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Baggy Eyes EP – [Michael Christmas]

This past Friday, Boston’s very own Michael Christmas blessed streaming services with his Baggy Eyes EP, originally released in 2016. It was clearly long overdue, given that it’s a project brimming with well-produced bangers that should be heard by any fan of the relatable and talented Michael Christmas. Baggy Eyes consists of charming and catchy tracks that continue to show off Christmas’s budding personality and humor. The production on here is really impressive, as we get a collection of uplifting and soulful instrumentals, along with some bouncy and melodic trap-flavored beats. Christmas also proves how talented a rapper he is, with some really slick flows and jaw-dropping rhyme schemes supporting his addicting hooks. The nuclear “Drums Might Wake Ya Mama Up” is the hardest-hitting track on the project, and features some dramatic strings during the chorus of the track, along with some flowery and spacey production during the verses. Vintage Lee, who released a single last month with MadeinTYO, is also featured on here and makes this track an overload of charisma between the two emcees. The legendary $ilkMoney is also featured on “Who Cares”. This is a great collection of tracks that stand as some of Christmas’s best work …

Family Ties – [Benji.] ft. [Inez]

Amidst a myriad of things and people that will come and go throughout the years, family is one of the unbreakable ties that we have in this life. Whether biological or not, it’s what reminds us that we’re all in this together at the end of the day, and further, it’s something that we know will always be there for us to fall back on when we need it. Here to speak to this sentiment in a beautiful, uplifting way is an artist by the name of Benji. and his latest release, “Family Ties,” featuring Inez. Supported by a bubbling instrumental and lively supply of percussion, this offering finds Benji. in several different settings, all of which keep things entertaining without losing the purpose of the song in the process. Meanwhile, the rising talent’s slick flows and rapidly-paced, highly-impressive lyrical performance ride right alongside, circling back around to the concept of family with an impeccable chorus form Inez, seamlessly communicating the beauty of the family ties that we all have in some way, shape, or form. “Family Ties” the song is an enthralling listen on its own, but once the imagery of real families and a variety of different humans …

HOMEOWNER – [INFAMOUSIZAK]

One word to describe, INFAMOUSIZAK’s latest cut, “HOMEOWNER”? Clean. Unfortunately, one word doesn’t make for much of a write-up, so allow me to expand on the Lyrical Lemonade newcomer. Packaged perfectly with a set of slick black and white visuals that reflect the London-rappers understated, fashionable vibe, “Homeowner” connects on all levels. Though the video is certainly sleek, it’s still the music that engines the effort. A catchy, chiming beat swerves as the backdrop for INFAMOUSIZAKS hybrid-sung-rapped style where he showcases a smooth flow and his melodic chops, effortlessly merging the two together.; he evens sneaks in a few slick, clever bars with a Simpsons-themed hook. Clean, engaging, but making it look effortless, “HOMEOWNER” is definitely a win for the London product.

Now – [Lil Gotit]

Be sure to take special note of where you are in life right now, because when your grandkids ask you where you were for hip-hop’s “baby” renaissance, you are going to want to know. I’ve been loving this SAINt JHN track, “Trap” which features one of the hottest rappers in the game in Lil Baby. DaBaby’s album has been on steady repeat. As has the new EP from Sahbabii. And that’s just the start… Already cosigned by Thugger and signed to Alamo, I know I’m late to the game here, but, now, I’m adding Lil Gotit to the list. Keeping the “baby” momentum going, The Atlanta product dropped off his Hood Baby album at the end of last year to the list and a new track, “Da Real Hoodbabies,” last month. I’m fully convinced “Da Real Hoodbabies” is a smash, but it didn’t stop Gotit from returning with another visually-assisted effort in “Now.” Though it is a little grimier and more sinister than his prior, off-the-wall effort — as reflected in the difference in visuals — it is just as potent thanks to the lethal combo of the rib-cage rattling beat and Gotit’s slick cadence and inextinguishable swagger. “Now” is a must-watch for all of our readers out there, so check …

Psychodrama – [Dave]

Though he may be a new name to Americans, Dave is arguably the hottest rapper in the U.K. right now at just 20 years old. Already putting up some crazy numbers across the pond, Dave is ready to go global, and the release of his powerful debut album, Psychodrama, might be what puts him over the edge. Just 2:20 seconds into the album’s opening track, when he seamlessly changes his flow to match the slick beat-switch, is all it will take to convince you that Dave is something special, but “Psycho” is just the tip of the iceberg. Whether it’s “Black” — a demonstrative statement about race and identity, “Lesley” — a gripping 11-minute storytelling track, or the more colorful “Voices,” Dave showcases his ability to take on heady subjects with authenticity while supported by top-notch production. As a result, Psychodrama never comes across as preachy and never lacks the punch needed to translate to listeners on all continents. That said, Dave is a name you are gonna want to get familiar with, so definitely give Psychodrama the time it deserves.  

