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A Conversation with Armani White: A True Gem in The Industry

Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we pride ourselves on highlighting the gems that are circulating throughout the musical world. This is sometimes a hard thing to do when you take into account all of the facades and copy catters that are constantly coming and going. Nevertheless though, our mission remains the same as we strive to bring the best talent to our pages day in and day out. That said, today, I’m extremely excited to bring to our pages one of those gems. If you haven’t heard of Armani White, then let this be the last day you are able to say that. The West Philadelphia rapper has been taking the Hip-Hop world by storm and he’s truly just getting started. Out of all of the rappers I catch myself listening to Armani exudes a certain poise and realness that can only described as infectious. Once you listen to him, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. A couple of days ago, I got the chance to hop on the phone with White to get a deeper look into who he is as a person and an artist; The interview was one of the most fun that I’ve had in a …

It’s Victor’s Internet–we’re just living in it.

When I met Victor for the first time, the then 17-year-old musician and I had arranged to link up at a coffee shop in Wicker Park to record an interview. Huddled in the corner of the crowded room on a snowy afternoon, I asked the up-and-coming artist, whose track “Tinder Song” I’d just discovered a month prior, about the artists that had been inspiring him most lately. At the time, he’d mentioned names like Jasper Bones, Banes World, and Cuco. I remind him of that day now as we’re sitting in the chilly lobby of the Lyrical Lemonade office in the middle of summer in Chicago. He’d just gotten off the road opening for Cuco’s headlining tour, a full-circle moment that even Victor has trouble summing up in words. His new project, simply titled ‘Victor’s Debut’, seeks to take the experiences he’s had over this time period and sum them up in song form. The breadth of his music has grown along with him–a quality that comes through in the carefully arranged tracklisting of ‘Victor’s Debut’. While the first half presents more of the dreamy, emotional side that Victor’s music has explored deeply in the past, the second half undergoes …

UNFAIR – [Victor Internet]

Victor Internet is just one day away from releasing his highly-anticipated debut EP, fittingly titled ‘Victor’s Debut’. The Chicago-native artist shared the music video for the EP’s first single, “VEINS”, last month, and today, he gives us another peek at what to expect from his project with “UNFAIR”. Victor comes to terms with multiple recent changes in his life on “UNFAIR”, seemingly linked to the pursuit of his music career and also coming of age. The 18-year-old songwriter confronts his own demons on one of his most vulnerable and personal records yet, coming off as resentful at some points in the song and triumphant at others. Underscoring Victor’s moment of rumination is a gloomy instrumental produced by himself, Billy Lemos and Junior Mesa. The beat feels like the soundtrack to a slow, cloudy afternoon, composed mostly of murky electric keys and lo-fi percussion that subdue the energy of the track. Check out Victor’s tour dates here and keep an eye out for our Q&A with him coming soon.

Flame – [Luna Luna] ft. [Victor Internet]

Indie band Luna Luna are just weeks away from releasing their new EP, ‘Carousel’, and with that on the way, the Texas-based group continue to build hype with a new single titled “Flame”. This sultry, slow-burning track makes use of acoustic guitars, punchy percussion, and a feature from Chicago’s own Victor Internet to make for one of Luna Luna’s strongest songs yet. On “Flame”, Luna Luna capture the feeling of being enamored by someone without knowing where it will go. Incorporating dreamy guitar strums and echoey vocals, the track’s first half entrances a listener in the same way initially falling for someone might do. The track rises and then subsides, eventually leading to an outro that’s more stripped down to just an acoustic guitar and vocal hums, seeming to simulate the initial flame fading away. Victor’s vocals add a layer of vulnerability to the song, as his harmonies overlap with Luna Luna’s in a way that escalates the song at just the right moment. Listen to “Flame” below and keep an eye out for Luna Luna’s EP out October 4.

S.O.T.R. – [papichuloteej]

Papichulooteej looks to close out the summer with a sun-soaked pair of singles. His new release, S.O.T.R. includes lush features from the equally impressive talents of Marcos G and Victor Internet. This is one collaborative effort I think we can all agree was needed as our summer begins to wind down and we transition into fall. S.O.T.R. kicks off with its opening track, “S.O.S” a light-hearted produced record that finds its center between groovy guitar progression and crisp kick-drum patterns. Reminiscing on old memories of a past relationship, papichuloteej pleads his case to be saved by his former sweetheart. The Nevada crooner passes the baton to his feature-mate Marcos G who continues to build on the sultry-smooth agenda. It’s easy to get caught up in the glittery nostalgia created by these two as they paint a vivid picture of old flames and the fondness we attach to their memory. A soft transition finds us amid the two-packs second record, “Distant.” Where the previous record reveled in the past-glimmer of an old flame, “Distant” is an anthem for those willing to go the extra mile, both literally and metaphorically. Check out the new two-pack from papichuloteej below, stream the two-pack other …

Veins – [Victor Internet]

Transition is perhaps one of the hardest things that we go through in life. Whether for better or worse, change arrives with uncomfortability, and as a result, it’s always important to take a step back and make room for reflection in these moments so as to welcome personal growth. In Victor Internet’s incredible new release, “Veins,” we see this on full display. Kicking things off with the line, “I’ve been out doing things, shit I never thought I’d do,” “Veins” immediately speaks on the change occurring in Victor’s life right now — both in its best and worst aspects. Sure, things seem to be going well for such a promising young act, but as with any growth, he, too, has moments of insecurity as he rises out of a stagnant state. Throughout the enthralling visuals, he balances this vulnerability with a comforting sense of confidence, at times literally ripping off his head out of what I view as the urge to sink back and take a moment to try and understand everything. With this, “Veins” is one of the most personal releases we’ve received from Victor Internet to date. All the way from the vividly emotive lyrics to the soul-stained guitar …

Veins – [Victor Internet]

In little over a year, Victor Internet (formerly VICTOR!) has gone from underground Chicago favorite to nationally recognized musician, and his buzz only continues to grow after opening for Cuco on tour earlier this year. The rising artist keeps his momentum going today with a new song and music video titled “Veins”. From the moment it starts, it’s clear that “Veins” resembles a step forward for Victor in terms of production, ushering in a more polished sound than he’s played with before. Amid the more refined production quality, though, the core characteristics of Victor’s music remain consistent. The heartfelt lyrics seem to resemble a moment of reflection on how far he’s come up to this point and the transient period he’s in now as his surroundings start to shift. The same layered harmonies, pitch shifts, and dreamy melodies that marked his earlier songs still land on “Veins”—a reassurance that his sound has only grown stronger as his popularity increases. Using the track’s emotional range as inspiration, director Matthew Castellanos and Victor give “Veins” a striking visual treatment. See the video for yourself below:

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Honest -[Victor!] x [Family Reunion]

Chicago native Victor! has been making a name for himself within the city and beyond, so I was more than excited when I saw that he released a brand new song titled “Honest” featuring Family Reunion. This record is off of his this year’s CD exclusive titled “Glitter98”, and it just might be my favorite record from him to date, the way that Victor and Family Reunion complimented each other on this track was admirable. Check out this new offering below and if you like it be sure t follow Victor! on Soundcloud here.

Oogie Mane: Staying the Course

Influence, popularity, and innovation are all central factors that spur the conversation of “mainstream” versus “underground” in music. It is with these metrics that fans deem their favorite artist an “underground legend” or a full-blown “star”, using popular perception and relative terms to grade an artist’s status of fame in a given ecosystem of music. But sometimes this metric just doesn’t fit. In the age of the internet, where social media paves unique pathways for artists of every imaginable kind, the barrier between the mainstream and the underground has become increasingly blurred. Notably, increased visibility of niche scenes is now allowing mainstream acts to dip their hands into the underground, utilizing the boundary-pushing, non-linear styles of smaller artists to predict innovative pushes in sound. This collaboration, or occasional lack thereof, can be demonstrated in a number of ways, sometimes crediting the smaller acts that influenced a mainstream shift and sometimes not. Here enters “I’m Upset” by Drake: a single released for his Scorpion album that arrived right in the midst of a hallmark rap beef against Pusha T, but even more importantly, a single that exemplifies this blurring line between underground and above. I can recall driving home from my …