Before I Knew It – [King Khali]

Atlanta-born/Texas-based rapper King Khali has just released a deeply personal new project entitled ‘Before I Knew It’. A chronicle of Khali’s life experiences moving to Texas and encounters with felony charges in his past, ‘Before I Knew It’ illustrates a rare example of a new voice tapping solely into his own reality to construct a fully-fleshed out conceptual album. Khali builds off previous aesthetics of his music to further prove that he thrives in the dark, crafting his most vivid bars over moodier production. Even on this album’s more upbeat moments, a layer of gloominess pervades, adding melodrama to the otherwise real stories Khali is telling. His voice hits with the force of a seasoned veteran, fueled by a bravado that refuses to be questioned and carries with it a weight of certainty that could only be borne out of authenticity. Khali’s ability to speak from personal experience has a genuineness to it that’s refreshing. Instead of following pre-paved formulas for success, Khali’s in the process of chartering his own, and ‘Before I Knew It’ is a promising sign that he’s well on his way. His efforts to incorporate more melodic moments end up paying off, leading to catchy, memorable …

Maria – [Rae Khalil]

Rae Khalil’s latest release, the ever-so-bright “Maria,” is more than ready for the masses. With charm woven into its very fabric, the song is a sonic pleaser, and a clear chance for the budding star to demonstrate her skills. From the changing flows, paces, and even wide scale of notes, “Maria” covers a considerable amount of ground without ever really breaking a sweat, and the result is an absolute earworm that won’t just attract listeners, but will keep them coming back. Looking further into this one, however, “Maria” also takes on the allure of songwriting. Using the symbol of a love interest, “Maria,” as the song’s commanding string, Khalil paints a vivid picture of her affection, and even goes so far as to mention that her “Maria” might just have a husband. With each line, the story only goes further, and accordingly so, Khalil’s glowing personality strikes through every pocket of its lively nature. Needless to say, this song will be sure to get stuck in your head upon first listen, so don’t sleep. Be sure to stream the latest from Rae Khalil below! Written & Performed by Rae Khalil Produced by Jared Rubens

Hardly Ever Home – [Wiz Khalifa]

Can we please talk about how Wiz Khalifa has been applying some major pressure the past month? I thought it was impressive a couple weeks ago that he had been dropping track after track, but it’s clear that he has no intention in slowing down, he has been steadily releasing more heat + today he is back with his latest of the bunch titled “Hardly Ever Home”. From the title you can probably assume what this one was about, it’s a laid back + chill beat from DP beats and Wiz just ate it up, talking his shit for three minutes straight! I enjoyed this new joint and I believe that you will too, press play below!

Watch Berner On Drink Champs

Berner is one of the greatest creatives in the game when it comes to making good music but even more so when it comes to being an excellent businessman, and he recently stopped by the Drink Champs to chop it up with N.O.R.E. & DJ EFN for a great interview! They spoke about a ton of topics such as his clothing company, spending time in Arizona, growing up in the Bay, Gary Payton’s weed company that he helped him create, his new record with Fat Joe, how he first got connected with Wiz Khalifa, being signed to Taylor Gang at one point, doing a project with Cam’ron, the success of his Melrose Cookies location, traveling to Amsterdam, his homie BReal, wanting to work with DMX & Nas, dealing with anxiety, politics that happen in the weed business and he even told a funny story about an experience with Diddy! Plenty of gems were dropped in this interview, take some time out of your day & check it out!

Watch Snoop Dogg’s brand new interview with The Breakfast Club

When the legend and OG Snoop Dogg speaks, you should listen, it’s as simple as that. Snoop Dogg recently appeared on the mega platform The Breakfast Club and he chopped it up with DJ Envy, Charlamagne and Angela Yee for a great new interview and it’s not anything that you want to miss out on. You will find Snoop speaking on a ton of things such as rare Death Row stories, always being himself, appreciating and thanking himself, the famous night at the Source Awards, his relationship with 2pac, his brand new album, things he learned from Nipsey Hussle, his gospel album, his thoughts on Jay-Z’s NFL deal, his pre show rituals, his relationship with Wiz Khalifa, his performance at the celebrity basketball game, the neighborhood he grew up in, being a weed icon, snitching, people falling into the wrong paths and more. Check out this brand new conversation below!

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 …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Diaspora – [GoldLink]

Right before I dosed off to sleep last night I saw that GoldLink had just released a new project, so it only made sense to stay up a bit longer and dive into the tape, and that lead me to writing this article about this new tape Diaspora. I truly got excited after first looking at the fourteen song track list and seeing features from Ari PenSmith, Khalid, Maleek Berry, Lil Nei, Bibi Bourelly, Pusha T, Jay Prince, Jackson Wang, WSTRN, WizKid, Tyler The Creator. I love GoldLink”s music but I also enjoy plenty of the artists I saw featured as well, so I was interested and eager to see what this one was all about so I took about an hour out to listen closely, but sleeping on it and then running through it again twice more. After a handful of plays through this album I commend GoldLink for this fantastic piece of art, it’s easily one of the best albums of 2019 so far, and I see it making plenty of year end lists and reviews, but even more so being regarded as a special & important tape in his discography. I plan on spending a lot more time …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Johari Noelle Q&A

Johari Noelle is one of the newer Chicago creatives that I have got in tune with in 2019, and when I heard that she was gearing up to release her new project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud, I figured why not bring her by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand interview? You can expect her to speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as the previously mentioned project, all of the talent that has come out of her high school HF, her strong relationship with her family, how Chicago has influenced her and her headlining show that will be taking place this week in Chicago at The Promontory. Learn a thing or two about Johari by reading this brand new interview below, and you can purchase tickets to see Johari live June 5th here.     Elliot: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself? Johari: My name is Johari Noelle I am a singer, song writer and actress from Chicago. I recently released two singles one of them is called “Show Me” and the other one is called “Too Much and I just released a new EP called …

Watch Wiz Khalifa’s brand new interview on The Joe Rogan Experience

Wiz Khalifa was the latest guest on Joe Rogan’s mega successful podcast, and it’s easily one of his best interviews to date. You will find these two GOAT’s speaking on plenty of interesting subjects such as marijuana, being a father, getting jacked, martial arts, Snoop Dogg sparing, his brand new documentary, his song writing process, doing certain things to stay disciplined, how he gained weight, meal preps, yoga, shows he enjoys, Virtual Reality, his high school experience, Tesla’s, how hip-hop is only thirty years old, his favorite genre being pop music, being himself for a living, Marvin Gaye, Florida, mushrooms, burning an ounce a day, 2 Live Crew, where he would live if didn’t live in California, living in Japan for two years, his parents being in the military, his Oreo commercial with his son and much more. Check out this amazing new interview below!