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Bad For Press – [Van Buren Records]

As a Massachusetts native, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Brockton, MA supergroup Van Buren Records develop over the years, both individually and as a group. To say the least, every name in the crew has put in the work several times over. They’ve explored different sounds, figured out what feels right, put things out, gone back to the drawing board, practiced, and ultimately, found a sweet spot that speaks for itself in the form of their outstanding debut project, Bad For Press. 13 tracks long, Bad For Press is a massively focused effort – no easy feat when you’re a group trying to bring so many different voices, personalities, and styles into the same space, especially when done with such grace and fluidity. Each track feels like a step further into the world of Van Buren, which is especially important considering the group’s Brockton, MA roots (I’ve written about this before, but when you come from a place like Brockton that isn’t nationally known for music, it’s commendable to embrace those roots and make the effort in bringing listeners to Brockton.) Working on this basis of shared experience and chemistry, the group carves out an illustrious world of sound, cohesive in …

A Conversation with syd B and Floyd Fuji about their new song “Guilt Trip”

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to feature one of my favorite artists, syd B for her latest song, “Freezing” and today, she’s back on our pages for her new offering called, “Guilt Trip”. What’s best about this one is that syd didn’t do it alone; The up and comer enlisted help from her dear friend and close collaborator, Floyd Fuji which makes for a full piece overall. Instead of just writing some words in article format, I thought it would be beneficial to sit down with both syd and Floyd to talk about life, music and their working relationship! Continue reading to check out my conversation with them! — Sam: I’ve actually never written down questions for interviews. I just like having conversations and seeing where it takes us; So the first thing I’d love to know is how the two of you met. Both of you can take turns telling your side of the story. syd: Okay, I want to go first! Floyd: I knew she was going to try to go first! She hopped up so quick! syd: Okay, so, we both went to Berklee kind of around the same time. I’m a …

1, 2, 3 – [Daniel Javan]

Over the past few months, I’ve become a massive fan of Daniel Javan. He just has this natural emotion within his voice that is always complemented by the incredible production he meticulously chooses and even though this isn’t the typical style of music I typically find myself listening to, he has made it a style that I definitely visit a lot more often than ever before. What’s even more insane is the fact that he’s only 17 years old which is something that you wouldn’t guess when tuning into any song he has released, but I think the maturity you hear in his offerings comes from his very vast and interesting international background. I’ve mentioned it in some of the other articles I’ve written about him, but for those of you who don’t know, he has had a very storied young life, moving around and living in various countries around the world. Although this might’ve been tough on some people, he used it as an opportunity to truly get in touch with himself, and that strong identity is definitely abundant throughout his music. Most recently, Daniel decided to drop off a song entitled “1, 2, 3” with his friend and …

Take 5 – [Lil Skies]

Just a couple of months ago almost to the day, Lil Skies dropped off his sophomore album Unbothered. While it seems like he took a bit of a hiatus for a moment, it’s obvious to fans that he was still locked in the studio making some hits even if he wasn’t releasing them as regularly as he once was. When his album was upon us, Skies delivered 14 songs that were full of hits as well as some more revealing tracks that prove he’s not just some rapper who only gloats about his wealth, but things can get much deeper than they might appear on the surface. Obviously, when an artist releases an album, it’s pretty typical of them to continue the rollout for months to come with music videos, interviews, and the rest of the works as well, so when I saw that the Pennsylvanian star decided to bring his song “Take 5” to life in the form of a visual with director Bobby Lee Palmer, I was beyond stoked considering it’s one of my favorite cuts off of the project. Opening up, Skies can be found under the deck of a nice-sized yacht with a few lovely ladies …

A Conversation with Mulherin

From the moment I began writing for Lyrical Lemonade, I fell in love with unearthing the true gems of the music industry; Artists who definitively transcend the fad obsessed world that we live in and truly present themselves as individuals who can have a long lasting career filled with success and influence. At first, these types of artists weren’t easy to find, but after some time, I came across two guys who truly made me rethink what I considered great music to be. If you haven’t heard of Mulherin, then allow this article to serve as a PSA for anyone who is in dire need of discovering the next big thing. I use lofty phrases and words like that lightly, but when it comes to this LA-Based duo, I firmly believe that they are generational talents that need to be seen and heard in every way. I really can’t stress how great their art is and I’m so glad that I got the chance to catch up with twin brothers, Parker and Marshall Mulherin to talk about their artists project and everything that they’ve got in store for 2021. Like I said above; If you’re looking for your newest obsession, …

