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Rolling Loud NY 2022 Was A Memorable Experience

The 2022 edition of Rolling Loud New York took place over the weekend from Sept. 23 until Sept. 25 at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. For the music festival’s third return to NYC, this year’s Rolling Loud lineup included a mix of up-and-coming talent and some of the biggest names across the world. Unfortunately, before the festivities could begin, Bronx native Sha Ek, Brooklyn’s 22Gz, and Ron Suno, were removed from the lineup based on a potential for violence even though other drill artists from NYC were still allowed to attend. However, the show must still go on. To kick off day one, Rolling Loud stages were sponsored by Fashion Nova, Dusse, and SNIPES. The main headliners were Queen Nicki Minaj, Playboi Carti, and Chief Keef. We also saw stars like Lil Uzi Vert, G Herbo, Lil Tjay, Sleazy World Go, BIA, Moneybagg Yo, Fivio Foreign, Lola Brooke, and Kali. Day 2 continued with A$AP Rocky, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Baby, GloRilla, Lakeyah Saint JHN, and B-Lovee. The third and final day of the festival saw performers Future, Fat Joe, Pusha T, Benny the Butcher, Soulja Boy, J.I., and others closing out the music event. Here are a …

Trim – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Lil Zay Osama has been a legend in Chicago for more years than I could probably count, but it seems like, over the last few years, he has really blown up more than ever before. It seems like anyone who matters in the rap world here is on his side, and anyone who doesn’t ride with the Windy City spitter is behind the curve. Although he has come across my radar for a while, it wasn’t until recently (in the grand scheme of things) that I really started to pay attention, and I am sure glad I did. Zay has worked with the biggest names in drill music including Lil Durk, G Herbo, and more, but he has also collaborated with superstars not necessarily classified in this subgenre like Icewear Vezzo, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Lil Tjay, and even Sean Kingston, amongst way too many others to count. His connections don’t stop there, though, because especially recently, he has been tapping in with some of Chi-Town’s most prominent young icons including the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, and even PGF Nuk, an emcee who is considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-comers in many years. …

Behind The Track: Nxrre

Let’s be honest, Drill music is the new sound of New York. Drill originated from Chicago with artists like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Fredo Santana, and many more. Drill music is greatly influenced by trap music, which emerged in Atlanta, Georgia. Production, flow, and lyrics are key characteristics of drill music. Nxrre from Brooklyn, NY is widely known for creating drill beats for NY artists like B-Lovee, Bizzy Banks, 26AR, Ciggy Blacc, Ronsuno, and many more. What started as a hobby in 2018 turned into a full-blown career in 2019. Nxrre began reaching out to managers and artists until he had the opportunity to work with Smoove’L, Stunna Gambino and Justin Rarri. Staying true to his culture, The rising producer always tries to give his beats a Spanish/Reggaeton type of Bounce. This allows Nxrre to stand out amongst other producers. Even though Nxrre is very known for drill, his catalog is versatile with anything from RnB, reggaeton, trap, melodic, and house music.  “I have a lot on the way I’m not going to lie, but me and JabariontheBeat have a highly anticipated song on the way with Stunna Gambino and NoCap. Me and ShoBeatz have a lot together as …

Sun Gazing – [T-Bruin]

No matter what region of this country you explore musically, there are always so many different talents and sounds that you can find, and I am on a never-ending quest to hear as much music as I can from as many different artists as possible. New York City is a place with an endless catalog of emcees, and the range there is quite insane. I mean, you can go from Jay-Z to Pop Smoke to Lil Tjay, and then Pi’erre Bourne to Nas to the A$AP Mob, and you’ll see the spectrum is quite diverse, but there is much more to this gamut if you look even deeper. Although more conscious, lyrical rap isn’t necessarily something that I heavily gravitate towards personally, I have the utmost respect for rappers who can pull this style off as well as T-Bruin, and although he’s brand-new to me as a listener, I was all-in after hearing his record “Sun Gazing”. Produced by Matt Martin, Bruin utilizes a very bright, eventful instrumental with a soulful, sunny sample that seems to work unbelievably well with his deeper, heavy vocals. In turn, he boasts such a smooth, gracious flow that seems to call out some people …

