Coast/Clear – [Beast Coast]

Beast Coast, the ten-person supergroup that is comprised of Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, Issa Gold, CJ Fly and Ak the Savior. The group announced their formation with the release of “Left Hand” in early March which showcased a clever orchestration of some of the most gifted rappers occupying the East Coast. The group’s new single highlights the melodic capabilities of the ten-person collective. Produced by Powers Pleasant, the group trades melodic verses from one another opting out of the usual grit we see from the East coast natives. Showcasing a softer side, at least vocally, the ten-person collective have concocted a radio-ready single that leaves us beyond curious as to all that will be featured on their impending album. “Coast/Clear” is a testament to the versatility held by each member of the supergroup who’ve made a living off of their abilities to lyrically dismantle beats. Don’t be fooled though, despite the lofty production and delivery from each featured rapper the new record still has a serrated edge to it that is synonymous with the East Coast. Listen to the new single from the impending studio album from some of the East Coast’s finest. With no set …

Lucki announces The Freewave Tour

Chicago legend Lucki is pretty fresh off of the release of his well received project Freewave 3, and he just announced the nation wide tour he will be going on from 4/20 – 5/25. He will be accompanied by Swoosh and Q Da Fool, making this tour more of an experience than just a plain old show. You can check out the tour dates below and you can purchase tickets here! Tour Dates: 4/20 Santa Cruz, CA 4/23 Anaheim, CA 4/25 El Paso, TX 4/27 Denver, CO 4/30 Boulder, CO 5/2 Minneapolis, MN 5/3 Lawrence, KS 5/5 Columbus, OH 5/7 Washington D.C. 5/16 Ashbury Park, NJ 5/18 Cleveland, OH 5/22 Detroit, MI 5/25 Chicago, IL

Fools Gold – [Garrett Merk]

As an artist, it’s one thing to have a clear creative vision, but it’s an entirely different feat to be able to execute this vision in a way that listeners can connect with. One artist who has seemingly mastered this skill goes by the name Garrett Merk, and today, he’s here to provide a clear example of this prowess with his new single, “Fools Gold.” Supported by a supply of ground-shaking 808s, an electrifying acoustic guitar riff, and a shaking vocal sample, this offering brings several contrasting sounds together to make a song equally as unique as it is impressive. Merk’s vocals drift atop the production with an airy cadence that reflects the unwavering truth of the song, and complementing these vocal runs, the production stays right in tune, pushing the energy of “Fools Gold” forward. Needless to say, both sonically and lyrically, the budding talent clearly sees through the fake here, paving his own path with an eccentric sound and a clear head. That said, while we’ve covered Merk several times here on Lyrical Lemonade, the Massachusetts-raised talent might just have his best offering yet with this one, proving just how much growth he has seen as an artist throughout …

Foolie – [Asoh Black]

New York emcee Asoh Black has been continuing to strive and prosper thus far into 2019, and today he is continuing that trend with the release of his brand new music video titled “Foolie”. I have been supporting Asoh’s music for at least a couple of years now and let me be the first to tell you that this is by far his best release to date as far as quality goes, he has made some good songs & videos in the past but none as polished as this one. This one came out so crisp and clean in large part thanks to video director Cooper Davis who helped make Asoh look like the superstar that he is slowly but surely becoming, and I believe I speak for all of his fans when I say that hopefully they continue to work together more in the future. Take a few minutes of your day below to check out this new visual and if you like his style be sure to keep up with him by giving him a follow on IG here! Produced by My Best Friend Jacob

Studio Ground Rules – [Pivot Gang]

You’ve just been invited to a Pivot Gang studio session. Not sure what to do? Don’t trip—the Chicago crew’s latest cut comes with step-by-step instructions on how to not act a fool when in their presence. “Studio Ground Rules” is the latest posse cut to come from Chicago’s own Pivot Gang, and the squad offers up more of their signature charm, humor, and straight-forward rap style that fans have come to expect by now. They initiate a listener to how they like to run things in their dojo, stressing that they have little tolerance for bullshit once they’re locked in. Saba kicks things off by reminding us of just how creative he could get with one word, turning “hood” into a dozen different metaphors as if it’s nothing to him until he then passes the ball to Frsh Waters, who’s been giving us flashes of lyrical excellence since his return to the rap game last year. Waters’ contribution here is no exception either, as he holds his own with a verse that puts any doubts about his skills to rest. MFnMelo closes up the track with his unfazed, steady flow that’s as warm as it is intimidating, and the final …

Win – [Q Da Fool] [Kenny Beats]

After releasing their collaborative Bad Influence EP, it’s safe to say that Q Da Fool and Kenny Beats are making waves as one of the game’s most powerful pairings out right now. Between Q’s hard-nosed charisma and Kenny’s malleability as a producer, each song on the new EP was a banger, and today, the two talents are here to speak to this with a brand new set of visuals for “Win.” As one of my personal favorite cuts off of the project, I was certainly happy to hear that this song would be receiving some visual assistance, and now that the video is out, I must say it made me even more excited to throw this track on repeat today. Scenes of Q flexing his cash and women in a laundromat complement the carefree, high-energy feel of “Win,” and the result is a fantastic release, both in terms of the music and on the screen. That said, check this one out below and if you haven’t already, stream the Bad Influence EP here!

FOOL – [Kaleb Mitchell]

February 14th has definitely been a day I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. However, while the majority of people are excited to join in on the festivities, my excitement stems from the fact that Kaleb Mitchell has been consistently teasing a new Valentine’s Day track and today, it’s finally here! It’s pretty hard to believe that the New Jersey Native is just now making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, because if you check out any of his previous projects, there is no question that Kaleb Mitchell is a force that’s most definitely here to stay. With this, after a very strong showing in 2018, Kaleb has decided to hit the ground running in 2019 with his new track, “FOOL”. This new offering is a track about love, but whether you’re in a relationship, single, or trying to figure things out, it’s a vibe that you need to check out immediately.  When you factor in Kaleb’s vocals/lyrical flow and drop those two on top of the stellar production, the result is a masterpiece; and in my opinion, that’s what you get as soon as you press play. Kaleb perfectly highlights his talent and versatility in a very passionate yet …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Bad Influence – [Q Da Fool] [Kenny Beats]

Serial producer Kenny Beats touched seemingly every corner of the rap world in 2018, and now in 2019, it looks like he’s ready to do just the same, starting the year off on a high note with his latest venture: the Bad Influence EP alongside Roc Nation signee Q Da Fool. Hailing from Maryland, Q has been steadily garnering acclaim throughout the past year or so, and now, in just 6 tracks, it sounds as though the budding star is more than ready to prove himself as the next big thing. When Kenny brings in the trunk-rattling kicks, Q is right there to match the energy, letting out thunderous deliveries and an endless supply of quotables. Similarly, when Kenny shifts focus and brings out a melodic beat, Q obliges, offering up smooth deliveries and an effortlessly charismatic personality. The two work hand-in-hand as a one-two punch of a duo, and the resulting yield is a brilliantly entertaining EP that will surely run up the numbers. Q Da Fool and Kenny Beats are not the partnership to play with, so don’t sleep. Stream Bad Influence at the link provided below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Foolie – [Asoh Black]

New York emcee Asoh Black is a favorite here on our platform and he has been for quite some time now, and today he is making his return to our pages with his brand new offering titled “Foolie”. I thought I had a good grasp of what Asoh Black was all about (in a good way) but I never saw him coming with a record like this, he switched up his sound a certain amount and he created what I would consider a club smash. Not only was this record itself impressive but this song just might be Asoh’s best release to date, which is tough to say because I loved the roll out for “Joy”. Check out this brand new song below and if you enjoy it be sure to give Asoh a follow on IG here! produced by My Best Friend Jacob