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Someway Somehow-[FARR]

If you haven’t heard of FARR yet, there’s a good chance that the next couple of paragraphs will open your eyes to what you’ve been missing out on. The impressive duo is made up of LA-based vocalist Roméo and London based producer Linden Jay. Despite the distance, the two rising artists have managed to maintain a creative and effective relationship that successfully bleeds into all of their work. I’ve been following the duo for some time, but today, they are making their Lyrical Lemonade debut after releasing a lyric video for their song Someway Somehow. The song itself is truly spectacular in every sense of the word. Roméo and Linden have found a perfect way to compliment and highlight both of their abilities in an effortless manner. The lyrics are also a very impressive aspect of this track, as in a world full of uncertainty and doubt, FARR provides its listeners with an optimistic message to reinforce the fact that things will always end up the way they should… someway and somehow. The video utilizes the same theme as the subject of each shot is a different person holding up a piece of cardboard with the thought-provoking lyrics on them. There’s …

Evisu – [Lauren Declasse]

In an age where many artists are beginning to compromise quality in favor of volume and immediacy, music videos are becoming a lost art, in many ways. The dimension of perspective and visual context that they add to a given song simply can’t be recreated purely with audio, and furthermore, the value of the medium is being lost in low-quality videos that have little to nothing to do with the message of the music. Today, however, reassuring my hope in this medium, a Brooklyn artist named Lauren Declasse is here with a brand new set of visuals for his song, “Evisu.” First things first, I originally found this video on Twitter thanks to a post from my good friend, @Kyledoscope. After clicking play, I immediately noticed that Declasse’s latest release seamlessly displays the power of imagery and cinematics to a beautiful, enthralling extent. Using gorgeous scenes of what I presume to be a reflection the Brooklyn artist’s upbringing, “Evisu” follows around a young Declasse, taking note of his aspirations, struggles, and attitudes toward life along the way. Additionally, scenes of the current Declasse grace the screen, creating a duality between the old and young versions of the artist while stringing together …

Zen – [Shan Vincent de Paul]

Though this is his first time gracing the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, Shan Vincent de Paul has impressed me with his depth, style, and execution on every single project he has released dating as far back as 2016. His latest video and single, “Zen,” is no different. The click of an iPhone keyboard starts the track and establishes the late-night, few-drinks-deep-message-to-the-ex vibe echoed by the heartfelt, break-up centric lyrics from Shan. The subtle start becomes all the more interesting by the end when the track culminates in a cascading synth-driven breakdown; I love the progression from producer Amy Axgale. In addition to the crisp, emotional vocal performance, Shan stars in, directs, and even edits the sharp, color-drenched visuals that showcase a love story between an astronaut and an angel. There is no news as of yet to any bigger plans, but, with his last album coming in 2017, I’m excited that a powerful new video likely means another project is in the works. Be sure to check out Shan Vincent de Paul’s latest offering below:

I Will Not Break – [Kevin Rudolf] ft. [Lil Wayne]

By: Stacy Burse, Jr. About 11 years since their smash hit single, “Let It Rock”, rock artist Kevin Rudolf and rap superstar Lil Wayne team up together again for a more introspective track called “I Will Not Break”. The song’s sound is a mixture of rock and rap, and only adding to this, both artists share their truths with introspective, yet motivational, lyrics, delivering lines such as the following, placed right at the end of the chorus from Rudolf: “I’m a survivor, that’s what I’ve done I’ll never go back to where I came from I will not stop, I will not break I will not break, I will not break.” In addition, as most of us know, 20-year rap veteran Lil Wayne will always bring what’s needed to body a feature. In this verse, Wayne’s contribution is short but full of metaphors that get the message across, detailing how he has been in the rap game for years and what he’s learned along the way. With this being Rudolf’s first single in over 5 years, I feel like this is a great return to the spotlight, especially with a feature from Lil Wayne. Boasting over 10 years in the music world, …

Five Life Lessons From J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’

By: John Matraia Loops surround us in our everyday lives. Rings. Coins. Wheels. Even donuts, a favorite snack of the late producer J Dilla. But loops mean much more than those run-of-the-mill items when looking at J Dilla’s magnum opus: the 31-track journey through life that is Donuts. For those unfamiliar with J Dilla (also known as Jay Dee), he was a music producer and rapper from Detroit, born in 1974. On Donuts, his most acclaimed solo body of work, he proves himself as the master of loops (short, repetitive sample patterns) found at the core of every song. In fact, the album as a whole acts as one never-ending loop, running seamlessly from the first song to the last and then back to the first. Dilla communicates through these loops on this instrumental project, speaking volumes without any vocals from the man himself. Dilla created Donuts entirely on an MPC3000, a device that the Detroit producer knew the ins and outs of more than almost anyone, without any technological help from the machine’s myriad of capabilities. More specifically, Dilla famously made the project without “quantization” — a feature of the MPC that moves certain drum notes in place with …

