Run It Back – [Craig Xen] & [XXXTentacion]

One artist who has been having a standout year in 2019 is none other than Craig Xen, who is finding himself back on our website today with the release of his brand new offering titled “Run It Back” featuring XXXTentacion. Before even pressing play on this one I expected it to be two things, bass knocking and sonically pleasing, and it was all of that and more! Like I said I expected it to be a loud, bass knocking banger, but this was even more so than I expected. This joint absolutely slaps and a large part of this credit has to go to the menacing instrumental, but the contributions from both Craig & XXX are what took it over the top. This track is on Craig Xen’s upcoming project titled Broken Kids Club that is set to drop on June 19th, so be prepared for that and you can pre order the tape here. Stream this new tune via Soundcloud below.

Watch Adam22 on The Smokebox with B-Real

I apologize because I am a couple weeks late on this one, but not too long ago Adam22 stopped by The Smokebox to chop it up with the west coast & hip-hop legend B-Real! You will find the two of them speaking on several things such as thinking about doing different A&R situations with record labels, his classic interview with XXXTentacion, breaking new artists, his No Jumper podcast, cannabis, his favorite interview he has done, wanting to interview Drake & Snoop, his store on Melrose, advice he would give to someone trying to start, building his brand, being inspired by Joe Rogan and he even shared a hilarious Cypress Hill memory he had from when he was eleven years old. Sit back, relax and enjoy this awesome new conversation 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 …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

LOVELESS – [Global AzN]

Offering his brand new project titled LOVELESS, Global AzN is sure to impress while making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today. The project contains seven notable records that all capture the mental space in which Global AzN currently resides. Each track carries their own characteristics, but they all keep focus on what AzN says as “the sentiments of hopelessness and the reality of living in a seemingly loveless generation.” Reigning from Maryland, AzN finds inspiration through the musical works of Post Malone, XXXTentacion, and Blink 182. With the help of his soulful hooks and alluring vocals, AzN is slowly making a name for himself while paving a lane that very few others can ride in. Also repping Global Gang, Global Krayzie was called on to fill a verse for “Hard To Get” with his intense bars and smooth flow. All in all, Global AzN brought his best with this project so be sure to stream below and follow him on Instagram and Twitter!

2y’s – [Tayy Brown]

Tayy Brown is a new artist to the Lyrical Lemonade pages, but we suspect he won’t be a new name soon, as the young hitmaker is sure to impress with his first appearance on our site. That said, we’re here today to shed a light on the Maryland native’s debut project, 2y’s. With influence from Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and XXXTentacion, this tape packs a slick, addictive that easily sits right with fans of any kind. Having toured with Ski Mask The Slump God on his Ski Meets The World tour, Tayy is ready to spread his wings on the digital front now, and this tape is certainly a good introduction to his sound. Hear it below, and be on the lookout for more from the up-and-comer soon.


Man, this one’s a tough listen. For all the upheaval that X (and those in his life) have gone through, there has still remained lots of positivity surrounding the legacy and impact of such an important artist, and further, fans have received plenty of incredibly, spiritual music to match. This has all been a testament to the persistence and talents of X, and needless to say, fans have many things to be grateful for despite the tragedy of the star’s death. With Skins, X’s first posthumous album, he gives a collection of ten tracks, and, naturally, they hit us right in the feels. “BAD!” is already a standout from the project, but tracks like “whoa (mind in awe)” and the Kanye West-featuring “One Minute” will surely become favorites as well. You can stream the project in its entirety at the link below. Rest in peace to a young legend.

Arms Around You – [Lil Pump] Ft. [XXXTentacion]

It’s certainly no secret that Lil Pump is one of the biggest names in music, so whenever he releases a new record it goes viral, but when you see features from XXXTentacion, Maluma & Swae Lee it’s going to flourish on another level. It only takes one listen through to see that they were going for a more dance hall type of sound & they definitely succeeded at creating an absolutely addicting anthem that will be playing for years to come. Go ahead & check out this brand new tune for yourself below and be prepared for it to climb the charts over the next several weeks.

Moonlight – [XXXtentacion]

XXXtentacion’s loss to the music community was one that we will never forget, and his earlier today his camp released a touching new visual for his record “Moonlight”. XXX’s music was always more like fine art and every single one of his music videos to this point have reflected that perfectly and especially thing one, in large part due to that fact is was also creative directed by the late super star. The point of view that XXX displayed on this one was truly beautiful, he thought of this unique concept and along with some assistance from his crew he provided the perfect visual for this song. Directed by JMP @ualreadyknowJMP Producer: Joey Szela

Sad Flip – [Monte Booker]

Monte Booker is a legend but you already know that by now, and he recently blessed us with an awesome new instrumental titled “Sad Flip”. He flipped XXXTentacion’s hit record “Sad” on this one and it’s not anything you want to miss out on, not too many words here just press play bellow & feel the music.