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2doses – [2kthagoon] ft. [Lil Kickdoe]

The East Coast is full of underrated yet overlooked talent, and of course, I’m not talking about New York City. Places like North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and a few others are absolutely booming in a sense of having countless rising stars on their hands, yet the rest of the country seems to want to ignore this fact for some reason. One of my favorite parts of working with Lyrical Lemonade is I have the opportunity to bring some much-deserved recognition to these lesser talked about regions as well as the artists that are working tirelessly to put their towns on the map. If you’ve paid attention to any of my articles in the past, you should know the name 2kthagoon, and you should know it well. He has been one of my favorite underground artists of the past half-decade or so, and even though I’ve followed his career long enough to see him transform and level up, he’s nowhere near his final form. To me, this is unbelievable considering the music he is making now is arguably the best music he’s ever made, and these songs are some of the best tunes coming out of North Carolina in general, end …

The “Hypothetical” Travis Scott x Future Verzuz Battle [Opinion]

In the midst of the pandemic that began early last year, it forced a lot of us to find other means of entertainment as we were all stuck inside the house on lockdown. One of the best things to come from this pandemic from an entertainment standpoint, would be the Head-to-Head music battle platform “Verzuz”–founded and created by Hip-Hop legends Timbaland and Swizz Beats. What once started as just a one-off Instagram Live battle between the two moguls to see who had the better production catalog has now turned into a worldwide phenomenon–bringing the group chat/barbershop conversation into fruition as to who is the better artist. Two legends take turns playing hits after hits and a winner is declared just shortly after the battle is over once Timbaland and Swizz Beatz go Live and talk it out. The platform has since then grown to produce live in-person battles–accompanied with live DJ’s, amazing stage settings, and commentary from both artists in between songs. Some of the battles we have seen come from this would be DMX vs. Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys vs. John Legend, Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz, Nelly vs. Ludacris, and even the controversial battle with Jeezy vs. Gucci …

Let It Breathe – [Joey Bada$$]

Joey Bada$$ is one of my favorite artists of my lifetime, no exaggeration at all. Since I was in high school, I’ve listened to his music more days than not, his albums always end up being favorites of mine, hell I even made an article about my fifty favorite songs by him, and to this day he is a GOAT in my eyes. Earlier today, Joey released a new music video for “Let It Breathe” in honor of his twenty-sixth birthday, and it’s not anything that you want to miss out on. On this record, you can expect a classic sounding instrumental from the legend Statik Selektah, and if you know anything about the music that these two have made in the past, then you know this is going to be special. I was thoroughly impressed with this release, I’ve already run this one back a handful of times and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Check out this brand new music video below! Happy birthday Joey!

A Conversation with Kings Elliot

One of my favorite breakout artists of 2020 has to be an up and comer who goes by the name of Kings Elliot. After first stepping on to the scene back in November of last year, the singer/songwriter made herself known with an impressive debut that consisted of the song, “I’m Getting Tired of Me”. The emotion filled ballad gave us a look in to a new side of creative artistry that I haven’t seen before. It was raw and transparent and honest and truthful…A debut that we rarely see from artists who are just starting to release music. Kings Elliot is a star and I don’t say that lightly. She knows her sound, she knows ver voice and she knows who she wants to be in this music industry. This past week, the UK based artist made her second appearance on DSP’s for the release of her brand new song called, “Dancing Alone”. As expected, she has created a beautiful work of art that NEEDS to be listened to. Instead of just writing a regular article that encapsulates how this song made me feel, I decided to shoot some questions over to Kings Elliot to learn more about her …

Split – [Rich The Kid]

Rich The Kid has worked long and hard to truly become a mogul in the Rap world, but 2020 seemed to be the year where he took things to another level. While he might’ve made songs during previous years that topped charts and received countless streams, last year was a moment in time where he made some business moves that would further his career even more than ever before. He announced that he was a fully independent artist and owns his masters while also releasing music on his Rich Forever Music label. Last year, he dropped albums like Boss Man and his collaborative effort with YoungBoy Never Broke Again Nobody Safe while also contributing words to various other albums for artists like Lil Wayne, Trippie Redd, and Drakeo The Ruler. While things seem to never slow down even slightly for Rich, he decided to get this new year started off the right way with a brand-new single entitled “Split”. DY Krazy, one of the most talented producers in the entire scene, created this record with a combination of poignant strings or synths of some sort that are brought to new levels with some simplistic yet crisp percussion and quiet, background …

2022 My Year Fr – [Saturn]

In a landscape that likes to flaunt its sense of individuality across its cast of talents – for good reason – there are more than a few acts who seem to have an influence on just about everyone. Saturn is absolutely one of those select few artists who can lay claim to such a title, paving the way as far as vocal delivery and lyrical thematics are concerned within the growing online music scene.  Their efforts have been cemented in stone up to this point, but that surely is not enough to satisfy such a prolific and progressive act like they are. Continuing to develop their sound and overall artistic approach alike as more and more tracks come to light, they are proving their status as among the most gifted and inevitable superstars of that aforementioned landscape each and every trip.  In saying this, it is no surprise that a new project from them is in the works moving into the new year; seven songs are on their way from the influential figure, and the excitement for what is to come could not be any higher from those in the know. That fact becomes exponentially more apparent when taking a …

Clinton Hill – [KOTA the Friend]

KOTA The Friend is someone who has slowly ascended into a position where he is the writer of his own destiny. Having amassed a large following and critical acclaim for his previous album, EVERYTHING. Kota finds himself still an independent artist who has no chains on his creative boundaries. With the limitless possibilities he finds himself with, he decided to drop a new project entitled, “Lyrics to GO, Vol. 2” on Sunday. An embodiment of sentiments, the album provides introspection into Kota’s mind while keeping a short runtime, clocking in right around fifteen minutes with ten songs a part of the project. These shorter musical endeavors allow him to say exactly what’s on his mind without anything extra. Alongside the project, he released the first visual component of the album, in a video for Clinton Hill. Kota keeps along the lines of his previous videos for the Lyrics to Go Project, with a single still accompanying the record playing. It’s not always that less is more, but in this example, the video really allows for his message to shine as he talks about being a role model for the children in his neighborhood and having to stay humble now that he …

Ferris Wheel – [Ben Beal] x [SwuM] x [Ben Belial]

Ever since hearing his song “State of Mind” in 2014, New York based artist Ben Beal has remained an artist I’ve kept up with. The sheer  lyricist’s bread and butter lies in hip-hop; specifically rapping over mellow lo-fi beats and 808 influenced trap. His versatility can also be demonstrated through his collaborations, having worked and/or performed with Wun Two, atlas, Sophie Meiers, FloFilz, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, MadeinTYO, PnB Rock & more. His latest effort, “Ferris Wheel,” is a jazzy lo-fi track with co-production from SwuM and Ben Belial. Comparing life to a fluctuant carnival ride, Beal reveals how he made a name for himself while crafting bedroom beats & songs in his basement. His ability to not only rap, but also vocalize on the hook creates a silky-smooth record that produces a natural head-bobbing effect for the listener. Stream “Ferris Wheel” by Ben Beal below!

Goosebumps (Remix) – [Travis Scott] x [HVME]

Travis Scott is someone who needs no introduction, a grammy-nominated artist, and someone who has topped the charts for the latter part of the last decade. Serving as an inspiration to thousands who seek to express themselves through music, Travis is certainly someone who will long be remembered long after this era of rap is gone. HVME however is someone with who I just recently became familiar. Hailing from southern Spain, his incorporation of Southern European rave culture into his music is incredible and took me aback on my first listen of the remix of the 2016 hit, Goosebumps with HVME’s EDM fusing through Travis’ vocals. To hear something so familiar be completely changed while keeping the original integrity of the song is awe-striking. In a non-covid world, I can see these songs perfectly-placed beat drops tearing through clubs and festivals. The rising tempo feels perfect for a party or even just a kick-back with friends. Take some time and listen to the new track right here.

Fiction – [Jiccjucc]

Despite how openly experimental and free-forming the online music world is to each of its artists, having success within it simply comes down to effectively embracing the unique individual qualities that exist within each of these acts by themselves. Whether comes about via the most abrasive sounds imaginable or through clean-cut and straightforward deliveries, making the absolute most out of what one does best will always grant them a spot in the limelight.  It took some time before an artist like Jiccjucc was able to fulfill this niche. The Atlanta talent spent the majority of 2020 going from sound to sound and style to style, all with quite the large amount of acclaim for their place in the scene, but never honing in on one signature approach that would take them to the next step. But with a new year and corresponding new horizons now in his hands, he has taken it upon himself to deliver a statement piece that finally draws a mark on what makes him special as an individual artist. That statement comes in the form of his debut EP “Fiction” — a 4-track project that does nothing else but cement his place as one of the …