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Pay The Fee – [WHOOKILLEDKENNY]

Austin, Texas native WHOOKILLEDKENNY makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with the release of his debut EP titled Pay The Fee. At the age of 22, WHOOKILLEDKENNY has built a brand around one of his most notable catch phrases “Pay The Fee” while performing throughout Texas and in other states across the country. In the past, Kenny has released notable singles with massive support from features such as Lil Baby, Sauce Walka, and Maxo Kream, all helping lead up to this release below. Throughout Pay The Fee, Kenny delivers hard-hitting bars within an atmosphere full of high energy and character; furthermore, transcending to his music videos and live shows as well. From top to bottom, all eight tracks that manufacture Pay The Fee showcase Kenny’s true talent and abilities, making him one of the most promising up and coming artists with what could be his biggest year ahead. To solidify his space in a very saturated market, Kenny has also crossed over into the EDM marketplace through collaborations and performances with Riot Ten. To say the least, his energy alone can convince even the most adamant skeptic that success is around the corner for him. Be sure to do yourself a favor …

Sli’merre – [Young Nudy] [Pi’erre Bourne]

Wow. After anxiously waiting for a few weeks, the day has come — Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s highly-anticipated collaborative effort, Sli’merre, was finally released at 12 PM EST earlier today. Considering the excitement behind this project thanks to the two singles, “Mister” alongside 21 Savage and “Extendo” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, I wasn’t sure how well the project would live up to the larger-than-life expectations. However, being that it already received an 8.0 review on Pitchfork and considering the overwhelmingly positive reactions from fans on social media, it’s easy to tell that Nudy and Pi’erre’s long-awaited effort went far above and beyond what anyone could have expected. 12 tracks long and stacked with star-studded features including 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, and DaBaby, this project takes Nudy’s chilling street storytelling and brings it into an entirely new world of status and sound. Pi’erre Bourne’s otherworldly production style seamlessly complements the legendary cast of characters on the album, and further, the electrifying presence of Nudy’s oddball vocals and malleable flows makes for a perfect concoction of melodic, transcendent sounds that you can’t help but love. So far, I’m two listens deep into the project, but I can already …

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 …

A Closer Look Into Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

On the Road Again, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Talks the New Approach of Latest Project “Suffer On,” the Impact of Lil Peep’s Death, Major Label Wooing, and the Future of GothBoiClique For the first time ever on a headlining tour, Adam McIlwee, the Pennsylvania  electronic angst auteur who records as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, has gone out with a stage backdrop, and it’s impressive. But last week in Brooklyn, he didn’t use it. No need, really, as the artist was performing in front of one of the most dramatic views a New York venue has to offer: the elevated tracks of the J, M and Z trains, which rumble by periodically mid-set, just outside the beloved indie venue Market Hotel. It feels like a moment for Wicca Phase. Maybe not a splashy, look-at-me moment, but then, flexing is not really for McIlwee, who at 29 has already logged several notable chapters in an unlikely musical path, one that’s bridged punk, hip-hop, emo, and most recently evolved into singer-songwriter acoustics. He’s still based in his native Scranton, PA, where in the late 2000’s he fronted the indie outfit Tiger’s Jaw, until more electronic and experimental tendencies led him to split from …

COLDHEARTED EP – [Bernard Jabs]

Whether you’re a musician, an accountant, a waiter, or any other job under the sun, it’s always important to learn how to have fun with your career. Take your job seriously and be the best that you can, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Few artists embody this sentiment better than 17-year old Def Jam signee, Bernard Jabs. And yes, I said 17-years old. Both on and off the mic, this Georgia-bred talent radiates energy. There’s never a dull moment if Jabs is involved, and this certainly carries over to his music, as the budding talent has grown a loyal following thanks to electrifying singles and a social media-savvy marketing approach. He knows how to utilize the resources around him but he’s also authentic as can be, always dropping snippets and garnering buzz where he can, and consequently growing his ever-increasing base of dedicated listeners along the way. With this, even as a high school student, Bernard Jabs has signed to Def Jam, toured with Pusha T, and developed a considerable following of fans, none of which he has seemed even slightly underprepared for. The truth is, for Jabs, his determination spans far beyond his years, pointing to an incredibly …

Now – [Lil Gotit]

Be sure to take special note of where you are in life right now, because when your grandkids ask you where you were for hip-hop’s “baby” renaissance, you are going to want to know. I’ve been loving this SAINt JHN track, “Trap” which features one of the hottest rappers in the game in Lil Baby. DaBaby’s album has been on steady repeat. As has the new EP from Sahbabii. And that’s just the start… Already cosigned by Thugger and signed to Alamo, I know I’m late to the game here, but, now, I’m adding Lil Gotit to the list. Keeping the “baby” momentum going, The Atlanta product dropped off his Hood Baby album at the end of last year to the list and a new track, “Da Real Hoodbabies,” last month. I’m fully convinced “Da Real Hoodbabies” is a smash, but it didn’t stop Gotit from returning with another visually-assisted effort in “Now.” Though it is a little grimier and more sinister than his prior, off-the-wall effort — as reflected in the difference in visuals — it is just as potent thanks to the lethal combo of the rib-cage rattling beat and Gotit’s slick cadence and inextinguishable swagger. “Now” is a must-watch for all of our readers out there, so check …

TICKETS: Lyrical Lemonade SXSW 2019

March 14th in Austin, Texas   Lyrical Lemonade Presents:   Blueface, Lil Mosey, Da Baby, Madeintyo, Rico Nasty, Lucki, Warhol, Tay Money + More!     PURCHASE TICKETS HERE    

Trap – [SAINt JHN] ft. [Lil Baby]

Last year I stumbled across SAINt JHN at a festival and was immediately drawn in by his energy and unique sound. Both qualities were also ever-present on his 2018 project, Collection One, which drew the eye of Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. Now, signed to Burke’s Circle of Success Management Company, SAINt JHN’s looks to keep the momentum going with one of his best releases to date, “Trap,” the latest off his next album Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs for Christians. Already a winning formula, SAINt JHN links up with his go-to producer, F a l l e n, who has handled a bulk of JHN’s production in the past, and clearly knows how to get the best from SAINt JHN. Bridging the two sides of JHN’s style, the beat is rooted in a trap sound thanks with a dense, thunderous, feel, but F a l l e n incorporates some lighter string-work to accentuate the Brooklyn crooner’s more melodious side resulting in a track that has a big, towering feel yet smooth and light on its feet. With a sound that bridges the gap between R&B and trap, combined with a feature from one of rap’s biggest faces right now in Lil Baby, SAINt JHN might just have a hit on his hands.

Addie Pitino – [A$AP Ant]

  A$AP Ant and the legendary basketball coach Rick Pitino have one main thing in common: ensuring success, one moment after another. In Pitino’s case, this may mean wins on the basketball court, but for Addie, this means impressing with every single song he releases, constantly pushing the ball forward just as he has done with his latest mixtape, Addie Pitino. 11 songs long, this project takes the stylistic progress that Ant has made over the past few years and compiles it into one body of work, cohesive and focused as can be. Loaded with features from Baby 9eno, LuLu P, lil 2dow, and Benji Blue, it lets the world know what the Marino Infantry has been up to as of late, and spoiler art, they’ve all been developing themselves in ways that are quite apparent on Ant’s latest. That said, Addie Pitino is certainly a highlight mix for Ant and co., and consequently, it’s also something that I highly encourage all fans, new and old, to give a listen to. As always, A$AP’s own is more than ready to be heard, and his latest is proof. Stream Addie Pitino at the link below!

Alley Oop – [Yung Gravy] [Lil Baby]

Yung Gravy and Lil Baby are two of the most entertaining names in rap right now, and today, breathing new life into their endlessly enjoyable collaboration, “Alley Oop”, the two are here to unveil a brand new music video to fit right alongside the song. Following up the loud and out-there energy of this one, the visuals for “Alley Oop” bring fans deep into Atlanta, where Gravy and Baby hang out amidst an entire crew of women, many of which I would guess are moms based on Gravy’s mother-boasting lyrics. The colorful scenery is sure to mesh with the galvanizing energy brought forth by the instrumental, and similarly, each of the two rappers are able to translate their effortlessly cool personalities directly from the mic to the screen. Needless to say, “Alley Oop” is a hilariously captivating listen/watch from the first second to the last, so make sure you don’t sleep on this one. Watch the flex-worthy magic of this dynamic duo come to life in their brand new music video below!