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Hooligan/Sons & Critics Freestyle – [Baby Keem]

When the XXL Freshman list came out not too long ago, the inclusion of Baby Keem was a bit of a shock to me, in all honesty. Not because he doesn’t deserve it or he’s not talented enough whatsoever, considering he’s possibly my favorite artists out at the moment, but because he has been a very peculiarly elusive figure rising up in the Rap industry. Die For My Bitch was a top-five favorite project for me last year, and while he has remained somewhat silent since then, I knew he was gearing up for something huge. In order to bring his hiatus to a close, Keem dropped off two brand-new songs entitled “Hooligan” and “Sons & Critics Freestyle”, as well as a music video to accompany the former. Starting with the freestyle, a grimy, mysterious-sounding drumline plays out as woodblock, and tiptoeing piano keys provide some depth to the instrumental, bringing a somewhat minimally sinister beat to life. As he makes his way throughout this freestyle, he toys with the beat and bounces his words effortlessly as if he’s not even trying, but these skills just come naturally to him. His attitude is apparent but not overpowering, and there is …

Screwed Up – [Nevaeh Jolie] Ft. [A Boogie wit da Hoodie]

Nevaeh Jolie is an artist who I recently got familiar with a few weeks ago, and I instantly saw that she had everything it takes to become a star in the music industry, so I was intrigued to see what was to come. Today, Nevaeh Jolie is making her debut on our website with the premiere of her brand new music video for “Screwed Up” featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie, it’s a solid visual that you don’t want to sleep on. As soon as you press play, if you are a knowledgable fan of hip-hop’s history, you will notice a familiar melody that she sampled on this record before he came onto the beat with her luscious vocals after A Boogie kicked it off. These two artists complemented each other as well as possible, the chemistry was undeniable and it left me hoping to see them work together more in the future. The visual itself was aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, much love to the video director Walu for making this one possible. Check out this brand new visual + read my Q&A with Nevaeh Jolie below! EM: What was it like growing up in New Jersey? Nevaeh: When I first …

LL Presents: The Steven Moses Q&A

Steven Moses might just be one of the most exciting acts that I’ve gotten to interview for our pages. Just today, the Pennsylvania native dropped an amazing 12 song album called “99” that is truly amazing. Here at Lyrical Lemonade it only makes sense to shine a light on the best music, so I had to sit down and talk to the rising star about his life, upbringing and how its all connected through music! Please enjoy this conversation with Steven Moses. — Sam: Give us your background as far as growing up in Pennsylvania…Thats’s not a huge musical spot compared to other places. When you think of music, you don’t think of Pennsylvania, so just tell me how you got the inspiration to even start in the first place. Steven: Well first, Hell no Pennsylvania isn’t a musical place!!! But yeah music was just in my life from the beginning. My parents just always used to play good music around me. When I was 7 I started playing guitar, like actually playing guitar, but I always had toy guitars and shit when I was  a kid. I was just really drawn to it. And by the time I was …

Time After Time – [Donald Grunge]

Massachusetts artist Donald Grunge is certainly no stranger to our platform, he has been featured here a few times in the past, and this afternoon he is back on our website with his brand new music video for “Time After Time”. This record was featured on his Cowboy Talk EP came out back in 2018, he has been steadily breathing new life into the project by releasing a slew of music videos to assist the tape. As we prepare for a deluxe version with four new songs, he decided to revisit the original with a fresh visual for a standout on the project “Time After Time”. Touching acoustic guitar riffs take center stage as Trap-influenced percussion and punchy drums assist the melody perfectly, but Donald absolutely steals the show with his incredible croons and infectious charisma. His voice is heavily autotuned, accentuating the impressive notes he’s belting out. As far as the visual is concerned, he takes us to a beachfront coast where he hikes around with an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder in his country-inspired outfit. The setting around him seems to have some sort of discoloration as pink and purple colors accentuate the greenery that surrounds him, adding some colorful …

feel away – [Slowthai] ft. [James Blake] & [Mount Kimbie]

Ever since Rap and Hip-Hop music came into existence, there has always been a wide range of personalities amongst artists. While some might be more introspective and lyrical, others can be straight-up zany and wild. Throughout the decades, though, I’m not sure there’s a single artist who is as wild or out of the box as Slowthai. He takes the definition of being a rapper and flips it on its head unlike anyone else ever has, and it’s because of his unbelievably creative mind that I have no choice but to tune into every single new offering he puts out. Most recently, he is back with a fresh single called “feel away” as well as a unique and uncharacteristic music video, although I’m not surprised because all of his visuals are some of the most inventive videos in the entire industry. Not only am I excited for the song, but I’m even more anticipative because when I saw he tapped the legendary singer James Blake and the London-based electronic duo Mount Kimbie, I knew I was in for a treat. The instrumental is a bit calmer than what I’ve grown to expect out of the English emcee, utilizing a piano-driven …

Dead Trollz – [YoungBoy Never Broke Again]

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is an artist who I understand does absolutely crazy numbers and has amassed a fanbase unlike most rappers in the entire industry, however, I haven’t really listened to him as much as I probably should. If I’m not mistaken, his recent album Top was already projected to go number one on the Billboard charts before it even came out, and now that it has been gifted to fans, it is almost undeniably going to be at the top of the charts once the official numbers come out. In order to keep the momentum going, he decided to gift fans with a brand-new music video for one of the project’s standout songs entitled “Dead Trollz”. Considering most of you have probably been listening to the album on repeat since its release, I’m not going to go too heavily into detail regarding the track itself, but the music video is definitely an offering that you’re not going to want to pass up. After watching the visual once all the way through, I quickly noticed that it takes the two lives that NBA has lived and combines the two, meaning it takes his violent past in the streets and …

Wit A Sticc – [$tupid Young] ft. [Tee Grizzley]

While California might not be considered the birthplace of the Hip-Hop genre as a whole, it can certainly be considered the birthplace of a new age and sound within the Rap scene. When West Coast synths and bouncing 808s take over the instrumental, you know whatever function you’re at is going to be turned up to the maximum even if the violent lyrics in some songs should have you running for the hills. Although I haven’t familiarized myself too much with Long Beach native $tupid Young, he’s definitely an act that I need to check out much more moving forward after hearing his latest single. This track is called “Wit A Sticc” and taps Detroit emcee Tee Grizzley for a very intriguing feature, to say the least. As the DJ Idea beat begins to unravel, bells and mischievously haunting synths take the forefront of the production as lively basslines and rhythm-building percussion come into the instrumental and truly elevate the vigor of this offering. There’s never really any drop to signify Young’s entrance, but he captures your attention from the moment he begins to spit through his deep, insistent delivery full of wordplays and aggression. His flow switches up constantly, …

Backache – [wifisfuneral]

As wifisfuneral began to drop singles leading up to his album PAIN?, my anticipation grew more and more. Each single showed off a different side of the Florida hitmaker that we might not have been used to seeing, but I knew we were in for something truly special. Now that the album has been out for a couple of weeks, I’ve had time to go back and revisit the project a few times, and every new listen makes the album even better, in my opinion. His dexterous skills are abundant, and his emotions are at the forefront of every song. Sometimes these feelings shine through with sadness or depression while other times there is lust and passion, but no matter what song you’re listening to, wifi doesn’t hold back a single feeling from listeners. One of my personal favorites off of the album has to be “Backache”, and although it is definitely more of a sexual, erotic cut, his melodies and aptitudes are on full display. Considering I’ve already talked about the song when the album first dropped, I’m not going to go into heavy detail, but we have recently been gifted a brand-new music video for this hit and …

Thru the Night – [MBNel]

Although I have only recently found out about Stockton, California rapper MBNel, I immediately knew he had a very important story to tell so I knew I had no choice but to listen up. Growing up in such a violent, dangerous neighborhood, many people don’t have much of a choice when it comes to life in the streets. They’re born into the situation and don’t typically have the resources to get out, so not only do they have to resort to things they might not be proud of, but they also have to watch the ones they’re closest to reach untimely demises and pray that they’re not next. Although this might sound harsh, it’s very true, and it’s a narrative that MBNel works hard to get away from but also one that he’ll never forget no matter how successful he becomes. In order to garner some hype around his upcoming project Child of the Trenches II EP which is set to release later this month on the 25th, he decided to gift fans with the EP’s lead single entitled “Thru the Night”. Once again, considering I was fairly unfamiliar with the up and comer leading up to this, I had …

Jesus – [Jimi Somewhere] x [Kacy Hill]

Pop music is beginning to take a seemingly endless amount of forms as each year and each era progresses day by day — a trend that is just as old as the genre itself, but one that also becomes more and more apparent as working creatives begin to explore new and unfounded avenues.    Though this idea of always experimenting and moving forward with the idea of pop music in general is true in the way that it is, that does not mean there still isn’t room for past aspects of this genre to continue to be drawn upon and conclusively perfected in our current times. And in the realms of tried and true indie-pop balladry, perhaps no one is doing this more exceptionally than Jimi Somewhere.    The Norwegian standout has been on an upward progression as far as his status in the grander pop landscape is concerned since bursting onto the scene towards the tail end of the 2010s, seeing his most resounding success come about due in large part to his anthemic singles and the videos that paired with them, along with his ever-impressive 2019 EP “Ponyboy.” But as it stands in 2020, Jimi is far beyond …