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Pallbearers – [Kuttem Reese]

The Florida rap scene has been absolutely booming over the past year or two, but it seems like it’s taking a while for the rest of the country to catch on. It reminds me a lot of the Michigan scene as well because until Lil Yachty went up there to put the rest of the country on, it seemed like a very niche and close-knit community of fans that were ride or die, but everyone else was sleeping. This is what has happened in Florida as well, but the number of talented acts emerging is literally countless, and every single day a new artist rises from the shadows, it seems. While emcees like Kodak Black, Hotboii, and 9lokknine are some of the more notable names coming out of the southern region, Kuttem Reese is a talent who I’ve become very familiar with, and I feel like he just continues to get better with every new release he puts out. While Reese is still on the prowl to be the next big thing from Orlando, he’s making another strong case with his latest song “Pallbearers” which is undeniably a song you need to check out immediately as well as the Directed …

Spotify RADAR Presents: PinkPantheress

It’s no secret that PinkPantheress is becoming one of music’s most talked about artists right now. The internet sensation has wasted no time in rising to the top of viral trends and cultural moments, which has led many to believe that she is undoubtedly on her way to become one of the next generational talents on a globally reaching scale. With an artist as important as PinkPantheress though, it’s completely normal to ask yourself the question, “who is she?”. We know her music and we know her sound, but who is she as a person? If you’ve wondered that at any time, then have no fear, because today, on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, that question will be answered! If you haven’t heard of RADAR, then today is your lucky day! Launched in 2020, RADAR is the flagship artist development program from Spotify that reinforces their global commitment to to support emerging artists in all stages of their development, spanning all genres, and deepening the connection to their audiences. Just recently, the program teamed up with PinkPantheress to make her the focal point of their latest installment in the RADAR series. What we get to see is a Halloween themed …

Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

25 – [Alix Page]

As a listener, different releases hook me in for different reasons — some for production, others for songwriting, and even some for visuals. Alix Page’s latest offering, “25,” fires on all of these cylinders and more. Just the 19-year old’s third single to date, the new song is rooted in raw emotion, not losing an ounce of fervency from the heart to the pen. It captures a moment of reflection and growth about an ex, but focused specifically on the prospect of running into that ex after things have gone sour, where and when it would happen, and the emotions surrounding such thoughts, from letting go to growing up. In this way, what makes “25” stand out as such an impressive release is Page’s dedication to candidness –emotionally, vocally, and even in her choice of production. At the beginning of the song, she describes coincidentally driving through an ex’s neighborhood while running errands. The songwriting takes shape from there, matching this setting with a heart-stricken progression of thought that sounds and feels seamlessly true to Page’s daydreams while riding in the car as her mind wanders back to her ex, what the relationship was like, the future, and more — …

Bandenmic – [RPFILLUP]

Olive Branch, Mississippi artist RPFILLUP is fresh to our pages today with his new visual for his track “Bandemic” where he takes everyone’s new favorite sample, the “Law & Order” intro and flips it like many others have into an up-tempo and exciting track. RP came together with KV Productions to bring the engaging new video to life and he did a good job capturing the excitement of this song in the video he put together. His melodic, southern flow is interesting over this beat and I hope to hear him continue to fine tune his sound going forwards.

SUE ME – [Chow Lee]

New York’s own Chow Lee came across my radar recently, and I am elated that he did. The rapper’s introduction to me was through his latest project, SUE ME, a seventeen-track project that flips some of the most recognizable songs from Mariah Carey, Drake, Fountains of Wayne, who were responsible for the massive hit, “Stacy’s Mom” and Pretty Ricky. It’s these very clever flips that completely sucked in, keeping me on my toes while keeping me steady with familiar sonics. The sprawling project, although admittedly dense, has something for everyone and is a truly trailblazing new mutation of the drill sound that is addictively melodic but still packs a punch. Although this may have been my first introduction to Chow Lee’s music his choices in production and pioneer spirit to shake things up have solidified me as a fan. Check out the rising rapper’s latest project below, and make sure to keep your ear in tune for some of the most subtle flips. My personal favorites are “JUE LAN,” “WHY CAN’T I?,” and “POWER CREW.” Listen to SUE ME by Chow Lee below.

