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Get Refreshed: The Best Production Trio In Digicore, Team Rockit Blasts Off, and Kmoe Explains “Gloves”

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company “Prying Eyes” Is A Natural Next Step For Tropes Even in scenes as dynamic and diverse as digicore has shaped up to be, certain commonalities between its artist-base are all-too-prevalent. Among this scene’s most standout shared traits is its artists’ willingness to explore any and all creative outlooks in regards to their career progression; from incorporating new sounds and styles into their sonic approach, to simply taking on a “fluid” artistic development with no set structure overall, these artists are finding solace in consistent artistic exploration from all avenues.  Following suit in this light is PlanetZero and Graveem1nd mainstay Tropes, who surprised just about everyone this past week with their out-of-the-blue release “Prying Eyes.” The 4-track EP takes a full dive into the worlds of alternative, punk-centric pop — fit with guitar-centric song structures, deeply personalized themes, and other traits consistent with this particular approach.  Produced entirely by easily their closest and most trusted contemporary dltzk, it’s a project that impresses beyond its explorative traits in full. The pure quality that these two bring in this …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

13 G’s – [ILLYMINIACHI]

Over the past few months, ILLYMINIACHI has been releasing some of the best music of his career. With a unique voice and approach to his music, there has never been any question that ILLYMINIACHI stands out amongst the pack. His laid-back delivery matches perfectly with complicated production that lines up for something that sticks with you after listening. As we move closer to the release date of his highly anticipated project CAMPAIGN, ILLY blessed us with another single titled “13 G’s” which is another upbeat banger that is set to test the bass in your speakers. The last time we heard from ILLY, he was venturing into new territory with a UK Drill influence. On his latest release the Vancouver artist performing at his best, riding the pocket over astronomical production by 13Graeme. While the past year has seen travel come to a standstill, ILLYMINIACHI has spent a good portion of his time in Nigeria working on music. ILLY has always been one to pull from a multitude of influences, going back home is sure to have unlocked some different sonics that we will hear in the not-so-distant future. To accompany the single release, a video was released to bring the …

Loes n Hies – [Amon]

San Diego native rapper Amon is on pace to release a new single every other week for the next few months and, in doing so, is proving himself to be one of the most exciting new rappers ascending. The personal declaration has resulted in an impressive showcasing of lyricism and storytelling that is expanding the burgeoning rapper’s name with each release. His latest single, “Loes n Hies,” places a magnifying glass on his technical skill in what feels like a storied delivery of what has been on his mind as of late. The newly released introspective record feels testimonial, with simple looped production creating an intimate space for Amon to air his grievances, both personal, and professional as he continues to make strides in the industry. Although the rapper has captivated listeners with more uptempo songs in the past, Amon is proving himself to be a rapper who can make an uptempo braggadocios record as well as something more personal that will have you hanging on every word. Listen to “Loes n Hies” by Amon below.

Get Refreshed: The Story of Cartz

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Alejo Andres Remembering To Forget With Cat Mother Any creative eager to move towards new beginnings in their artistic career might focus on the idea of the “future” more than anything else. Most creatives would more than likely share this belief in full; planning out how things might turn out in going through with an artistic transition is much better than going in blind, obviously.  But what’s even more obvious is this: Quinn – the 16-year-old phenom of the online music world – has never, and will never, be classified under the title of “most creatives.” Simply put, we’re dealing with a talent who stands completely amongst themselves in regards to their place in the modern music landscape as a whole, and nothing better exemplifies that than their brand new artistic endeavor under the pseudonym “Cat Mother.”  This fresh title has arrived with an equally-fresh outlook in regards to their craft. The immense, impactful, and influential waves that they have already created with their past pop-centric work has been effectively concealed and placed out of sight by way …

Tappd’n – [A.CHAL]

