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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Maggie’s Song – [David Miller]

From long summers in the basement making beats to singing, songwriting, and engineering, Chicago born and bred artist David Miller has recently debuted his own music. ‘Maggie’s Song,’ the first offering off of his project, ‘First Cut,’ EP is an eclectic, soft-sung that can be interpreted in several ways. At face value, the song is about David losing his mind over his girl. In reality, ‘Maggie’s Song,’ the young artist has lost his dog (Maggie), which explains the barking in the middle of the song. Miller’s storytelling ability is intricate, complete, and relatable. With other songs such as, ‘Drowning In Miami,’ David takes his listeners to a day in Miami in which he survived what he thought would be his last moments alive. Painting beautiful and vivid moments is seamless for the up and coming triple threat. Engineered with Aryay, Glowmo, and Danny Shyman, the project has elements of musicality that can be compared to Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. The young man has incredible potential, producing records for several members of Chicago collective Save Money, writing and releasing his own music, and more. With a new project in the works David Miller is a unique force …

Rumination Journal – [camline]

Reflection is a prolific characteristic of music. Whether soundtracking soaring highs or crushing lows, music has the ability to induce reflection, marking perhaps one of its greatest powers. Here to present reflection in its purest form is an artist named camline with the impeccable new 3-track EP, Rumination Journal. Admittedly, I had to refer to a quick Google search to learn what “rumination” meant, but to save those who also didn’t know some time, the word is defined as “a deep or considered thought about something.” In the context of camline’s new EP, the word that really struck my eye from this definition was “considered.” While it may be short in length, Rumination Journal wastes no time on the surface level. Camline’s lyrics take swooping, comprehensive jabs at reflection, and when paired with such elegant, almost ethereal deliveries, listeners are immediately able to escape into presumably the same zone that the artist found himself in while creating the project. Even so, however, Rumination Journal‘s greatest achievement, at least in my opinion, is that of instrumentation. There’s no denying that Camline’s voice is utterly gorgeous. Every word that comes out of the budding talent’s mouth strikes with honest and genuine impact, and taking things …

Squashmatch – [Mavi]

Honestly, when sitting down to write about the latest single from Mavi, “Squashmatch,” I questioned whether or not it was even worth saying anything about the song simply out of fear that my writing wouldn’t fully capture its prowess. Thankfully so, the budding talent decided to throw the lyrics of the song in the description on SoundCloud, and after reading through each line probably about four or five times at this point, I can confirm that Mavi has to be in consideration as one of rap’s premier upcoming lyricists right now. At face value, his technical skills are unmatched, but even deeper below the surface, Mavi is wise beyond his years in a way that you rarely ever see in an artist. I’m sure the Earl Sweatshirt comparisons get tiresome for Mavi, but honestly, It’s tough to remember the last time I felt this excited about someone’s lyricism other than, well, Earl. Mavi is a gem of an artist and the kind of storyteller who only comes around once in a generation, so I would recommend showing him some love. Fresh off the release of his recent two-pack, comprised of “alone” and “iwont/elevatorpitch,” Mavi has done it yet again, and …

XanaX Damage – [Future]

Future has done it again, this time with his seven-song EP titled Save Me, which debuted Friday, June 7. This project gives a completely different undertone than most of Future’s works, and you can feel it off-rip with the first song of the project, “XanaX Damage.” The song brings out a mysterious, benzodiazepine-infused side of Future that I’ve come to love. “Baby when the sun is out, it’s like I’m not myself, Xanax doin’ damage, make it nice so I can handle you.” Future’s visual to this piece released earlier this morning, and personally I couldn’t be more pleased and fascinated with how the work turned out. He released a teaser video of the visual prior to the album release, so I knew coming in how the piece might look – and it did not disappoint. Simplistic and dreary clips distorted with old fashioned filters and slow motion give the exact energy the song itself provides. Images of blunt smoke, cigarette smoke, powder, and pills are cut into scenes of future screaming into old land-line phones, anime clips, and saddened women. The video was directed by controversial designer and artist Henri Alexander Levy, whose clothing lines and pieces seem to revolve …

Keeping It Movin – [Andy Mineo] & [Gunva B]

By: Stacy Burse, Jr. “They don’t want to squeeze, but they want the Juice” New York rapper, Andy Mineo (@andymineo), spits this line alluding to the fact that there are people out there that want the results, but don’t want to put in the work. In “Keeping It Movin”, Andy and British rapper Guvna B (@GuvnaB) share their reasons on why they work hard and grind — to achieve and work on their God-given gift. The video is directed by Pete Wall (Light Media). Pre-order/Pre-save Andy Mineo’s “Work In Progress” project here. Check out the “Keeping It Movin” video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

word. – [Lou Phelps]

Lou Phelps first popped up on my radar after releasing music as The Celestics, a duo consisting of himself and his older brother Kaytranada. Both artists have come along way since the early days of their careers, both growing into their own as artists that can provide sonics that’s full of ingenuity and originality. “word.” is the first single to be released by Phelps since dropping 002 / LOVE ME, which was his trailblazing project that released last fall. WondaGurl produced the single, which is evident as soon as you hear the deep 808s kick in, her style is undeniable as she brings a different level of energy to every song she works on. Throughout the Igal Perets-directed video, Lou Phelps brings some of his favorite album covers to life and delivers some infectious lyrics in a variety of classic hip-hop video settings. Phelps has always been able to take his music to another level via the visuals he creates for his music, a detail than many can overlook but those who understand the power of well-crafted video concepts are typically artists that grow loyal fanbases. After the success Phelps saw last year, it will be interesting to see how quickly his …

COLDHEARTED EP – [Bernard Jabs]

Whether you’re a musician, an accountant, a waiter, or any other job under the sun, it’s always important to learn how to have fun with your career. Take your job seriously and be the best that you can, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Few artists embody this sentiment better than 17-year old Def Jam signee, Bernard Jabs. And yes, I said 17-years old. Both on and off the mic, this Georgia-bred talent radiates energy. There’s never a dull moment if Jabs is involved, and this certainly carries over to his music, as the budding talent has grown a loyal following thanks to electrifying singles and a social media-savvy marketing approach. He knows how to utilize the resources around him but he’s also authentic as can be, always dropping snippets and garnering buzz where he can, and consequently growing his ever-increasing base of dedicated listeners along the way. With this, even as a high school student, Bernard Jabs has signed to Def Jam, toured with Pusha T, and developed a considerable following of fans, none of which he has seemed even slightly underprepared for. The truth is, for Jabs, his determination spans far beyond his years, pointing to an incredibly …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …