Gang Activities – [Baby Keem]

  Looking back on some of the most impressive releases I wrote about in 2018, one project that simply demands acclaim is Baby Keem’s The Sound of Bad Habit. Wise beyond his years, Keem’s style is best identifiable by galvanizing flows and hard-nosed deliveries, meshing together to make for some truly impressive raps — just ask hit-making producer Cardo Got Wings, and he’ll tell you the same. Today, Keem is back on Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new set of visuals for one of the project’s standout songs, “Gang Activities”. Taking on a unique visual direction, one of the most notable, and quite frankly, legendary, features of this video is that it’s actually directed by none other than Shia Labeouf. The joining of forces between Keem and Shia certainly isn’t something that I saw coming, but nevertheless, it works seamlessly, as Shia clearly understands how to translate the energy of “Gang Activities” directly to the screen. I could go on about this one all day long, but instead, I’ll just let “Gang Activities” speak for itself. Click play below, and if you haven’t already, check out The Sound of Bad Habit here!

Pi’erre & Cardo’s Wild Adventure – [Pi’erre Bourne] [Cardo Got Wings]

If we’re talking about trendsetters in rap right now, Pi’erre Bourne needs to be one of the first names that come up in the conversation. He has been, and always will be, one step ahead of his competitors and then some, just as fans are able to see in Pi’erre’s latest, Pi’erre & Cardo’s Wild Adventure, alongside fellow hitmaker and stylistic trailblazer, Cardo Got Wings — a tape which, all besides two songs, was recorded on Christmas Eve. 14 tracks long, this tape is most definitely the best gift I received for Christmas this year. The pairing of Cardo and Pi’erre is like putting LeBron and Jordan on the same team, and with the constant alley-oops between production and vocals, each song on this one will be sure to make its way into my heavy rotation. I could talk about the greatness of Pi’erre & Cardo’s Wild Adventure all day long, but in this case, I’ll just let the music speak for itself. Oh, and by the way, in case you weren’t already excited enough, the next tape that Pi’erre has on the way is the long-awaited TLOP4. So we have that going for us, too. Get lost in the worlds of Pi’erre and Cardo by streaming …

Miss Charlotte – [Baby Keem]

Baby Keem is up next, just mark my words. Today, the rising talent is here to prove that there’s substance behind the hype with a cinematic new set of visuals for the song “Miss Charlotte” off of his recently-released project, The Sound of Bad Habit. Taking to colorful scenes of Keem spending the day and night with his girl, this music video finds our hero in his most natural state as he walks around with a captivating, leisurely charisma. The energy that his verses exhibit translates seamlessly onto the screen, and without breaking a sweat, Keem offers up a release just as appealing visually as it is sonically. This budding talent is a must-watch, so check out “Miss Charlotte” below and follow Baby Keem on Twitter here! Directed by Chris Parsons Produced by Cardo Got Wings

The Sound of Bad Habit – [Baby Keem]

Baby Keem is on a rapid rise to the top right now, and backed by the revered hitmaker, Cardo Got Wings, he’s here to prove that there’s an amply supply of substance behind the hype with a hard-hitting new project, The Sound of Bad Habit. 12 tracks long, this project keeps each song short and sweet, maintaining the listener’s attention with ease all the way throughout. Keem never overstays his welcome, but instead chooses to let out small doses of his addictive style in ways that will surely keep listeners coming back for more. With this, the latest from the budding star is a true testament to the lovable personality and energetic presence he holds when on the mic, and if The Sound of Bad Habit is any indication of what Baby Keem has on the way, then it’s safe to say that all signs are pointing up for the young talent. Click play at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

S.A.R.S & Baby Bat – [Asaad]

Asaad has become a frequent flyer here at Lyrical Lemonade, making his presence known whenever he decides to bless the world with new music. Today, the Philly representative is back once again to add to the list of features with two brand new singles – “S.A.R.S” produced by Cardo Got Wings and “Baby Bat”. Finding their identities within hard-nosed production and galvanizing deliveries, these two tracks come off as full of energy and devoid of any fluff. Asaad isn’t playing games both lyrically and vocally, and here, he presents direct proof in order to get rid of any confusion. While we don’t receive new music from this rising talent too often, when he finally does decide to strike, it always hits extra hard, and such is the case with “S.A.R.S” and “Baby Bat”. Asaad is taking over, so listen to his latest offerings at the links below!

Redemption – [Jay Rock]

One of TDE’s longtime members known as Jay Rock has just returned from a 3-year project hiatus with the Redemption album and a quick word of advice: make sure to buckle-up. Coming in at 13 tracks, the new album is absolutely flooded with West-Coast vibes with help from the likes of Future, J.Cole, Jeremih, SZA and of course, fellow rap juggernaut K-Dot on arguably one of the coldest joints in Wow Freestyle. The standout production also saw contributions from Boi 1-Da, Sounwave, Hykeem Carter, Jake One, D.K. The Punisher, CardoGotWings and Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith to name a few. If you were an avid listener of Jay Rock’s sophomore studio effort 90059, the ongoing evolution of the 33-year-olds lyricism continues to shine on this one and to put things simply, the music ultimately speaks for itself. Do yourself a favor and kick-off your weekend with Jay Rock’s third studio-album Redemption and let us know which track is on repeat in the comments!

Swoosh Me Up – [Swoosh]

Just when we need him most, it always feels like Swoosh returns to the spotlight right on time, impressing and maintaining the consistency of hits with each and every new release. The last time he graced our pages here at Lyrical Lemonade was for the CardoGotWings-produced joint, “Swoosh Me Up“, which makes its way back today with a brand new visual companion. This smooth track offers airy flows, abundant charisma, and most notably, some incredibly memorable lyricism to top it all off, so it only follows that it deserved an illustrative music video to match along with the pace of the track. Coming to us courtesy of Checks Cleared, the cinematic scenes show Swoosh hanging out at the basketball court, only to be smoothed over with a scene from White Men Can’t Jump as the cherry on top. “Swoosh Me Up” is dripping in effortless style, so be sure to watch the visuals below and let us know what you think in the comment section!

Fraternal Twins – [A$AP Twelvvy] & [A$AP Ant]

A pair of A$AP Mob’s most prominent lyricists have come together for an absolute heater of a track in the DJ Nick- exclusive titled Fraternal Twins. Both Twelvvy & A$AP Ant (also known as YG Addie) obviously have roots that go deep within the A$AP family history and being longtime friends on top of that, Fraternal Twins is one of several ways you could describe the pair. Backed by the waves of CardoGotWings production, both Twelvvy & Ant went in on an array of topics including fast cars, expensive diamonds and being living legends respectively. This is obviously one of several connections these guys have in the archives, but with each song is only more evidence to the fact that A$AP withholds some of the strongest emcees in rap. Having said that, let this one ride below and keep posted for the next Twelvvy/ Ant collaboration that shouldn’t be too far away.

Staff Picks: Top Songs of the Month (February 2018)

Well, February was yet another crazy month of releases adding to what looks like is going to be a legendary year of music. Not like that’s any surprise, but we’ve made it easier to follow with our Staff Picks for some of our favorite artists in the past month. Make sure to get put-on some fresh sounds below and let us know which joint had your vote for this months best! _ Yung Bans – Off It  This wasn’t the only track LL regular Yung Bans unleashed on us this past month, but it was certainly worthy of a spot on our Top Songs list in February. For the Yung Icey-produced record Off It, Bans was in his bag like usual with his laid-back autotune delivery on money, diamonds, women and being off the sh*t. Not only that, speculation grew this month around the Atlanta natives potential affiliate with Future’s Freebandz label, in which the label boss later went to Twitter explaining that “YungBans is signed to YungBans.” Talk about a major co-sign. Be sure not to miss out on yet another hit from Yung Bans below.   _ Gunna – Pedestrian  YSL newcomer Gunna came through with his hit-filled …

Michael Phelps – [Pi’erre Bourne]

When it comes to the star-studded names behind the boards in today’s music scene, CardoGotWings and Pi’erre Bourne are inarguably two of the first names to come to mind. They’re each responsible for not only setting many of today’s trends that we hear riddled throughout so many different types of music but also for an insane number of hit songs that you may not have even realized they were behind. Regardless, we get to hear these two hit machines join forces today in Pi’erre’s new Cardo-produced single, “Michael Phelps”, complemented with accompanying visuals courtesy of @MvrkoVisuals. As established in the past with standout tracks such as “Honeyberry” and “Pokeball”, we know for a fact that Pi’erre is a powerhouse beyond his production prowess, but also as a solo artist. This single proves once again that his relaxed vocals and effortless style can hold themselves up to make anthem after anthem, and as we await the fourth edition of the Life of Pi’erre series, “Michael Phelps” will surely ramp up the anticipation. With that being said, be sure to give the latest from Pi’erre Bourne a listen below and let us know what you think in the comment section.