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Digital – [IDK]

By Lucas Garrison // 24 May 2019

It may be IDK’s birthday today, but he’s the one giving out gifts. Not just any boring goodie bag either, but the first single off his highly-anticipated, debut album ISHEREAL. Though not as explosive or catchy as you might expect from a first single–especially compared to his last release–to me, “Digital” sounds like a deeper cut that will still fit nicely into the flow of the whole project. Don’t get it twisted, the (now) 27-year-old rapper, still delivers in full, slicing through Kal Banx’s clapping boardwalk with a potent, brutish flow, but it just has a different feel than a typical single. What I love about IDK’s approach here (and in general) is how his tracks progress and how the fluid the progressions are. The DMV-product is so good at changing his cadence, style, or tone and he does it so naturally as to never disrupt the flow of the song; it definitely keeps you hanging on every word. Happy Birthday, IDK! Can’t wait for the album!    

2AM – [SwaVay]

By Seamus Fay // 23 May 2019

Upon the long-awaited release of his new album, Pure Infinity, tomorrow, the slow-burning ascent of Boominati artist SwaVay is just about ready to come full circle. From a personal perspective, I’ve watched this natural-born lyricist experience immense growth in both sound and skill over the past few years, and as a result, the more recent music to come from SwaVay seems to be his most self-aware and determined to date. Today, teasing fans before the full project arrives, the Atlanta native is here with a purposeful new release, “2 AM.” As with any personal album, Pure Infinity will certainly give listeners a better look into the life and mindset of SwaVay, but rather than just jumping right into it, “2AM” acts as the perfect primer before this diary-esque full release actually arrives. Attesting to the sentiment of purpose, “2AM” allows SwaVay to take a step back and truly identify the aspects of life and music that keep him motivated. In a fitting manner, scenes of the man himself tirelessly working out in the gym act as a perfect backdrop to this description of this mindset, but even more impactful are the scenes that begin and end this video. With this, right …

Somebody – [RobOlu] ft. [Jaché]

By Seamus Fay // 23 May 2019

I’ve been hip to Atlanta native RobOlu for some time now, and over time, I’ve noticed an incredible amount of growth from the rising talent. Quite clearly, he’s always developing and growing his sound, and today, this hard work comes full circle with my favorite release from Olu to date — “Somebody” featuring Jaché. Melodic as can be, the unmatched smoothness of this song makes it an easy-to-love crossover track between the hypnotic worlds of rap and R&B. With each successive line, Olu bounces his slick deliveries off of Jaché’s unbelievable vocals, and the result is a tremendous balance between hard-hitting and gentle. Needless to say, in all of its love-minded lyricism, “Somebody” is a brief yet highly entertaining listen, generating a near-perfect representation of two incredibly talented artists and their ability to demonstrate the art of passion in music. That said, “Somebody” has just the right sound to connect with a broad array of fans, so be sure not only to check out the song and accompanying video below, but also to show it to all of your friends. RobOlu and Jaché make the perfect combination, and the world needs to hear it. Produced by @senseiatl Shot by @JCrumpOriginal

Honeypie – [Johnny Utah]

By Chuck Ramos // 23 May 2019

Multi-faceted artist Johnny Utah is kicking off 2019 with a funky new electro-pop anthem with his song, “Honeypie.” The playful new video to the single captures an eye-opening side to Utah’s artistry and his natural almost comedic charisma in front of a camera. Johnny Utah isn’t going anywhere so we suggest you get familiar. The Jack O’Brien directed visual captures Utah being himself with no apology, chasing an actual apple pie around trying his best to catch it. The video alternates between comedic shots of Utah trying and failing at reaching his ultimate goal while simultaneously dancing and grooving to the funk-laced indie-pop record, the fun-loving energy exuded by Utah is inescapable. The clever metaphor of single and accompanying visual parallels the bliss-filled emotions of chasing love and wanting nothing more than to shower your partner with endless romance. The lofty vocal ability and infectious production produced by the former pizzeria manager has us captivated as to what else Utah has tucked away. This is Johnny Utah’s first single of the new year but will undoubtedly not be his last. We are fully locked in on what the gifted instrumentalist does next, holding our breath until his next musical or …

KuKu – [Mack 11]

By Elliot Montanez // 22 May 2019

We once posted Mack 11 on our website way back in January of 2017, and he has been developing as an artist and making a movement since then, and now the west side Chicago native is back with the release of his brand new music video for “KuKu”. The twenty four year old emcee is looking to be one of the best emcees out of the city within in the next year or so, keep a close eye on him and what he is about to do, I got a good feeling about this one. This new record is apart of Mack 11’s forthcoming full length project titled Neighborhood Dope Dealer 2 that is expected to drop in mid June, and I don’t know about you, but that is easily one of my most anticipated project releases from a Chicago artist this year. Watch this brand new visual below and if you like what you see then go ahead and hit that thumbs up button! Directed by @nickyfilms

Ransom – [Lil Tecca]

By Elliot Montanez // 22 May 2019

One artist that we have ben raving about here at Lyrical Lemonade is Lil Tecca, who is finding himself back on our website with the release of his brand new music for “Ransom” with Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett. If you examine Lil Tecca’s catalog you will see that he has only releases outright bangers one after another, this kid has been racking up millions of plays on his own despite still being a sixteen year old high school student and it appears as the release of this video is like lighting the wick to a firework, Lil Tecca is going to be one of the biggest new rappers in the near future. Don’t sleep on Lil Tecca, smash the play button below! song produced by Nick Mira & Taz Taylor

Hope – [Blood Orange] ft. [Puff Daddy] [Tei Shi]

By Seamus Fay // 21 May 2019

Looking back at my most frequently revisited albums of the past year or so, I can confidently say that for a plethora of reasons, I always find myself coming back to Blood Orange’s 2018 masterpiece, Negro Swan. From the mesmeric, sonically refreshing sounds on this one to the artful and well-executed commentary executed all throughout this project, I truly can’t think of very many albums released in the past few years that I hold in such high regard. Needless to say, whenever anything new from Blood Orange comes out, I’m all over it — especially when it comes to visuals. For anyone familiar with Blood Orange’s work, it’s quite obvious that the mastermind behind the operation, Dev Hynes, always seems to have an incredible grasp on his art when it comes to translating music onto the big screen. With this in mind, Blood Orange is back today with yet another new music video, this time for “Hope” featuring Puff Daddy and Tei Shi. Aside from the impeccable, otherworldly aesthetics of this one (the scene of all the people in tank tops running down the hill is my favorite), “Hope” is a cameo-filled demonstration of the power of music, specifically through the …

4AM In NY – [bLAck pARty] ft. [Anajah]

By Seamus Fay // 21 May 2019

Throughout the past few months, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly invested in the music and vision of bLAck pARty. At first, it always felt as though I would stumble upon his music at the most random, but best, times, and at this point, I’ve basically accepted that you can’t help but be a fan of the rising star’s music. Not only is his style striking and mesmerizing in the most refreshing of ways, but even beyond the music, his visuals never fail to match the same high level of quality. Today, we see this through the scope of bLAck pARty’s brand new music video for “4AM in NY” alongside Anajah. Taking fans through just this — 4AM in NY during a long, long night — this video translates the curious, decadent soul of bLAck pARty’s music into a visual release of equally hypnotic aesthetics. Scenes of dancing, partying, neon colors, a trip to a convenience store, and a bus ride all bring bLAck pARty back down to Earth, and the result is yet another fantastic release from one of music’s most interesting characters out, if you ask me. Needless to say, paired alongside a lovely feature from Anajah, this song and subsequent video are …

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