learn 2 swim – [redveil]

The day has come. learn 2 swim, the newest release from Maryland mastermind redveil has finally been released. Twelve tracks long, 35 minutes in runtime, and fans are curious: has he done it again? Does learn 2 swim, once again self-produced and self-released, fulfill the hype and expectations set by 2020’s Niagara? The answer is clear immediately upon listening – yes, 1000 times yes. Unlike its predecessor, learn 2 swim trades Niagara‘s explosive energy for a dreamy and hypnotic tapestry made of poetic musings and bittersweet glimpses into newfound maturity. From the muted keys and steady basslines of “shoulder” with Mekdelawit and Renaissance Mic to album closer “working on it”‘s impassioned cries “I don’t wanna run no more”, learn 2 swim feels like natural progression – a record seeing redveil at his most concentrated since his first waves years ago. Every risk pays off, and like Kendrick Lamar’s trajectory from good kid, m.A.A.d city to To Pimp a Butterfly, learn 2 swim is the braver older sibling that perhaps the culture needed. Featuring guest appearances from Sam Truth, Fly Anakin, and Ovrkast., redveil’s latest release is a love letter to the past two years informed by success and tragedy, beauty and pain, wisdom …

Five of Our Favorite Shows from Last Year, and Five to Look Forward To

As life started to return to a state of relative normality last spring, so did the state of live music. Tours were announced and re-announced, fans were ravenous for tickets, and together it seems like live music experienced its own isolated roaring 20’s – albeit briefly. Though there’s no telling what is bound to happen in the future, the covid case spikes seem to be fewer and far between these days – so below you’ll find a brief list of some of our favorite shows from 2021, as well as a few tours worth keeping your eyes on as spring turns to summer. Whether you love festival crowds or despise their hectic energy – we can all agree that there’s nothing better than listening to music with those we love. With luck, this list will guide you (and your friends) to a memory waiting to be made.  Our Favorite Shows of 2021 — IDK: Fresh from the release of his sophomore LP USEE4YOURSELF – IDK’s shows were the perfect portrayal of his recent hot streak. At his Los Angeles show, the venue was packed with diehard fans waiting on his every word. If he played a cut from an older …

better – [redveil] ft. [sam truth]

Back with his second release of the month, redveil is making a strong case for renaming spring “redveil season”. Delivering fans jazzy and downtempo energy on his previous release “diving board”, our hero returns once more this week with the nostalgic and heartwarming banger “better”. Featuring a fine-tuned chorus sung by Virginia-born Sam Truth, the two LL alums trade performances over a mix that perfectly captures this season’s budding bliss. Hard-hitting percussion and powerful piano chords serve as the perfect foundation for redveil to inspire listeners with verses about unification, perseverance, and patience – something that fans have had to foster in the time since redveil dropped his 2020 LP Niagara. His newest single “better” releases alongside a Manny Madrigal-directed visual featuring veil and Sam Truth meditatively performing, each rapping/singing with a steady pensiveness that surely will only make fans more ravenous for new music. Diehard fans may remember Redveil and Sam collaborating on AG Club’s “Truth” last year, and with more music coming down the pipeline from both artists, hopefully this isn’t the last time the two young artists join forces. Few artists in hip-hop have as much anticipation behind their next projects like redveil, but if his last …

diving board – [redveil]

Ahead of his upcoming sophomore LP, redveil returns today with “diving board” – his first single of 2022. Over a jazzy saxophone-laden beat, redveil delivers a performance that strays much more towards the melodic than fans would expect – but his stylistic risk-taking pays off tenfold. The mix sounds like something that might play after an episode of Cowboy Bebop, and it serves as the perfect foundation for redveil to deliver a heartfelt performance that is both meditative and uplifting. This smoother and more confident redveil suits him, especially as an artist who’s amassed literally millions of streams over just a few genre-bending years. redveil’s never been one to be afraid of boundaries, and “diving board” sees this practice extended as we enter the new era of redveil. Alongside a hazy and dreamlike Manny Madrigal-directed visual, redveil shows listeners that he’s still got some tricks up his sleeve – and with new music right around the corner, now is the perfect time to become a fan.

04 – [redveil]

Prince George’s County, Maryland based artist redveil returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new banger titled “04.” Accompanied with a Tyler Shuler directed music video, the creative inspiration thematically pays homage to some iconic 2004 moments such as Kanye West’s “All Falls Down.” Moreover, the reoccurring VHS camcorder adds a nostalgic feel visually, while sonically the soulful, sample-filled production smoothly contrasts with Redveil’s modern arsenal of flows. At just seventeen years of age, redeveil has already made a name for himself, which is all the more impressive considering he hasn’t reached his peak yet! Watch the official music video for “04” below!  

