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Soulseller – [Nessy the Rilla] [DJ Kydd]

Detroit-raised, LA-living artist Nessy the Rilla is making his debut in our pages today with his new CT-Films directed visual for his track “Soulseller.” Featuring slow-burning but dance-worthy production from DJ Kydd who also hails from the Dirty Glove, Nessy floats over the production, oscillating from melodic flows to more pointed and direct bars to emphasize his punchlines. He establishes his unshakeable character throughout his lyrics, both affirming himself, showing thanks, and dealing with people who envy him or wish to cross him. I am looking forward to hearing more from him soon and feel that he has a lot of untapped versatility off of one listen and I will definitely be checking back into his music soon.

Adi Oasis [Adeline]

“Adi Oasis is the artist who has been growing inside of me. Creating this EP during one of the weirdest times in our modern history — not just the pandemic, but these difficult political times, global warming, our ongoing struggle against racism, etc. — has helped me find a deeper meaning for why I make music and what being an artist means to me. Music is my oasis, the stage is my oasis, the studio is my oasis. No matter what is going on in the world, I can always find a magical place to go to. No matter how dry the world surrounding me can be, I know where to find a source of freshwater and a fertile ground where plants grow. And that’s within me. Adi Oasis is inside of me” – Adeline French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer, Adeline makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with a dazzling new EP offering titled Adi Oasis. With a refreshing 7-songs total, the project employs a glorious mixture of R&B & neo-soul with sprinkled elements of groovy funk and nu-disco. Instrumentally the piano is memorable on every track, and vocally Adeline’s polished vocals are never outshined despite the extraordinary production throughout the entire record. …

happyseptember. – [Femdot]

Femdot is definitely one of my favorite artists in the city, but I never get to write about him because all the homies always get to his new releases first, so when I had the opportunity with his latest song “happyseptember.”, I couldn’t pass up the chance. He’s simply one of the most creative minds in the Windy City, constantly incorporating new flows into his various records that are full of unbelievable wordplays and eye-opening encounters that are so descriptive, you feel like you’re there in the moment with him. Just last night, he tweeted out a new rough cut of this record, saying: “this not no album shit. just me at 11:05 pm in my crib. a lot of times i record to get words i can’t get out any other way. wrote this cause it helped me. but maybe it can help you too. you not alone. happiness is on the horizon. happy september.” That’s something I respect so much as well because the root and the meaning of music is to express yourself and the emotions you’re dealing with, so being able to see his transparency and the sentiment that went into this record, even if it’s …

Premiere: Alone With Myself-[Charlie Powers]

San Diego artist, Charlie Powers continues to get better and this latest release by him is nothing but proof of what we already knew here at Lyrical. Since making it on to our pages back in 2019, the up and comer has wasted no time in becoming one of our favorite individuals to cover and it’s due to his extensive talent and enjoyable music. Today, Charlie resurfaces on our page for the release of his brand new song called “Alone With Myself”. LL fans last saw him on our platform for “Crying Pt. 2”, which has since streamed over 230,000 times on Spotify alone. With the success of his latest, it was a no brainer for him to continue his hot streak with an new song, “Alone With Myself” might just be one of my favorites to date by Charlie. There are a lot of phenomenal elements in this song, but the one thing that stood out to me most was Charlies angelic vocals. The production within this track is supremely minimalistic which leaves room for Charlie to effortlessly shine over the verses of this song. He opens his heart and soul for his listeners which makes this a transparent …

HAKEEM DRILL! – [2219 Lee] ft. [Mali Smith] [Cash Cobain]

A few months back, we premiered a song called “HAKEEM” from New York group MHPG Sound. The track and its accompanying music video were a deeply catchy, limitlessly energetic binding of New York charisma and reference-heavy lyrics, tied together with an OVO Sound Radio premiere to mark the moment. Today, as “HAKEEM” has soundtracked the summertime in New York and beyond, 2219 Lee, Mali Smith, and Cash Cobain are here to revisit this one with “HAKEEM DRILL!”: a remix of the song which gives it Cash Cobain’s signature sample drill twist. Employing the same sample as J Dilla’s “Stop,” the “HAKEEM” spin-off pushes this song into soulful territories, breathing new life into a massively engaging set of performances from all three artists featured. There’s something about the combination of drill drums and soul vocals that never seems to fail, and “HAKEEM DRILL!” is proof — not to mention its historic merit, with Cash Cobain revisiting the rich, sample-heavy work of legendary producer forefather J Dilla. Lyrics about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Coi Leray still hit like they did when “HAKEEM” first dropped on this one, and honestly, I think this was a perfect release to re-engage listeners on a great song. …

Target – [Shawty Slime]

For a while I had been feeling like Atlanta had been cooling off in the underground as of late while the city’s stars grow brighter and brighter, but that narrative is certainly shifting on account of many different new artists, but perhaps the one I am most excited about right now is Shawty Slime, not to be confused with fellow Atlanta rapper Slimelife Shawty, who has been quietly releasing music for a while now. Rather, it was his From the Block performance with A Zae Productions for his track “Target” that revealed his unique melodic style to his city’s masses and quickly dropped a SwissArmy directed visual with Str8OffTheBoat Media serving as the director of photography. The instrumental is powered by a reflective, slow-burning guitar riff that quickly is assisted by lively percussion, but nonetheless providing an open backdrop for Shawty to deliver his raw and compelling vocals. His lyrics across his entire new project Sleep On that are soul-bearing and introspective tales of his life navigating the unforgiving streets of Atlanta, getting crossed by people he trusted, disappointing his mother, and constantly having to react to people judging his growth as an artist and testing his personal character. I am really …

Lil Hurricane – [Hurricane Wisdom]

Storytelling in music is crucial. Especially in rap, where regionality plays such a large role in identity, I often find myself gravitating towards artists who can communicate some sort of story through their music (lyrically or sonically), detailing life around them, what happens in their city, who they are as a person, and more. Just yesterday, I was put onto an artist who checks all of these boxes, displaying masterful storytelling and an unbendable sense of identity with “Lil Hurricane” — a mission statement kind of release from rising Havana, Florida talent Hurricane Wisdom. Backed by a soulful, whistling instrumental, “Lil Hurricane” introduces itself as “the story ’bout Lil Hurricane, before the trips to chasing chips and all the finer things.” Accordingly, it’s a personal release, and one that leads with an outstanding, melody-tinted lyrical performance which details the life of Lil Hurricane and the values that he stands on. Approaching the song in this way, Hurricane Wisdom creates a release that perfectly introduces himself to new listeners while pulling them in for the journey, not just the moment. This is the power of such true-to-self storytelling, and it’s the difference between here-and-gone listeners and lasting fans who are invested in the …

You Not – [Hadii Bandzz]

While I’ve been itching for someone with a little more knowledge to make this a full feature article at some point, there’s a really interesting conversation to be had about how the blues has stuck around in music, assuming different forms and reaching new audiences because of these ever-changing forms. Right now, so much of “melodic rap,” for lack of a better term, can be considered the modern day blues, with personal songwriting and heartfelt vocal tones as two of the lane’s defining characteristics. One artist, in particular, who just debuted a very strong new offering in this style is Newark, New Jersey artist Hadii Bandzz with a song and video entitled “You Not.” At just 17 years old, Hadii is a strong example of the aforementioned point about rap being the modern day blues. Even at such a young age, the level of emotion present in Hadii’s songwriting and singing is designed to offer strong resonance with listeners, personal in inspiration yet universal in thematics. In this way, the Jersey teenager displays a level of artistry and introspection far beyond his years, guided by soul-stricken lines like “I thought you was here but you not” — simplistic yet deeply …

Petals-[Lauryn Harris]

San Antonio, Texas native Lauryn Harris makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with a smooth, soulful jam titled “Petals.” Off her impressive 2021 TOUCH N GO project, the song is a standout due to the strong R&B and hip-hop combo between Harris and Houston rapper Tobacco Ryan. The heavenly instrumental brings out the very best of Lauryn’s vocals to the point that new listeners may mistake her for Ms. Lauryn Hill. Moreover, Harris’ dazzling vocals contain a certain flare or spunk that her established peers have, serving as a testament for her present belonging and in the years to come. Furthermore, Lauryn’s borderline rap flow is poised yet near-breathless during her verse, which speaks to her versatility and stylistic options for future records to come. If Lauryn Harris wasn’t on your radar before, I strongly advise you to keep tabs now considering she’s just getting started. Listen to “Petals” below!

When I Was Young – [Fat Meech]

Everyone has dealt with the pandemic in a variety of ways, some better than others, but for LA favorite Fat Meech, he has had his eye on the prize and has pretty much locked himself in the studio to get everything he needs to off of his chest. Most recently, he did what he does best and shared a tale of struggles to triumphs with his latest song “When I Was Young”, a tale of his upbringing when he was running around in the streets and partaking in some not very savory activities, but then explains how he was able to get on the right path which is the path he’s on now with music, and I couldn’t be happier to hear this record first-hand. With a very heartfelt guitar melody in the instrumental, drums and percussion come into the picture to add a bit of rhythm to the meaningful offering that is a flawless foundation for Meech to tell his story the way it was meant to be shared. When he begins to sing, he lets off a few croons that give a bit of an introduction to the hook where his vocals shine through perfectly, even though there …