Frank Leone – [Go For It]

Frank Leone is something like a veteran on our lemon filled pages, he has been popping up on this site for years now and today he is making his return with his brand new record titled “Go For It”. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what Frank Leone’s music was all about and I have enjoyed it to this point, but on this joint he came through with his shit talking, pretty boy slick talk that complimented the beat flawlessly. I was impressed overall with this tune and I hope to see Frank Leone experiment a little bit more with this type of sound more in the future. Check out this brand new offering via Soundcloud below and if you like it be sure to give him a repost! Mixed by Nate Burgess • Produced by HWLS & Sebastian Sartor

I’ll Be Fine – [Matty Wood$]

Matty Wood$ is one of the best rappers coming out of St. Louis and has been a favorite here for some time now, but he just took a great leap forward in his career with the release of his new album titled “I’ll Be Fine“. I have been listening to Matty Wood$ music for a couple years now and I thought I had a pretty firm idea of what his music is usually like, but he truly impressed me on this album because he used multiple different flows I have never heard from him before, leaving me stunned at often times literally having to check the track list to make sure it was him rapping. The instrumentals on this project paved the way for Matty to do his thing, so shout out to Parker Jazz, Slick, RichieKBeats, Sav, Breland, Luchii, and Mikzy for helping him out. The majority of the credit has to go to Matty though, he came through with a fantastic project and it’s only leaving me more excited for his future, check out this brand new tape below!

2y’s – [Tayy Brown]

Tayy Brown is a new artist to the Lyrical Lemonade pages, but we suspect he won’t be a new name soon, as the young hitmaker is sure to impress with his first appearance on our site. That said, we’re here today to shed a light on the Maryland native’s debut project, 2y’s. With influence from Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and XXXTentacion, this tape packs a slick, addictive that easily sits right with fans of any kind. Having toured with Ski Mask The Slump God on his Ski Meets The World tour, Tayy is ready to spread his wings on the digital front now, and this tape is certainly a good introduction to his sound. Hear it below, and be on the lookout for more from the up-and-comer soon.

I’ll Be Fine – [Matty Wood$]

If there’s one area of the country that you should be directing your attention toward right now, it’s Saint Louis. Birthing an entirely new wave of music, this city is bringing its own, refreshing taste to the table right now, and needless to say, it has been a beautiful sight to watch for a music fan like myself. Helping to lead the charge out of his home city is an artist by the name of Matty Wood$. If you’ve been reading Lyrical Lemonade for some time now, you’ve probably heard Wood$’ name, but if not, today is the perfect day to get hip, as he just released his brand new, 17-song project, I’ll Be Fine. Denoted by the title, this tape is best seen as a form of self-assurance. Undoubtedly, Wood$ has been a talented hitmaker for some time now, but it’s with this project that he solidifies his stature and puts all of his chips on the table. One song after another, I’ll Be Fine is sun-soaked and charismatic, utilizing a soulful charm to keep listeners entertained throughout, and the result is one of the most exciting pieces of music to come out in recent months. Wood$ has plenty of potential …

Excited – [Saba]

Saba keeps the weekly drop streak going this Friday with yet another new song titled “Excited”. On the heels of last week’s Pivot Gang crew-cut “Blood” and the 2nd annual John Walt Day show, the West-side Chicago native’s work ethic seems to really be kicking into gear right now to end the year with a bang. On “Excited, Saba puts his flows on cruise control, navigating the beat with slick cadences that seem to come automatically for him. Always one to incorporate whatever’s going on in his life directly into his lyrics, he raps about the lifestyle of being on tour and being in a relationship and ties everything together into a warm, melodic hook. Frequent collaborators Daoud and DaeDaePIVOT handle the production alongside Saba himself, adding warm textures to his bars through soft horn sections and a steady bounce. Listen to “Excited” below, and be on the lookout for a possible new release next week from Saba as well: