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How Jovian Is Using Music to Change the World

Mental health continues to worsen. According to different sources, the rate of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, has steadily increased over the last five years. This has been linked to several factors, including a lack of opportunities and unemployment, Covid, and a toxic global environment. Social media has made it harder for people to express themselves or ask for help. There is a lot of backlash, and many are forced to conceal their feelings if they want to avoid bullying. To help others, Jovian, a young artist, is now using music to heal by creating awareness of mental health problems. Synesthesia makes Jovian a unique artist. It helped him better understand music and create songs that have sensations of hope, definitive healing, and progress. His unique sound, authenticity, and approach to music writing helped Jovian break into the competitive industry, with his songs capturing the attention of major industry players. Jovian has been signed by Sha Money XL, the former manager at G-UNIT records. Sha Money XL was the one that discovered Bobby Shmurda, 2 Chainz, and is the only reason Travis Scott’s “Owl Pharaoh” came out. Sha Money XL was also the manager for American rapper, Joyner …

Suicide – [DC the Don] ft. [midwxst]

I feel like I say it all the time, but I truly feel like there isn’t anything in the music world that DC the Don can’t do, and do well at that he has demonstrated his capabilities on numerous occasions, and as he continues to blow up, he seems to challenge himself even more to push the limits and make the most out of his time in the spotlight. I don’t think his time is going to be up anytime even remotely soon, either, because after dropping his wildly successful album My Own Worst Enemy back in February along with a ton of accompanying music videos, he has continued to release single after single, keeping his undefeated streak going time and time again. Even though I tend to enjoy a specific style that a multifaceted artist creates more than others, Donny is the one exception because he does everything so well, and his most recent single “Suicide” is yet another flawless example of this. Alongside one of my favorite young stars midwxst, DC hits up Trademark, 637Rxss, Dxnny Phxntom, and Gateway to bring this hyperpop-infused beat to life, and the results are as magnificent as you’d expect from these two …

Get Refreshed: February ‘22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yung lean tik tok Okay so, usually (usually) I try and stay out of discourse like this. I did write a pretty lengthy piece nearly a year ago now on the topic of “gatekeeping” for Gum’s Halcyon.txt zine – which should be out sometime soon believe it or not. It sums up my thoughts about the matter pretty abstractly, but I wanted the article to highlight why gatekeeping occurs in the first place, which circumstances its occurrences are valid in, and most centrally here, the ways we can navigate around it. I’m only bringing this up now to say that… honestly… that’s as O P I N I O N A T E D as you’re gonna see me get for a while. And that was a year ago, even; I’ve become even more jaded towards the idea of participating in these types of discussions in any public sphere since then.  That being said, when it comes to the most formative artist of my life, I feel like I HAVE to say something. I recently tweeted out a response to the crowd …

strangers – [ericdoa]

Back when I first heard the term hyperpop, I was honestly confused with all of the different sounds that the subgenre encompassed, but all I knew was that there were a few artists included under this umbrella that instantly became some of my favorites. At the same time, it just so happened that these talents were also good friends, so it was easy to get into different musicians based on the fact that they were all making similar styles yet sounded completely different from one another. Glaive, midwxst, aldn, and ericdoa were some of my early favorites, and after getting more and more familiar with them, I realized that in all honesty, none of them could release a bad song if they tried. Out of all of these names, eric might just be my overall favorite because of all the different genres he mashes together at once, but the way he pulls off these different styles makes me realize just how impressive he is, and that’s thanks to some of the producers he frequently works with. At this point in time, I’ve seen eric perform live twice, and I’m hoping to up this number as soon as I can but …

All Or Nothing – [YMG]

Canadian rap group YMG or Young Money Getters, which consists of Kilo and Bully, are making their Lyrical Lemonade debut today with their new mixtape All or Nothing that opens with a solemn and reflective track titled “Word” that serves as a foreboding introduction to the project. This track bleeds into the more upbeat and harmonic track “Curse on A Verse” that starts to paint more of a menacing and treacherous picture. I also enjoyed the melodic track “No Love” where YMG skates over the upbeat instrumental powered by a spooky vocal sample. The project comes to a close with the other-worldly song “Molly & Lean” and wraps up the versatile new project from YMG.

IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF! – [EGOVERT]

Out of everyone in the industry, big or small, there is really no one I root harder for than EGOVERT. Not only is he an incredible musician on all fronts, but he is one of the most captivating and polarizing individuals on this earth, period. While he is known for creating some of the most dexterous, out of the box music that can be the soundtrack to a party just as easily as other songs can be the playlist for a good introspection, he is simply one of the most versatile artists in the entire world and it amazes me time and time again that people can go about their lives without knowing about him. Although he has been hyping up his project EGODEATH for quite some time, I know he wants it to be perfect. So, instead of making fans and listeners alike wait, he decided to appease our hunger with the release of the aforementioned project’s prelude entitled Ideas Are Bulletproof! Executively produced by Dustin Cavazos and Siddhartha with production from oakerdidit, crmsyn, cherryannbaby, and oddestoneyoung, these 5 songs run just about 17 minutes long and were written, recorded, and produced in 47 hours and 37 minutes. Although …

Gravity – [Marie Noreger]

“In the process of making my ep Gravity I painted a picture of emotional episodes that I feel like a lot of us can connect to. It starts with “Adore,” the opening track. “Adore” brings up the feeling of having an exposed heart.. being captured in between, fragile and naked.. basically falling in love. “On you” is the second track of the ep, which brings up the feeling of waiting, daydreaming of getting together again. The title really says it all, it´s on you, I´m here waiting on you. But it´s a hopeful kind of waiting. “Eager to feel” is tapping more into introspection, and “Bullshit in disguise” and “Soulfully high” is both songs about how I sometimes view the world. Bs in disguise Is almost like a reality check tbh, like “What dream should I wake up from?” That´s really how I can feel sometimes. The ep ends with the track “Gravity” which brings up a pure yet nostalgic feeling. Your person may not be there anymore but you’re still caring as if they were.. You cherish the moments you got together and the only reason for why you can, is because you found the love within. Even though …

A Conversation with Dora Jar

My entire life has been marked by individuals who have left me better than they found me. Whether it was at the age of 14 or 24, I’ve found myself meeting a plethora of people who have inspired me beyond anything I could truly comprehend. It’s these relationships and encounters that have made me the people loving person that I am today and for that I will always be eternally grateful. This morning, I have the honor to introduce the Lyrical Lemonade family to a person who deserves to be cherished in every way and an artist who is bound to change the world. Dora Jar is a super star and that is a conviction that I will hold on to until the end. I came across her music in 2020 and since then, whenever anyone asks me who my favorite artist is, I can only truthfully say that it’s her. From her angelic voice to her unique personality, this New Yorkian was born to stand out and she’s doing just that each and every day. A truly captivating individual who doubles as a musical genius, Dora arrives on our page this morning for our conversation that we had last …

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 …

223 – [Double-007]

Double-007’s name has been ringing out from the streets of North Memphis for the past several months and he is one of many young rappers coming out of the M that has an incredibly bright future and already is putting together complex flows and creating complex punchlines and wordplay that would make you think he is a much more seasoned veteran in the music making process than he actually is. He recently unloaded a new mixtape titled 223 that is fourteen-tracks in length and shows off a lot of the sides to Double-007’s artistry and includes him rapping on a bevy of beats from the most menacing, slimey instrumentals to straight up club-bangers. “Perk Talk” is a particularly interesting instrumental to me with an almost hollow quality to the percussion that doesn’t hit nearly as deeply as some other Memphis 808’s but the instrumental made up for this lack of thump with its up-tempo nature that let 007 snap bar after bar. “Yeap” is a track where 007 takes a simple instrumental composed of a simple piano scale and skittering drums that he is able to walk-over, delivering bar after bar like they are the .223 bullets that he raps about …