If there’s one thing that is common amongst rappers in the game, is the ideology of getting love in your own city before anything else. Of course, all the support from all around the world means a lot, but getting that appreciation in your hometown is a feeling like no other. Being tapped in, means that you are well connected with your surroundings, you know what’s going on in your town, and people around the city can feel the energy you exert when your presence is near. Today, Peruvian artist A.CHAL is returning to the Lyrical Lemonade website to show us how connected he is on his latest offering, “Tappd’n”. With the rise of Latin music and artists as of late, A.CHAL has been doing a great job at contributing to the wave of artists to look out for. Providing the perfect blend between rapping and singing, he boasts a high level of confidence in each record he releases and understands what it takes to make a hit song. That being said, this record has the potential to be just that. On “Tappd’n, A.CHAL is seen maneuvering around New York in a green Lambo tapping in with a bunch of …

Brolic – [Abstract Media]

It is my pleasure to introduce the Lyrical Lemonade readership to Abstract Media. The Atlanta-based rap group recently came across my radar through their single, “Brolic,” and I was immediately sold on the unshakeable energy this group delivers. Composed of hard-hitting drums, melodic flows, and an undeniable x-factor that is shared among the members, Abstract Media creates a bop-inducing brand of Hip-Hop that not only caters to fans of rappers with lyrical prowess but also those looking to set a tone. “Brolic” embodies this duality with ease, creating a song that not only stirs you up but is packed with verses that impress. Although they’ve been releasing music since 2015, it appears Abstract Media has fine-tuned their vision and is ready for the world to catch up – get familiar now, not later. Listen to “Brolic” by Abstract Media below.

Stay Dangerous – [Bravo the BagChaser] ft. [Drakeo the Ruler & Blueface]

Following Drakeo the Ruler’s release from federal prison the Los Angeles rap scene was reinvigorated tremendously after a depressing stretch where many of the city’s latest hip-hop champions and primary sonic architects were silenced by the government through a series of legal battles. Nonetheless the city persevered and added many other new big names in the process like BlueBucksClan or in today’s case, Bravo the BagChaser who recently brought his star studded track “Stay Dangerous,” which features Drakeo the Ruler and BlueFace, to life in a new Director Carrington directed visual. This song comes off of his recent project Bagchasin’ this week which made a major statement as far as launching him into the tier of LA’s elite rappers is concerned, recruiting a number of other big name artists for that release as well. I really like Bravo’s voice and he has a very distinct melodic twang in his delivery that stands out from some of his more monotone or pitchy peers and he shined on this track amongst two of his city’s brightest stars. I would definitely recommend his new project as well if you liked the video and if you enjoy LA music in general you are certain to …

Get Refreshed: Roxas Hits A Hat Trick, The Unstoppable d1v, and Sam Thraxx’s Definitive Guide To Making It In The Music Industry

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker dark0: “shining star” I am not quite sure who would’ve ever had the following belief, but for anyone who thought London-based club producer dark0 had anything less to prove up to this point in his career, they would be coming from a place of sheer ignorance, plain and simple. The outstanding outpouring of content from this digitally-incentivized production force has been nothing short of brilliant in all regards, and the mass amount of times this notion has been proven as such should be enough to cement their status as among the greatest modern figures within his craft.  And yet, he’s nowhere close to being finished — not in the slightest. Exemplified by the Year0001-hosted single entitled “shining star,” the first off of their long-awaited debut album experience Eternity, his potential has yet to be fully revealed, which is truly saying something for us outside onlookers who have considered his past work in a near-perfect light.  But with this track being paired with the corresponding reveal of the forthcoming album’s fantasy video game concept – driven by …

Teriyaki – [Nate Husser] & [Mick Jenkins]

Every day, I get hit up by countless publicists about music I don’t necessarily care about, and considering I don’t know how they found my information in the first place, these random inquiries just dilute the actual good music that I should hear. Nonetheless, I try and keep as open of a mind as possible and at least take a look or even a listen to these artists regardless of if I have heard of them or not, and there are definitely some gems in these emails and DMs, no question about it. Just the other day, I got an email inquiring about a new song by this guy named Nate Husser, a name I had never heard of before but he’s a name I’m definitely going to familiarize myself with moving forward. While the Canadian up and comer might not have caught my eye otherwise, he luckily recruited Mick Jenkins to hop on his latest single “Teriyaki”, so when I saw Mick’s name, I knew I had no choice but to listen up. Dominique Sanders produced this record beginning with some standoffish, almost jungle-like flutes that are eventually met with a simplistic yet tempo-setting drum pattern that creates a …