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Def Jam’s Young Gun TJ Porter Talks Representing for Harlem, Having a “Celebrity” Manager, His Sentimental New Single “Do You Care” and Upcoming Debut Album Voice Of the Trenches

Def Jam Records is in something of a youth revolution. The most iconic label in hip-hop history may be turning 35 this year, but it has its eyes newly fixed on the future, with some seventeen newly signed artists set to showcase on next month’s release of Undisputed, a compilation recorded over several days last November in Los Angeles. Front and center among the Undisputed lineup is Harlem, New York’s latest ambassador to the music world, 18 year old TJ Porter, who in only a couple of years in the game has begun to serve notice of his intention to follow in the formidable footsteps of the greats that put his neighborhood on the rap map, including Mase, Dipset and ASAP Mob. The young MC has versatility on his side: early singles, like 2017’s “Trust Issues”, “Quiet Storm” and “Can’t Wait” offered bar spitting life lessons; last fall’s Pregame, his release first with Def Jam, found TJ in melodic mode – celebratory on the breakout “Glowin’ Up” and boastful on “Tricky”; while his most recent EP, No Disturbance­, released only two weeks ago, goes dark on “The Don”, admits to relationship infidelity in “Cheated”, and claps back at doubters on …

Premiere: FLY – [dylAn] feat. [Quatho] and [Jaden Smith]

Calabasas native, dylAn is premiering his new video for his song, “FLY,” right here on Lyrical Lemonade. The song and video come off of his upcoming album, Woodland Hills, set to be released tomorrow, February 22nd. The new video is rap through and through, dylAn commands your attention among a motley crew of MSFT affiliates. Bouncing and dancing among various areas in the cinematic Calabasas hills, dylAn stories his growth, success and future plans as an artist. Trading the spotlight between fellow collaborators Jaden Smith and Quatho, dylAn and crew make sure to hype each other up during the sporadic, fun loving visuals. This is dylAn’s second video from his proceeding album coming off the heels of his video release for “Pull Up (Thousand Oaks).”  Make sure to put your friends on by sharing this new video from dylAn and show some love to the rising artist by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

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 …

Interstellar – [Monte Booker] ft. [Bari]

Stained with St. Louis soul and an endlessly captivating voice, Bari is one of my favorite artists coming out of STL’s flourishing music scene right now. Ever since his guest spot on Smino’s “Z4L” and “Summer Salt“, I haven’t been able to stop delving into the world of the budding star, and today, marking one of 2019’s most exciting collaborations to date, Bari is here on Lyrical Lemonade alongside Monte Booker with a brand new single entitled “Interstellar”. While I certainly didn’t see this joining of forces coming, it makes perfect sense that the eclectic, complex worlds of Booker’s otherworldly production and Bari’s southern charm would mix at one point or another. Bari’s effortless deliveries and STL-induced hymns are the result of a strong sense of artistic identity that few artists achieve in such a cohesive fashion, and likewise, Booker’s eccentric production style is as individualistic as it gets (mainly because he’s on an entirely different level than the rest of the game). Resulting from this collaboration, we receive a starry-eyed new single that perfectly soundtracks the beauty of both artists involved, and for that, we need to appreciate this one. Tracks like “Interstellar” don’t come around every day, especially with a …

Army – [SahBabii]

SahBabii is one of the most entertaining artists in rap right now, and today, revisiting his most recent album, Squitastic, the Atlanta native is back on Lyrical Lemonade with a new set of visuals for one of the album’s standout tracks, “Army”. Following up the military-themed title of this one, the visuals bring forth some army-esque imagery with a Call of Duty-inspired intro and an explosive ending, among other features. SahBabii’s joyful croons complement the hard-nosed nature of the track, and this clash of sound and personality make for a video that I could watch on repeat all day long. Not only was Squidtastic a fantastic album, but all of the subsequent visual releases have been equally, if not even more, compelling, pushing this one toward the top of my favorite projects of 2018. That said, check out the new visuals for “Army” below, and if you haven’t already, be sure to read our interview with SahBabii here! Directed by LoneWolf

Money On Me – [Dava]

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, a budding artist by the name of Dava is here today to make her presence known with a materialistic new love song, “Money On Me”. Focused around the idea of spending money on the one you love, Dava proclaims that she doesn’t want much, just some diamonds — oh, and fast cars, too. Fast cars never hurt. The pop-induced record blurs the line between love and materialism, and using a lively instrumental and a supply of heavenly cadences as its two weapons of choice, “Money On Me” finds the sweet spot between replay value and authenticity. That said, Dava’s music uses pure talent as leverage and subject matter as its goal, bringing forth an addictive sound that will certainly continue to put up numbers all throughout 2019. Be sure to check out “Money On Me” at the link provided below and stay up to date with the latest from Dava by following her on Twitter here! Produced by Lawrence Grivich

The Day After The Verdict – [MC Tree]

Chicago native MC Tree is making his return to our website today with his brand new thought provoking record titled “The Day After The Verdict”. When it comes to straight lyrical ability not many can go bar for bar with MC Tree, he never wastes a bar and he tends to improve any record that he jumps on. The main topic throughout this record are essentially his thoughts the day after the verdict of ex Chicago police officer & murder Jason Van Dyke for shooting Lawuan McDonald sixteen times, and MC Tree truly poured out his soul and you can hear it in the conviction in his voice. Along with the release of this new offering MC Tree left us with some words adding: “one day after convicted child killer and ex chicago cop jason van dyke was sentenced to 81 months for the murder of 16 year old laquan mcdonald. i felt compelled to express my feelings in a song last night.. i was heated to say the least, although this was the first time in the history of chicago that a chicago cop was convicted of wrongful murder on the job, which in itself is a great achievement …

Watch Damon Dash’s brand new interview on Hip-Hop Motivation

I have wrote on these pages time and time again speaking about how much of a legend that Dame Dash is, and just recently he teamed up with his right hand man Kenyatta for a dope new conversation. You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of interesting topics such as Aaliyah, energy in the world, dealing with naysayers, being a great father, patterns within his family, the industry, his relationship with Jay Electronica, having a good eye for talent, being on Wiz Khalifa & Lil Uzi Vert early on, being inspired by art and much more. Check out this awesome new interview below!

Diamond – [Jordyn Edmonds]

The new year is underway, work has resumed, and class is back in session! If you all are anything like me, I’m sure all of you are itching for some new music to help you get back into the swing of things. Look no further than Lyrical Lemonade first timer, Jordyn Edmonds, as he’s here to deliver a brand new track that will certainly make you feel some type of way . Jordyn Edmonds is a 21 year old producer from Naples, Florida. He only started making beats 4 years ago, and after hearing his latest track, “Diamond”, I’m confident that he’ll be around for many more years to come. If you’re a fan of chill instrumental beats then you won’t be disappointed with this one. The track starts off with a simple piano melody, but quickly evolves into a groove that you won’t be able to resist, and from there, the music speaks for itself. I’ve attached the Spotify link below, so take a listen and let us know what you think of Jordyn Edmonds. If you like this track and want to stay up to date with new releases, follow his social media accounts here and here. 

Watch Damon Dash’s brand new interview on Hip Hop Motivation

Damon Dash is one of the greatest minds in hip-hop in my opinion so I always find myself glued to his interviews because of his often interesting & convincing viewpoints. The main few topics of this thirty-five minute conversation include the national reaction and his own feelings of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary, not being happy when Jay & R Kelly collaborated, his relationship with Aaliyah, being a parent and more. Check out this brand new conversation below!