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SO WHAT – [Dro Kenji] ft. [DC the Don]

Every day I listen to a bunch of up-and-comers that the general population might be oblivious to, so when someone asks me for recommendations of who’s hot that they need to check out, I could list off probably hundreds of different artists. Two of my very favorite recommendations are Dro Kenji and DC the Don, though, and while I can go into a variety of reasons why they are at the very top, you should understand my thought process after checking out any one of their records. Although they both have unique styles and distinctive characteristics, I feel like they’re cut from a similar cloth and carry a comparable dark, pensive, and shadowy aesthetic as well as intoxicating energy, regardless of the song you’re listening to. It’s weird to consider them up-and-comers after witnessing all of the success they’ve achieved at such young ages, but it’s a matter of time before the mainstream spotlight is on both of them, and it’s a moment that I am beyond eager for. I usually have a tough time selecting favorite songs on any of their projects, but when Dro dropped his EP LOST IN HERE a few days ago, the song that stood …

Past The Moon – [Cyrax]

Many artists of ahead of their time, seeing their influence on music go to new heights by younger artists that took inspiration and ran with it. An artist I always point to in terms of being on a wave way before it became popular is Cyrax of Divine Council. With two classics in his Stay Active series, Cyrax rarely often misses when it comes to his releases. Boasting a futuristic style from the jump, Cyrax’s effortless delivery consistently shines on any track he puts out. Now, we haven’t had new music from him in some time but last week he blessed us with a fresh hit titled “Past The Moon”. This laid-back cut has Cyrax in his element, gliding over a dreamy beat and utilizing the vocal chops that put him above most other artists in the lane. The music video for this record are some of Cyrax’s best visuals to date. I am a huge fan of when an artist creates visuals that perfectly match the vibe of the song, Cyrax in a digitized, psychedelic forest couldn’t be a more fitting setting for a song like this. Since it’s been some time since Cyrax has dropped new music, this video and …

The Daniel Price Interview: Part 1

Photo by: India Richert I think people underestimate the power of conversation. The ability to exchange ideas, thoughts and perspectives is a superpower that can often fly under the radar as something that we just do…As I get older though, I have come to the realization that some of the most impactful moments in my life, areas where I experienced the most growth, came from conversations. Whether it was someone sharing some form of wisdom or passing the time laughing about something shown on TV, conversation not only changes us, but shapes us as well. For as long as I’m writing for Lyrical Lemonade, I am going to try and place an emphasis on the importance of conversation; because without it, we are robbing ourselves from experiencing all that this life has to offer. Today, it is my pleasure to document for you all a conversation I had with one of my favorite artists. I’ve written about Daniel Price before, but never like this. The Los Angeles-based talent is coming off of a successful rollout for his most recent EP that culminated in a marvelous live performance on the historic, Love Street (attached below). In this first of its kind …

8BitJ Feat. Johnny Polygon – “Fake”

Coming out of the Bay Area, 8BitJ is creating music solely for himself and his fans that can relate to his emotions. Deeply influenced by 2Pac, Kanye West, Quest Mac Miller, Jay Z, and others, 8BitJ is an old soul who enjoys music with a message. Ever since he realized that he had the power to create music that people enjoyed listening to, music was no longer a hobby but a career that he decided to take seriously. Earlier this year, 8BitJ released his latest album titled Tokyo 8. The 17-track collection is a diverse collection of hard-hitting,up-tempo music. His intense raps and trippy flow throughout his album were amazing to hear. Like a true lyrical storyteller, the rising artist takes a deep dive into self-reflection and becoming a better person. “The album is cohesive. It’s very similar, but not – everything ties into each other. And getting a new perspective is good,” He told Upcoming 100. “The cultural shock of Tokyo is where everything changes. Getting away from home for something so different from what you’re used to is good.” With songs like Yakuza, an old-school funk rhythmic pattern, and Haneda which speaks about self-reflection, Tokyo 8 has something …

Big 14 – [Trippie Redd] ft. [Offset] & [Moneybagg Yo]

There is no hiding the fact that literally thousands of new artists try and make a name for themselves in the rap world every single day, and while a minuscule fraction of these people will actually gain some traction, the rest of them will most likely give up after releasing a couple of songs and not putting in the time. While this might be tough to cope with for some, the fact of the matter is it’s the name of the game, and if you’re not willing to put in the hard work and effort that it takes to eventually find some success in your craft, then it’s probably better off that you leave things as they are and find out something that might better suit you in the long run. Regardless of if we’re talking about the current generation of musicians who have made an impact or the ones who cut their dreams short, I think one commonality amongst most of these people is the fact that they were more than likely influenced by Trippie Redd. Whether you like it or not, Trippie has been one of the most influential characters in music throughout the better part of the …

