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Shot With Me – [Moe Young] ft. [lilspirit]

Few artists are actually able to capture the attention of any member of Internet Money, so that’s why whenever I heard of a talent working with the hit factory out on the West Coast, I need to listen up. Moe Young is a talent I have consistently heard about, but I have yet to truly listen in to consistently in all honesty. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why because everything I’ve ever heard has been absolutely magnificent, so I realize that I need to finally cut the excuses and give this man the respect and attention he has worked so hard for. Back at the beginning of Summer, Moe hit up the IM family and trusted that they’d not only help him build another hit, but they’d also give him some assistance on the lyrical front with lilspirit, and “Shot With Me” was created. Considering this was a simple SoundCloud upload, it might not have been expected to take off quite as it did, and luckily, Moe decided to bring this hit to life in the form of an outstanding music video directed by JakeTheShooter. As the song begins to play, the camera pans down from the sky …

Bad Day – [Nyck Caution] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Pro Era never seems to miss, although the only member of the collective I’m actually extremely familiar with is obviously Joey Bada$$. I’ve become acquainted with certain other members through certain songs he has released that feature them, but I definitely need to get on top of my game moving forward, especially when it comes to Nyck Caution, one of the most promising yet underrated members of the group without a doubt. On Friday, Nyck is gearing up to release his album Anywhere But Here, and considering he has already dropped off a few singles to hype up the project’s release, I definitely need to zone in and listen up, and I suggest you do the exact same thing. Today, Nyck teamed up with none other than Denzel Curry for a song entitled “Bad Day”, and after hearing this compared to some of the other singles, I already know that Friday is going to be anything but a bad day. You already knew that this record is a hit as soon as you find out Charlie Heat produced this record, and as soon as you press play, you realize exactly how right your presumptions were. He incorporates some lively, animated …

Setting the Tone: A Conversation with Bijan of New Tone Studios

One theme that has remained constant amongst creatives is the nature of resilience when it comes to how people shift in the midst of a complicated pandemic and social unrest. Whether it be music, art, or fashion, these cultural industries have all had to find new ways to grow their footprint with new hurdles presented in front of them at any given point. Today we are featuring an individual by the name of Bijan Celani who heads New Tone Studios, a multidisciplinary creative house that tries to tell stories through clothing and other creative outlets. Bijan has put a heavy focus on connecting with artists when they stop in Vancouver, Canada to spread the vision of what he’s built from the ground up. Now there are many brands out there that are started up with these goals in mind, but an underlying driving vision is what separates the top tier from the countless streetwear brands that have come and gone over the past decade. Bijan has been crafting New Tone Studios long before his first piece of clothing was ever sold, the ideas have been in his head. Combining the clothing with elements of music and live events has him …

seventh heaven – [senses]

Today’s world is one that sees a heightened level of self-awareness and transparency when it comes to having a public image. In knowing this, it makes it all the more special when a figure – especially one in an online space – can embrace the art of conceptual anonymity to its fullest potential and carry their lives out as such within this very space.  The few musicians who do this so well in today’s age are seeing their careers supplemented by simply standing out amongst the rest of their contemporaries, and given music as a stand-alone medium, this conceptual outlook just begs for these artists to tailor a full-length experience around it. Their already-immense sense of creativity is simply bolstered if given the right amount of time and care to an album in this manner. An artist who has done the absolute most with this concept within the burgeoning online music scene over the past year-plus has been senses — a self-proclaimed musical robot of sorts who has been making some of the most outstanding electronic-tinged pop music to come out of this rising scene as a whole. But one thing they lacked to fully correlate with their unique conceptual …

Be This Way – [OMB Peezy]

Whether you pay close attention to the world of Rap music or are just a casual listener, it’s fairly clear to say that OMB Peezy was one of the biggest winners of 2020. He was one of the most consistent artists in general constantly releasing songs and accompanying visuals, yet for some reason, people continue to sleep on him. In order to get the year started off on the right foot, he decided to gift fans with a brand-new song called “Be This Way” along with another music video as well, unsurprisingly. DrumDummie produced this masterpiece, incorporating tickling piano riffs coupled with more poignant chords, crisp, constantly refreshing percussion, and one of the most powerful drumlines you’ll hear all week. Peezy is known for being dexterous and sounding great no matter what style he opts to go with, and this record is absolutely no different. Despite the fact that he decides to use a much more melodic, tuneful delivery, he doesn’t leave his lyricism or bars in the dust, mashing his hasty lyrics with his incredibly moving vocals that can and will give anyone who is struggling hope that they’ll make it out of their situation. In the ShotByCammJBoyd-directed music …

Heart of the Slums – [Livin’ Legend Lausane] ft. [MMG TB]

2020 wasn’t necessarily a breakout year yet for Montgomery, Alabama’s rap scene but the groundwork for a breakout year in 2021 was certainly set, much in part to the increased success of artists like Rubberband OG, D-AYE, and a Lyrical Lemonade favorite in Livin’ Legend Lausane who is by far the youngest artist making noise in the city and at only 19 he has already surpassed all of his peers in both talent and popularity and is poised to be one of the first artists to truly breakout of Montgomery since the late, great Doe B in the early-2010’s. Lausane recently connected with another young artist who has been making a lot of noise in the city, MMG TB, on a new track “Heart of the Slums” and I am really glad to see this link-up. Lasuane delivers a melodic and wicked hook and skates all over the track with his distinct soft-spoken flow. MMG TB’s style isn’t nearly as melodic as Lausane’s but was perfect for this up-tempo instrumental and he shows why he is also one of the most hyped artists in Montgomery at this point with his authoritative and streetwise verse. Sanborn Films brought the video to …

Wheel It – [Puffy L’z]

Last year has seen some major releases from some of our favorite artists, but being the madness that it was a few took the Robert Horry approach dropping a bomb as the buzzer winds down. In the final days of 2020, one of Canada’s Coldest blessed us with a new song and video that instantly reinvigorates the same energy that made him one of the hottest to come out of Toronto. If you’re from north of the border then this name should need no introduction, but for any unfamiliar readers then I highly suggest getting familiar with the living legend that is Puffy L’z. You really can’t talk about the history of Toronto’s sound without mentioning Puffy’s name. His energy, subject matter, and effortlessly unique delivery are all quintessentially Toronto, his new song “Wheel It” has Puffy L’z at his nicest ready to continue his global takeover. It’s been a few years since the passing of Smoke Dawg, his untimely death definitely shook the city and his Halal Gang brothers to their core. Through it all, it seems like the crew hailing from Regent Park is ready to reclaim their place as the artists that helped build Toronto’s sound to …

Batbxy – [TheHxliday]

Obviously, TheHxliday isn’t anywhere close to a new name here at Lyrical Lemonade, but even with the fact that he’s released hundreds of songs since he first began his career, he never fails to continuously outdo himself. The 19-year-old Baltimore artist has one of the most distinctive sounds in the entire Hip-Hop landscape, and his ability to consistently change his style and shake things up is as noteworthy as it is masterful. In order to bring an end to a brutal 2020 and ring in the new year, TheHxliday decided to drop off a brand-new EP entitled Batbxy, continuing his legacy while also proving just how consistently brilliant he can be even with his already impressive arsenal of hits. Throughout these 6 songs and the almost 17 minutes they last, he provides an enormous amount of variability and dexterity, not only in the intriguing percussion but in the multitude of melodies and harmonies he brings to the table. One of my favorite parts about this EP is the layers he brings to the table on pretty much every song. One layer might be deeper with more stretched-out hums, another might provide a quicker, more pliable cadence while a third provides …

Onnea – [Emotionals]

What used to be nostalgic inspirations are now becoming nothing else but the norm in modern music. This notion rings true from a variety of angles within the contemporary online music landscape, but perhaps one of the most telling examples of its occurrence is through the resurgence of styles such as breakcore and trance within its grander lexicon.  These two styles along with quite a few others are vivid representations of what our modern youth were brought up on and thus inspired by throughout the 2000s and early 2010s. Artists that embody their aspects are not just taking simple cues from them, they are going all in to truly translate how effective these influences are through their music entirely — putting a modern spin on them in the process. Given that this trend will undoubtedly continue throughout this new year and beyond, it only makes sense that 2021 would be kicked off by an absolute masterwork of this outlook in Emotionals’ new EP “Onnea.” No other project in recent memory translates these past descriptions quite as effectively as this brief, yet unbelievably dense 4-track experience does in full.  Being self-produced and performed entirely by Emotionals themself, this EP is a …

Willow – [ONE YEAR]

Just as modern pop music is trending towards becoming more and more of a singular effort as time progresses, so too are its personalized aspects growing as well. When the music itself is relatively untouched by external sources in the songwriting and/or production process, it lends quite a large amount of open space for artists to fully translate their deepest and truest beings onto a given track. This is most often done – given our tumultuous modern times – in a depressive or at the very least melancholic manner.  That type of narrative building through pop music has been expertly translated time and time again by one of the genre’s steadiest rising talents in ONE YEAR. The always-sentimental purveyor of underground pop has made a living out of crafting vivid depictions of whatever his mental state may be at a given time, and this transparency has gone hand-in-hand with how effective his music is from a sonic standpoint in the process.  In utilizing the wide-open environment in which to be this transparent – an environment he has helped to create and normalize for years on end now – he is able to come through with such outstanding tracks like the …