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Twe Ben Me – [City Boy]

As America and the rest of the world begin to shift their focus towards the horrific human rights violations, police brutality, and murder being perpetrated by the government of Nigeria, along with numerous other cases of tumult and tribulation that are all too often overlooked by the west, but much like in both America and the UK, Drill Music has been the de-facto musical styling for young people to turn-up and flex to, but also communicate deeper issues of violence, poverty, and discrimination that face these youths are life or death matters in so many cases and while the music is rough around the edges and intimidating to an un-keen ear, this music is able to communicate the rebelliousness and agitation being felt so poignantly by a new generation of kids and teenagers whose futures have been squandered and deemed unimportant by the powers that be, and that idea is not just limited to any particular geographical area. Recently Virgil Abloh lended a spotlight to a new drill music scene exploding in Kumasi, Ghana’s second most populous city. This ‘Asakaa’ or ‘Kumerican’ sound borrows a lot of sonic and aesthetic influence from both America and the UK but is unique …

Walked In – [Germ]

When I was first put onto Germ so many years ago, I was absolutely blown away by his artistry. Although he hails from Atlanta, he definitely doesn’t fit the mold that most music fans grow to expect from the southern city, but that’s what makes him even better, in my opinion. His skateboarding roots definitely contribute to his carefree, rebellious nature, but his energy and always vigorous delivery captivates your brain for the couple of minutes each song he releases lasts for. His production is always carefully picked to bring the most out of his talents, and although they’re typically hardcore, 808-driven beats, they complement his style in the most seamless manner, always elevating each song more than I can even put into words. When Germ released The Hijinx Tape about a month ago, I was so excited to see the brand-new cohesive project that I got my expectations up to almost mind-bending heights. Luckily, he was able to deliver, and I didn’t get my hopes up for nothing. Although I have a hard time placing it in front of Germ Has A Deathwish because that was one of my favorite projects of last year, it continued his legacy and …

Nascar Racer – [DC the Don]

Coming from the Midwest, I’m somewhat shocked that I’m not more familiar with Milwaukee artist DC the Don. Although he might reside out in Los Angeles now, he was born and raised in the Wisconsin city and I’m familiar with many artists coming from that region so considering I’m somewhat new to the world that DC created through music, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, just last week he dropped off his debut project with his new label Rostrum Records called Come as You Are, so I, along with the rest of his fans, have 14 brand-new tracks to sift through and enjoy. Along with the release of his album he wanted to keep the party going, so he decided to drop a music video for a single he released off of the project last month called “Nascar Racer”. Very ambient, epic synths blaze a trail for an extremely momentous offering that is quickly met by chattering hats and claps as well as booming drums that bring this track to new heights. At first, the beat sounds so powerful that there was a question in the back of my mind of if DC could possibly be …

The Hijinx Tape – [Germ]

Germ has always been one of the most underrated but abundantly talented artists in the entire industry, in my own opinion of course. His constantly heightening energetic deliveries add so much vitality to every track he’s a part of, and the speaker knocking production he normally uses brings his music to new levels with every additional release he drops. It made sense when he signed to G59 because he was already closely working with many of the artists on the label, but he has managed to distance himself and create his own path apart from the original style that his labelmates have established. While he fits in perfectly on songs with $uicideboy$, Shakewell, and Ramirez, he always provides a distinct sound that elevates every track he plays a part in. Although Germ doesn’t have a massive number of cohesive projects out at this point, it makes his organized efforts that much more of a spectacle when he does actually drop some sort of mixtape or EP. I was a massive fan of Germ Has a Deathwish as many other music listeners were, and I couldn’t wait to dive into his latest mixtape The Hijinx Tape as soon as it was …

The World is Watching – [Kemba]

“If you’re going to make music for the times we’re in, you HAVE to get feedback to make sure you’re adding to the conversation in a way that benefits the people you’re promoting to. This ain’t a time to confuse, divide, or sell some sh*t we don’t need. At that point artists are there to serve the people. The difference between making protest music and whatever you normally do is that you’re no longer the authority. There will be people who know more than you. So don’t tell us what to do if you haven’t done the work.” These words were tweeted from Kemba, who has been the exact opposite of idle during this horrific pandemic. When I say pandemic, I am not only referring to the ongoing repercussions of COVID-19, but also the continual epidemic of systemic racism and police brutality. Kemba’s tweet supports the message on “Kill Your Idols,” a song emphasizing the importance of not relying on celebrities or big names for guidance. To Kemba, silence is better than ignorance, because spouting nonsense further deviates from the real discussions that need to be addressed. Having a large(r) does not make one more qualified to speak on a particular …

