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Torrio – [ROYSMITH]

Nashville’s ROYSMITH has been one of my favorite diamonds in the rough for some time now and after taking a brief hiatus from releasing music he returned with a brand new visual for his atmospheric banger “Torrio” complete with a new visual directed by the wildly talented Spencer Miller. “Torrio” is spurned on by a trunk-rattling instrumental that creates an ominous atmosphere from the song’s start and as the song progresses this bleak mood set by the beat is matched by Roy’s dark and trancey vocals. It has become standard for ROYSMITH to attack his beats in different ways and he has a distinct perspective on how his flow ought to be given that he produces all of his music in its entirety. This is only the beginning of hopefully a chain of releases from the Nashville based artist and there are very few artists in all of Tennessee that can match his versatility and none that can fall into his unique style.

KNOWHERE – [DillanPonders]

An artist who has been releasing some of the strongest singles of his career to close out 2019 is DillanPonders. The Toronto staple has begun to turn heads in his city, all by remaining true to his vision and pushing high-quality rap music to his devout fanbase. On his latest EP KNOWHERE Dillan emphasizes his passion behind moving to the beat of his own drum and not fit into the expectations of society. This project leans towards the dark side of Dillan’s creative mind, understandably so after over a half-decade as an independent artist who has experienced a wild variety of highs and low traversing through the music industry. DillanPonders has been on an impressive run of dropping singles, with the most recent being “JURASSIC” alongside the red hot IDK. That feature may bring in new fans for Dillan but some of his strongest songs on the project are Dillan on his own laying down relentless bars. The intro song “KNOW I’M GOD” is one of my personal favorites, as Ponders puts his city on notice for his place as his own enigma, outside of the competitive nature amongst artists in Toronto. Playing off this, “LIMITLESS” sets his sights for the …

Hyukoh – [Jacqueline Haupt]

As listeners, we often subconsciously categorize artists without even realizing it. In fact, to some extent, it almost seems like human nature at this point to comfort ourselves with comparison when trying to understand a new style of music. However, every once in a blue moon, I’ll come across an artist who simply can’t be categorized. It’s too limiting, too tunnel-visioned, and quite honestly, a bit dismissive of the creativity at hand. Such is the case with Jacqueline Haupt, especially as we see in her brand new single, “Hyukoh.” Unique to a point of astounding individuality, “Hyuokoh” shows us an artist whose eccentricity removes her from any fair comparison. Haupt operates entirely in her own lane, and with a song as fervent, oddly satisfying, and well-executed as her latest, this simply can’t be denied. On one hand, it’s the dreamy production, floating among the clouds as the kicking drumlines contrast such gentle instrumentation. On the other hand, it’s Haupt’s breathtaking vocals, gracing such production with a mysterious charm, further speaking to the young singer’s appeal: a classic case of “I love it, but I just can’t put my finger on why.” These elements and so much more make “Hyukoh” an impeccable listen, well …

Sunday Morning – [Skeez]

Skeez is someone who I just found out about this morning while scrolling through my Soundcloud feed, when I ran across his new record titled “Sunday Morning”, and it’s a diamond in the rough for sure. Skeez seems to be a very new artist considering that this is just the second song he has released on his account, but you wouldn’t be able to tell after listening to this one, he sounds like he has been practicing his craft for a while now. I will be keeping up with Skeez’s future releases moving forward, and I think you might be doing the same after you hear this new jam, so go ahead + check it out below.

Day by Day – [Fiji Blue]

Today, making it onto our Lyrical Lemonade pages for the first time is a duo that goes by the name of Fiji Blue. If you’ve heard of them before then you’re among the lucky ones, but if you haven’t yet, then you’re in the right place. The two artists behind this amazing project are Valentin Fritz and Trevor Dering. Valentin takes care all of the production, which makes sense since he’s worked with the likes of Trevor Daniel, Baby Jake and UMI. Trevor Dering rounds out this perfectly cohesive bond by adding his amazing vocal talents to the music. Fiji Blue is making their debut today for the release of their brand new track entitled “Day by Day”. After listening, I’ve concluded that you honestly couldn’t ask for a better track than this one. The stellar production from Valentin is extremely well done as it sets an infectious ambience that will captivate you instantly. Trevor Dering’s vocals and impressive melodies take this whole thing to a new level as well. Their genre is a very interesting combination of chill house, indie pop and alternative; a genre they’ve self proclaimed as “sad boy chill house”. The coolest part about their style is …

Wale Self Reflects on Life, Love and All the Above on ‘Wow… That’s Crazy’

“Wow I made one of the best albums of the year .. that’s crazy” -Wale, via Twitter “Timing is everything” — by far one of the most cliche and overused quotes to exist on the face of the Earth. To many people, this quote may mean nothing at all. To true musicians, this quote means the world. Music is currently in an era which people like to consider the “Microwave era” — very fast-paced and not full of content that sits long with fans around the world. There are some artists who are okay with this, releasing music and having fans tweet you two weeks later asking “yO wHeRes aNoThEr aLbUm?!”. Other artists are not okay with that, only creating music with the pure intention of sticking with the people and standing tall on their integrity to keep producing their best work possible. When it comes to Wale, he happens to be one of those artists who has always stood his ground on putting his best foot forward when releasing music. Coming out at the top of this decade alongside Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & J. Cole, Wale is among the hip hop heavyweights and has had a strong …

With Love, Lexi – [Lexi]

Lexi is an unbelievably skilled songstress out of Chicago who we here at LL have been big fans of for some years now, and just a few days back she released an excellent new tape titled “With Love, Lexi.” I was more than eager to listen to this project because I have been patiently waiting to hear a tape from Lexi for a long time now, but man was it worth the wait, because she truly crushed it & created a solid body of work. With this release Lexi has thrown her name into the conversation for one of the brightest new R&B acts coming out of the city, I am sure it won’t be long before more and more Chicagoans start to get in tune with her, but to this point she has built up a loyal core fanbase that’s only getting bigger by the day. Be expecting to see this project included in our Top 50 Chicago projects list that drops in just a couple months, be first of your friend group to discover this diamond in the rough, stream this tape below!

Can’t Wait To Find U – [Hayes]

Gracing our pages twice within the past few weeks, Atlanta native Hayes is becoming somewhat of a frequent flyer here at Lyrical Lemonade, and rightfully so. Boasting a notably honest sense of self, the budding talent keeps things authentic above anything else, constantly setting forth a genuine footprint of songwriting — and character progression — with each successive release. Today, maintaining his win streak with a bit of a curveball, Hayes is back with a new song entitled “Can’t Wait To Find U.” Contrasting his past two releases, “Can’t Wait To Find U” leaves things on a more upbeat note, packaging heart-led curiosity within a slew of lively rhythms and soul-stricken lines of melody. The lyrics, meanwhile, are among Hayes’ finest to date, and the guitar-plucking sonics are sure to play on this intersection of elements, allowing the song to move forward as one, cohesive unit from the first second to the last. With that said, while “Can’t Wait To Find U” may stray from what we’re used to hearing from Hayes thus far, it’s a reminder that his artistry reigns over far more than one sound, one emotion, and one story. Hayes is a talent built to last, and quite …

Danger Incorporated: Endurance and the Age of Accessibility

There’s a lot to say about Danger Incorporated. On one hand, the duo — comprised of Atlanta natives Boothlord and Louie Duffelbags — is best identified by genre-agnostic sounds, blending devious sonic atmospheres with a brand of towering deliveries that balance both vulnerability and outward-facing ambition without seam. On the other hand, the group has developed masterful cohesivity in all facets of their creative output, whether sonically, visually, or aesthetically — all of which orbit around the odd, devious world of what it means to be a “Danger Boy.” And yet, even when assigned such lofty creative merit, Danger Incorporated is nothing more than two friends making music out of their bedroom. Two friends who long wished to make music for a living, and now that they’re doing it, don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. This DIY mindset — even as they navigate a career as signed artists, thanks to Awful Records — is the driving force behind the duo’s work. As their music reflects, the internet has created a world in which a robust career can be born from a SoundCloud account, held together by a clever username and the impenetrable security line of a password (not comprised of …

When Anonymity Meets Hip-Hop : A Conversation With BlackySpeakz

It was only a few days ago that I had the honor of sitting down with one of hip-hop’s most passionate, dedicated, and honest voices. The man himself holds no true identity to the public eye other than his recognizable voice and his honest approach to hip-hop’s most touching conversations. BlackySpeakz has become more than just a name and a channel, his platform has grown into a safe space for all types of people to come and talk about hip-hop related cultural events. For Blacky, his platform comes with massive responsibility as he stated that “artists and people have died for this and what it represents.” It then prompted me to go on and ask how he would describe himself as a creator with a large platform, assuming most of his supporters don’t know how he truly views himself.  Blacky didn’t skip a beat and got straight to the point by stating that “I would describe myself as a voice for the culture and for the people. Something about me that most people may not realize is that when you hear me talk, I’m actually just giving you a different perspective of what you already know.” He then added that …