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Battle of the Bastards – [Elajah Mouhammed]

Elajah Mouhammed is a groundbreaking New York artist, who was born in the Bronx and has found himself all over the big city. From living in a Bronx shelter to eventually landing in Queens, he is not only a defining artist for his neighborhood but also a true voice of the city. Elajah is an artist and songwriter whose authentic sound in music is ever-changing. Starting his musical journey at a young age, he used his music as a remedy, during a time of continuous adversity. As a kid from Jamaica, Queens with the desire to create his own legacy Elajah has always looked at self-made artists like Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, and Childish Gambino as his artistic inspiration. Looking up to artists most often misunderstood, he can relate to feeling out of place in this world and hope to use his music to connect with others who feel the same. Elajah now turns his focus on his latest music video, “Battle of The Bastards” and gives us the scoop saying, “The video idea really stemmed from the very poignant yet melancholy meaning of the song. When we first started planning it out we knew that it had to be …

Getting to Know Cincinnati Rapper Skylar Blatt

I love to shed light on women in the music industry who are on the come up. Especially females who came from nothing, but their work ethics are slowly leading them to stardom. Cincinnati rapper Sade Johnson, better known as “Skylar Blatt” is one of my favorite female up-and-coming artists. Her story is so raw and genuine, that it’s not hard not to fall in love with her aura. Growing up was not easy coming from Downtown Cincinnati. When your environment does not reflect the person you hope to become, it’s difficult to find the strength to motivate you every day. However, music saves Skylar’s life and allowed her to become an inspiration for others. Skylar rose to stardom after countless freestyles on Facebook live with her friends. After the release of her second mixtape “XXL”, her career began to take off with multiple offers from labels. After getting co-signed by Meek Mill, she decided to work with Dream Chaser. However, that partnership was short-lived after Skylar did not believe that was the right home for her. After taking some time to rebrand herself, Skylar returned to the scene with her singles “John Wick”, “Urgent Care”, “Mystique”, and “Milli Us”. …

Few Good Things [Saba]

“The concept of ‘Few Good Things’ is the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfillment. It is the satisfaction and completeness you gain by simply living a life that is yours. Few is a small number, but few is not lonely. In the face of all adversity, a few good things is recognizing and accepting blessings. Few is to count them, one by one – an empty glass is full of air, an empty bank is full of lessons, and an empty heart is full of memories. Few good things is to grow comfortable with the empty, and despite that, finding your fullness” – Saba Chicago’s own, the one and only Saba returns to Lyrical Lemonade with his brand new album entitled Few Good Things. The record marks four years since the Pivot Gang founder’s previous renowned release Care For Me, and six since his phenomenal debut Bucket List Project. Unsurprisingly, his latest body of work is equally if not more impressive as it contains new elements while fusing the signature ones that sparked his career. It’s undeniably his most stacked offering in terms of features – Pivot Gang, Black Thought, Krayzie Bone, G-Herbo, 6LACK, Smino, Mereba, Fousheé, …

Buckhead – [OnlyBino] ft. [Xhuloo] [LilKeel] [sgpwes]

Unfortunately I cannot make this article super long winded despite the fact that I really enjoyed the song due to the fact that I don’t know a whole lot about these artists and producers, but certainly hope that changes for me personally and everyone else in the coming year. Making their debut in the Lyrical Lemonade pages today is OnlyBino who is joined by fellow Atlanta artists Xhulooo, Lil Keel, and sgpwes on his new song “Buckhead” which is the best song of that name since 03Greedo’s a few years back, but nonetheless, this song sounds exactly what the youth in Atlanta feel like today and I could so easily close my eyes and see these artists walking around Lenox and flexing despite their young age, following in the longstanding Atlanta tradition of popping your shit, just in the style of their generation. Producers BT and Star9 create an incredibly chaotic atmosphere with their track, crafting drums that pierce through the speakers and just seem to hover in the air for a second before being turned back up as the twisting synths hit. This is just another example of young Atlanta rappers beginning to borrow more and more of hyperpop’s …

Get Refreshed: One Year Of “How I’m Feeling Now,” The Nature of aldn, and Nigo Being Nigo

