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Maxo Kream: The Power of Storytelling

In an age defined by the over-consumption of media and the bombardment of news, minute by minute via social media, we often lose sensitivity to the human side of the tragic occurrences and misfortune we hear about. As devastating as it may be, receiving news of a tragedy that occurs anywhere other than home is either entirely ignored or only paid attention to until the next tragedy comes up. Consequently, now, more than ever, the world needs to embrace the value of personal account and further, the power of storytelling. Humanizing these tragedies, whether they be instantaneous or generational (not justifying, which is an important distinction), reminds us that what is presented on the news is a reality, and while these realities may not strike anywhere close to home for some, they permanently alter the lives and communities of others. Houston native Maxo Kream has developed himself to be just the storyteller that music needs, in a time like this. Before this prowess receives celebration, however, it’s important to note that Kream’s stories are, in no way, derived from any sort of motive or political narrative. If they were, Kream wouldn’t present the two sides of his life so clearly …

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

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 …

Creep Creeps – [Yung Lean]

I suppose there’s no other way to describe Yung Lean than as one of today’s weirdest, most creative and talented artists out. You truly never know what direction Lean might take his art, and given the immense versatility that he’s achieved in the past, the palette of musical skills that he possesses is only growing by the second. Today, following up a beautifully peculiar new project released under his real name, Jonatan Leandoer, Lean is back on our pages with a brand new single entitled “Creep Creeps”. Considering that Lean just recently released a project entirely different than anything we’ve heard from him before, I’m not sure I was expecting to receive any regular releases in the hip-hop direction from Lean anytime soon. However, I’m more than glad to receive a new offering, especially when it’s backed with production from Working On Dying — one of Philly’s most sought-after production crews in the game right now. That said, while “Creep Creeps” certainly popped up by surprise, it’s a hard-hitting offering that I’m sure listeners will love, so don’t sleep. Listen to the new single below and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend delving into Lean’s newest project here — it might …

Oogie Mane: Staying the Course

Influence, popularity, and innovation are all central factors that spur the conversation of “mainstream” versus “underground” in music. It is with these metrics that fans deem their favorite artist an “underground legend” or a full-blown “star”, using popular perception and relative terms to grade an artist’s status of fame in a given ecosystem of music. But sometimes this metric just doesn’t fit. In the age of the internet, where social media paves unique pathways for artists of every imaginable kind, the barrier between the mainstream and the underground has become increasingly blurred. Notably, increased visibility of niche scenes is now allowing mainstream acts to dip their hands into the underground, utilizing the boundary-pushing, non-linear styles of smaller artists to predict innovative pushes in sound. This collaboration, or occasional lack thereof, can be demonstrated in a number of ways, sometimes crediting the smaller acts that influenced a mainstream shift and sometimes not. Here enters “I’m Upset” by Drake: a single released for his Scorpion album that arrived right in the midst of a hallmark rap beef against Pusha T, but even more importantly, a single that exemplifies this blurring line between underground and above. I can recall driving home from my …

Sweetwater – [Malia]

Malia is slowly but surely becoming my favorite R&B artist out right now. First gaining attention for the independent release of her Late Bloomer EP back in December of 2017, Malia has been quietly working towards new music. Equipped with the technical ability to shred her guitar in fiery passion or strum embodying lovers subtlety, Malia is a gifted songwriter and composer. The frequent Soulection performer has been around the country gracing crowds with intimate renditions of her discography. Her newest single, “Sweetwater” is the first single from her upcoming project set to release sometime in early 2019. The song is a sonic representation of following your intuition and the natural flow of the universe. With sultry vocals and live instrumentation, Malia embodies the song’s theme creating a care-free atmosphere. Get lost in Malia’s new song below and give us your thoughts on “Sweetwater” in the comments!

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Tatiana Hazel Q&A

Chicago artist Tatiana Hazel is one of the best young acts out, so I knew I had to bring her in for our latest Q&A segment! I first discovered Tatiana’s music roughly a year ago and I have considered myself a fan ever since, she has put out some of the best music from Chicago in that time in my opinion with her sensational TOXIC EP. I believe that in the next few years she is going to blossom into a star before our very eyes not only with her ear pleasing music, but her impressive fashion endeavors as well. Learn a thing or two about Tatiana Hazel below while you stream her EP, and if you like it be sure to keep up with her by giving her a follow on Twitter here!     — Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. A:  I am Tatiana Hazel, a Mexican-American artist from Chicago. I have been writing songs and playing guitar since I was about 11 years old and started releasing original songs on my youtube channel when I was 13. After building a following …

Ninja Turtle – [Keith Ape] Ft. [Wifisfuneral]

Shortly after announcing his debut EP Born Again releasing on September 28th, Keith Ape has let loose a riveting single from the tape with none other than Wifisfuneral titled, Ninja Turtle. Produced by Working on Dying’s Brandon Finessin, the action starts right away as Ape bodied the opening verse on feeling like a member of the TMNT before Wifi bursts on the scene with charismatic bars on the fakes around him and his notable drip that comes with a pretty penny. Now based in Los Angeles, the South Korean-born Ape is set to embark on 88Rising’s Head In The Clouds tour this month which will see a number of states get to witness the energy on his forthcoming debut. If you happen to get the chance to attend I would certainly take advantage but for now, tune into the latest offering in Ninja Turtle below!

I’m Upset – [Drake]

Drake is the talk of the internet right now with his “Duppy Freestyle” and the bad blood between him, Pusha T, and Kanye West, but in the midst of it all, he is back to bless the world with a brand new single, “I’m Upset”, which will appear on his forthcoming album, Scorpion. Although the OVO frontman made it clear that this track is not a follow-up to the current beef but instead another song from his project, the charged up lyrics and fierce, kill-or-be-killed mentality on this one take us down a similar path as listeners. That being said, it’s also critically important to mention that the production on this track comes from none other than Philadelphia producer OOGIEMANE of Working On Dying – a triumphant win for all those paying attention to the underground right now. To see that Drake has his ear to the streets and Mane is getting the recognition he deserves is a wonderful sight, no matter how this huge win came together. Listen to “I’m Upset” at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

LL Presents: The 458Keez Q&A

458 Keez was recently put on my radar after being put on his Ronny J-produced hitter Batmobile featuring the likes of Ski Mask The Slump God & Wifisfuneral. Having only a few releases on his SoundCloud, I wanted to get to know more about 458 and the come-up alongside some of Florida’s biggest names in music right now and also, let it be known that he’s the next to pop out of the Sunshine State. Be sure to check out his Q&A with LL below and let us know which artist you want in a featured discussion next! _ J: First, let our audience know who 458 is and what’s been going on in your life lately. K: My name is 458Keez, I’m from Orlando, FL. Let’s just say Keez stands for the old lifestyle that I used to live. 458 stands for moving at a faster pace. My dream car is a Rari so when I came home from prison I put 458 in front of my name. I just moved out to LA from Florida after my tour with Wifisfuneral. Outside of that, there’s been a lot of movement. I’ve been working with Hayden Tree, Dj Flippp, Morgoth Beats and …