Under The Sun (Music Video) – [Dreamville]

Dreamville’s takeover of 2019 just doesn’t seem to be losing momentum anytime soon. From the group’s stellar compilation album to multiple standout solo releases from their roster, J. Cole’s vision for his collective has really come into fruition in this moment. Yesterday, Dreamville added another memorable music video to their catalog with a visual for “Under The Sun”. The celebratory opening track to ‘ROTD: III’ showcases Cole, Lute, and DaBaby delivering their most boastful bars with Kendrick Lamar holding things down on the hook. The accompanying video does the track’s energy justice, keeping the visuals simple yet effective at giving each rapper their spotlight. It’s refreshing to see these artists next to each other and just having fun in front of the camera, and the natural chemistry between them is part of what makes this song work so well. Peep the new video for “Under The Sun” below, directed by Scott Lazer, Aisultan Seitov, David Peters, and Chad Tennies:

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Cursed – [Frais]

This afternoon we have an artist that goes by the moniker of Frais is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new mixtape titled “Cursed”. I got word from my homie Jake that I should check out this project so today I made sure to take out thirty minutes in order to give it my upmost attention, and after running though the track list a couple of times through, and he really put together a great collection of songs here. He provided hard hitting records such as “Bandos” and the outro featuring Lil Gnar & Germ, but he also switched it up a bit in tracks like “Dying” that had a slower tempo & a introspective vibe. I have been noticing a ton of new talent coming out of Charlotte like DaBaby & RonSoCold to name a couple, but Frais is looking to be one of the new leaders of his community in the near future, keep an eye out for him and press play below!

Watch DaBaby’s brand new interview with In The Trap

DaBaby was recently featured on this new platform called In The Trap that is set up overseas in London and hosted by Sarah Harrison, and it was really good conversation especially for a new set up! On this episode Sarah asking DaBaby about plenty of interesting topics such as growing up in Charlotte, the making of the instrumental for “Suge”, charging $25,000 for a feature, gimmick rappers, his lyrical ability, the A$AP Rocky situation, some of the label executives he has met, when the labels first starting hitting him up, wanting to work with Drake, performing at the BET Awards, his verse on the Dreamville tape and more. Check out this awesome new interview below!

Power (Remix) – [Doobie] ft. [DaBaby] & [Icewear Vezzo]

Ohio native Doobie has released an absolute slapper for the remix of his most recent single “Power”. Teaming up with arguably one of 2019’s hottest artists DaBaby, this remix takes the impressive song to new heights. Doobie is an artist that has been on my radar for some time, dropping a slate of singles over the past year that varies from drug-addicted love ballads to raunchy floor-stomping anthems. Doobie’s raspy voice is what sets him apart, allowing him to morph the unique sound into various styles. On his verse this skill is on full display, bouncing between gliding over the beat with ease while still being able to bring up the intensity as the song kicks into 5th gear. This is by far Doobie’s biggest collaboration to date and DaBaby definitely delivers. As of late, DaBaby has been drawing comparisons to a mailman by the way he’s been delivering on a consistent basis. He starts things out incredibly hot leading up to equally as hard verses from Doobie and Icewear Vezzo. This song is a great step in the right direction for Doobie, and it will be interesting to see what other collaborations are to come now that he begins …

Watch DaBaby Freestyle On Hot97

As we’ve come to find throughout the years, every rapper who gets the chance to showcase their skills in front of the legendary Funkmaster Flex needs to be prepared to impress. Hot97 has seen some of the best freestyles in rap history and today, none other than the explosive North Carolina star, DaBaby, is here to try his hand at the task. If you’re familiar with DaBaby’s music, then I’m sure that just like myself, you’ve fallen in love with the incredibly fast and consistent speed at which the rising talent raps. He never gives any instrumental much time to breathe, and as a result, I always end up stumbling upon more and more lyrical gems every time I relisten to one of DaBaby’s songs. With this in mind, you can be sure that this lyrical skill and more is exactly what DaBaby brought to the table in his Funk Flex freestyle. Not only is each and every bar packed with the alluring braggadocio that we all know and love DaBaby for, but this one also comes packed with some of the most technical skill that we’ve seen from NC’s own to date. Needless to say, this one is a …

Taylor Bennett Speaks on The American Reject, the Cover Art, TBE + more!

Taylor Bennett has been one of the biggest pieces in the puzzle that makes up Chicago’s music community. He has been rapping and creating music for damn near a decade and has become not only one of Chicago’s best rappers, but more importantly one of the brightest business minds that the city has to offer. The growth of his company Taylor Bennett Entertainment has been amazing to watch to say the least: he has built up a still small yet unbelievably talented roster with Bianca Shaw who has blossomed into one of the best talents that the city has to offer, as well as Zxxk who is one of the most talented producers & creatives in the game. When we look back ten years from now, these two will be far along in their careers under the guidance of Taylor & TBE. Next week Taylor is releasing his forthcoming album The American Reject, and when I saw him tease the cover I knew I had to bring him by the Lyrical Lemonade office to pick his brain about the project, the cover and so much more. As we gear up for the project that appears to be Taylor’s biggest and most …

Sli’merre – [Young Nudy] [Pi’erre Bourne]

Wow. After anxiously waiting for a few weeks, the day has come — Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s highly-anticipated collaborative effort, Sli’merre, was finally released at 12 PM EST earlier today. Considering the excitement behind this project thanks to the two singles, “Mister” alongside 21 Savage and “Extendo” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, I wasn’t sure how well the project would live up to the larger-than-life expectations. However, being that it already received an 8.0 review on Pitchfork and considering the overwhelmingly positive reactions from fans on social media, it’s easy to tell that Nudy and Pi’erre’s long-awaited effort went far above and beyond what anyone could have expected. 12 tracks long and stacked with star-studded features including 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby, this project takes Nudy’s chilling street storytelling and brings it into an entirely new world of status and sound. Pi’erre Bourne’s otherworldly production style seamlessly complements the legendary cast of characters on the album, and further, the electrifying presence of Nudy’s oddball vocals and malleable flows makes for a perfect concoction of melodic, transcendent sounds that you can’t help but love. So far, I’m two listens deep into the project, but I can already …

Bad Side – [Natalie Carr]

Pop songbird Natalie Carr shows off her potential drops her debut single “Bad Side.” Being a huge music nerd I try to listen to as much music as I can in a never-ending search to finding who is next. During that search one day I ran across Carr on an Instagram story from someone I follow and decided to go listen to her music. When I first played “Bad Side” I wasn’t completely blown away, but Natalie left me with an impression that I couldn’t ignore. Her songwriting was really impressive for this to be her first single. After digging deeper and having a conversation with Natalie and her team they’ve been working on developing something special behind the scenes. Producer and songwriter Firtz On Da Track who has been a key force behind the boards with the production on a lot of DaBaby’s hit singles. Natalie and her team will continue to push her sound to new heights when what she has in the vault and it should only be a matter of time before pop and r&b fans start catching on. Stream Natalie Carr’s single “Bad Side” below.

Suge Remix – [NDPNDNT]

Chicago emcee NDPNDNT has been featured here on our site a couple of times so far this year, and this morning he is back with his brand new remix to DaBaby’s smash hit record titled “Suge”. One thing that you simply can’t deny with NDPNDNT is his ability to simply rap his ass off, he has the rare skill to spit at an extremely rapid pace, but he is still able to make it sound catchy & clear. He is still very young and has potential so I am excited to see what NDPNDNT does from here, but for now just check out this new tune below.