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overpaid – [aldn] ft. [Tom the Mail Man]

It’s honestly hard to think of an artist who has put in as much work as aldn has this year. Notice how I said “as much”, because I really don’t think that anyone has been able to exceed his output whatsoever. I mean, the 21-year-old has released numerous projects, tons of music videos, and he has been on a few tours including his recent debut headlining tour that sold out in major cities all over the country including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston, amongst other meccas. With so much going on, I feel like it should be impossible to not only make the amount of music that he has but also ensure that everything is as high quality as it is, so for that and plenty of other things, I give him all the props in the entire world. Earlier this month, the Virginia native dropped yet another EP entitled post spring self destruction that boasts 7 songs running just under 19 minutes, and with features like Tom the Mail Man as well as Riovaz, you already know how impeccable this effort was bound to be. When I saw that he dropped a Tommy Kiljoy-directed visual for the …

First Light – [Xavier Wulf]

Memphis has been a force in the music industry for decades, but it feels like no one in the last 10 years or so has made nearly as large of an impact as Xavier Wulf. The underground icon has been steadily making music for quite some time, and with experience came even better music, so to say he was at the top of his game during any other time than right now is straight banter. Of course, I love all of his music leading up to now, but you can just see how zoned in he is and hear how sharp his words have become throughout the years, and that is once again showcased on Blood Shore Season 3, his recently released project that I simply can’t stop listening to. It’s only right that legends work with other legends, so when I saw him team up with DotComNirvan to shoot a music video for the effort’s cut “First Light”, I wasted no time before tuning in. Nirvan is a sharpshooter with the camera, just like X is on the mic, so the way they were able to bring his love for all things cars, anime, and action together in this …

Ready – [Young Nudy]

No matter where in the world you look to find new music, inspirations for these artists typically come back to one place: Atlanta. The ATL has become the first place many rap fans look to for the hottest new music, and it’s crazy that the underground is just as prominent as the mainstream emcees that call the Georgia capital home. It also just feels like there are more mainstream legends in Atlanta than anywhere else, and not a single one has transformed from a respected spitter to an overplayed, cheesy emcee like we’ve seen happen in other areas of the country. Whether we’re talking about Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Gunna, or any other names that you could list off all day and night without running out of artists, they all make an impact and not only respect each other, but work together to create music that will go down in history, no matter how far into the future you look. Young Nudy is another name that you can add to the list, and although he still feels like he has certain underground qualities to him, I think that’s because he is never going to leave the street life completely …

SHOTS! – [JELEEL!] ft. [Denzel Curry]

I try my best to diversify the things I write about by including different artists as well as a mixture of songs, videos, and projects as often as I can. There are obviously a few artists that I write about a bit more regularly, but that’s just because it’s more fun for me to write about people I truly listen to regularly than it is for me to try and come up with tons of things to say about an emcee that I just don’t know too much about. I say all of this because earlier this week, in fact just a few days ago, I wrote about JELEEL!’s song “SHOTS!” with Denzel Curry, a track that was pulsating with energy, vigor, and vitality, as we’ve come to expect from the Rhode Island and Florida phenoms. Not even a week could go by, though, without them teaming up with director Zach Madden to shoot a music video for the banger, so even though I just posted the song, I simply couldn’t resist talking about the video because it was just so well-executed. In the miniature movie, we’re taken to this industrial warehouse where there is this complicated contraption resting in …

All I Know – [DC the Don]

Some people make music just for the fun of it and don’t really put too much thought into what they create. I don’t hate on this because they just let their creativity flow and see what comes out of it, but I just think that emcees who have a vision along with a story to tell always end up with a more fruitful career that has longevity, and it makes sense why. DC the Don is one of these musicians because he incorporates his vision into every single thing he releases from songs to videos to entire projects, and it is obvious every step of the way. I had the pleasure of seeing this hitmaker live a month or so ago here in Chicago, and I was beyond enthused to know that the energy and emotion he pours into his art isn’t made up or fabricated because I could feel his passion, love, and charm in the air as he commanded a crowd at that show. I’m already itching to get to another performance of his ASAP, but with his album Funeral slowly unraveling in the form of amazing singles and visuals, I am just excited for what’s to come. …

Face no Book / Lost it All – [Heembeezy]

With the number of rising talents that I have come across throughout more than three years of writing for Lyrical Lemonade, it can be hard to say that one consistent artist is more hardworking than another. I think the real difference maker is the fact that some people release constantly, never letting a week go by without a new piece of musical content of some sort, while others take their time in order to make sure that the songs they’re releasing are truly great, and they’re worthy of the listens that they receive. One thing that many up-and-comers struggle with is a mixture of both of these qualities because they often either release a bunch of average records as often as possible or they release insanely good songs sparingly. One emcee that has figured out the perfect formula is Heembeezy because he seems to put out music regularly while also ensuring everything he drops is unique, eye-catching, and impressive. I may not be completely familiar with Heem, but the homie sent through two of the music videos that he put out within the past few months, and I was basically running to my computer to get these posted on the …

SHOTS! – [JELEEL!] & [Denzel Curry]

If you have to ask yourself why JELEEL! has become one of the most notorious artists in the current generation of music, then you’re already far behind the curve. While I have admittedly never really gotten the right opportunity to listen to the rapidly growing phenom, I already knew I would like him based on his sheer energy and personality, but those are some of the first things people claim to notice about the exuberant emcee. I mean, I haven’t even seen him live and in person yet, but based on videos I’ve seen, I can say that he is one of the best performers you’ll see, and even with my novice experience of his music, he is on my bucket list of shows to attend without a doubt. If you haven’t seen videos of his performances, then look them up and you’ll see why I say this, but I knew it was about time to finally tune in and catch up on everything I’ve missed once I saw that he teamed up with Denzel Curry to bring their brand-new song “SHOTS!” to life. The Rhode Island emcee even produced this jam with some help from FNZ, using an entirely …

F it, I Made It – [Eva Shaw] ft. [G Milla] & [BTK Villeion]

I know I can throw the word icon around quite regularly, but that doesn’t mean I use the term lightly at all. Sometimes I use it as a way to describe someone whose music I have become obsessed with while other times, I use it as a descriptor for a person that just feels bigger than the music industry and is a mogul in every sense of the word. For Toronto artist Eva Shaw, I use the word icon in both aforementioned senses, because she has this vibrant personality that seems to shine bright no matter where she is or what she’s doing, and I’m not even talking about her in a musical sense. Her personality just embodies the word, and it feels like she is in a different tier than any other producer out there, but considering she is much more than simply a beat smith, I think her domination makes sense. It appears as if she has a hand in every part of the creative process of her music, so whether it comes to producing, writing lyrics, composing songs, directing/producing music videos, or any other element of a record’s release, Eva has the reigns and she’s not letting …

Vanish Mode – [SleazyWorld Go]

Over the past 8 months or so, it seems like there hasn’t been a single week that has passed where I haven’t heard someone talk about SleazyWorld Go, but when you look at his recent track record of bangers, it makes sense why he’s always the topic of conversation. The Kansas City hitmaker has been rising into the spotlight pretty steadily over the past year or two, and after solidifying numerous notable cosigns, dropping a few chart-topping records, and popping up on music media sites all over the world, it feels like there isn’t much else that needs to be done to secure his spot as one of the very best emcees in the new generation of rappers. It’s just hard to fathom the fact that he is barely getting his career off the ground and he has already seen so much success early on, so he is certainly going to be someone you simply can’t ignore as he continues his takeover. His mixtape Where the Shooters Be isn’t even a week old yet, but he hasn’t even come close to moving on from the tape’s celebration, dropping a WaterWippinEvan-directed music video for “Vanish Mode” which just so happens to …

Let You Know – [Eem Triplin] ft. [$NOT]

As time has gone on, Eem Triplin has steadily made a name for himself as one of the most exciting up-and-coming rappers in the entire music industry. Thanks to a mixture of his own inventive production, extremely clean music videos, and one-of-a-kind sound, he is a name that people haven’t overlooked since he first got behind a mic not too long ago. If his name sounds familiar, that’s because he is one of the main masterminds behind some of $NOT’s most viral and impressive jams, crafting instrumentals for songs like “Revenge”, “Benzo”, and many more. As Eem has continued to see his stock price rise while releasing banger after banger, I had no choice but to constantly wonder if he’d actually hop on a song with the Florida phenom at some point this early in his rap career. Well, considering they’ve been with each other more than ever before (See $NOT’s music video for his latest song “Simple”), it seems only fitting that they finally got a song in, and the result of their creative brilliance is a record called “Let You Know”. The production features some characteristic organs, succinct drums, and unique percussion, all of which come together to …