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Fall Hard – [Key!]

If you’re anything like me, Key’s heartbreakingly hilarious single, “Miami Too Much,” has been on repeat ever since its release. From the overdramatic croons to the slippery deliveries, “emotional Key!” is one of my favorite forms of the Atlanta legend, and today, he’s back in full form yet again with a fantastic new record, “Fall Hard.” Not only does this song follow along with the emotional blueprint of some of Key’s recent music, but the production is also handled by none other than Oogie Mane of Working On Dying — a must-watch name from Philly whose gone from underground legend to a producer for Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, and several others in the past year or so. Needless to say, this one-two punch of talent is sure to impress, and “Fall Hard” obliges, soundtracking Key’s natural tendency to “fall haaaaaaaaard” whenever he falls in love. That said, I’m sure that many of our readers out there won’t just love the song in all of its sugary, energetic glory, but will also connect on a personal level with Key’s confessional rhymes, so don’t sleep on this one. Stream “Fall Hard” below and let us know what you think in the …

Miami Too Much – [KEY!]

Atlanta icon KEY! dropped his first single of the year and it is the perfect anthem to bring in summer. “Miami Too Much” shows Keyonce channeling his inner soulful side, pairing a smooth hook with his witty lyrics that always have me running his songs back to make sure there wasn’t a single line missed. After dropping one of my favorite projects of 2018, 777 with Kenny Beats, I have been anticipating new music from one of the most creative rappers out. As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, Key is setting up the pieces for his upcoming project SO EMOTIONAL which is sure to feature the SoundCloud Veteran opening up into his inner R&B superstar and making the music he has always wanted to make. The visuals for this single take the whole song to another level to know surprise as Key’s visuals have been on the cinematic side for each of his last visual releases. Key has been working heavily with Kenny Beats over the past few years, on this track he is branching out and working with another of this generation’s most talented producers Working On Dying’s Oogie Mane. The romantic single is all about Key’s girl …

Taylor Bennett Speaks on The American Reject, the Cover Art, TBE + more!

Taylor Bennett has been one of the biggest pieces in the puzzle that makes up Chicago’s music community. He has been rapping and creating music for damn near a decade and has become not only one of Chicago’s best rappers, but more importantly one of the brightest business minds that the city has to offer. The growth of his company Taylor Bennett Entertainment has been amazing to watch to say the least: he has built up a still small yet unbelievably talented roster with Bianca Shaw who has blossomed into one of the best talents that the city has to offer, as well as Zxxk who is one of the most talented producers & creatives in the game. When we look back ten years from now, these two will be far along in their careers under the guidance of Taylor & TBE. Next week Taylor is releasing his forthcoming album The American Reject, and when I saw him tease the cover I knew I had to bring him by the Lyrical Lemonade office to pick his brain about the project, the cover and so much more. As we gear up for the project that appears to be Taylor’s biggest and most …

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 …