Nobody But Me – [Ray Emmanuel]

Music itself is often an art that draws people into a certain artist or a specific sound, but I personally love learning about these individuals and their backstories. This additional info seems to just help me connect with a talent on a much deeper level and understand why they make the type of music that they do bring to life and what has happened throughout their lives to get them to this specific moment in time. Ray Emmanuel is a name that is pretty new to me personally, but considering he has been buzzing on social media for years and blew up at the young age of 14, he certainly isn’t a newcomer to hundreds of thousands of others. Ray is from North Carolina, a place where the rap scene is booming despite the rest of the world seemingly overlooking the up-and-comers from this state, but he is here to change the narrative in a captivating fashion. Growing up, Ray’s mom was an English teacher who showed him the world of poetry which sparked him to create some rhymes of his own before he even entered his teenage years, so his extensive lyrical history has come in handy more often …

TwoCeez Returns With His New Single ‘Gunna’

Coming out of North Las Vegas, rising rapper TwoCeez, previously known as Chilly Chillz, is back with his new single Gunna. With 189k views and counting on Youtube, the @reelhouselv shot video was quite a sight to see. Decked out in icy jewelry, TwoCeez’s vicious rhyme scheme left no crumbs on the table with the QuixkMadeIt produced track. He directed this song towards the falsified image of internet thugs and rappers who claim to be something they’re not. TwoCeez hopes to use his music to give his fans a message that they can relate to. “My music is about life’s struggles and triumphs. I love telling stories. My message is elevation. Always try to elevate yourself, don’t become a victim of your circumstances,” He emphasized. “I would see people banging on tables making beats and rapping which inspired me to write my first song. I used poetry and rhyming to help me through the prison experience.”   Throughout his career, Ceez has performed on several tours including Meek Mill’s Dreams Come True Tour in 2012 and Yo Gotti I AM Tour in 2013. He also had the opportunity to share the stage with hip-hop heavyweights such as Migos, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Pusha T, …

Immaculate – [$NOT]

Over the last couple of years, it’s hard to think of an up-and-coming artist who has had more success in this industry than $NOT. He had already built quite the legacy with his series of mixtapes prior to worldwide fame and his cult following was always as strong and loyal as it gets, but it almost felt like a switch was flipped and he instantly took off, soaring to heights that I knew he’d eventually get to, I just didn’t realize it would be as quick as it turned out to be. First off, I’m a massive $NOT fan and have been for years, but I honestly don’t know what it was that really took him to the next level. I think it has to be a mixture of his diverse sonic portfolio and versatility over any instrumental placed in front of him, but I also think that the connections he has been able to make throughout the years have had to help him grow and expand his name much further than other emcees that were in a similar position as him. One way or another, $NOT is now a household name and I couldn’t be more excited for him, …

Studio Vibez – [YSN Fab]

Canada has grown as a destination for hip-hop music, but there are definitely certain provinces that seem to gain a lot more attention than other areas, but there are some emcees that mean business and want to change this narrative. If we’re looking at the country overall, it isn’t a surprise or shock to say that Toronto has taken the crown as our northern neighbor’s top music city when considering artists like Drake, The Weeknd, NAV, and plenty of others, but this doesn’t mean that people from other regions aren’t deserving of nationwide recognition. Winnipeg, Manitoba is certainly on the rise, and it’s thanks to emcees like YSN Fab, a rapper, singer, and songwriter who has been in the industry since 2018 and making bigger and bigger waves ever since. After gaining additional international attention with his album Made 4 More, he has been on the cover of playlists and was even featured on the official “Beats By Dre” playlist. This led to recognition as one of the top Canadian musicians by Sidedoor Magazine and even one of the top up-and-coming black Canadian artists by Complex. I thoroughly enjoy tapping in with his music as he drops more, and his …

Reaperr Time – [Dr. Grim]

Atlanta’s music scene is going through a unique changing of the guard if you will, as artists who ushered in the last decade of influence and intrigue in the city are either transitioning into mainstream legend status, cultivating a loyal cult following, or in too many cases falling off completely, and all the while, new artists continue to bubble up and push the sound and scene forward building upon what was established before them. All the while we are seeing an elevation of artists who were once relegated to underground or regional status rising to the occasion and positioning themselves to take the next leap into the mainstream and behind them are a fresh crop of artists building upon the sonic success and learning from the missteps and good decisions made by the innumerable artists who have come before them, which for years now has been Atlanta’s advantage over the rest of the south as the artists who first ushered in the era of “trap music” penned the blueprint on how to move in the industry. Today the heaviest concentration of new talent is by far on the city’s east-side, although mostly happening in Dekalb county as gentrification has pushed …