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BB BELT! – [Natenumbaeight]

It hasn’t been too long since I last wrote about a song that Natenumbaeight was a part of, and I’m sure this theme will continue considering he’s always putting out new music into the world. Simply put, he’s one of my favorite rappers out right now, and I know that might be a slightly controversial opinion for people who are into the deep, lyrical, and conscious style of rap music. Personally, I’m the type of music listener who is into sounds that are pushing the limits of what rap should be, never allowing boundaries to box them in, and Nate is by far in a way the most creative emcee that comes to mind. Sure, some of his flows and antics can often be quite comical, but his energy, charisma, and personality are all things that I never want to let go by the wayside, and I am definitely going to always tune in whenever he drops something new. Fans of his are already abundantly familiar with his song “BB BELT!”, a record that he put out quite some time ago that took the internet by storm, and despite his off-kilter cadences and unique lyricism, it’s just one of the …

Premiere: gabby start begins today with the explosive “sydney”

Writing about music, I’ve received countless pitches over the years for songs that mix genres, or sound like if X artist met Y artist. Some of these songs are impressive, but I’ve come to realize that cool songs only go so far. They might land in playlists, or get sent in group chats as neat things to listen to, but music that finds an engaged, lasting audience, is music rooted in lore and belief. Because it’s about more than some neat songs. The ethos behind music that lasts is an extension of the artist who created it, and it’s the source code that characterizes a fanbase as more than a group of people who listen to the same thing, but rather, a group of people who choose to believe in something greater than cool songs. This is where gabby start comes in. gabby start is the artist project of a 20-year old NYU student formerly known as Knapsack. And while gabby’s songs are neat as they come, pairing the energy and anthemic qualities of rock music with EDM drum kits and pop song structures, they’re also rooted in a value system that defines what the artist project is all about. …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

A Conversation with Reece

The first time I came across Virginia artist Reece was through the highly touted Music Discovery Platform, Early Rising. The quarantined birthed blog has been one of my go to places to find great music and today’s artist is straight from that camp. Instead of writing a regular article, I thought it was only fitting to sit down and talk to the talent about life and music! Continue scrolling to read this conversation with Reece. — Sam: Now that I know that you’re from my home state of Virginia, I’d love to hear about how you got into music, especially growing up in a place like Woodbridge. Reece: So, music for me was really a heavy part of my life growing up. My parents weren’t musical, but we listened to a lot of music, and I listened to a lot of weird shit as a child…and not weird, but just weird for a child to be listening to at the time. So I was introduced to a lot of different types of music and also I have a lot of older siblings and they would listen to some cool stuff too. Then 2012, I was in 10th grade and a …

A Conversation with Armani White: A True Gem in The Industry

Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we pride ourselves on highlighting the gems that are circulating throughout the musical world. This is sometimes a hard thing to do when you take into account all of the facades and copy catters that are constantly coming and going. Nevertheless though, our mission remains the same as we strive to bring the best talent to our pages day in and day out. That said, today, I’m extremely excited to bring to our pages one of those gems. If you haven’t heard of Armani White, then let this be the last day you are able to say that. The West Philadelphia rapper has been taking the Hip-Hop world by storm and he’s truly just getting started. Out of all of the rappers I catch myself listening to Armani exudes a certain poise and realness that can only described as infectious. Once you listen to him, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. A couple of days ago, I got the chance to hop on the phone with White to get a deeper look into who he is as a person and an artist; The interview was one of the most fun that I’ve had in a …

Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’: A Visual and Audio Experience

“Stand up for my own. Even if I take this walk alone. I bow down to the king upon the throne. My life is His, I’m no longer my own” -Kanye West on “Closed on Sunday”, 2019 The ideology of change is something that most people do not cope well with, or accept so openly. People are afraid of those around them changing into someone they never thought they’d see. Some people are afraid of those around them changing to become better than they are doing. Also, people are afraid of change within themselves—in fear of being placed in unfamiliar territories within their life. One area in the culture that change can be extremely neglected and frowned upon can be the music industry. Kanye West happens an individual who has gone through many changes all throughout his life, musical career, and his overall legacy on this earth.  Retroactively speaking, Kanye started out as the kid in Roc-a-Fella who was just known as the beatmaker of the clique. What came afterwards happened to be one of the most impactful artists of this generation. Had he not wanted that change for himself, he would have painted himself in a box early on …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Slippin’ – [Elektra] ft. [ATM]

For any of our consistent readers here at Lyrical Lemonade, I’m sure you’ve heard me obsess over an artist named Elektra at one point or another in the past year or so. Equipped with one my favorite voices in music right now as well as an invigorating knack for songwriting, Elektra always seems to go above and beyond with each one of her releases, and today, she does just this yet again with her latest single, “Slippin’.” Featuring none other than ATM — another budding talent that I’ve written about several times and am quite fond of — “Slippin’” is the free-flowing, sun-soaked anthem for the summer that I needed from Elektra. The contrast between her lofty vocal runs and ATM’s effortlessly cool cadences is simply wonderful, and furthermore, from soaring hooks to ATM’s clever quotables, “Slippin’” is jam-packed with enough replay value to keep me on this song all summer long. It’s fun, it’s smooth, and it’s refreshing, all at once. That said, from a fan’s perspective, we truly couldn’t have asked for more from “Slippin’.” Unique as their talents may be, Elektra and ATM are a perfect pairing, so be sure to show some love and check out …

Rainy Blues – [ELEKTRA] ft. [Cor Blanco]

On several different occasions now, I’ve found myself entranced by the magical combination of ELEKTRA and Cor Blanco. Something about these two talents just clicks in regards to sonic and emotional appeal, and today, they’re here to prove it yet again with an undeniable new single, “Rainy Blues.” Dangling bursts of personality and passion over a refreshing, summery instrumental, this song has an ingrained charm that you simply can’t help but love. Per usual, ELEKTRA’s vocals match hand-in-hand with the palatial production, and to my surprise, Cor Blanco even throws in a stellar vocal feature here, adding his own twist of charisma into the mixture. With this, “Rainy Blues” seamlessly illustrates the vivid connotation of a rainy day, concocting a song that seemingly exists on a cloud of beautiful sound that rolls right by and demands to be thrown on repeat. That said, this one is yet another fantastic effort from the duo, so be sure to check it out at the link below!

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …