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Hell N Back – [Bakar]

  London artist Bakar is perhaps the perfect embodiment of what music can, and probably will, look like in the future. Channeling the oddly-alluring gray space in between genres, his uncategorizable style removes itself from the bounds of genre, and as a result, the lively expression of songs such as his latest, “Hell N Back,” can exist without any expectation as to what a Bakar record should sound like. Instead, the budding star continues to march to the beat of his own drum, making some of the best music out right now in the process. With this, speaking specifically to the new single, Bakar seems to have found a direction for his latest sonic adventure, meshing pop-induced whistles with jazzy brass and the songwriting structure of a rap/soul hybrid. Per usual, this colorful palette of influences entirely defies expectation in a brilliant way, best embodied by the free-spirited smiles shown throughout the song’s accompanying visuals. Bakar is a custom-made star in a world full of cookie cutters, and “Hell N Back” attests, soaking its lyrics in a love-born journey that I can’t seem to stop singing in my head. Needless to say, yet again, Bakar has delivered exactly what I didn’t …

Go To Hell – [Sophia Harari]

Perhaps the most fulfilling occurrence in the life of a writer is that of a moment — a point in time when, in some way and by some measure, something meaningful is happening and yet, the story hasn’t quite developed. These moments leave writers like myself in pure bliss, as the best is yet to come and the story yet to unfold. Amongst my favorite examples of such is the burgeoning R&B scene happening in the UK right now. Filled to the brim with promising talent and still on its way up, this scene has burst onto the forefront of the future of music, and by the looks of it, will only continue to grow in notoriety in the years to come. Today, marking one of my favorite names in UK R&B at the moment, an artist named Sophia Harari is here with her latest single, “Go to Hell.” Upon first listen, I was shocked at the creative execution behind “Go to Hell” as it remains Harari’s only song on streaming services currently. Needless to say, the Manchester-born talent may just be getting started, but in regards to both songwriting and vocal deliveries, she’s well on her way to prominence, as …

Prayers Ain’t Enough – [King Carter] x [Rago Foot]

UK-based producer Rago Foot and New York-based rapper King Carter recently dropped their collaborative mixtape ‘Prayers Ain’t Enough’. With moments of hazy, disorienting brilliance shining across 17 tracks, the two artists craft a sonically consistent, seamlessly flowing project that functions as a comprehensive introduction to their talent as a duo. Lyrically, Carter mixes introspection with aggression, performing at his best when he’s balancing a stream of consciousness style of rapping with cunning disses aimed at whoever’s trying to slow him down. He gives weight to his words in imaginative double entendres and creative wordplay, rapping “I can’t wear no chain ‘cause it reminds me of a noose” and similar bars that beg a listener to rewind the track just to pick up on the detail in his rhymes. Foot meets Carter’s lyrical flexing with production choices that amplify the mesmerizing nature of his flows. On the explosive “10 Toes” for example, Foot melds trap 808s with rumbling bass drowned in layers of sampled sounds. His irregular sample chops might be hard to keep up with, but Carter proves he’s more than up for the challenge. ‘Prayers Ain’t Enough’ serves as a testament to both of these artist’s skills, joining their …

Froggin – [Garçons]

It is my great pleasure to introduce to the Lyrical Lemonade community an incredible duo from Ontario, Ottawa that dub themselves Garçons. The brilliant combination of Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove result in a lively orchestration of groove-inducing records. Their latest visual offering, “Froggin,” captures the pair at their most charismatic. This beat-driven psychedelic rollercoaster of hysteria begins with the song’s fast-paced production leading in the visual’s aforementioned stars, Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove. The dynamic duo put forth their best impressions of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo from the highly popular cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The next four minutes of the Strangelove directed visual is as wily as the film’s antics; paranoia induced fleeing, erratic moments of delirium and spontaneous moments of dancing. Possessed by the disco-like production of “Froggin” our main character, Deelo, is inconsolable when it comes to the infectious bass-lines of their spritely new jam. Julian Strangelove commented on the vision behind their latest video, saying, “The energy of the song reminded me so much of those insane drug stories in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so the idea for the video was obvious right away, especially being a massive Hunter …

Love Me Not – [Skepta] ft. [Cheb Rabi] [B Live]

Looking back at the strong supply of new albums we’ve received in 2019 as of yet, I can’t deny that Skepta’s Ignorance Is Bliss remains at the top of my list. Few projects have presented such a mature, focused image of their creator, and furthermore, even fewer have done so without following any trends whatsoever. Always known to be a trailblazer of sorts, Skepta, remains at the top of the year’s “best of” lists, and today, he’s here to take a victory lap with the well-executed visuals for track 8 off of the album, “Love Me Not,” featuring Cheb Rabi and B Live. Soundtracking the presence of artificial love as a result of success, “Love Me Not” is a notably prideful release, allowing Skepta and B Live to speak their thoughts between soaring hooks from none other than Cheb Rabi. Sonically, the chemistry between the three is all there, and making sure to follow in the song’s footsteps, the accompanying visuals paint a seamless portrait of this connection with colorful, lively energy and the backdrop of a bustling club. Needless to say, Skepta’s move to revisit “Love Me Not” with a new video is a clear reminder that this song is …

High Rises – [Chika]

I say this a lot, but this is truly my favorite personal discovery of the summer. I mean, talk about well deserved. On the hustle for years, super lyricist Chika is a recent signee to Warner Records. The rapper has been on her grind for over a decade, and has released multiple projects. On the brink of superstardom, the female emcee gives the world her latest offering, “High Rises.” Vulnerable, yet proud of who she is, Chika does not hold back with discussing some of her biggest insecurities throughout the Gospel-infused Hip Hop track. “Round face, thick thighs Full waist, bright eyes, Wonders if they’ll judge her for her size, Doesn’t compromise, she’s Seen this world before, this child is wise Never busy But her mind is occupied, she used to dream of high rises.” The song comes with a beautifully directed music depicting the story being told by the brilliant rapper. With a children’s choir backing her in the video, Chika emphatically and deservedly spits the meaningful verses with passion, giving children across the world the hope they need to achieve their dreams. With incredibly uplifting and powerful production done by MXXWLL, “High Rises” is a summer anthem that …

How This Feels – [R.LUM.R]

Nashville by way of Florida singer R.LUM.R shows off his pen and amazing vocal range with a heartfelt new video for “How This Feels.” To call this a music video seems as if it would be a disservice to R.LUM.R and the video director. These visuals and imagery emit dark eerie vibes which certainly match the tone of the single and feel more like a romance movie. “How This Feels” is full of passion and it’s evident with the vulnerability in his songwriting and the brilliant execution of falsetto laced runs R.LUM.R is able to pull off. With his EP entitled ‘Frustrated’ that dropped in early 2018 R.LUM.R is gearing up for his forthcoming debut album that’s due out this fall under Island Records. If he’s able to keep up with releasing striking videos and combining them these polished and firey singles then look out for R.LUM.R to be a sneaky pick for breakthrough album of the year. Watch R.LUM.R’s music video for his alluring new single “How This Feels” below.

Kid Cudi (Remix) – [Xavier Wulf] x [Playboi Carti] x [Young Nudy]

At this point in the summer, if you’re any sort of rap listener – whether it’s casual or you’re an aficionado – you’ve likely heard “Kid Cudi,” (AKA Pissy Pamper) by Playboi Carti and Young Nudy. This track was leaked in late spring, and caught fire on both Soundcloud and YouTube, with Carti even performing it live at multiple shows. Many have attempted remixes of the brilliant track, but none have done so like Xavier Wulf in his latest release just a few days ago. Xavier comes in hot with his signature flow and energy, making anyone from your best friend to your grandma want to get up and move. ”At first I told her no, but now I think I’ll have a sip – ever since I got my money right I’m smiling like the Grinch.” I found myself cheesing to this head-banging line just like many of the Memphis native’s tracks have done in times past. The joint has already reached a staggering 280k streams in just three days on Soundcloud. Listen to “Kid Cudi (Remix)” below!

Come Ova – [G Paper]

G-Paper, one of the brilliant lyricists of Chicago-collective LoudMouth has released a reflective track on the loneliness and regret that comes with heartbreak. I first caught wind of G-Paper and his collective when I met his frequent collaborators at a studio on the boarder of Indiana and Illinois. Over the years I have watched the emcee grow from an artist that was solely spitting witty and quick bars, to graciously flexing on Twitter with his music videos, to eventually making songs such as, “Come Ova.” The growth from track to track is astronomical and should not be taken for granted. On his latest single, “Come Ova,” G-Paper starts the track with a buttery and soothing Bryson Tiller-like vocal delivery, pouring his heart to anyone that’s listening. Transitioning into the strongly articulated verses the rapper tells the story of how and why his relationship unfolded. The rapper does not shy away from telling the truth and painting a picture with lyrics such as, “I know your life is such a struggle with your family and shit / I know your momma schizophrenic and your dad always trip / I know you gotta fuckin demon that you’re scared to admit / I …

Maria – [TWNTYFOUR]

Netherlands creation TWNTYFOUR is back with another intriguing single titled “Maria.” TWNTYFOUR with assistance from singer/songwriter Mikey100k combine for a beautiful joint that mixes the best aspects of multiple genres; electronic, pop, and R&B. Though sometimes unfair to compare artists and songs, I definitely felt a sort of Travis Scott energy when I first heard the track. “Girl why you leave me? Group texts, all of your girlfriends said you didn’t need me.” The track tells a story of a lost lover, “Maria,” who doesn’t reciprocate the energy given to her in the relationship. The piece acts as a plea for answers, with the sense of a lack of closure on the woman’s end. The joint writing of the two artists provide a brilliant storyline that allow the listener to be drawn in even further to the song than they already were by the mystifying electronic vocals. The two artists working together on this piece meshed flawlessly, and as they both continue to expand their work and audiences look for them to continue to work together in the future. TWNTYFOUR continues to impress song after song, and has definitely developed both a fan in myself, and a large following across …