Weight – [Redveil]

Seventeen year old DMV prodigy Redveil returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a powerful song & visual entitled “Weight.” Conceptually, the video was intentionally crafted to keep viewers on their toes, as it highlights the artist narrowly escaping police custody. With a multitude of resulting/uncertain obstacles he must face, an impending ‘weight’ torments Redveil’s psyche, coupled with scenarios of possible detriment. Moreoer, the mature commentary on race, policing, and point-blank injustice solidifies that the artist’s youth hasn’t limited his scope of knowledge. Visually I immediately thought of the Safdie Brother’s fantastic film Good Time, due to bustling, high-stress environment with an uneasy atmosphere. Watch the official music video for “Weight” below; a three-way collaboration of direction between Tyler Shuler, Redveil, and YSSHUA.

TRUTH – [AG Club] ft. [Sam Truth] x [redveil]

A few days ago Bay-Area collective AG Club released a new music video for “Truth” featuring redveil + Sam Truth! In 2020, AG Club was undoubtedly one of my favorite new groups to surface, their song “Memphis” was easily one of my favorite songs of the year. So coming into 2021, I had some extremely high expectations for them, and this new single was going to be a big indicator of what was to come. I was very pleased with this release, the futures from Sam Truth + redveil were fantastic, and the visual itself was shot very well. I am expecting an amazing project to come from AG Club later this year, but until then, go ahead and watch this new music video below! Shot by 777Media

Wordsmith-[Dre Wave$] feat. [redveil]

Dre Waves is an artist who I’ve been itching to get on to our pages for some time now. Being from the DMV, I always get hype when I get to showcase people from my hometown who are doing it big and today, I get to do just that with an up and comer whose name y’all need to know ASAP. Dre is a 23-year-old Hip-Hop artist from Washington, D.C. who has been pretty active as of late which has caused me to play closer attention to everything that he’s been up to. Priding himself on his distinct vocal tone and impressive lyricism, Dre Waves is carefully crafting a lane for himself that is falling in line with other prominent artists from this east coast region. When you first turn on Dre’s music, you’ll notice how unique it is. There’s not much that sounds like it which is a huge advantage for someone who is looking to stand out in from of the pack. Today, Dre Waves is making his debut Lyrical Lemonade appearance for his latest song that is as impressive as they come. The new offering called, “Wordsmith” is the perfect encapsulation of his talent. With the fire …

how 2 find hope – [redveil]

Few artists had a year as exciting as redveil. Back in April when he made his Lyrical Lemonade debut with the track “Soulfood,” he had less than one thousand monthly listeners on Spotify. Today, a mere eight months later, he has over two hundred thousand and just landed on Tyler the Creator’s favorite songs of the year list. “Soulfood” showed potential, but no one expected that potential to turn into an album like Niagara that would set the internet on fire just four months later. Where the sixteen-year-old will go from here following a year like this is unclear, but he’s already carrying his 2020 momentum into the new year with a track released today called “how 2 find hope.” It features uplifting production (done by redveil himself) with grand horns and soulful vocal samples that set a perfect backdrop for his reflective lyricism. Some of his best flows yet land on here as he weaves between the song’s verses and hooks seamlessly, and he also shows off some impressive vocal melodies that elevate the track and make it his best yet. With “how 2 find hope,” redveil is already expanding and improving on his sound from his recent project and …

Greenlight – [Obai]

More likely than not, you haven’t heard of Obai, a fourteen year old artist out of Phoenix, Arizona. At age thirteen, the young artist had no experience in writing music, yet alone recording songs. However, as demonstrated recently with the rapid emergence of Maryland’s Redveil, talent is talent regardless of age. His latest single “Greenlight” is what caught my attention, which includes a relaxed melody over Obai’s soft vocals. More so a singer than a rapper, the romantic subject matter is sure to capture the attention of r&b and pop fanatics. Plus, the lyrics are mostly radio-friendly, making it suitable for a larger mainstream audience. According to Obai, he wrote the track around 5 a.m. in the morning while recovering from the corona-virus, with the end product being filled with potential. Hungry for success, he simply believes that his music needs the right audience for him to evolve. With a Lyrical Lemonade debut now under his belt, I look forward to monitoring Obai’s journey as a young creative and individual. Check out the release below, which is available on all platforms!