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My 17th Freestyle – [GRiMM Doza] [Luchii]

Luchii and GRiMM Doza are two names that you simply can’t escape in the underground right now. Each of the two have carved out significant lanes in their own pockets of music, and to say that their respectively broad palettes of sound are making waves in certain communities is an understatement. With this, it’s easy to understand why I was so excited to see Doza and Luchii pair up in the brand new “May 17th Freestyle.” Armed with a mesmeric, slow-burning instrumental, this track is just about as soulful as it gets. Doza floats right over Luchii’s profoundly striking production, and in a fitting manner, his rhymes soundtrack the struggles of life and the principles by which Doza navigates the world. This one may just be a freestyle, but the storytelling put on display here is definitely worthy of mention, as it marks the perfect cherry on top to a great beat. With that said, “May 17th Freestyle” is a brief but very entertaining listen, so be sure to peep this one at the link below! Luchii and Doza snapped. Produced by Luchii

Premiere: STUCK ON YOU – [Kaleb Mitchell]

A while back, I wrote about a rising star named Kaleb Mitchell who has been making some serious waves lately. From the first time I listened to his music, there was no doubt in my mind that he had all of skill to be a next level talent. The singer/songwriter just dropped a new track and it completely added much more weight to my previous statement. Great songs are definitely hard to come by, but what’s even harder to come by is an artist with an extensive catalog of great songs. Kaleb’s latest offering entitled “STUCK ON YOU” adds to this impressive catalog. If you’ve followed my writing, you know that I’m a huge fan of any song that utilizes soulful and groovy guitars. Upon pressing play, you’ll notice that Kaleb uses a simple guitar riff to set the tone for this banger.  Release after release, Kaleb just keeps on getting better. Not only is “STUCK ON YOU” a song that you won’t be able to get out of your head, it’s also a song full of passion and substance; which is its main driving force. Kaleb uses the stellar production and his magnificent vocals to paint a beautiful picture …

Problems – [Austin Royale]

Austin Royale is the definition of the new wave of the underground wave of punk rap that’s been taking the internet by storm over the last year. Today Austin graces the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his new single entitled “Problems” featuring fellow North Carolinian rapper and underground favorite J.K. The Reaper and Goon Des Garcons. The first time I met Austin was at a music festival last summer in Charlotte, North Carolina and he was pretty chill and well mannered. But as soon as he hit the stage it was as if he was a completely different person. You could feel the energy emitting from him during his performance and the crowd reacted well to his set. One thing that will benefit Austin is become more consistent from each drop and continuing to build a good sound. He’s got the stage presence the attitude, individuality and some solid tracks behind. He just has to continue to put all the pieces of the puzzle together over time. Stream Austin Royale’s single “Problems” below.

Touring Test – [David Wolves]

The idea of a “debut single” comes with a heavy connotation of direction and potential development. Sure, artists change over time as they should, but their first-ever release tends to act as a promise to fans of sorts, notifying the world of an artist’s value proposition as well as what their launch point is in terms of long-term growth. Needless to say, the act of clicking “publish” an official debut is a daunting one, but a new artist by the name of David Wolves is here today to hit the nail right on the head with the song “Touring Test.” Especially considering that this is Wolves’ introductory statement to the music world, I was shocked at just how developed and unapologetically brash “Touring Test” truly is. It’s raw and alluring in the most fascinating of ways, engulfing listeners with a tidal wave of sound that you can’t help but turn your head toward. On a sonic note, Wolves certainly understands how to separate himself from the pack, and even in a songwriting sense, he shows notable promise of knowing how to create something bigger than himself in “Touring Test.” That said, David Wolves’ first single is a loud kick through …

Devil Girl – [Nathan Bajar]

If you ask me, layering is one of the most powerful aspects of music in terms of structure. When a song creates a world around its production and then continues adding to this world, layer by layer, the power of the art is easy to feel on a full-body scale, just as we see with Nathan Bajar’s new release, “Devil Girl.” Based around the intoxicating swing of a guitar-riffed instrumental, this offering mixes animated drums and gorgeous melodies in the most beautiful of ways. If this foundation is a new world, then the vocals are what illustrates the sky, as their dreamy capabilities transport listeners into a carefree existence of love, affection, and unwavering passion. Only adding to things from here, the constant addition and subtraction of certain elements develop the sheer beauty shown in layering, and the eventual switch-up in pace around the 1:47 mark switches gears into a fully-developed release that you can’t help but love. That said, the latest from Nathan Bajar is impeccable from an artistic standpoint, so don’t sleep on this one. Listen to the song below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Rockstar – [Lil Shock]

North Carolina youngster Lil Shock finally has dropped his first music video with fiery visuals for “Rockstar.” 2019 may be the year that ends up breaking Shock or at least putting him at the forefront of the swelling Carolina movement that’s been going strong this year. He’s been putting up respectable numbers on his Soundcloud and “Rockstar” is his most popular song to date. For the video, the emerging emcee teams up with director Rick Lancaster who is also a native of North Carolina and has been making noise in his own right. The video features Lil Shock burning belongings of his in a field as he wanders through a field strumming an electric guitar. The next step for Shock will be for him to expand on his sound to separate himself from the rest of the pack. He seems to be a product of this somber and sad rap wave and that’s not a problem as long as he’s able to carve out and hone his own sound to stand out. Watch the visuals for Lil Shock’s debut video “Rockstar” after the break.

Baka – [gammapunch]

Quite honestly, I have an odd relationship with mixing in music. On one hand, professionalism and clean mixing can never hurt, while on the other, muddier mixing or even a lack of mixing altogether can often add to the rawness of a song’s emotion. In this sense, I suppose the subjectivity of mixing is up to the purpose of the song, but for gammapunch’s latest offering, “Baka,” it makes perfect sense to leave this one untouched in terms of cleaning up the sound. Headed by a brash, raw instrumental and woven into some deeply impassioned guitar riffs, this release may be my introduction to gammapunch, but I must say it’s an impressive one at that. The rising talent infuses his clear distress and tortured emotions into an instrumental that shares the same unwavering devotion to authenticity, and from both a songwriting and a sonic standpoint, “Baka” makes for a perfect tribute to a fallen friend. The struggle to keep moving forward is very apparent, and even more prominent is an undying yearn to fly away and escape this world’s problems. That said, gammapunch’s new release is absolutely spectacular in regards to conveying emotion, so check this one out below and …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Boy Who Cries – [sam.sts]

As humans, uncertainty is perhaps the most difficult emotion to deal with. Constantly, whether it be from parents or societal norms, we all experience the pressure of wanting to have things figured out, but the hard-to-hear truth is that it’s okay not to have things entirely figured out. We’re all products of imperfection, constantly refining ourselves into the person we want to be, and few songs soundtrack this natural struggle with imperfection better than sam.sts’s latest single, “Boy Who Cries.” I’ve had an eye on this budding talent for some time now, and in all my time listening to sam.sts, his finest characteristic is that of unwavering authenticity. When he hops on the mic, everything becomes an open book, and because of this, the cathartic nature of sam’s music is what makes him such a fascinating artist to listen to. In “Boy Who Cries,” we see this in the way he feels as though he’s a flaw in a flawless world, fighting himself on seemingly being the only boy who cries. Songs like this one, rare as they may be, show the true power of music, as I’m sure an abundance of listeners out there can relate to and find comfort …

Son of Serpentine – [Ramirez]

G*59’s very own Ramirez has released his hard-hitting new project, Son of Serpentine, chock-full of cold-blooded bangers. The first thing I have to mention is that the production on here really impressed me. The beats are pretty bass heavy and punchy, and feature some meticulously crafted melodies and sample implementations that really caught my ear.  Perfect examples of this are the Mikey The Magician-produced tracks “2 Step Stevie” and “P.O.P.”, which feature some nice soulful samples that I can’t place, but are an extremely nice touch. The sounds on here are truly refreshing to hear, as every beat is unique and compelling. Ramirez doesn’t slow down at all across the 32 minutes, but he does it in the right way, as the project doesn’t grow stale in the slightest. Ramirez joins forces with ZillaKami right off the bat with the intro track, “Mosh Pit Killa”, one of the hardest songs on the tape. ZillaKami made waves last year as part of New York outfit City Morgue, who dropped a pretty impressive debut tape late last year. Ramirez exhibits his strengths as a rapper, tearing it up track-after-track, impressing listeners with a variety of intoxicating flows on top of some really …