SEARCH FOR: CHARLOTTE

Off the Market – [Mavi] [Greenss]

Music is a reflection of life, and life is a reflection of emotion. In my eyes, the music that will last is that which upholds each of these beliefs, just as we can see in the latest single, “Off the Market,” from an artist named Mavi. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Greenss, this soul-stricken offering provides a machine-like supply of clever lyricism, allowing Mavi to flex his wordplay muscle without ever getting lost in the instrumental along the way. Rather, the mix of impassioned cadences with lines that will have you rewinding the song every few seconds makes for a perfect concoction of excitement and technical skill, proving “Off the Market” to be the kind of song that you can revisit again and again, always finding something new upon each listen. Mavi is an insurmountably bright up-and-comer, so I would advise getting hip as early as possible. Peep “Off the Market” below and keep an eye out for more from Charlotte’s own!

Next Song (DaBaby Remix) – [D2X]

2019 has already been a breakout year for DaBaby. After inking a major deal with Interscope, dropping his Billboard-charting ‘Baby on Baby’ project, and embarking on a national headlining tour, it doesn’t seem like the Charlotte, NC native will stop heating up any time soon. His rise has drawn eyes and ears of hip-hop fans and other up-and-coming rappers alike, even inspiring one Chicago rapper to put his own spin on one of DaBaby’s hardest tracks to date. D2X is in the midst of his own come-up himself, and the seismic waves of his talent have already started reverberating through Chicago’s local scene. Last year, he released his ‘Enjoy Life’ EP and gained the attention of DJ Pharris at Power 92 with his song “Woop Woop”. For his latest drop, he’s remixed Da Baby’s “Next Song”—one of the standout tracks on 2018’s ‘Blank Blank’. The “Next Song” instrumental serves as an ideal blueprint for remixing, with its hard baseline and a simple yet remarkably menacing melody. D2X takes full advantage of this beat, filling in the gaps with his straightforward lyrical style and self-assured presence resonating throughout. He weaves in his own story to take possession of the track, referencing his …

Billion Dollar Baby Freestyle – [Stunna 4 Vegas]

DaBaby is on a run right now and he’s proving that he’s one of the hottest rappers out right now. Stunna 4 Vegas is the protege who is waiting in the wings and today we have new visuals and a new track from him and Dababy entitled “Billion Dollar Baby Freestyle.” In the first line of the song Stunna belts out “She says I’m signed to Dababy I made it” and I felt that nothing could be truer than that. Stunna 4 Vegas is based out of Salisbury North Carolina, a small town that has fewer people than a lot of universities here. It turns out Stunna was really just a big fish in a small pond because he’s been taking off ever since he’s linked with the Charlotte superstar. We were supposed to receive a tape from Stunna today but unfortunately, he was forced to push it back to a later date. On a positive note, this freestyle is really great, no hook, no melodies just straight through rapping and Stunna and Dababy execute it flawlessly. Watch the video for “Billion Dollar Baby Freestyle” below.

Watch Nardwuar interview Da Baby

Nardwuar always has been very active at SXSW and this year certainly wasn’t a light load for him, as he just blessed fans with an awesome new interview featuring Da Baby! You will find these two goats speaking about everything such as being from North Carolina, the importance of SXSW, being different, Tupac, Mecklenburg county, his family, some of his favorite soul food in Charlotte, his dislike for coleslaw, what his crew thinks about him, being surrounded by cameras at all times and more. Check out this amazing new interview below! In case you missed it, also check out our featured article on interviewers such as Nardwuar.

Baby On Baby – [DaBaby]

Charlotte, North Carolina’s DaBaby is one of the hottest emcees buzzing right now in rap, and today, his major label debut, Baby On Baby, is finally out. With all eyes on him, this is just the right project for the rising star to release, as it perfectly reflects the captivating person, both on and off the mic, that DaBaby is. Speaking to this, if you follow DaBaby on his Instagram, the one thing that stands out is his sense of humor. He’s really entertaining and funny but he’s just himself so it doesn’t seem forced. Those are the kind of traits that cause people to want to root for and get behind your movement, and you can be sure that these traits are infused into Baby On Baby, as it serves as a solid building block and follow up to his previous album, Blank Blank. The Queen City rapper is able to recruit Offset, Rich The Kid, Rich Homie Quan and his Interscope affiliate Stunn4Vegas for features. Some of my early favorites are “Goin Baby” and “Surge,” and I expect new and old fans to gravitate around those records the most off of the first couple of listens. Check out …

BLOODBATH – [MAVI]

Charlotte-based lyrical wizard, MAVI returns with his new offering, “BLOODBATH.” Produced by GRIMM DOZA, the pair of lyricist and producer come together beautifully for this lethal track. MAVI speaks directly to the listener going for two minutes straight utilizing his conversational style to transfix his audience. A grimy texture to his voice provides an authentic rind as he discusses his upbringing, resilience and aspirations. A ghostly set of keys plays in a loop setting the foundation for MAVI’s lyrical deconstruction that will have you running the track back several times to catch every metaphor. Hopefully this isn’t the last of MAVI”s offerings as he continues to level-up with each track that he releases. Check out the new song from MAVI below and make sure to show him some love on Twitter and Instagram.

One Take – [Ron$oCold]

A couple of days ago Lyrical Lemonade favorite Ron$oCold dropped a brand new record titled “One Take” and it’s nothing you want to miss out on. The first thing that caught my attention on this one was the flawless production that was handled by Jetsonmade, he crafted an impeccable instrumental so good that it made Ron sound like he was floating on a cloud as he spit this verse. We here at Lyrical Lemonade are expecting huge things this year from the Charlotte native, and when 2019 is said & done don’t be surprised when he’s one of the biggest artists in his lane. Take a few minutes of your day to stream this brand offering below and if you enjoy it be sure to give Ron$oCold a follow on Twitter here!

Walker Texas Ranger – [DaBaby]

Charlotte rapper DaBaby continues to ring in the new year with a new with a new video in “Walker Texas Ranger.” DaBaby won’t let up as he continues to flood the market with visuals and music from his vault. By being active, applying pressure and recognizing what his audience wants he’s steadily growing his fan base one release at a time. One thing I’ve grown to appreciate his music is that DaBaby has a sense of humor. I wish more street rappers wouldn’t take themselves so seriously and would add new folds in their music and persona. In the Reel Goat’s directed video you can catch the Charlotte emcee dressed up as action star Chuck Norris’ character Walker, Texas Ranger. Like Chuck, DaBaby performs stunts such as surviving driving his truck off a cliff and showing off his martial arts skills. Watch DaBaby’s visuals for “Walker Texas Ranger” below.

ONE FOOT – [mavi]

The phrase, “all gas, no breaks” can easily be applied to Mavi and the music he creates. The Charlotte-based artist delivers a new song with “ONE FOOT” that highlights his undeniable skill. The song focuses on taking things one at a time, which is displayed in Mavi’s cadence that is reminiscent of Earl Sweatshirt. Using a conversational style that sounds more like the reading of a book, Mavi paints a picture for listeners. The new song utilizes a washed sounding set of production that doesn’t overstay its welcome, allowing Mavi’s storytelling ability to truly shine. You’re going to have to run this track back a few times to catch all the gems of knowledge Mavi drops during the three-minute track. Listen to the new song below and tell us how your rating the bars in the comment section!

Blank Blank – [DaBaby]

Charlotte rapper DaBaby returns to the spotlight today with visuals for his single “Blank Blank.” Blank is a universal slang term, but it holds a little different meaning in Charlotte, North Carolina. The term was created in the mid- 90s and early 2000s which means ‘To take whatever you are doing to extreme measures.’ The song for this video is the title track off DaBaby’s recent album also entitled Blank Blank that was released in early November. DaBaby ran into some misfortune earlier this month, where a man confronted him while the rapper was shopping at a Walmart. The altercation resulted in a loss of life, but the Charlotte emcee was thankful enough to walk away unscathed. As DaBaby continues to rise as an artist and in fame, let’s hope that trouble stays away from him. If this video captures your attention, then don’t be hesitant to go check out the full-length project here! Tune in and watch DaBaby’s music video for “Blank Blank” below.