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Meet Orrin: The Cyborg Rapper Sent from 2050 to Save Us All

By John Matraia // 21 Feb 2020

In 2020, developments in the musical landscape are entirely unpredictable. There’s no way of telling exactly what will propel an artist’s career to the next level, and every day we see new artists rising to stardom in different ways. Let me introduce Orrin, a “collective conscious and cyborg sent by a higher civilization to warn humans about the incoming apocalypse.” Orrin was discovered by millions through a series of viral clips pulled from an episode of the Dr. Phil Show. Orrin’s mother and sister, concerned about Orrin’s realization, appeared with Orrin to seek help from Dr. Phil. Orrin’s composure throughout the show, along with much of what is said throughout the episode, has hooked viewers, leading to thousands of jokes in the comment section of the video. So who is Orrin? Well, according to the episode, Orrin graduated from NYU’s Stern Business School with a 3.9 GPA, but everything changed following this. For the last couple of years, according to their mother, Orrin has claimed to be a music-making cyborg. Orrin is a collective, and therefore speaks using “we”, not “I”, a particular element of the Orrin persona that fans have gravitated towards. There are many notable quotes from the …

LL Presents: The Julian Lamadrid Q&A

By Sam Morrison // 20 Feb 2020

Authenticity often gets lost in the constant shuffle of society, so whenever you stumble upon someone who still maintains that aspect of their character, it’s always refreshing. Today, on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, I’m excited to bring to y’all an artist who embodies authenticity. If you haven’t heard of Julian Lamadrid, then today is your lucky day. After hearing his latest release for a song entitled, “Cigarette”, I hopped on the phone with him to get some insight about the song, but left all the more enamored with his overall story as an artist. When I asked him the simple question “Where are you from?” Julian laughed and proceeded to tell me that this specific part of his life is confusing yet interesting to say the least. Julian’s parents are from Mexico, but he was born in Dubai and went to British schools his entire life. The melting pot of culture that Julian has been a part of is most definitely prevalent in his music; which was always an interest of his. “I was always interested in music from a young age. In my mind, there was nothing more stylish than being a rock star. Growing up, I idolized …

A Conversation With Kye Colors: Kansas City’s Potential Superstar

By Elliot Montanez // 19 Feb 2020

Kye Colors is a creative out of Kansas City, Missouri who I have been familiar with for almost three years now, I am a big fan of his material so when he was recently in Chicago for a performance, I invited him to the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new visual/written interview for our website! Kye Colors is just barely out of his teenage years but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how good that his music is, he sounds like a seasoned veteran in the game but he’s truly just getting started. Kye Colors has the perfect mix of rapping skills & singing abilities within his style, not to mention that he produces all of his own instrumentals, this kid is a talent that you need to keep an eye on. Take some of your time to read/watch our new interview with Kye Colors, and if you enjoy his sound & style then follow him on socials below! Follow Kye Colors on Twitter and Instagram! *interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* — EM: What made you want to start rapping? Kye: — EM: What’s your usual process like when you are making songs? Kye: I …

Watch Big Sean’s brand new interview on Joe Budden’s Pull Up

By Elliot Montanez // 18 Feb 2020

Big Sean is one of my favorite rappers of the past decade hands down, he is an amazing talent so when I saw he sat down with the great Joe Budden for a brand new interview on his ‘Pull Up’ series, I couldn’t wait to tune in! Joe asked Big Sean about plenty of topics such as his catalog, writing his own material, the upcoming ten year anniversary of Finally Famous, how he copes with his lows, therapy, taking care of his family, why he took a step back from the limelight for a minute, his relationship with his record label, his Twenty88 project with Jhene, Kobe Bryant, Juice WRLD & XXX, Coachella, when he dropped Dark Sky Paradise, signing with Kanye West + GOOD Music, when he first met Chris Brown, how he got Nicki Minaj on “Ass” back in the day, what to expect on his new album, how he has grown as an artist and so much more. Joe Budden is one of my favorite interviewers in the world, he can bring the best out of artists that most can’t, I wish I would have been in tune with his interviews earlier but it’s better late than …

TLE Cinco talks his new album “Self-Conscious,” unique sound, and the current climate of Alabama rap

By Jack Gregory // 13 Feb 2020

Thanks much in part to rap’s new national prominence many new regional destinations have emerged as notable hip-hop strongholds and, to me, one of the most intriguing areas that have surfaced is Birmingham, and there is one artist, in particular, that seems to encapsulate the 205 more than his large group of rap counterparts. TLE Cinco hails from Bessemer, AL, which is a city to Birmingham’s southwest that has been known to the world as a football factory rather than a major outpost for rap talent, but that seems subject-to-change as Truck Load Entertainment begins to unite Bessemer under their banner. The regional nature of rap has always been one of my favorite aspects to the genre and one of the great things that an art form as open and devoid of limitations like hip-hop is the consequential localization of trends, words, styles, and even sounds have become inextricably linked to different regions and neighborhoods because of different sonic metonymies brought about by that particular area’s local artists who help craft an identity for the place they’re from and broadcast it to the world through their music. For years music has been an outlet for expression that has allowed artists …

A Conversation With Pivot Gang’s MFnMelo

By Mike del Ro // 7 Feb 2020

For MFnMelo, the adage that you’re only as good as who you surround yourself with seems to hit home in a way that’s different than most people’s interpretation. It’s more about looking out for everyone in his inner circle over himself, only feeling fulfilled if those around him do too. This value for looking out for his loved ones holds true so much for the Chicago rapper that it comes up as the central theme of his latest project, ‘Everybody Eats’–an impressive sophomore effort from the Pivot Gang member that positions his consistently strong flows and ear for melody at the fore. 2019 marked a busy year for MFnMelo, marked by both the releases of ‘Everybody Eats’ and Pivot Gang’s group project ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’. On both projects, Melo came into his own, distinguishing himself sonically while proving to be yet another powerful weapon in Pivot Gang’s homemade arsenal. With 2020 ahead of him, Melo stresses to only expect “more muhf**kin” in the near future. Find out exactly what to look out for from Melo and watch him break down the process of making ‘Everybody Eats’ in our new interview below: *interview by Mike Del Ro & Elliot …

Watch Lil Wayne’s brand new interview on Drink Champs

By Elliot Montanez // 1 Feb 2020

Lil Wayne is one of the greatest musicians walking the planet, hands down, and he recently stopped by the Drink Champs Podcast for an amazing new interview! DJ EFN & N.O.R.E asked Lil Wayne about plenty of topics such as how he influenced a whole generation of artists, his brand new album The Funeral, holding down Cash Money Records for years, some of his old classic mixtapes, how he helped start Drake’s successful career, the Drake vs Wayne Tour, how he first started skateboarding, how genuine of a person that Jay-Z is, how he led Young Money to the empire that they became, the stretch of amazing features he did, all of his fantastic mixtapes, New Orleans & Miami, all of his radio hits, Swizz Beatz & Mannie Fresh bring the best out of him, his thoughts on Eminem, the days when Cash Money would land helicopters on stage, his Superbowl prediction, his sports agency, helping Nicki Minaj start her career, his alcohol Bumbu and so much more. This is easily one of the best Lil Wayne interviews that I have ever watched, shout out to NORE & DJ EFN for putting this together, you guys do great work for …

Watch Jadakiss’s new interview on The Smokebox

By Elliot Montanez // 30 Jan 2020

Jadakiss is a legend in the hip-hop community and he is also the latest guest on B-Real’s terrific interview platform, “The Smokebox”. B-Real asked Jadakiss about plenty of interesting subjects including being a student of hip-hop, the importance of collaborating with other artists, how he met the other members of The Lox, working with DMX, owning several juice bars, changing his diet, being an elite lyricist + what bars his fans liked the most, being influenced by Rakim & Big Daddy Kane, his thoughts on today’s music, the years with Ruff Ryders, being a big NBA fan, his favorite athlete/rapper of all time, Ice Cube’s Big 3 league, artists that he wants to work with and so much more. Take some time out of your day to check out this brand new interview below!

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