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A Conversation with Giveon: Success of His Debut EP ‘Take Time’, Early Begininngs, “Chicago Freestyle” and More

“It’s crazy because about fifteen months ago, I was a server at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. To come from that, to where I am now was just amazing to see. -Giveon The journey to becoming a musician can be something that can be very difficult to venture. There are many aspects to consider when you start with that initial thought or dream. What will your sound be? Who are you inspired by? What do you hope to leave the fans with? These questions and many more are some of the things that come to the minds of artists all around the world who may be sitting in their car on their lunch break-trying to find a way out of their hard times. One of the most important questions of all, is how will I be differentiated from my peers? Giveon, the rising star out of Long Beach, California has asked himself each and every one of these questions and then some. What we are witnessing right before our eyes, is the blossoming if the next music sensation that will begin to take over the industry, one harmony at a time.  Giveon’s initial burst into the musical realm came from a …

Split/Whole Team – [Lil Yachty]

I remember way back a few years ago when Lil Yachty was starting to blow up and I hopped on the wave early because I saw his star potential. It was pretty easy to predict so I’m not saying I noticed anything that other people didn’t, but with the amount of hate he was receiving that contrasted the praise he was also getting made me question how far he could actually go in his career. Lil Boat, the original edition of the series, was one of my favorite mixtapes at the time and I still return to it occasionally. This project, although it was fun and unlike anything that was out in Hip-Hop at the time, didn’t really showcase Boat’s wide variety of skills that he is known to possess now. Since then, he has released a few albums and other mixtapes, putting his talents on full display and showing the music world that he’s not just some young kid with red braids and minimal musical aptitudes. After announcing the upcoming, highly anticipated release of the Lil Boat series’ third edition, Yachty decided to release a new song and video entitled “Split/Whole Time”. This double-sided song begins with a beat …

Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

A Conversation With Ty Fontaine

Ty Fontaine is someone who got put on my radar a few months ago and I have been a big fan ever since then, he has a unique style and makes extraordinary music, so when I saw he was about to drop his brand new project 1800, I had to lock in an interview with him. TyFontaine not only has the music talent, the ‘look’, and the charisma to be one of the next generations leading artists, but he also has some tremendous backing from the Internet Money collective that will help him along the way. Listen to his new ‘1800’ project and get to know TyFontaine in our latest interview below:     EM: Where are you from originally? TyFontaine: Born in DC, lived there until I was about six years old then moved to Maryland. That’s where I call home, PG County. — EM: What was it like growing up in the DMV? TyFontaine: It was cool pretty regular. It’s kinda like people from outside of the DMV that are from lowered income areas see the DMV & it’s kind of like Texas, where you can get a bang for your buck because it’s majority black so you can get …

Feds – [Pi’erre Bourne]

Pi’erre Bourne has already cemented such a powerful and notable legacy in the music industry. His production credits run deep, as he has worked with artists like Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and countless other superstars. Not only has he worked with them, though, but he has been able to create a unique world for each artist that elevates their individualistic sounds tremendously, paving the way for some of their most successful songs to date. Since creating an all-new sound for the new generating of Hip-Hop, Pi’erre has moved on to bigger and better things, diversifying his portfolio by giving rapping a shot as well. He’s been doing this for some time now, and although it hasn’t garnered nearly as much attention as his producing has for him in the past, it’s yet another fantastic talent he has added to his vast collection of skills. Last year’s The Life of Pi’erre 4 gained a lot of attention, but not nearly as much as it should have considering its greatness. The album’s third song “Feds” was a standout without a doubt in my mind, and he’s back with a music video to now pair with the incredible …

Sasuke – [Lil Uzi Vert]

Lil Uzi Vert is on top of the world right now and has been ever since dropping Eternal Atake last month. Just when us fans thought that we had everything we needed with the first edition, he released the deluxe version which debatably had more hits than the original. I say debatably because the original was packed full of bangers and Uzi did the brunt of the work himself, only recruiting Syd of The Internet to assist him on one track. The deluxe version had a myriad of other artists that helped bring different sounds to the extended version, including the likes of Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Young Thug, and Young Nudy, among many others. Although these were all hits in their own rights, of course, Uzi wasn’t the only star on his album any longer. I personally can’t decide which version I like better myself, but luckily, I don’t have to because I can listen to both equally whenever I want, so I’ve got absolutely no complaints coming from my end. It seems like Uzi can’t be stopped at this point, considering he is back yet again with a new song entitled “Sasuke”. To be honest, I’m not very …