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Parent Company Fresh Reflection: A Year Later, and How I’m Feeling Now Is Better Than Ever I never thought I’d say this, but let’s ignore “hyperpop discourse” for a moment. You know, the discourse that began in the summer of 2020 and still fervently lingers to this very day. It has made up the majority of this column’s content, the content of my closest working contemporaries, and has cast a cloud of influence over all music discourse and its respective content. It has dominated my life, and it has probably dominated yours, too. And I’d like to forget about it… at least for like 5 minutes or so. Because I want to take us all back to the album that arrived just before all of this discourse truly started to kick off and become as inescapable as it did and still is. Just before all eyes were placed on Charli XCX’s role in making the hyperpop playlist as forcefully influential as it is today, she put out an album that, in the context of everything discussed here, acted …

SHAPESHIFTER – [BBY GOYARD]

It has been a little while since I’ve dove deep into the SoundCloud music scene, but there are a few names that I was introduced to through the online platform that I’ll never stop cheering for, the biggest name being BBY GOYARD. Just the other day, he decided to team up with producer rubbishrubbish to create a hit entitled “SHAPESHIFTER”, and if you’re not necessarily familiar with GOYARD’s many styles of music, buckle up because you’re in for a treat with this one. Beginning with the beat, there is a dreamy, high pitched synth of some sort that is accentuated by crisp, lighthearted percussion as well as some deep, pungent drums that don’t seem to begin right off the bat, but they enter the picture in a very stealthy, out of left field-like manner. As he raps, he utilizes his slightly higher-pitched vocals that are covered in autotune and other effects, yet he still manages to let his true talents shine through as his vocals just seem to be so pure and genuine. A bit later on, a sliding synth or whistle enters the production to provide even more heavenly sounds that level up GOYARD’s already angelic vocals, constantly leveling …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Never Even Tought – [Johan Feder]

Johan Feder is an indie acoustic vocalist whose soothing voice is just want you need on relaxing afternoon day. The 25 year old French songwriter has been fascinated with music as a young child. His inspirations as a musician comes from acts in the 70s and 80s . Those people were Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Jeff Buckley. It’s really difficult to pivot from a social media influencer to a music artist, there are pros and cons to it. One pro is that Johan is bringing a passionate organic fan base to venture with him on a new journey as he expresses himself through music. There’s definitely room for improvement as far as his song creation and structure. That will come over time though as Johan is only two singles into his young career. Listen to Johan Feder’s single “Never Even Tought” for yourself after the break:

Drunk Face – [Machine Gun Kelly]

If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never been the biggest Machine Gun Kelly fan. I just couldn’t really get into his music for one reason or another, so although I didn’t dislike him, I just never paid much attention. When I saw his feature on Iann Dior’s song “Sick and Tired” alongside Travis Barker, I have to admit that my ear perked up a bit and I was introduced to a new style of his that I was previously unaware of. Considering I’m a massive Iann Dior fan and love the style of music he makes, when I heard MGK on that track showing off some Punk-inspired lyrics, my mind was blown. He’s clearly got the Punk aesthetic down to a science, and his voice just coupled with the genre seamlessly, so when I found out his latest album was along the same lines as this, I knew it was something I had to listen to. Although I haven’t had a chance to check out Tickets to my Downfall in its entirety quite yet, I’ve heard a few singles and have had nothing but positive things to say about it. Going off of that, everyone I’ve talked to about the …

Brevin Kim Are Not Of This Earth [Interview]

There is something to be said about making what many consider “genre-pushing” or “experimental” art as a rising act in today’s crowded Internet-based music scene. It is certainly a daring, yet worthwhile manner to begin one’s career with, as just the slightest diverging take on a given genre can allow for something of a “unique niche” to be carved within this very scene as it stands.  But since arriving to this landscape just a short time ago, Brevin Kim have proven to be leagues beyond that artistic outlook. The brothers out of Boston are a one-two punch full of nuance, novelty, and intuition — all under a blanket of unrelenting passion and willingness to create music completely of its own. The two have continuingly refused to conform to any tag they have been labelled with thus far in their still-brief time as prominent musicians, and despite being closely associated with such acts as Dylan Brady and others in the rapidly rising field of glitch-ridden hip-hop and pop, their music sets them apart from just about any other act in the history of music, let alone 2020 by itself.  Cal and Bren Paulhus had been separated by over 1,000 miles throughout …