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Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

After Hours – [The Weeknd]

Take off my disguise. I’m living someone else’s life. Suppressing who I was inside. -The Weeknd on “Alone Again” When The Weeknd dropped his single “Heartless” back in November of 2019, in my original write up, I stated “The Weeknd is way too calculated for this to just be a one-and-done”. That statement alone, followed by what we have been witnessing for the past three, almost four months, has been nothing but the perfect setup to debut his next body of work. After being relatively silent since the release of his last debut album “Starboy” in 2016, and his “My Dear Melancholy,” back in 2018, fans were long overdue for a new full-length project from The Weeknd. After months of visuals, singles, late-night television appearances, promo and all, our eardrums have finally been blessed with the newest release from The Weeknd, After Hours. The traditional album rollout has not been as prominent in the landscape of the music industry as of late. Many artists lock in for some months, cook up some music, and announce a project weeks, sometimes hours before release. While this may work for some, others may not be afforded that luxury. While The Weeknd definitely has enough …

Lil Uzi Vert Ventures To A Bizarre Universe On ‘Eternal Atake’

For close to three years now, fans have been anxiously awaiting for the highly-anticipated album, Eternal Atake. After many social media posts and announcements, Uzi alluded that the album would be coming “soon”, but whatever that meaning of soon wasn’t soon enough. To many, it felt like yet another one of those myths–a project that was nothing more than an idea floating in space. We all have been aware of the many label issues and disputes that Uzi has had over the duration of the past few years, for they have been brought to the forefront by not only all parties involved, but all publications as well. Long story short, lots of things had to be taken care of internally in order to allow this album to come into fruition, and here we are in 2020 with the final product–that is, Eternal Atake. Lil Uzi Vert emerged into the rap game as one of the rappers during a major turning point in the industry. The 2016 era of rappers (basically, a majority of the 2016 XXL Freshmen) ushered in an entirely new style, flow, and sound that would lay the foundation of all the music that came after it. Out …

Heaven or Hell – [Don Toliver]

Just a couple years back, a mysterious spaceship crash landed on earth. What has emerged through the smoke of it happened to be no one other than the Houston-native Don Toliver. For those who still may be a bit unfamiliar with him and his back catalogue, he caught his first big break in his career after the release of Travis Scott’s major studio album Astroworld, as he was featured on the song “Can’t Say”. Shortly after the release of Astroworld, it had been announced that Don was the newest signee to Travis Scott’s record label Cactus Jack Records. At that moment was the beginning of Don Tolivers ascension into the rap industry. Being featured on Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By album, and providing one of the standout tracks on the Jackboys EP late last year on “Had Enough”, Don has been making some pretty substantial moves to help solidify himself at such an early stage in his career. At last, here we are just a few short months into the new year and Don Toliver has premiered his new project titled Heaven or Hell. “You got two choices, either heaven or hell” Don raps on the late 2019 cut “Had Enough” on the Jackboys EP. Little did we know, that would …

Heartless – [The Weeknd]

Very seldom do we get an artist that can go ghost for weeks, months, sometimes years, and be able to come back with a single and shake up the entire industry. Out of the few that do this, The Weeknd is one of them–and he is back right before the years closing with a single “Heartless”. This week was the three year anniversary of his last full-length album Starboy, and the last we have seen of him since then was his EP in 2018 My Dear Melancholy, and his feature on “Lost in the Fire” with Gesaffelstein. Since then, he’s been relatively quiet in the realm of music due to the fact that he was filming a new movie with Adam Sandler. Alongside that, he had his breakup with Selena Gomez to deal with, and his on and off relationship with supermodel Bella Hadid. Amidst of everything going on, The Weeknd has been locked in and in album mode for a long time, and what we are witnessing is the very beginning of what he and fans call Chapter VI. Produced by mega producer Metro Boomin’ and day one collaborator Illangelo, The Weeknd sets the tone high on this one with an uptempo …

Tropical Storm: The Creative Pairing of Dragan Andic and Ramriddlz

Earlier this Summer, Ramriddlz released one of his most upbeat singles to date in “Niagra”. The song was reminiscent of the tropical soundscapes Ramriddlz initially caught fire from. Over the past few years, Ram has become an integral part of Toronto’s ever-growing hip hop community. He is an artist that has always found a way to reinvent himself and truly level up his talents from project to project. “Niagra” came after his album Ramreaper, which saw a much darker and personal side to Ram that fans had not seen previously. Building off this, Ramriddlz has recently joined forces with uniquely iconic Toronto photographer Dragan Andic, also known as The.97, who is a leading creative force to be reckoned within Canada. Dragan’s creative potential has been tapped in by some of the city’s biggest artists, for example 88Glam’s iconic first album was shot by Dragan. Beyond that, he has also worked with Roy Woods, Nav, Killy, and many more. His style has become synonymous with the city of Toronto, often channeling the dark feel the city has for a large portion of the year. What’s interesting is that he has teamed up with Ram as his creative director, with a conflicting style …

The Next Wave Of Emerging R&B Artists

Post By: Lee Mcintosh Although Hip-Hop/Rap is amongst the most popular and impactful genre of music in the world, R&B is not that far behind. There are lots of Rap artists who teeter the lines of Rap and R&B–whether that be from the composition of the music, the lyrical content, or even just the way the lyrics soothe over the track. Ever so often, it can be difficult to decipher if an artist is in fact a rapper or a singer. Artists such as Bryson Tiller, 6LACK and Sy Ari Da Kid are amongst the best to master the art of both genres. Singing over rap beats, or rapping over singing beats–that just shows the amount of influence that R&B has on the culture today. Often so, Hip-Hop delivers a new wave of emerging artists every few years or so. The R&B world once did not operate on that fast of a time schedule–usually only bringing in the new “it” singer every 5 years or so. In the new digital/social media era, the rate at which new R&B artists transpire is almost as often as the rappers. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we are most known for our coverage in Hip-Hop, …

Good Guy – [Castor Raines]

There are two things that are required for me to really enjoy a song: Firstly, the energy of the song (that includes vocal performance, emotion in tone, message, and more). Secondly, the production must cause my head to bop or create some sort of bodily movement. With that said, I’d like to introduce Castor Raines. Coming from Nashville Tennessee, the 22-year-old rapper possesses a strong voice, has the ability to spit witty bars, and has incredible production. His recently released single, ‘Good Guy,’ is a blend of clever rhymes and an extremely smooth sample. Produced by Godzrt, the beat contains elements of both trap and use of sample similar to that of The Weeknd, creating a one of a kind listening experience. The song describes the resentment Castor feels towards his father perspective on the rapper’s ambitions, an explanation as to why the deep vocals are followed by a high pitched, ‘Clown.’ In short, the rapper does not have any concern what people have to say about him reaching for the stars and chasing after his dreams. The emcees message is backed up by the success of his last project, ‘Insomniac.’ With a project in the works with collaborations from …

Higher – [Palm Paradise]

Palm Paradise. Has a ring to it, eh? The young artist hands his heart over to his listeners on his latest single, ‘Higher.’ Originally from Florida, Palm has recently made his way over to Los Angeles. With that said, influences of his such as XXXTENTACION, Post Malone, The Weeknd and more can be easily be heard in the up and coming singer’s voice. Sad and heartbroken, Palm is searching for a companion that is willing to truly reciprocate the necessary effort to build a loving relationship. Produced by Menezing, the combination of soul-stirring chords and hard hitting 808’s along with Palm Paradise’s emotive performance create a song that will have anyone thinking back on their lost love. Words by Barry R TWITTER: https://twitter.com/palmparadise_  

Oh No! – [Madhouse]

I was recently introduced to the dark and powerful R&B stylings of Madhouse, an artist out of Toronto that has released a track that is making everybody get a little dark this summer. The first thing that stood out about Madhouse is his smooth vocals over the electronic-influenced beat that allow the rising artist to fully showcase his talents. This is Madhouse’s first in just under a year, he has clearly taken that time to develop his sound and it really shows on his latest release “Oh No!”. Coming from Toronto, the influence of The Weeknd is evident here as Madhouse has a comparably impactful voice definitely drew comparisons to the Canadian King of R&B. Excited to see what Madhouse has in store for the rest of the year, if “Oh No!” is just the introduction then I’m sure what’s to come will deserve your attention. Stream the new single below! Produced by Herag Sanbalian & Sascha Andor Cover Photo by Drew Yorke