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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 …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Forget It – [Jute$]

Little Spotify tip for you… Any song you come across and have even a mild interest in… save it. At times, you’ll feel a little cluttered, but it’s worth it when you throw it on shuffle and rediscover something dope. That’s exactly what happened to me with Jute$. On my way to do a write-up, I re-stumbled upon his irresistibly catchy effort, “Either Way”. Entranced by those vocals, and eager to share it here on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, I did a quick search to see if he had anything new; sure enough, just a few hours old, there was “Forget It.” Tackling the bitter-end of a relationship, “Forget It” is considerably less vibrant, than the shuffle-discovered, “Either Way” yet Jute$ sugary, syrupy vocals still engine the effort. His voice really jumps out atop the atmospheric production from Xtravulous to draw you in. Considering the theme and the feel of the track, that is no small feat. There’s definitely a sneaky power to his light, pop-laced vocals that stick with you. Moral of the story, save every song you come across and you’ll have some amazing artist waiting which, hopefully, now includes Jute$.

Conn3ct3d – [Wifisfuneral] & [Robb Bank$]

Late last week Florida leaders Wifisfuneral & Robb Bank$ connected (no pun intended) for a brand new project titled “Conn3ct3d“, and it’s nothing you want to miss out on. You can feel the infectious energy that they each bring in the introductory record “Save A Hoe” with their saucy flows & extraordinary vibes , and they kept up that feeling for the entire eleven tracks provided. The way that these two blended together throughout this tape was impressive to say the least, you would think that these two were apart of a duo due to their unmatched chemistry. Take a few minutes of your day to get in tune with arguably the hottest project you will hear this month!

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …