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Premiere: gabby start begins today with the explosive “sydney”

Writing about music, I’ve received countless pitches over the years for songs that mix genres, or sound like if X artist met Y artist. Some of these songs are impressive, but I’ve come to realize that cool songs only go so far. They might land in playlists, or get sent in group chats as neat things to listen to, but music that finds an engaged, lasting audience, is music rooted in lore and belief. Because it’s about more than some neat songs. The ethos behind music that lasts is an extension of the artist who created it, and it’s the source code that characterizes a fanbase as more than a group of people who listen to the same thing, but rather, a group of people who choose to believe in something greater than cool songs. This is where gabby start comes in. gabby start is the artist project of a 20-year old NYU student formerly known as Knapsack. And while gabby’s songs are neat as they come, pairing the energy and anthemic qualities of rock music with EDM drum kits and pop song structures, they’re also rooted in a value system that defines what the artist project is all about. …

THIB – [Isaiah Rashad]

Although Top Dawg Entertainment might have been put on the map thanks to superstars like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, SZA, and numerous other names on their roster, there isn’t a single weak link on their lineup, making any release they put out as magnificent as it gets. One artist who I think doesn’t get nearly enough credit is Isaiah Rashad, but he is obviously one of the most captivating emcees in the entire industry, and this is apparent no matter what song you listen to or what video you watch. Back in July, he dropped off his album The House is Burning, a project that contains 16 songs that last almost 50 minutes long and boasts features such as label mates like Jay Rock and SZA as well as other guest spots from artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Duke Deuce, Smino, 6LACK, and many more. While this project is the cream of the crop, in my opinion, I am always down for additions to an album’s legacy, so when I realized he dropped a visual for the project’s penultimate track “THIB”, I didn’t waste another moment and headed right to the drawing board in order to write it up. With …

Murallas [Centella] x [Heartgaze]

“Murallas” is out now. This is a song that is many years old, in fact it was the first one I did during 2016 when this project was starting. At that time for me dealing with detachment, something that is perhaps super simple and broad, of course over the years it was taking an important role in my life and has become something perhaps much more complex, something about releasing negative things, because at the end we are alone in peace of mind and convictions are all we have” – Centella Santiago, Chile producer Centella makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with “Murallas,” an excellent song in collaboration with Argentinian artist Heartgaze. The track contains a smooth melody that’d be fitting for a classic film’s soundtrack such as Fallen Angels, while the VALPA created cover art reminds me of movie like Trainspotting. The synthetic production creates a mellow atmosphere fitting for a late-night slow dance with your significant other, and the vocals + raps align to mirror such romanticism. It’s an equally suitable vibe to spin for a late night drive or kickback, but regardless of circumstance this canción is worth your attention. Moreover, the organic guitar instrumentation toward the end tops …

Specific – [Shordie Shordie] ft. [Blxst]

Baltimore sensation Shordie Shordie has been a consistent changeup that brings flavor, creativity, and uniqueness to the daily library rotation of listeners everywhere. His newest track, “Specific,” featuring buzzing Los Angeles artist Blxst, who is solidifying himself among top artists on-the-rise, released just over a week ago and is an early success. The track was partnered with a simultaneously releasing music video shot by Whipalo, one that portrays a story of a high-school-age Shordie chasing his crush throughout. The song is a floater, with light energy exuding throughout while Blxst adds a refreshing, melodic verse to Shordie’s catchy chorus.  With 750k views in the first week following release of the video, the two are reaching solidified star-status, with Shordie Shordie looking to continue his success in his upcoming project, Captain Hook 2 (no release date yet), and Blxst currently on tour, finding momentum with popular songs like, “Movie,” and, “Pop Out,” both featuring Bino Rideaux. Watch Shordie Shordie’s new visual to, “Specific,” featuring Blxst, on YouTube below!

Sam Morrison’s September Favorites

Every so often, I get enormous bursts of inspiration that I cannot seem to shake. My latest one came in the form of what you’re about to read. With so much great music coming out these days, it’s almost impossible to pick favorites…but today, I’m going to try. For the next 5 minutes of your life, I ask for nothing more than a little piece of your attention as I take you on a trip into my music listening cycle. A lot of great music dropped during the month of September, which is why I decided it would be a blast to highlight some songs that I thought were absolutely exceptional. I often times specialize in covering artists who are just breaking on to the scene, but every once in a while, I love getting to show love to some talent who we already know and love. So, without further ado, keep scrolling down to check out my favorite 16 songs from the month of September; IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: — 1. amphetamine-[boylife] boylife has been one of those artists who never ceases to amaze me with his music. Each time I head to his Spotify page, I’m always elated …

I’m The Type – [O Racks] feat. [Rhoco Benjie]

One thing that I will always enjoy in music, is when two regional styles of rap clash together and it meshes in such a perfect way that creates something special. Normally, we witness artists who only collaborate with artists who match their style, but when two worlds collide in that way, it makes the collaboration that much more enjoyable. New York native O Racks is an artist who isn’t afraid to take risks, shoot from half-court, and still manages to come out on top. Making an appearance on the Lyrical Lemonade platform for the first time, O Racks is dropping off his latest offering, “I’m The Type”. To provide more insight on O Racks, after being born and raised in Hempstead, he began working on his craft of music-making.  He would then begin traveling to cities outside of his comfort zone to expand his musical ear and taste. After doing so, is how he managed to create songs like “I’m The Type”, where he takes elements of the LA bounce and that gritty Detroit flow and executes it perfectly. When speaking to him about the song, he stated: “In Hollywood, everyone parties together. When you’re not an LA native, you …

wildin – [Lil Tecca] & [Warhol.ss]

Whether an artist is from Chicago or not, it seems like this city always has a special connection to so many different talents, which is a large reason why so many emcees refer to this wonderful city as their second home. While Warhol.ss might be from here, Lil Tecca is not, obviously, but his work with us here at Lyrical Lemonade has inserted him into the music scene here, and he knows he’ll always have fans for life as long as he continues to come back. While these two artists might not be a pair I expected to work together considering their very different sounds, I was super excited when I saw Warhol.ss released a collaborative song between the two entitled “wildin” on SoundCloud, and the results were better than I could’ve ever imagined. Opening with the menoh-produced beat, lighthearted piano keys, tempo-setting percussion, and an interesting drum line comes in for a fast-paced and easygoing base that is right up Tecca’s alley. In the hook, he delivers some even-keeled bars that he diverts away from all the bells and whistles, but the effortless way he delivers his lyrics is just infectious, to say the least. In his verse, he …

Mr. Solo Dolo III – [Kid Cudi]

One of the best parts about writing for Lyrical Lemonade is the fact that I get to cover music from all of my favorite artists whenever I want, and that’s not something everyone gets to say, not even other music writers. When it comes to my favorite artist of all time, that title is taken by Kid Cudi and the rest of my list isn’t even close, personally. He has obviously been in the scene for over a decade, making some of the most incredible sounds in all of music, and his latest album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen just proves why his spot at the top of the hip-hop industry is cemented. He just touches on so many poignant subjects, many of which have helped me get through hardships that have popped up throughout my life, so my personal admiration for Cudi goes much deeper than the music itself. Since becoming one of the fathers of modern-day hip-hop, he has dipped his toe into various other industries, with acting being another lane that he excels in, and I’m so happy that he is living his life the way he wants to, and not letting social limitations tell …

30 Freestyle – [1504 Mutebaby]

1504 MuteBaby has been quite consistent in terms of releasing music over the past year or so and the East Atlanta artist is certainly poised to climb his way to the top of his city’s musical ranks as the tides are certainly turning in the city and sooner or later this young generation of artists is poised to usher the city into this new decade following the one that Atlanta so thoroughly dominated. MuteBaby honestly has one of the most copied flows out of the young Atlanta artists and with songs like his new “30 Freestyle” he just released it is obvious that he is beginning to really find his sound and I am eager to hear him drop a full project as well as continue to work with the top producers in the city to make his songs hit even harder. 1504 MuteBaby is a name you have probably already heard if you’re tapped into the new Atlanta and is definitely a name to remember if you’re not hip just yet.

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …