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:  

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

Glass – [SB]

Indianapolis crooner SB returns with a new upbeat single entitled “Glass.” When I went through my submissions I was kind of thrown off by it comparing his sound to The Weeknd or PARTYNEXTDOOR because this “Glass” track was so fast-paced. But, when I did some digging his previous releases have a more somber tone like his track “White Lines.” This is a good sign though because like Party and The Weeknd it’s a positive sign in SB’s development if he’s able to show new wrinkles of his artistry this early on. You should be keeping tabs on the rising Indiana vocalist as he’s gearing up to drop his debut visuals this month. I think this will shed more light on SB as an artist because a lot is sort of a mystery about him. So whenever it’s time for him to start his roll-out process there should be plenty to unpack in finding out new information on SB. Listen to SB’s new offering “Glass” below.

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 …

Watch Travis Scott Perform a Skeletons/Astrothunder Medley on SNL with John Mayer & Kevin Parker

The opportunity to perform on SNL as the musical guest is an iconic moment in an artists career. Incredible artists like Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, SZA, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd have all graced the SNL stage. This past Saturday Houston’s own, Travis Scott delivered an abstract and stunning performance of his songs, “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder.” The medley was brought to life by the accompaniment of John Mayer and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, who assist Travis Scott in bringing the medley to life. The performance focuses on the live instrumentation as the floor of the stage is filled with smoke. Dark lights and additional fog create a ghostly setting for the artists to truly shine, showcasing Travis’ vocal ability, Mayer’s subtle guitar and Parker’s deep bass. Get lost in Travis Scott’s live performance on SNL and give us your thoughts in the comments below!

ASTROWORLD – [Travis Scott]

If you’ve been paying any attention to the hip-hop world over the past year or so, you should be well-aware that Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD has been the most anticipated project release in some time. Stapling him in the elite of his musical generation, the brand new 16-track effort is everything LaFlame fans hoped for & more with arguably the most impressive list of features to date with Frank Ocean, Drake, Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Sheck Wes, Juice WRLD and a handful of others with the most incredible of all being the Stevie Wonder harmonica on Stop Trying To Be God. Not only is Travis’ third studio record overflowing with guests, the star-studded production came from an array of producers including 30 Roc, Hit-Boy, Wondagurl, Tame Impala, Mike Dean, TM88 and so many more that helped in the masterpiece it already is. All in all, Travis said it best when he announced the project this week stating it was ‘time to rage’ and if it wasn’t already obvious, that time is right now. Be sure to let loose ASTROWORLD below and let us know in the comments if the new album exceeded your expectations!