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Brandon Washington

Co-Founder of Project FILO / the Real Ones Podcast, Words for Lyrical Lemonade, Curator for Better Off Silent, mgmt for SoloSam For all LL related submissions please email [email protected] For all Project FILO related submissions, please email [email protected] All submissions are equally considered. Please respect the writer's limited freelance time and understand coverage is not guaranteed due to sheer volume of shares. To support Brandon, consider donating via any contribution amount at projectfilo.com/donate

408 posts by

Brandon Washington

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Reason-[Amahla] x [Tev’n]

By Brandon Washington // 10 Aug 2022

 “Reason” was written to the current backdrop of the Roe Vs Wade case being overturned – whenever women are emotional we’re deemed hysterical, even when our individual and reproductive rights are up for debate. Now marginalised groups are having to fight harder to be believed. I wrote Reason with my producer Tev’n. We wanted to write a song that was self-affirming, that song you sing at the top of your lungs to the person who’s wronged you and in that feel power. I wrote Reason about the precise moment you realise everything you saw and felt were real and you were being manipulated into thinking otherwise. At the moment it’s hard to find the right words, I wrote Reason so I don’t have to” – Amahla  British Soul singer Amahla makes her well-deserved Lyrical Lemonade debut with a stunningly beautiful and compelling new song titled “Reason.” Self-produced alongside Tev’n, I promise you this track is one of the most powerful and memorable listens you’ll have. For starters, Amahla’s vocals are deeply rich and soulful; she inflects her pitch at very high-levels in a manner of ease that few are capable of. Moreover, the predominant piano-led production is brilliantly fine-tuned alongside its …

Dipset-[TiaCorine] x [0xtoa]

By Brandon Washington // 10 Aug 2022

Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s TiaCorine returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a new song and accompanying visual titled “Dipset.” Produced by 0xtoa, Tia absolutely annihilates the racy instrumental with a controlled yet breathless rap flow. Corine’s quick firing of bars makes listeners extra-attentive to capture them, as she once more represents the south with style. The self-directed music video fittingly spotlights Tia, and her mannerisms are reflective of the main character energy that she’s guaranteed to provide. On a side note, it has to be said that a Rico Nasty collaboration is imperative, considering the two share similar levels of appeal and spirit. With her debut album, I Can’t Wait marked for August 26th release [via South Coast Music Group], it’s safe to say TiaCorine is very much a dedicated artist deserving of praise. Watch the official music video for “Dipset” below!

Lead Me On-[Chris Patrick] x [Erykah Officer]

By Brandon Washington // 9 Aug 2022

CXR artists Chris Patrick and Erykah Officer team up for a smooth new song titled “Lead Me On.” The track is a love song that will be featured on Patrick’s sophomore album entitled X-Files, which imminently drops on August 10th. One of the many reasons that Chris is such an exciting talent stems from his versatility; namely effortless alterations between rap and R&B. On one record, Patrick’s bag of flows and quick firing of lyrics goes toe to toe with your favorite rapper’s, whereas on another he’ll hold his own alongside an elite soulful singer, such as Erykah Officer. Such adaptability has garnered Chris a well-rounded audience reflective of his music, which is far from one-dimensional. With a catchy hook and heartbreaking lyricism, “Lead Me On” is a fitting mainstream-guided offering that easily could be played on your local radio station. The chemistry displayed between Patrick and Officer is impressive to say the least, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the pair have more collaborations planned in the near-future. Peep the official visualizer below and be sure to pre-save X-Files; the sophomore album from Chris Patrick out everywhere on August 10th!    

Same Old-[autumn keys] x [Ayotemi]

By Brandon Washington // 9 Aug 2022

“I curated this project to affirm the belonging of hip-hop & electronic music in a single space. Otherwise known as future beats, this project brings together soulful and jazzy boom bap production riddled with soulful rap vocals and electronic sound design. The sub-genre was greatly inspired and developed by the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Carmack, and quite a few of the artists featured on this project including Oshi, Lophiile, DECAP, whereisalex, & ROMderful. It was no easy undertaking bringing together these staples of the producer world, but over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to have everyone place their faith in me. After over two years since the last issue, Good Society Volume 3 is our version of the ultimate genre fluid hip-hop album” – Josh Yamini Colorado producer autumn keys and DMV artist Ayotemi team up for a blissful new track titled “Same Old.” This stunning song is off Good Society’s third volume of their reputable compilation series, which never fails to recruit elite talents representative of the current beat scene. “Same Old” is my favorite track on the project, which is largely credited to the immense musical chemistry displayed between autumn keys and Ayotemi. For starters, …

ART IS PAIN-[Manny Megz] x [LOS]

By Brandon Washington // 9 Aug 2022

Tucson, Arizona producer Manny Megz links up with Jackson, Mississippi emcee LOS for a soulful rap joint entitled “ART IS PAIN.” The song serves as the title track on Meg’z album ART IS PAIN, which also features Che Noir, ANKHLEJOHN and more. If you’re a fan of The Game, you’ll immediately appreciate LOS’ bar-heavy rap flow, which couldn’t fit Manny’s smooth instrumental any better. The beat sample overlayed in the background creates a relaxed production atmosphere, which nicely contrasts with LOS’ fierce lyrical approach. If you’re a fan of LOS after hearing this offering, be sure to peep his project My Love Is Crack, which similarly showcases his skills over soul-stirring production. Give “ART IS PAIN” a spin below!

The Florist-[Abby Sage]

By Brandon Washington // 3 Aug 2022

“I’m someone who’s so protective of their friends. When something is broken, I want to fix it. And a florist is someone who through their actions makes a room prettier –because flowers always manage to do that” – Abby Sage Abby Sage returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a heartwarming new single titled “The Florist.” The song serves as the title track for her upcoming EP, The Florist which is set for an October 21st release via Nettwerk. There’s a lot to like about this song; from the fantastic guitar-filled instrumentation, Sage’s serene vocals, and the wholesomely creative lyrics. Stylistically it’s a refreshing, successful mesh between indie and soul, which is credited both to Abby’s singing as well as the cozy production. Not to mention, its repeated chorus is memorably addictive, as the artist’s words seamlessly flow along a delicate instrumental. Listen to “The Florist” by Abby Sage below!  

CROWD CONTROL-[Reaux Marquez]

By Brandon Washington // 2 Aug 2022

Nashville, Tennessee prodigy, Reaux Marquez returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a new banger titled “CROWD CONTROL.” Produced by SEJOHFROGI and Malone, lyrically Marquez creatively retells the story of the iconic film known as City of God. More specifically, Reaux characterizes himself as Li’l Zé Pequeno, who is the main antagonist in the 2002 Brazilian classic. Like always, Marquez’s flow is villainous; his energy is assuredly menacing, which is a result of his undeniable rap prowess. Considering City of God is one of my favorite movies of all time, I’d absolutely love to see a full-fledged visual for this track; perhaps integrated with another song for a dual concept music video. In any case, Reaux continues to impress and in a world where the phrase ‘criminally underrated’ is possibly overused, Marquez couldn’t be further from the truth. Listen to “CROWD CONTROL” below!

HOT trash-[Quelle Rox]

By Brandon Washington // 2 Aug 2022

Brooklyn artist Quelle Rox makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with a sentimental single titled “HOT trash.” The talented Puerto Rican/Cuban singer, songwriter & producer dazzles over an impeccable Will Fisher instrumental with her impressive, eclectic range of vocals. Lyrically the song details Rox’s self-awareness of her own beauty, which is paradoxically contrasted with feelings of worthlessness. It’s a simple, yet clever and perhaps relatable concept, considering the human condition is rarely transparent. Sonically the track is relatively consistent in tempo apart from the excellent switch-ups around the 1:51 and 2:19 marks respectively. Overall, “HOT trash” is equally as creative as it is enjoyable. Considering she’s much more than your average indie-pop artist, it’s safe to say Quelle Rox is far from trash. Have a listen below!  

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