Kembe X: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Kembe X is a Chicago legend and someone whose career I have been following closely since I was in high school. Late in 2020, I brought him by the LL office for a new interview where we talked about topics such as his musical influences, his old collective The Village, his friendship with Alex Wiley, what he thinks is missing in Chicago’s music community, the success of his song “Voices”, the time that he met Nas, his album I Was Depressed Until I Made This, his latest releases and he even broke down some legendary clips he was apart of. This was definitely one of my favorite interviews that I have ever done, and I hope my excitement for it translates to you!

Nardo Wick Takes Over [Interview]

Propelled by the chilling single “Who Want Smoke,” Jacksonville artist Nardo Wick has exploded into the spotlight over the past few weeks. First, it was a G Herbo cosign via Instagram Live that circulated the song last month, which parlayed into an immediate splash upon release. In the weeks following, “Who Want Smoke” has amassed over 2 million YouTube views, garnered cosigns from Lil Durk and Future, among others, and even landed Nardo a spot on the Judas and the Black Messiah movie soundtrack. All in just over 30 days. Needless to say, this meteoric rise has been for good reason, propelled by the dense, unforgettable nature of “Who Want Smoke” and Nardo’s knack for creating moments with his lyrics. From lines like “call me Nardo Yes Man, cuz’ I don’t no n****s,” to the infamous stomping which occurs at 1:16 in the video, the entire song is packed with ingenious one-liners, structured around high-octane production and chilling visuals to match. As such, “Who Want Smoke” has quickly outgrown the sum of its viral moments, introducing the world to a massively exciting newcomer with a sound entirely unique to his native Jacksonville. We had the chance to conduct the rising star’s first interview, …

Qari: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Qari is one of the best rappers in Chicago and has been since he was only sixteen years old. He has been a staple in Chicago’s music community for years through his solo endeavors as well as his work in groups like Supreme Regime and Hurt Everybody. Sometime back in December, I had Qari come by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand new interview on The Lemonade Stand. This was one of my favorite interviews yet, I spoke to Qari about many things such as his musical influences, how Hurt Everybody was formed, when he first met Mulatto Beats, how becoming a father changed his life, what he thinks is missing in the city’s music scene and so much more. Take some time out of this snowy Monday to watch this brand new interview below!

A Conversation with Wolf

Wolf was an artist who hit my radar back in 2020 and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with her music and story. After “High Waist Jeans” made it in my inbox, I knew that I was witnessing the rise of a special talent, which then caused me to frantically analyze her discography with pure excitement. Some people just have that “it” factor and the moment you look at Wolf, it is undeniable that she falls in to that category. The New York native has been on an absolute tare lately as her song “Hoops” has been experiencing a revitalization over the past few weeks. People from all over the country are becoming fans of hers every day ad it’s all due to her amazing talent, infectious personality and drive to be the best singer/songwriter/producer that she can be.  As a self proclaimed Lyrical Lemonade fanatic herself, it was only right that we get her on our page and dive deep into what makes her the stellar star that she’s shaping in to be. This past week, I had the chance to sit down with Wolf and her management to learn more about this explosive journey that they’ve been on. …

Supa Bwe: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Supa Bwe is a Chicago legend who has played a vital role in the city’s music community for about a decade now, even if you tried to disagree, it’s undeniable. Supa Bwe is one of my favorite artists of my lifetime, he has created music that has helped me get through the toughest points of my life, and I know that I am only one of the thousands of people who feel the same way. A couple of weeks before 2020 ended, I had Supa Bwe come by the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new interview, and we now have the final product with a new episode of The Lemonade Stand. This was easily one of my favorite interviews that I have ever done, this was a great conversation, much love to Supa for stopping by! Take some time out of your day to watch this brand new interview below!