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Kill Your Idols – [Kemba]

If there is anything certain about a new Kemba song, it will never be dull. The Hunts Point legend has impressively been active in 2020, as a result of dropping three unforgettable singles: 1. “More A Man” –  a powerful Mos Def esque record where he vows to be “more a man’ than his father was,” and “more aware when [he] falls in love.” 2. “none of this matters,” a short, enticing, UK-drill inspired track where Kemba flaunts his versatility and ability to produce a hit regardless of  style or sub-genre. 3.  “Pisces” – Self-revealed as one of Kemba’s favorite songs to make, the banger uniquely aligns with the life experiences and content that he has shared so far. Fun fact: In “none of this matters,” the background “shut the fu** up ni***” vocals (around the 1:45 mark) are taken from this record. Refusing to stand still, the Bronx native has returned with a fourth single titled “Kill Your Idols,” with mellow production from Brasstracks and Frank Drake. From a lyrical standpoint, this record is undoubtedly the most adept of the four, as well as the most experimental sonically. Whether intentional or not, the song’s subject matter eerily corresponds with tragic …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

Wunna – [Gunna]

Gunna is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and hardworking artists in the entire music industry. Ever since taking the scene by storm a few years back, it seems like he hasn’t taken any sort of breaks or pauses, consistently putting out music in one way or another. Recently, he has been recruited for his talents on a plethora of different songs by other musicians, and it’s always a treat to see how he’s going to contort his sound in order to fit the style of that respective track. His dynamic abilities are plentiful, and he has shown repeatedly that he can elevate any song, no matter the aesthetic. I have even heard the phrase “when in doubt, get a Gunna feature,” probably one hundred times at this point, so artists know he’s a go-to whenever they need to take their music to new levels. These features have obviously been amazing, but now I’m ready for him to return to his own craft and release his own album, which we can look forward to in the form of Wunna later this week. Although he had already dropped off the album’s first single “Skybox” a couple of months ago, he’s back …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t – [Kehlani]

It’s nothing but amazing when artists really take the time out to perfect their craft and figure themselves out, to the point where they are happy with the product that they are putting out. You can make countless music day in and day out, but it takes time to really hone in and figure out what direction you would like to go in for a certain project, or for the remainder of your career. While Kehlani has always been an artist to deliver music that comes from deep within her soul, she has been tremendously underrated since her initial burst onto the scene with her Cloud 19 mixtape. It often blows my mind that we had not received a full length album from Kehlani since her 2017 album SweetSexySavage. While we have heard a handful of mixtapes and features from her during that time frame, fans were eagerly awaiting her next full body of work. At last, our eardrums are finally being soothed with amazing sounds from her latest offering It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Kehlani first emerged onto the scene at a younger age, so the direction of her earlier music was a lot more pop-ish and aimed towards a younger demographic-which …

BALD! (Remix) – [JPEGMAFIA] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Although I did a write-up on JPEGMAFIA’s original version of his interesting and creative song “BALD!” just a couple months ago, I had no clue that a rapper like Denzel Curry would jump onto the remix. This pairing might sound strange, but they’ve actually worked together in the past. Along with this, no artist truly fits seamlessly into Peggy’s world, so any pairing might be surprising. This is partially due to the fact that Peggy himself doesn’t even really fit into his own world considering just how boundary-pushing his sound truly is. Every time he creates a song, he gets out of his comfort zone, so he’s pretty used to it at this point. Seeing an artist like Denzel get out of his own comfort zone in a different way than he typically would really lead to impressive and unexpected results, although I’m not extremely shocked due to the abundance of talent that the Florida emcee has demonstrated time and time again. Creating a remix for this track is a perfect bridge for Curry since it’s a song that was made to have fun on and not be taken too seriously, so he could really get experimental and try out …

Squeeze – [24LeftEye]

24LeftEye is another rapper showing tremendous promise from Atlanta’s notorious east side and recently the Ola Runt collaborator unveiled his debut mixtape “Life of a Henchmen” which although very raw was a fantastic first release from the youthful MC. My favorite visual and song from the project has got to be LeftEye’s menacing track “Squeeze” that reveals both the grimy, grittiness that emanates from his music, but also the distinctive charisma that has helped make him a quick fan favorite for many. The mixtape features his FrontStreet peers Ola Runt and Woo Da Savage and I am very excited to see where 24LeftEye can go from here and I am certainly very interested to watch him carve out his place alongside Ola Runt as one of the premier rappers in Zone Six.

Feds – [Pi’erre Bourne]

Pi’erre Bourne has already cemented such a powerful and notable legacy in the music industry. His production credits run deep, as he has worked with artists like Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and countless other superstars. Not only has he worked with them, though, but he has been able to create a unique world for each artist that elevates their individualistic sounds tremendously, paving the way for some of their most successful songs to date. Since creating an all-new sound for the new generating of Hip-Hop, Pi’erre has moved on to bigger and better things, diversifying his portfolio by giving rapping a shot as well. He’s been doing this for some time now, and although it hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention as his producing has for him in the past, it’s yet another fantastic talent he has added to his vast collection of skills. Last year’s The Life of Pi’erre 4 gained a lot of attention, but not nearly as much as it should have considering its greatness. The album’s third song “Feds” was a standout without a doubt in my mind, and he’s back with a music video to now pair with the incredible …

Save Me – [TheHxliday]

TheHxliday is an artist that we have been championing here at Lyrical Lemonade for about a year now, we dropped a music video with him about four months ago on Christmas, and today he is back with his second Cole Bennett directed music video, this time around for “Save Me”. If you remember that first music video for “Mistakes”, you probably recall that Cole teased this new music video at the end of that one, so TheHxliday fans have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for this visual to drop for a minute now. TheHxliday has been making a name for himself with his versatile style, he’s a good rapper, an even better singer and his music sounds like a beautiful mesh of pop/R&B fusion HITS. Cole and TheHxliday made something special with this video, it’s the second of hopefully many to come from this duo, but to guarantee that you gotta run this one up! TheHxliday has a very bright future in front of him, he’s a super talented artist + even a better person, so I am so excited for him along with everyone else here at LL. Watch this excellent new music video below!