@ MEH – [Playboi Carti]

I’m not going to lie, it gets so frustrating at times when Playboi Carti is so mysterious and non-vocal about his music. Being such a huge Carti fan, I’m sure most other fans agree that we just want to know exactly when he’s releasing something new because the rumors that are spread about potential songs and projects get overwhelming and have just let me down in recent memory. Whole Lotta Red has been buzzed about for months and months, but there’s still no solidified release date and I have a feeling it’s just going to be one of those things that drops out of nowhere without any warning whatsoever. Of course, I won’t complain at all and I’ll actually rejoice at the long-awaited album, but it is frustrating not knowing if we’ll get it this week, this month, or even this year, if ever. Despite this frustration, my day was brightened exponentially when I found out he finally released a new visual for his brand new single “@ MEH”. The beat is absolutely incredible in my opinion, as bubbly, video game sounding synths combine with rattling hats and booming 808s to set the precedent for this much anticipated new offering. …

Night Mode – [UnoTheActivist] ft. [2gramcam]

No matter what industry you’re in whether it’s business, art, music, and beyond, you’ve most likely heard something along the lines of “it’s all about who you know.” Networking and having connections can help you get access to new exposure and maybe even lead to experiences that wouldn’t be accessible without that one person who knows somebody or has the power to expose you to new things. This is somewhat the case for UnoTheActivist whose cousin, Playboi Carti, had amassed a massive following and helped get his music to larger audiences. This isn’t taking away from Uno at all though, because his music speaks for itself and it was bound to explode at some point, Carti just helped expedite that process. Luckily, Uno is back with a brand-new offering called “Night Mode”, featuring 2gramcam who I’m not as familiar with in all honesty. A holy-sounding organ, tapping percussion, and groovy, heavy-hitting bass sets the pace for this upbeat new track. Uno can be heard at the beginning almost itching for a Percocet, as he proclaims his love for it and details his thought process as it relates to the drug. For the introduction and hook, he sings in a high-pitched, …

A Conversation With Kye Colors: Kansas City’s Potential Superstar

Kye Colors is a creative out of Kansas City, Missouri who I have been familiar with for almost three years now, I am a big fan of his material so when he was recently in Chicago for a performance, I invited him to the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new visual/written interview for our website! Kye Colors is just barely out of his teenage years but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how good that his music is, he sounds like a seasoned veteran in the game but he’s truly just getting started. Kye Colors has the perfect mix of rapping skills & singing abilities within his style, not to mention that he produces all of his own instrumentals, this kid is a talent that you need to keep an eye on. Take some of your time to read/watch our new interview with Kye Colors, and if you enjoy his sound & style then follow him on socials below! Follow Kye Colors on Twitter and Instagram! *interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* — EM: What made you want to start rapping? Kye: — EM: What’s your usual process like when you are making songs? Kye: I …

The Current State of Rap: Are We In Need Of A New Sound?

As we are approaching the end of not only the year of 2019, but the end of an entire decade–it’s around this time where we sit back and reflect on everything that has been going on in the grand scheme of things. We start to discuss who the hottest new artist is, who had the best run, who was the most consistent–so on and so forth. As of late, there has been a lot of talk in the industry about the current state of hip hop. Everything from where we’ve been, where we’re at currently, and where we will be in the future to come. With all the talk about Grammy nominations and awards show snubs, it sparked a thought in my mind about the current state of hip hop. As I sat and reflected on the industry, it posed the question to me–are we in desperate need of a new sound? Seeing as rap has been the most dominant genre not only on the Billboard charts, but culturally in the past five years or so, there have been a vast array of hot takes and opinions about the current state of rap, and what we need in order to …