A Conversation with Sevn Thomas: Toronto Music Scene, Working on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’, Musical Inspirations and More

A reoccurring theme here on Lyrical Lemonade, is speaking in regards to the importance of producers and songwriters. They are some of the individuals that will never not get the respect as some of the most important individuals in the music industry. Songwriters specifically, are amongst the many individuals in the music industry that are almost always in the shadows. Sometimes by design, other times by choice. For Grammy-Nominated songwriter and producer Sevn Thomas, he has the talent level and the resume to prove that he is one of the most diverse and versatile producers in the game–and his songwriting pen is even stronger. Hailing out of Toronto Canada, Sevn Thomas would spend his earlier days in life inside of various recording studios–navigating his way though them all to find his craft and master it. After many trials and tribulations in his life, the singer turned producer’s efforts eventually lead him to linking up with the legendary producer Boi-1da–most known for his contributions all throughout Drake’s career. Sevn’s musical abilities afforded him the luxury of producing and/or writing for a wide-ranging pool of musical acts such as Mac Miller, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and even Drake himself. He is …

PIG FEET – [Terrace Martin] FT. [Denzel Curry] FT. [Daylyt] FT. [Kamasi Washington] FT. [G Perico]

For this post, I initially wasn’t sure how to approach covering this visual. However, after some reflection, I realized that some works of art (especially realism) do not require analysis. Instead, I ask of all readers to listen, process, and reflect on what is being said by these special artists. If there is any message that I would like to pass over, it is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. To help fight for justice against police brutality, systemic racism, and discrimination, click this hyperlink for resources. Words by Brandon Washington    

A Man Rose from the Dead- [Scrim]

I understand that there was a boatload of new music that dropped Thursday night including projects from Future, Polo G, Yung Lean, and many more. While these may overwhelm the media and take all of the attention from most other music that released, the most under the radar project by far is Scrim’s debut solo album A Man Rose from the Dead. Up until this point, Scrim was one half of the infamous duo $uicideboy$, and he continues to be a part of the group of course, but this is the first real taste we have of any sort of solo music from him or his counterpart Ruby. Typically, when artists split off to do their own thing, it’s because they’re maybe tired of having to constantly share the spotlight with the rest of their crew or they believe it’s time that they get to have their own complete control over the creative freedom within their music. For Scrim, neither of these things is really the case. He needed to do this for himself and his own sanity. Those of us who know the constant struggles he has never been shy to talk about in music and interviews, know that …

Sue Me – [Wale]

The beauty that lies within the power of music, is the multiple things it allows humans to do. Music can be used as inspiration, motivation, or simply just to feel. Using music as a tool to make people utilize all aspects of their brain and make them really think is something that takes an artist of great creativity and skill to be able to perform. As if the world needed any more clarification that Wale is one of the most talented artists in the music industry, he recently premiered the visuals for his song “Sue Me” from his 2019 album Wow… That’s Crazy. For those who may not have heard the album yet, “Sue Me” is one of the deeper cuts from the project, and importantly enough, the opening track for the project as well. This song is about Wale being proud to be a firm supporter of all things black. That would be supporting all black businesses, black entrepreneurs, black entertainers, so on and so forth. After the album dropped, he even went on Twitter and retweeted many accounts that were promoting black excellence and black accomplishments. “Sue me, I’m rootin’ for everybody thats black” the chorus says; showing that …

Fuck Your Culture & Scope Set – [$uicideboy$]

After being completely spoiled in years past with the mass amounts of mixtapes and EPs that the $uicideboy$ would release every single year, this year seems kind of slow for them. After Live Fast, Die Whenever, their Travis Barker collaborative project, dropped at the beginning of the summer, we haven’t gotten much from the duo other than a couple loosies and a few guest features. All of these appearances were fantastic and much appreciated, but we just didn’t have access to the quantity that we’ve grown used to. That’s okay with me though, because it means that they’re working more on their quality and making more all-encompassing projects rather than just pumping out content to prove that they can. Before the year ended, I was so excited to see that two new singles had dropped, one being called “Fuck Your Culture”. Not straying away from the always edgy and blatant themes they discuss and portray, this song is right up the alley of classic $B fans. With a spooky and haunting beat containing their distinct pitched down and chopped up samples in the background, Ruby and Scrim go to work. Scrim experiments with a different voice in the first verse, …