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Nineteen – [Young Kayo]

Depending on what artist you’re looking at, there are certain limits or ceilings on some of their careers. While they may start out with endless possibilities, some emcees tend to box themselves into a style that fans truly enjoy, but it limits their ability to branch out and try different things. One musician that I think has done a remarkable job at keeping their options open and delivering a myriad of sounds is YSL’s youngest signee Young Kayo. Kayo has been on my radar for a couple of years now, and as time has gone on, he has stretched into various genres that I never predicted. In fact, there have been a few different occasions where I listened to one of his songs that I really enjoyed, but I had to search on Google to see if this was the same artist or if it was someone else who went by the same name. If that doesn’t spell diverse, then I don’t know what will. Kayo has been making plenty of moves throughout his youth, but in order to celebrate his 19th birthday, he decided to surprise fans with a brand-new EP aptly called Nineteen. Although there are only 7 …

overpaid – [aldn] ft. [Tom the Mail Man]

It’s honestly hard to think of an artist who has put in as much work as aldn has this year. Notice how I said “as much”, because I really don’t think that anyone has been able to exceed his output whatsoever. I mean, the 21-year-old has released numerous projects, tons of music videos, and he has been on a few tours including his recent debut headlining tour that sold out in major cities all over the country including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston, amongst other meccas. With so much going on, I feel like it should be impossible to not only make the amount of music that he has but also ensure that everything is as high quality as it is, so for that and plenty of other things, I give him all the props in the entire world. Earlier this month, the Virginia native dropped yet another EP entitled post spring self destruction that boasts 7 songs running just under 19 minutes, and with features like Tom the Mail Man as well as Riovaz, you already know how impeccable this effort was bound to be. When I saw that he dropped a Tommy Kiljoy-directed visual for the …

Blitz/Allure – [Destroy Lonely]

Although there are so many artists that I could mention who have made a massive impact on me this year, I think the trophy rightfully goes to Destroy Lonely. I know that he has been making waves in the music business for a few years at this point, but I just got hip to him in 2022, and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. He just has this extremely unique style that is even more captivating thanks to his out-of-the-box flows and one of a kind voice, but the thing that I appreciate most about him is the fact that he is never afraid to push his limits and experiment with something new. At the same time, even these experiments seem to remain in a similar lane to a sound that he has made his own, so even if they’re different or unpredictable, they seem to make perfect sense with the overall aesthetic that he has built for himself. As big of a fan as I am, I somehow completely overlooked the fact that he dropped a deluxe version of his album NO STYLIST entitled NS+ (Ultra) that contributed another 5 songs and just about 13 minutes …

Goin Back – [SoFaygo]

After quite some time deliberating and keeping fans on the edge of their seats, SoFaygo finally dropped off Pink Heartz, his long-awaited and highly anticipated album. This effort boasts 16 songs, some new and some singles that we’ve had the pleasure of listening to before, but regardless, we have about 53 minutes of new music from the Atlanta by way of Grand Rapids emcee, and I couldn’t be more excited. It has already been out for a few weeks, and while I haven’t necessarily listened to it on repeat, I am undeniably thrilled to have it in our hands and listen at our leisure because Faygo never disappoints whatsoever. Oftentimes when I’m listening to a new album, I enjoy all of the sounds and new content, but I find myself overlooking the main theme of particular tracks because of the entire scope of the surrounding album, so I honestly didn’t quite realize the meaning behind “Goin Back”. Thankfully, my eyes were opened to the song’s narrative after Faygo teamed up with Declan Kyle to shoot a music video for the hit track, and I was actually able to appreciate the narrative that the emcee had in mind while bringing this …

No Ls – [Smino]

Sometimes there are releases that I know are going to be so impressive that I have to set aside some time to make sure I can ingest them without any distractions and make sure that I am able to appreciate the music as it was meant to be enjoyed without rushing through it just for the sake of saying I heard it. Smino is someone who always delivers music of the highest quality, and with his natural knack for lyricism, individualistic flows, and all-out silkiness, I know going into his music that I need to omit anything that will take away from just how immaculate the songs are going to be. Due to this, as well as to the dismay of one of my coworkers who has hounded me to listen to Smino’s latest album, I just finally listened to Luv 4 Rent, and I know I am a few weeks late, but it was what I needed to do to fully appreciate everything Smi brought to the table on this one. Luckily, it was worth the delay, but that’s not a surprise, and all 15 songs were indeed unbelievably great, so I’m beyond grateful that I finally got to …

Just Wanna Rock – [Lil Uzi Vert]

One thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that Lil Uzi Vert doesn’t do anything small. He always figures out a way to one-up himself and others, making a spectacle out of even the smallest moments throughout his career, and he has been doing this for over a half-decade since he first entered this industry. I knew he was going to be a star from the moment Lyrical Lemonade brought him to Chicago for the first time back in April of 2016, and even though I had just started listening to a few of his songs literally weeks before that show, I was instantly intrigued and knew that he was going to be a star well beyond where he was at that moment in time. Well, I don’t know if anyone could’ve predicted just how massive he would become, but now that he is one of the biggest staples in hip-hop, no one is ever going to overlook a new release from the Philadelphia phenom simply because you know there is absolutely no reason to. A few days ago, one of the homies had asked if I saw the Gibson Hazard-directed music video for his song “Just Wanna Rock”, and …

Rich Homie Quan Presents His New Album “Family & Mula – Reloaded”

If you know anything about the music scene in Atlanta, it’s that many new sounds were created in the thriving city over the years. Rich Homie Quan, also known as Dequantes Lamar, emerged on the scene in 2013 and developed a sound that would inspire artists for generations to come. Throughout his career, Quan has been nominated for Best New Artist and Rookie of the Year from BET, earned a spot on the 2014 XXL freshman class list, and went double platinum independently. While the platinum-selling rapper reached many milestones over the years, he is ready to reinvent himself after taking some time off to focus on what matters most. To celebrate his 33rd birthday, Rich Homie Quan released a new body of work titled Family & Mula, which features eight songs and a single feature from NoCap. This project gave listeners a glimpse of what Quan created during his downtime and how his music has changed due to fatherhood.   This month, I had the opportunity to speak with the Atlanta legend about the legacy he has built and what we can expect to come. Check out our interview below. Lyrical Lemonade: What was it like being from Atlanta in 2011 …

Heartbroken I’m Lonely! – [BEAR1BOSS]

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned throughout my time in the music business is that if you ever find yourself bored of the music that regularly pops up on your newsfeed or streaming platforms, just look to Atlanta’s underground scene and you’ll find yourself immersed in some of the most individualistic music in the entire world. It’s a tip I give friends, family, and anyone else that I talk to about music, and one of the first artists I tell them to check out is BEAR1BOSS. I have been a longtime fan of the ATL icon, and after seeing him included in a mini-documentary by SoundCloud based around the origins of the Plugg scene, I realized that he really started making music to have fun, but this quickly turned into a movement more than just another emcee recording something different. I can often come up with comparisons for talents based on their sound, but BEAR is one of the very few spitters that I simply couldn’t find a doppelganger for no matter how long and hard I pondered the topic, and it’s this uniqueness that has kept me coming back for more every chance I can. He’s no stranger …

Chavez vs. Whitaker – [A$AP Ant] ft. [OhGeesy]

It’s pretty safe to say that at this point in time, the A$AP Mob has already solidified its spot in the hip-hop history books, and every release that a member puts out from this point forward is just adding to the collective’s legacy. They didn’t just continue adding artists to their roster without ensuring their status as a top-tier hitmaker, and that’s why they have managed to not only stay relevant for close to a decade, but they’ve managed to stay at the top of everyone’s minds, even during a break in releasing music. Well, there really isn’t typically too much of a break because when one member takes a hiatus, another will drop, so that leaves us with a constant stream of music from emcees that work as well on their own as they do as a cohesive team, and A$AP Ant is one of the most talented of the bunch, at least in my opinion. Back in May, Ant dropped his 16-song effort Lil Black Jean Jacket 3, a project that lasted over 40 minutes long and featured other well-recognized emcees like A$AP Rocky, Lil B, Curren$y, A$AP Twelvyy, KEY!, Larry June, and more, but one of my …

Ready – [Young Nudy]

No matter where in the world you look to find new music, inspirations for these artists typically come back to one place: Atlanta. The ATL has become the first place many rap fans look to for the hottest new music, and it’s crazy that the underground is just as prominent as the mainstream emcees that call the Georgia capital home. It also just feels like there are more mainstream legends in Atlanta than anywhere else, and not a single one has transformed from a respected spitter to an overplayed, cheesy emcee like we’ve seen happen in other areas of the country. Whether we’re talking about Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Gunna, or any other names that you could list off all day and night without running out of artists, they all make an impact and not only respect each other, but work together to create music that will go down in history, no matter how far into the future you look. Young Nudy is another name that you can add to the list, and although he still feels like he has certain underground qualities to him, I think that’s because he is never going to leave the street life completely …