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Foreign – [Rot Ken]

Unfortunately, incarcerations seem to really play a factor in the music industry for a plethora of artists big and small, but I am never going to give anything less than the highest praise to thee emcees who find themselves in a situation and are able to overcome it no matter what it takes. When Rot Ken got locked up, it was disheartening because he was making some major waves in music and I was afraid that this stint was going to put a pause on his rising and promising career. Well, considering he has a strong backing of industry trendsetters over at Internet Money, not a day went by without me listening to a song by Ken because his homies at IM made sure that they weren’t going to let the “Free Ken” movement go by the wayside. His debut project Free Me was an undeniable leap in the right direction thanks to 17 amazing songs that last almost 40 minutes long and a few addicting features in SoFaygo, Kalan.FrFr, Hunxho, and 21 Lil Harold. While I can’t get enough of this album and all of the talents that Ken showcased, he got it off to a hot start with …

FREE SOUNDs [Volume 3]

Back with volume 3 of the FREE SOUNDs column, and there’s a lot to discuss this week. Peep the lineup of songs below and if you haven’t already, check out volume 1 here and volume 2 here. – – – BEAR1BOSS BEAR1BOSS is, and has been, on another planet ever since I first heard his music — and he keeps getting better. Peep the ATL talent’s new, self-titled album here — a project best visualized as a firework, colorful and explosive in its collaging of sounds while held together by outrageously entertaining personality. “Quit” and “$$$” are favorites, but “Nike!” takes the cake for me. While Bear1 has been a stand out artist from the jump, it goes without saying that on the new project, his ideas are really coming into form. In Bear1’s world, the energy never runs out, and thus, the future is undeniably bright for one of music’s most unique minds. LAY BANKZ A friend sent me Lay Bankz a few weeks back, and “Going Down” has been on repeat ever since. It’s a melodic love song at heart, but once paired with the charged energy of a Philly/Jersey club beat, this one becomes sonically undeniable. Lay …

Scars – [Wolfacejoeyy]

I have tons of people hitting me up daily in order to send me music to check out, and while I love this usually, it can definitely get overwhelming at times. Due to this, I can’t always get to everything, but there are a few friends that have never sent me bad music even slightly, so when they send something through, I know it’s essential that I tune in. Well, the homie has sent through countless songs from Staten Island rapper/producer Wolfacejoeyy, and while I was impressed at first, I feel like I get more and more into his music with each additional record that comes across my radar. And let me tell you, plenty of music comes across both my phone and laptop screens because he seems to never leave the studio considering he drops so often, and he seems to only get better each time. Most recently, I was put onto his latest song “Scars”, an incredible track produced by Rio Leyva and ThankYouWill, and I am definitely not the only one who thinks this due to the fact that it landed in the top 50 on SoundCloud’s New & Hot chart which is right where it deserves …

No Handoutz – [Internet Money] ft. [Yeat]

I have written extensively about how influential Internet Money is as a collective, because not only do they pretty much set the standard for what the new generation of music most likely sounds like, but they’re really one of the first producer-first collectives that have made it to the level that they’re at. They innovate inside the studio and out, and they work with some of the most promising up-and-coming artists in the entire world while also maintaining relationships with massive superstars who have already solidified their spot in the hip-hop industry. I just love seeing them bring artists of different levels together, and this is one of the main reasons why their debut album was so beyond compelling to me, but since it was just their beginning, I think that other albums are sure to be a treat, and I certainly hope we get a new project as soon as possible. On the other hand, Yeat is an artist who has been seeing his success rates absolutely skyrocket, and considering he has grown to be one of my own personal favorite artists out at the moment, the decision to tap in with the song “No Handoutz” was as easy …

Jumpin! – [Autumn!]

The underground music scene is full of characters, and one of the craziest things to me is the fact that there are different levels of reach for so many of these artists. Some might be revered as some of the most iconic names all over the world while others are local legends that have a fanbase full of die-hard listeners, but they just haven’t spanned across the country quite yet. As for Autumn!, he has definitely transcended the locality of his home in Louisiana to nationwide fame, and when you listen to any one of his songs, it should be pretty obvious as to why. His personality is always showstopping while his flows are very intricate and unique, and that is no different in his song “Jumpin!” which serves as the third single from his forthcoming album Antagonist! and features energetic, up-tempo production from Rio Leyva of Internet Money. If you know anything about Autumn!, you should understand the fact that he never puts anything out unless it’s a hit, and DotComNirvan goes by the same set of parameters, so when these two phenoms teamed up to shoot a music video for the single, it was definitely at the top …

Cheerio – [Adamn Killa] ft. [Lil Uzi Vert]

If you’re familiar with Chicago icon Adamn Killa, you should be familiar with his insane work ethic and always entertaining antics on social media. While he’s got some hilarious content, he also makes some amazing music, and even though he seems to be a legend in the underground, it appears as if he’s going to rule the depths of the industry forever rather than breaking through to the mainstream. This seems quite alright with him because he’s having fun and making his money, but he always likes to keep his fans on their toes and release things right when we least expect them. Since he has been teasing his collaboration with Lil Uzi called “Cheerio” for quite some time, I was starting to believe that it was never going to come out. Much to my surprise, Adamn decided to bless fans’ ears once again by dropping off this awesome new track yesterday evening, perhaps to celebrate Father’s Day on a high note. Produced by Ovrcz and Rio Leyva, we’re introduced to these tropical sounds that combine with crisp, light percussion and pungent, spread-out drums that give a nice bounce to the instrumental. Uzi comes in right off the bat, and …

Fiction – [Jiccjucc]

Despite how openly experimental and free-forming the online music world is to each of its artists, having success within it simply comes down to effectively embracing the unique individual qualities that exist within each of these acts by themselves. Whether comes about via the most abrasive sounds imaginable or through clean-cut and straightforward deliveries, making the absolute most out of what one does best will always grant them a spot in the limelight.  It took some time before an artist like Jiccjucc was able to fulfill this niche. The Atlanta talent spent the majority of 2020 going from sound to sound and style to style, all with quite the large amount of acclaim for their place in the scene, but never honing in on one signature approach that would take them to the next step. But with a new year and corresponding new horizons now in his hands, he has taken it upon himself to deliver a statement piece that finally draws a mark on what makes him special as an individual artist. That statement comes in the form of his debut EP “Fiction” — a 4-track project that does nothing else but cement his place as one of the …

Caught Up – [TyFontaine]

TyFontaine is one of my all-time favorite new artists that has taken the music scene by storm over the past year or so, and It’s even more promising that he’s only just getting started. After releasing a plethora of projects throughout the year, his workhorse mentality is obviously clear, but even with the overflow of new music he has put out, he definitely doesn’t skimp on quality in order to deliver quantity, which is something that is even more notable than anything else. Despite his project We Ain’t the Same dropping just a few weeks ago, he isn’t finished releasing new, original content that fans are sure to just eat up. This is palpable with the release of his latest song “Caught Up” and the music video that accompanies it. Rio Leyva brings the beat to life with some ambient, outer space-like synths, chattering percussion, and beyond pungent, succinct 808s that provide such a special bounce to the record. As Ty begins, he repeats the fact that he can’t get caught up doing the same thing, but this ideology is clear when you listen to his discography and realize that hardly any of his songs sound even remotely similar whatsoever. …

Only Chance-[sportvvs]

Today’s latest find is from my neck of the woods which means you should only expect the best. The DMV is notoriously known for breeding a myriad of talent that is circulating throughout the industry right now. From the likes of Wale, to Shy Glizzy all the way down to GoldLink; The DC, Maryland and Virginia area will always be known for producing game changing artists. The latest DMV product is a 20-year-old who hails from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. sportvvs is making it onto our pages today for the release of his latest song called, “Only Chance”. The two minute and five second offering produced by Noah Mejia and Rio Leyva is the perfect introduction to this up and coming artist. As you take a listen, you will notice there are some amazing elements that allow sportvvs to be his most authentic self. The production makes it possible for his voice and stylistic approach to bounce off the top of this one. The upbeat yet smooth offering can truly be played during any time of the day. If you’re looking for a quick vibe to turn up to, “Only Chance” is definitely the track for you. Whether you’re cruising down …

Remember Their Names – [Pyrex Pryce]

Pyrex Pryce is an artist who we have had a close eye on here at Lyrical Lemonade over the past several months, he is an extremely skilled young creative who is back on our website this afternoon with his brand new track called “Remember Their Names”. Up to this point, I have grown to know Pyrex Pryce as a fun-loving, energetic + youthful artist who makes straight slappers, but I have to say, he truly impressed me with this joint. Pyrex Pryce stepped up to the this instrumental and let his soul spill, he spoke like a seasoned veteran in the game + kicked some game that you would think you’re hearing from an OG in the community. Pyrex spoke on several different cases of people who were unfairly murdered by police officers nationwide while touching on the struggles + fear that the black community has to go through on a day to day basis because of crooked cops. Pyrex Pryce painted a super vivid picture on this joint, if this one doesn’t hit a chord with you, you’re not human. Listen to this brand new release via Spotify below. Produced by @beatsbylmc, @rioleyva, @prodspaceman