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FINALLY – [Cochise]

Cochise is honestly not someone that has been on my radar for nearly as long as a lot of other artists that I frequently listen to, but from the moment I first heard him rap, I knew he was going to change the landscape of music. In fact, I remember the first verse I had ever heard from him which happened to be on the song “Right Now” with TyFontaine on Internet Money’s debut album B4 the Storm, and even though I’m sure I was late to the party then, I have made sure to not forego any other music from the Florida emcee. If you haven’t kept up with Cochise, you missed out on some massive accomplishments with the most recent being his selection for the 2022 XXL Freshman list, but that was before his album THE INSPECTION even dropped, so he was lining things up to really make a splash more than ever this year. On his album, there are 13 self-produced or co-produced songs that last almost 36 minutes long with insane features like Chief Keef and Young Nudy, but I am even more thrilled about the fact that this is only the beginning for the young …

Since 91 – [Sonny Digital] ft. [$lugg]

I have always been a music fan who takes a producer-first approach. I just feel like there are so many hitmakers who barely get a fraction of the credit that they deserve because the artist that raps over their beat gets all the shine, but I try my best to make the producer known just as much as the emcees that I write about. What makes a producer even more appealing, in my eyes, is when they rap on their own production as well because they know just how to build a foundation from all angles, and Sonny Digital is the latest beat smith that I realized raps as well. I honestly have no clue how long he has been getting behind the microphone, but the handful of songs that I have heard really show me so much potential from the Atlanta native. I mean, when you have a resume filled with smash hits like “Same Damn Time”, “Birthday Song”, “Tuesday”, “after Party” and more with some of the largest names in the game, you’re already doing just fine, but the fact that Sonny wasn’t content with being considered a secondary contributor means that you know he’s going to go …

Involved – [Coi Leray]

Versatility is truly a key in the music industry that, when done right, can unlock an entire career full of opportunities and accomplishments. I don’t necessarily expect every single artist in the world to be able to do everything, and usually, they have one specific skill that is better than the rest, but as long as I hear them honestly attempting to try something new or think outside of the box about what else they can bring to the table, I can never hate on their grind or efforts. Coi Leray is an artist who has had so much buzz surrounding her music for quite some time now, but the sheer diversity of her style is more than enough to appeal to fans of all different kinds. Full transparency, I am not the biggest fan of the songs she puts out that are full of attitude, hard instrumentals, and rap lines, but I won’t knock them either because she has climbed the ladder of success with records closer to that vibe, so I will always give her the praise she deserves, even if not every single song is right up my alley. On the heels of her album Trendsetter that …

Behind The Track With: Bongo ByTheWay

Nigerian mega-producer/songwriter Bongo ByTheWay has contributed a tremendous  amount of work in producing and songwriting as an entrepreneur. Growing up in an African household with parents who often sang Gospel music and being raised in the church, played a huge role in Bongo’s career today. He also credits his brother for teaching him how to appreciate the craft and mechanics behind the music. Bongo has accomplished many amazing achievements throughout his career. He is the producer behind “Girl Like Me” by Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R., he is the face behind Cordae’s hit single “Gifted” featuring Roddy Ricch, he contributed three tracks for Mary J. Blige for her 14th studio project Good Morning Gorgeous, and the list goes on. This year, he won a Grammy for his contributions to Heuax Tales at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. I had the chance to catch up with the Grammy award-winning producer to learn more about his journey. Check out our interview below. — Lyrical Lemonade: As a Nigerian Native, it probably wasn’t easy becoming a globally known producer. Describe your journey to becoming a producer? My journey to becoming a producer started when I was around eight years old. That’s when I found …

1636: The Second Chapter – [8matiklogan]

There is no secret that everyone in the music industry has some sort of story to be told, but it’s up to the artist to decide if it’s a past that they want to delve into or keep private. Even the emcees who pretty much only rap about drugs, money, and women have a story, but it just seems like they keep their cards closer to their chests for one reason or another. I have gone on record saying that talents who share their past, their thoughts, and their inner monologue always have my utmost respect and attention because I barely like talking about those things with my closest friends, let alone the rest of the world. 8matiklogan is an emcee from Chicago who has been through a long journey, and while he has switched up styles throughout the years, I think the sound he landed on most recently is one that he should stick with, as it seems to be his bread and butter. His brand-new album 1636: The Second Chapter is the long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 project 1636, and throughout this time, it is clear that he has matured and overcome some dark moments. What I greatly …

Watch Denzel Curry’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

I try to avoid writing about anything that isn’t a newly released song, video, or album, just because I feel like that’s where I excel and that is what makes up the majority of our content here on the Lyrical Lemonade blog. Some artists just have this star power, though, where no matter what they do, whether it’s an interview, cameo, performance, or anything else, I just have to tune in. Denzel Curry is one of those people because even though I admittedly might not listen to him all day every day as I do with some other emcees, there are more than enough records of his that I thoroughly enjoy and listen to pretty regularly. Aside from this, I have written about performances on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series just because they seem to get everyone in the office to perform no matter what the genre is, and even though some genres can work a little better than others, it’s always so interesting to me when I get to see some emcees in an element that might not be very native to them. He is someone who is known for not only his incredible lyricism and wild bars, but …

HOLY GHOST – [Future]

There are a few givens in the rap world, and these can include anything from lyrics about drugs, money, and women to the diamond-studded jewelry that it seems like everyone has around their necks and wrists nowadays. Well, these givens get even more specific, and one that isn’t a surprise to anyone is the fact that Future has a taste for the finer things in life. Obviously, he can afford really whatever he wants after more than a decade of work, but he is never one to let his latest purchases go by the wayside, and I don’t think I would be either if I was in the same situation as the Atlanta hitmaker. Just a couple of months ago, he dropped off his album I NEVER LIKED YOU, an effort that featured 16 songs that came up just short of the 50-minute mark, and with features like Kanye West, Gunna, Young Thug, Drake, Kodak Black, EST Gee, and more, there was no way this project was going to be a miss on anyone’s radar. With all of these guests, it is shocking that I haven’t heard more buzz about it, but when I found out that he was going …

Guilty Pleasure – [Groupthink]

An artist’s name is never something that should go overlooked. Plenty of times, it seems like some people in this industry just slap a Lil or a similar prefix in front of a nickname or moniker that sounds cool to them, but they don’t actually put much thought into it past that. Other artists, though, have such unique names that there has to be a story or meaning behind them, and Groupthink is one of those people. When I think of the term groupthink, I imagine a group of people sitting in an ideation session trying to come up with new, creative ideas. At the same time, though it seems like during these meetings, there is always one person who needs to be louder or more vocal in order to overshadow the rest of the group, and I think this is partially what the Chicago by way of North Carolina native is going for, but also partially incorrect as well. I believe he uses it as a way of pushing boundaries while doing something fresh and exciting, but he also isn’t the one to ignore others or place his ideas on a higher level than others. I feel like these …

MF TRIMM – [Lil Gotit]

Even if I’m not a huge fan of an artist or don’t listen to them extremely often, I always respect someone who is on their grind with tons of work to show for it. Atlanta is a city known for really never sleeping because it seems like most of the musicians who call ATL home are never letting a week go by without releasing something new, but out of everyone in the southern city, Lil Gotit has proven that there is never a shortage of music to be made, and he seizes every opportunity he gets to show off his skill set, which is extensive I must add. This is the main reason why I think I write so much about him, because although I do genuinely appreciate his music, even if I didn’t, I would at least know I could count on him to give me something memorable to post about. Enjoying his tracks is just a perk, and his most recent release “MF TRIMM” is yet another new single that he put out for fans to enjoy, even though we’re not too far out from his latest album The Cheater. Nonetheless, West, 808 Jayy, and AyoJarri produced this …

Late to Da Party – [Lil Nas X] & [NBA YoungBoy]

Look, if I am being completely honest, as I normally am, I hate diss songs and disrespectful records. I understand that they have a place in the music world and have existed pretty much ever since the first hip-hop song was created, but I just feel like music tends to be so much better when you’re making it from the heart and not just rushing to put something out in an attempt to piss someone else off. Even the legendary rap beefs that have ensued over the years haven’t been my favorite, but I get that they’re never going to go away, so I just need to get used to them. I try to never show these songs any attention because that’s just not what we do here at Lyrical, but when I heard Lil Nas X and NBA YoungBoy were getting together on their Take A Daytrip and Cheese-produced track “Late to Da Party”, I knew that this was one I couldn’t miss out on. I mean, it’s not a diss track to another artist, it’s a diss to BET after some questionably homophobic moves were made, and considering this wasn’t a duo that I ever expected to team …