Unconditional – [Kaylee Ameri]

After covered the rising artist last November when she released the music video for her song, “Loving,” New Jersey native Kaylee Ameri returns to our pages today with a new visual for her song, “Unconditional.”  Looking to continue building on her momentum with a cinematic new visual, this offering finds the gifted singer at the center of attention, giving you a glimpse into her personality and charisma. The video opens with a scene of Ameri sitting alone on a bench serenading the camera. The sensuality of the song is reflected beautifully in the atmosphere and setting of the video, and her vocal performance is inspiring and daunting at the same time, serving as a reflection on true love’s unequivocal qualities. Additionally, “Unconditional” concludes with a message from the talented vocalist to the viewer, wishing them prosperity, health, and love. That said, if you’re feeling Kaylee Ameri and her new visual for “Unconditional” make sure to show her some love by following her on Twitter and Instagram.

A Closer Look Into Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

On the Road Again, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Talks the New Approach of Latest Project “Suffer On,” the Impact of Lil Peep’s Death, Major Label Wooing, and the Future of GothBoiClique For the first time ever on a headlining tour, Adam McIlwee, the Pennsylvania  electronic angst auteur who records as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, has gone out with a stage backdrop, and it’s impressive. But last week in Brooklyn, he didn’t use it. No need, really, as the artist was performing in front of one of the most dramatic views a New York venue has to offer: the elevated tracks of the J, M and Z trains, which rumble by periodically mid-set, just outside the beloved indie venue Market Hotel. It feels like a moment for Wicca Phase. Maybe not a splashy, look-at-me moment, but then, flexing is not really for McIlwee, who at 29 has already logged several notable chapters in an unlikely musical path, one that’s bridged punk, hip-hop, emo, and most recently evolved into singer-songwriter acoustics. He’s still based in his native Scranton, PA, where in the late 2000’s he fronted the indie outfit Tiger’s Jaw, until more electronic and experimental tendencies led him to split from …

Rockstar – [Lil Shock]

It’s time we introduce you to Lil Shock as he makes his debut to the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his brand new anthem, “Rockstar.” I have to give a shout out to Fashionably Early because Kyle is actually the one who put me onto Shock in the first place. Since then, I’ve gotten to speak to the young rapper for a little bit and see what he has going on with his movement, and it turns out that Lil Shock only been making music for a couple of years now, studying different genres and eras of music to mold and refine his own sound. Some of his favorites are older rap, Lil Yachty, Rich The Kid, and Juice Wrld, who even gave Lil Shock an inspirational message to “never give up.” That said, ”Rockstar” is a hard-hitting single in which the Durham, North Carolina emcee explained to me that he wanted to make something that listeners could get hype to, but also have them feel some emotion — and looking at the ways in which this single is able to play both sides, Shock certainly achieved his goal. Stream Lil Shock’s emotional banger “Rockstar” below.

COLDHEARTED EP – [Bernard Jabs]

Whether you’re a musician, an accountant, a waiter, or any other job under the sun, it’s always important to learn how to have fun with your career. Take your job seriously and be the best that you can, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Few artists embody this sentiment better than 17-year old Def Jam signee, Bernard Jabs. And yes, I said 17-years old. Both on and off the mic, this Georgia-bred talent radiates energy. There’s never a dull moment if Jabs is involved, and this certainly carries over to his music, as the budding talent has grown a loyal following thanks to electrifying singles and a social media-savvy marketing approach. He knows how to utilize the resources around him but he’s also authentic as can be, always dropping snippets and garnering buzz where he can, and consequently growing his ever-increasing base of dedicated listeners along the way. With this, even as a high school student, Bernard Jabs has signed to Def Jam, toured with Pusha T, and developed a considerable following of fans, none of which he has seemed even slightly underprepared for. The truth is, for Jabs, his determination spans far beyond his years, pointing to an incredibly …

Finer Things – [Yung Garzi]

Yung Garzi is making another well-deserved appearance on Lyrical Lemonade after the impressive release of his latest single, “Finer Things.” After hearing this new offering from the 21-year-old Miami native, there’s no doubt in my mind that he has the potential to make some serious noise in the industry, and rightly so, this new track is one that I think a lot of people will be excited about for a number of reasons. Right off the bat, you’ll notice Yung Garzi’s distinct voice and unique lyrical flow. The up-and-coming artist brings an exciting energy to the mic that is quite refreshing to hear, making it so that there’s no way you’ll be able to sit still while listening to this one. On top of that, it’s very important to point out how impressive the production quality of this track truly is. The producer, Andrew Luce, does a great job of complimenting Yung Garzi’s style with a hard-hitting ambiance, making for an irresistible sound that I personally can’t get enough of.  This new anthem has all of the right aspects, including a really dope and meaningful message. In a world where the finer things are considered to be centered around materialistic …