PRINCIPLES TO DIE BY – [SoloSam]

“This Album is a journey of overcoming grief and an ode to personal freedom. I am truly blessed to be able to create and work on things that bring me happiness and none of that would be possible without the support from y’all. I want you to know that I pray that all of you are able to experience the joy of love and community that you show me regularly. Big shoutout to everyone who contributed to this album ya’ll my family frfr” – SoloSam Chicago’s own SoloSam returns to Lyrical Lemonade with his new album PRINCIPLES TO DIE BY. With eight songs total, each track contains its own layer of emotional depth and heartfelt expression. Don’t be fooled by the title, however. SoloSam revealed that the project is not about death, but instead a reflective process through several arduous stages of grief. Therefore, each acquired transformative principle has gradually strengthened SoloSam’s mental spirit, which is beautifully reflected through his music. Sonically the project contains a fresh variety of bangers as well as smooth joints, and the lyrical prowess doesn’t suffer whatsoever on either type. Despite the somber nature of the LP the cover art brightly blooms with an assortment of …

Situation – [Nippa]

North London talent Nippa just recently arrived on my radar, but in the couple weeks since his new song and video “Situation” dropped, I haven’t gone a day without giving his music a spin. The rising talent’s newest release — produced by TobiAitch and 6 — is a warning signal that Nippa is a must-watch talent, and among other things, its pairing of subject matter and galvanizing bounce is nothing less than masterful, making this an easy soundtrack to spin throughout your day, from the walk to school or work to a party at night. 2 minutes in length, “Situation” is brief, but the charisma in Nippa’s melody-tinted deliveries makes the song impactful as can be, taking listeners through a vivid set of lines pinned together by the endlessly catchy hook, “Is you riding, when we sliding? If I tote this, would you hold this? Because I’m about to turn this to a situation.” Even beyond the deeply-impressive songwriting on this one, Nippa’s R&B-esque vocal inflections fit seamlessly against the rhythm of the instrumental, tying every aspect of this release together in a way that makes “Situation” undeniable. Nippa is making a hell of an introduction to new listeners like myself who …

Cmon – [Yeat] [Moshpxt]

Without a doubt, Portland, Oregon artist Yeat is unquestionably the most exciting and simultaneously groundbreaking artist to emerge in the past year, despite having been making noise in the underground for almost four years. He has been constantly innovating with his deliveries and melodic patterns but still lacked production that was both recognizable enough and captivating enough to fully realize the sound that we love him for now. The duo of Moshpxt and Jack Rottier also deserves a great deal of credit when looking at the meteoric rise of Yeat, as it was Moshpxt who helped Yeat first grab everyone’s attention this year with their now classic song and video to “Sorry Bout Dat” which was just the jumping off point for Yeat’s run. “Cmon” is the intro track to Yeat’s most recent project Up 2 Me which is easily my favorite underground release of the year and is certain to be a verified cult-classic in the underground world. I could watch this video over and over and never get bored and I like the emphasis Moshpxt placed on the actual car-racing element of the video, as Yeat’s music is likely responsible for dozens of reckless driving offenses since first coming out, …

Sam Morrison’s September Favorites

Every so often, I get enormous bursts of inspiration that I cannot seem to shake. My latest one came in the form of what you’re about to read. With so much great music coming out these days, it’s almost impossible to pick favorites…but today, I’m going to try. For the next 5 minutes of your life, I ask for nothing more than a little piece of your attention as I take you on a trip into my music listening cycle. A lot of great music dropped during the month of September, which is why I decided it would be a blast to highlight some songs that I thought were absolutely exceptional. I often times specialize in covering artists who are just breaking on to the scene, but every once in a while, I love getting to show love to some talent who we already know and love. So, without further ado, keep scrolling down to check out my favorite 16 songs from the month of September; IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: — 1. amphetamine-[boylife] boylife has been one of those artists who never ceases to amaze me with his music. Each time I head to his Spotify page, I’m always elated …