24 Hours – [Fresco Trey]

If you’re a fan of the booming hip-hop movement that’s happening down in Memphis, then Fresco Trey probably isn’t a new name for you. He has been on an absolute tear recently, dropping hit after hit while racking up mind-boggling numbers on streaming platforms, music videos, and social media, and he is still at the very beginning of his industry takeover. His last song “Need You” provided just a glimpse at exactly how much potential this emcee has, achieving over 73 million views on TikTok and 7.6 million streams across platforms. Not to mention his project Heartbreak Diaries was a huge success and boasted a guest verse from Lil Tjay, he was featured on the NBA 2K22 soundtrack, and he even teamed up with Budweiser to release an NFT that ultimately sold out. If these accomplishments weren’t enough to pique your curiosity about, the rising talent, then I think his latest single “24 Hours” off of his upcoming EP Heartbreak Diaries 2 definitely has to be the eye-opening song that will get you to pay way more attention than ever, and with such an amazing music video to accompany the record, there are no shortfalls to this release even slightly. …

Slime Them – [Fivio Foreign] ft. [Lil Yachty]

New York City drill was a subgenre that took the music world by storm more than most other sounds could claim to have done in the history of rap music. Thanks to tastemakers and trailblazers like the late, great Pop Smoke, the world knew about this type of rap music, and we have been nothing short of mesmerized ever since. Although Fivio Foreign was already making a name for himself, it seemed like he continued on a path that Pop had paved, and I think that Fivio is doing the perfect job of keeping this subgenre alive and well, especially when you look at his latest album B.I.B.L.E. This project was a lengthy 17 songs and spanned over 51 minutes long with features from an insane cast of emcees including Quavo, A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty, Lil Tjay, Polo G, and even Ne-Yo, amongst others, and I think that if every project turns out as well as this one did, Fivio just might be known as one of the greats by the end of his career. The song with Yachty “Slime Them” was a shock to me, because Lil Boat has never been shy to try out different styles of hip-hop, …

Certified Diamond Hit-Maker Tank God Releases “Owe U Sum” ft Tyla Yaweh

2x Grammy-nominated producer Tank God, is transitioning from producer to artist with his new single “Owe U Sum”. The 23-year-old hitmaker is best known for the 8x platinum Post Malone’s smash hit “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage. Since then, Tank has signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and released his independent self-titled project in July 2017. He also went on to produce records for A$AP Rocky, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Chris Brown, Lil Tjay, and Chris Brown. Originally set to release last year, “Owe U Sum” was created during Tank’s birthday celebration. When the unreleased record was played, Rap’s boldest rockstar, Tyla Yaweh, immediately fell in love with the record. “I made Owe U Sum last year on my birthday. I went to Tyla’s house to chill and played him the record. He instantly loved it and immediately wanted to hop on the song,” he explained. “He had a studio set up at his house and I recently learned how to engineer, so I recorded his verse right there on spot! We shot the video a couple of weeks later. I’ve been dealing with transitioning from being a producer to an artist and I finally felt like it was time …

Want Me Dead – [917 Rackz]

New York City has always been looked at as one of the most major hubs in the entire music scene, and even considering the genre actually was invented there, it’s always crazy to hear all of the different sounds that have come to life since its foundation. While it might have been difficult to pinpoint an exact name to call some of the styles of music that were being created on the East Coast, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that listeners could finally hear a song and put it into a category based on the beat alone. Thanks to pioneers like the late Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, Lil Tjay, and others, this new sound was classified as New York City drill, and the tempo was unlike anything I had heard before. After listening more and more, it was clear that they gained influence from some of the grime artists making hits across the pond, but they were including versatile sounds that helped separate themselves from these English counterparts. It goes without saying that I’m a massive fan of this style of music, so when I came across 917 Rackz randomly on YouTube, I knew I had to …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

I Really – [Hotboii] ft. [42 Dugg] & [Moneybagg Yo]

I’ve been a massive fan of the Florida rap movement for quite some time now, and I never fail to be impressed with the artists that rise from the shadows and prove their worth in this competitive and talented region. Probably, as most people got into the scene, it was through Kodak Black, an artist I don’t necessarily listen to as much anymore, but he really opened my eyes to such a diverse sound that I fell in love with. Then there were artists like XXXtentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Pouya, Denzel Curry, $NOT, and so many more, and hearing all of these different sounds made me realize exactly how talented and dexterous these Floridians truly could be. That’s when I was put onto Hotboii, one of the most impressive emcees to call Florida his home, and the rest was history. Not too long ago, Hotboii released his album Life of a Hotboii, a project that boasts 17 sounds that span right around 45 minutes long, and with the help of some guests like 42 Dugg, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Tjay, Kodak Black, and Future, amongst others, this was a project full of heaters that I really appreciated. Luckily, Hotboii …