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On Paper – [Ze Miles]

Hailing from the Newburgh/Poughkeepsie region of New York rapper Ze Miles makes his debut in our pages today with his introspective and lyrically dense song and its vibrant visual which brings the track to life, courtesy of Panoramic Films. Miles floats over the slow-burning, melancholy instrumental with a mature and balanced flow, carefully selecting each word and delivering them with confidence, something that was easy for him I’m sure given that the Pieper Beats production suits Miles so perfectly. This track comes off his release from last month “STILL LOST” which is a psychedelic and analytical, applying his wisdom to both everyday situations he faces and problems that seem too daunting to manage. I look forward to hearing more from Ze Miles soon and definitely would recommend diving into his new mixtape if you enjoyed this visual.

ruthless / trouble – [Rich Amiri]

It always amazes me when I take the time to read bios and interviews with artists that I don’t know very much about because there never fails to be a handful of information that surprises or impresses me. Whether it’s something about their upbringing, their career, co-signs, connections, or even milestones that they’ve achieved, there is usually at least one or two things that I find interesting. Rich Amiri is someone I have heard of many times and have listened to every now and then, but I never took too much time to learn more about him, so when I saw he released a two-pack of records called “ruthless” and “trouble”, I wanted to give him a once-over so I could understand his journey a little more. I was just blown away to find out that he only started taking music seriously not very long ago, and even after starting to upload songs that were recorded in his bedroom to SoundCloud in 2020, it’s truly impressive to see the blossoming career he has built through great music, an individualistic sound, and a compelling personality, with a few viral moments to help along the way. In his newly released track “ruthless”, …

Lawsy talks Sexxnb, his inspirations, the team of producers behind him, and his goals for the rest of 2022 in an exclusive new interview

No artistic medium of the past century is safe from post-modernism, and much of the last two decades have seen a re-purposing of everything from architecture to clothing trends and even music, as the ‘SoundCloud’ generation in-particular showed millions how contemporary music styles can be fused with futuristic production styles and autotune warped deliveries. This creative trend is even evident in a scene such as NY-drill’s red-hot sample movement that has turned classic songs from the last thirty-years into frenetically-paced instrumentals fit for the artists to record by punching one line in over top the next, resulting in staccato, machine-gun-esque flows more suited to the subject matter of their lyrics than the oftentimes ironically warped 2000’s pop-hits they borrow melodies from. However this is just the tip of the iceberg and chances are at some point across the internet almost every single genre of the past one-hundred-years has been retrofitted in one way or another, having trunk-rattling 808’s introduced over acoustic instrumentation of the past or hedonist lyrics with almost sacrilegious subject matter over tracks considered musical canon or at the very least veer sharply in a different direction from the original creator’s intentions. Rising teenage star Lawsy is one …

POOR – [$avvy]

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Nashville multihyphenate $avvy. Following the release of his last project Boys Wear Pearls early last year. Save for last summer’s lone single “Calling It Quits”, it’s been mostly radio silence from our young king. If you live on the east coast you might have been able to catch $avvy perform live, but chances are you’ve been just like me – patiently waiting for new music from one of Nashville’s most exciting newcomers. Luckily today fans are treated to a project many months inthe making, POOR, the newest LP from $avvy himself. Known for his unique take on R&B and hip-hop, POOR sees $avvy flexing his artistic talents even further while sounding more concentrated than ever before. This is a theme that comes up frequently on POOR, as each track showcases a new musical style and aspect of versatility from the young Tennessee artist that fans have missed over the past year. POOR‘s opening track “CALL” features a serene and shimmering mix that sees $avvy leveling his own modern style with a vintage 90’s R&B sensibility. The next minute he’s spitting bars on “CRUCIAL” with laid-back confidence over a nostalgic mix that sounds like it could …

BACKDOOR OPEN – [WORLD TOUR MAFIA]

Out of all the numerous crews and collectives in Detroit, World Tour Mafia has become of the most influential and recognizable at this point, as their members have all delivered a number of memorable solo projects, not to mention continually blessing both their city and the world beyond with memorable guest verses and indubitable shit talking skills. WTM Scoob, Milt, DaeMoney, Solid, Miles, and Re make up the tight-knit crew, possessing an obvious chemistry and mutually beneficial culture that enables them to flex on their naysayers and doubters as a group, pushing each others music faithfully along the way. Their latest group visual for their track “BACKDOOR OPEN” was produced by the rapidly ascending production duo of Lulrose and Lulboobie who each have produced a number of the midwest’s most memorable songs, and in Lulrose’s case has been the mastermind behind many beloved underground tracks for years but continually manages to work with all of the hottest up and comers, shaping their sound on their way to the top. From start to finish this track was loaded with wisdom, bragging, and Instagram captions and the confidence that they possess is contagious and I look forward to seeing and hearing each …

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

The Life of Pi’erre 5 – [Pi’erre Bourne]

The game’s most recognizable producer with his iconic producer tags and memorable sound, Pi’erre Bourne, has been really been applying tons of pressure in the game ever since he step foot in it. Without a doubt, his sound is one that is often imitated but never duplicated, and he is inspiring tons of producers out there with his simplistic, yet encapturing instrumentals that he has flooded the game with. While most known for his beats, he began his career years ago as a self-fulfilled rapper, being able to write his own songs, record and mix them, and provide the beat as well. His project series The Life of Pi’erre has been around since 2016 if you remember Pi’erre from his early Soundcloud days. Dropping the first three installments exclusively on Soundcloud, many fans we’re aware that he actually rapped until his guest verse on Playboi Carti’s Die Lit in 2018. His debut album The Life of Pi’erre 4 was considered a cult classic by many fans of his, and he is back to do it all over again–this time, ten times bigger. It’s finally here–The Life of Pi’erre 5. One thing fans can immediately differentiate from his last project is that there are a …

melatonin – [Zac Greer]

Over the past couple of months, Overcast has become one of my absolute favorite music video production companies. Not only are they making some of the most creative visual to date, but they’re working with some of the most promising, underground, and even certain undiscovered talents that the world needs to know about. While I might’ve gotten into their offerings from hyperpop visuals and their work with artists like ericdoa, midwxst, glaive, and brakence, I have been introduced to multiple other acts such as XIX, lilspirit, koi, and most recently, Zac Greer. Although I have known about Zac ever since I began to watch their visuals, I somehow didn’t realize exactly how unbelievably talented he was until his most recent song “melatonin”. When this track dropped not very long ago at all, I was consumed with not only the upbeat, bouncy instrumental and Zac’s incredible vocals, but I was also captivated by the way he was able to share his story about the hardships of a relationship that fell through his fingers because I think that’s something so many listeners can relate to on a very personal, melancholic level. That’s why, when I found out he was teaming up with …

Are U Live – [Chance the Rapper] & [Jeremih] ft. [Valee]

Now that we’re in December, it’s obvious that Christmas is right around the corner. Although there’s no snow on the ground and things feel slightly different with Covid and quarantine, we can definitely use some holiday cheer. When thinking of holiday classics, at least a few years ago, Hip-Hop and Rap music probably wasn’t one of your go-to genres to get in the Christmas spirit, but Chance the Rapper and Jeremih have made sure to flip the script. The duo did this with the release of their series Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama, a compilation of songs that contains some holiday anthems and some uncharacteristic, off the wall offerings that are even more explorative than any of the Bing Crosbys or Mariah Careys have ever even thought of getting. Out of all these wonderfully spirited records, one that has always stood out to me was “Are U Live” a track featuring Valee who has been one of my favorite Chicago rappers for quite some time. Valee just seems to bring out a different side of artists that fans never knew existed but crave once they get even the slightest peak at it. While we’ve all heard this track by now, we …

Work Out – [Worry Club]

Chicago-native Worry Club makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with an excellent new song titled “Work Out.” Real name Chase Walsh, Worry Club’s new record follows his breakout record “Japanese,” which was featured on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Rock,’ and Billie Eilish’s handpicked Lorem’ playlist. Learning how to play the guitar at just five years old, Walsh eventually learned the drums, piano, bass and violin –  with the milestone of his fist self-produced record at age thirteen. Unfortunately dealing with demons of depression, the artist’s bedroom studio fortunately provides a healthy refuge and mechanism to cope with his mental battles. Worry Club also is no particular fan of positive songs, once stating: “All the happy songs sound depressing and the depressing songs just make you want to dance.” “Work Out is a song about the uncomfortable situation you find yourself in after a one night stand and the awkward conversation that ensues the next morning. The song zeros in on that next day, how I keep going over it in my head and later always seem to regret the decision I made” – Worry Club I enjoyed this particular offering from Worry Club because of the bold transparency and vulnerability …