying his first house, New York, his new music, considering himself underrated, social media, his position at Tiffany’s, his fashion sense, the features on his next project including Rico Nasty, working with Nicki Minaj, working with Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, his brother that makes music, BMX, his other business ventures and more. Watch this knowledgable new conversation below.

Sydny August: One Of Chicago’s Gems is Continuing to Thrive

Sydny August is one artist out of Chicago that we have been covering since damn near the beginning, and if you are a hardcore & long time LL supporter you may remember way back when we first did a Q&A with Sydny in November of 2016, but today she is back as the feature of a brand new interview piece! Obviously Sydny has grown since the last time we sat down for a interview, at the time she was barely out of high school and was just getting started in her music career, and now she has become one of Chicago’s best young singers & is well on her way to a degree in English Creative Writing at University Of Kansas. About a month ago Sydny released her latest project titled Uni (You and I), and it is easily one of my favorite tapes to come out of the city this year, so I recently sat down with her to catch up with everything she has been doing and get a closer look at the idea that became this project. Stream her brand new project via Spotify  + watch her new visual below while you read through the interview, and …

Injury Reserve – [Injury Reserve]

We’ve been hearing “Injury Reserve Coming Soon” for months now, and the day that we can finally listen to their self-titled album in full is here. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece highlighting everything the group has done so far including the singles in support of this album, what makes the group so great, and how committed they are to their craft. I’m happy to say that the group delivered with their latest release, as expected. The production on this project is layered, diverse, and pulls from a variety of genres. Elements of noise are heard on the hard-hitting second half of “What a Year It’s Been”, there’s some early 2000’s sounding production on the quirky “Gravy n’ Biscuits”, and “Best Spot In The House” features some glitchy and atmospheric production. “GTFU”, track three, is a journey in and of itself. It opens with a hard-hitting and raw, stripped-down beat, along with intense verses from Cakes Da Killa and Ritchie along with additional vocals from JPEGMAFIA that add a sense of chaos to the track. Before long though, the song transitions into this mystical soundscape backdropping a couple of brutally honest verses from Groggs and Ritchie. “Rap Song Tutorial” …

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Anger Management – [Rico Nasty] & [Kenny Beats]

After several listens, front to back, I can confidently say that Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats have blessed us with a classic album. Now more than ever, listeners gravitate to singles and curated playlists to discover music, this is why an album that is meant to be played in order is refreshing to see from a trailblazing artist like Rico. Everything in my criteria for a great album is hit on Anger Management. There is an overall narrative that builds as the album progresses, a diverse range of her musical abilities, distinct personality, the chemistry between producer and artist, and levels of energy that could only be replicated at a nuclear testing site. What makes this album so special is the fact that listening to it in order provides an experience that truly feels like dealing with an outburst of rage. Anger Management starts out gun blazing, with Rico at peak energy raging on the beat like she’s mad at it. Her intensity is felt immediately on “Cold” and it carries through to the frantic sequel “Cheat Code”, co-produced by Baauer. Kenny Beats caught me by complete surprise when the iconic “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” is sampled on “Hatin”, Rico takes it …

Watch Rico Nasty’s New Freestyle With Kenny Beats on “The Cave”

On the verge of Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats’ forthcoming collaborative offering, Anger Management, it’s more than exciting to see that the latest episode of Kenny’s new series, “The Cave,” features none other than the dynamic duo, themselves. While drinking Yerba tea and relentlessly roasting one another, Kenny puts together a simplistic, haymaker-inducing instrumental, allowing Rico to hop in the studio and perform quite possibly the most entertaining freestyle I’ve seen all year long. Even more worthy of mention, however, is Kenny and Rico’s chemistry, as they constantly joke around with one another while nonchalantly creating a banger. That said, Kenny Beats and Rico Nasty is like if Michael Jordan and LeBron James were on the same team, so I wouldn’t sleep on the heat they have coming. If this episode of “The Cave” is any indicator, Anger Management is about to be one hell of a project.

Watch Rico Nasty’s brand new interview with Nardwuar

At our Lyrical Lemonade show at SXSW this past week in Austin, Texas there was multiple great performances, but Rico Nasty’s set really blew me away. It was my first time seeing her live and even though I thoroughly enjoyed her music before I witnessed the set, it made me even more of a fan & it made me appreciate her art on another level. While she was out in Texas Rico Nasty connected with the greatest interviewer of all time, Nardwuar, and of course it was an awesome conversation. You will find these two speaking about plenty of things such as Joan Jett, freestyling at age five, her childhood friends, being inspired by her art teacher, seeing nasty stuff at the hospital she worked at, her fashion sense, rocking mohawks, the DMV, Old Bay seasoning, The Smiths, Injury Reserve, how important avatars are and more. Check out this brand new interview below!

TICKETS: Lyrical Lemonade SXSW 2019

March 14th in Austin, Texas   Lyrical Lemonade Presents:   Blueface, Lil Mosey, Da Baby, Madeintyo, Rico Nasty, Lucki, Warhol, Tay Money + More!     PURCHASE TICKETS HERE    

Roof – [Rico Nasty]

After a couple of teasers Maryland emcee, Rico Nasty finally drops visuals for her banger “Roof.” Rico says it best in this song “How I get so much attention without showing ass and titties.” Rico is one of those women emcees that don’t really have to use her sexuality to attract attention. She’s simply a rager, that’s in her own lane and “Roof” is just further proof of that. She reconnects with a familiar face in producer Kenny Beats as the pair are coming off a blazing hot 2018 campaign. The video emits a futuristic vibe and it’s really off the wall to be honest, which makes it great. You see everything from Rico in the desert dressed as Egyptian royalty to a robotic arm doing her makeup, and tons of owls, all while she’s going through a plethora of different hair color changes. Watch Rico Nasty’s video for her single “Roof” below.

Jawbreaker – [Injury Reserve] ft. [Rico Nasty] [Pro Teens]

In a fashion world where brand names cloud the meaning of the words “fashion sense”, it’s refreshing to watch the internet begin to poke fun at hypebeast culture, just as Injury Reserve is here to do today with their latest release, “Jawbreaker”. Commenting on the growing emphasis of price tags over style, the Arizona based rap group takes a hilarious stance toward internet fashion and the trend-following culture that we see on social media these days. Atop hypnotic production and an energetic rhythm, Injury Reserve, Rico Nasty, and Pro Teens take to the runway and share their opinions, scattering a number of gems in their verses and monologues that you can’t help but click replay on. Needless to say, “Jawbreaker” has me more than excited for a new project from Arizona’s own, and I feel confident saying that if you check this one out, you’ll share the same excitement. Watch “Jawbreaker” at the link provided and enjoy one of the best videos to come out of hip-hop in recent memory!