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Watch Maxo Kream’s New Freestyle For Kenny Beats’ “The Cave”

From Doja Cat to Vince Staples and several others, Kenny Beats’ The Cave has become one of the best behind-the-scenes series in music. In each episode, Kenny whips together a quick beat based on a given artist’s preferences, only to use this beat for a brief, endlessly fun freestyle right when the beat is done. As one might expect, magic, hilarity, or a little combination of both ensues every time, and today, we’ve been blessed with a brand new episode of The Cave alongside Houston emcee Maxo Kream. On the path to the release of his major label debut, this episode comes right in time for the inevitable takeover of Maxo Kream, and quite surely, he uses this to his full advantage. After throwing together a hard-nosed instrumental, Maxo steps in the booth and absolutely snaps, reminding us why he’s one of the best rappers in the game right now. Even beyond the freestyle, however, this episode perfectly illustrates the in-studio antics that make the creative process between two friends such an entertaining sight to see. Maxo and Kenny joke around with one another throughout the entire episode, but at the end of the day, they also put forth an impeccable freestyle …

I Want You Around – [Snoh Aalegra]

Coming up under the tutelage of No I.D. and collaborating with the likes of Vince Staples (twice), Logic, Vic Mensa, Common, and (most recently) Boogie, Snoh Aalegra is already becoming one of raps favorite voices — and with a unique yet classic style, it’s not hard to see why. Her latest offering, “I Want You Around,” comes with another rapper attached… only it’s not in the way you might expect. As opposed to spitting a 16, A$AP Twelvvy makes an appearance as Aalegra’s muse, spitting some wisdom in the beginning of the song and appearing all throughout the video. With those silky smooth vocals that carry so much emotion, but, somehow still sound so damn effortless, Aalegra lets Twelvvy know just how she feels, combining with Nes’ chiming, the breezy backdrop to create a heartfelt, light love song. As a cynic, love songs can often feel sappy or hollow, but the warm visuals, centered around some organic, intimate shots of the couple, really round out the authentic, natural feel. No word on if this is part of something bigger, but with her last project coming in 2017, expect to hear more from Snoh very soon!

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch Vince Staples brand new interview with Vince Staples

Vince Staples is fresh off of the release of his fantasic new album, so it’s only right that he stopped over by BigBoyTv for an awesome new interview. You will find Big, Vince and the team speaking about plenty of interesting subjects such as his brand new album FM!, his relationship with Mac Miller, why Vince decided to use Big Boy on the album, deciding he wanted to make music at fifteen years old, his experience with the school system, why he titled the album FM, iPods, his relationship with Earl, Tyler & Syd, when he first got signed to Def Jam, taking care of his mother, the fake promo saying he was going to quit rapping and he even called his mother live on air. Check out this awesome new conversation below!

FUN! – [Vince Staples]

When Vince Staples speaks we listen. The North California MC has returned with not only a new album, titled, FM! but already the first accompanying music video. His newest video for “FUN!” is a creative use of Google Earth, utilizing the software’s “street view,” Vince allows viewers to follow him in a day in the life of a Northside Long Beach resident. The camera effects capture Vince spectating a fight, shooting a music video and witnessing an arrest all within the span of an afternoon. More than just a creative idea, the video’s conclusion, in true Vince fashion, ends with a stark example of exploitation of Black culture in America. The surprise release of the album and video leaves us giddy for what else Vince Staples has in store for us. Watch his new video for “FUN!” below and give us your thoughts on the Northside Long Beach rapper in the comment section!

FM! – [Vince Staples]

It feels like it’s been forever since Vince Staples’ ‘Big Fish Theory’ dropped, even though it came out just last year. Don’t fret, though—the long beach native has been busy working on his next official album, and in the midst of that process, he’s cooked up an entirely separate project which comes to us today. Vince teased ‘FM!’ earlier this week on Instagram, touting it as a project dedicated to, well, himself: “He said he needed something that represented him and where he comes from so here it is.” All jokes aside, it becomes clear what Vince is referring to as soon as you hit play on ‘FM’. Delivering flows that echo his West Coast predecessors over beats that conjure up the heat of his home climate, he sounds undoubtedly in his bag. Vince makes sure to pack as much as he can in the 22-minute runtime, keeping things interesting with moments of volatility contrasted with his untouched levels of cool. He doesn’t go it alone, either, recruiting a circle of friends and collaborators including Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, Earl Sweatshirt, and E-40. Peep ‘FM!’ and also check out the video for “FUN!” below:

Summer Pack – [Childish Gambino]

Childish has returned with some new music to bless our ears. Summer Pack marks his first releases since his widely celebrated single, This Is America which released in conjunction with the eye-opening music video that quickly became the talk of the internet. It seems that nothing can slow Donald Glover down. Bino brings all of the summer vibes with these tracks. Both tracks, Summertime Magic and Feels Like Summer, are odes to the summer season and the ever so powerful concept of summertime love. Childish is currently gearing up for his first cross country tour in support of his 2016 smash album, Awaken, My Love boasting support from Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples in select cities. Check out the dates below to make sure you don’t miss the This is America Tour when it stops in a city near you, and be sure to get familiar with the new Summer Pack so you can sing along for seasons to come. Childish Gambino This is America Tour Dates: 9/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena ! 9/08 – Chicago, IL @ United Center ! 9/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre ! 9/12 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden …

LL Presents: The Ric Wilson Q&A

Ric Wilson has been a frequently featured artist on our platform for quite some time now, so it was a matter of time before we brought him in for a Q&A! About a week ago Ric blessed his growing fan base with an impressive new EP titled “BANBA”, and it has been in rotation in my headphones nonstop since the drop & for good reason too. He has been putting out some good music for quite some time now but this new tape was on another level, and I picture Ric continuing to prosper & becoming one of the new faces of Chicago in the years to come. Learn a thing a two about Ric below & if you’re in the city be sure to come out to his show at Lincoln Hall this Saturday by copping a ticket here!     — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   RW: I’m Ric Wilson, I make rap music & I fake sing. — EM: What is your earliest memory of music? RW: One of my earliest memories is seeing Alicia Key’s Fallen video on MTV where …

OKRA – [Tyler, The Creator]

New Tyler alert! Fresh off his headlining tour with Vince Staples which wrapped up earlier this month, Tyler, The Creator shows no signs of slowing down and has blessed fans with a new surprise track, “OKRA.” Tyler mentions that this one is a “throwaway song”, but he goes hard nonetheless over a menacing beat produced by Happy Place. The lyrics, which he posted in the video’s description, recount Tyler’s latest successes. Boasting about everything from his money to his Grammy nomination for “Flower Boy” and even telling Timothee Chalamet to get at him, Tyler goes all in for this track. The accompanying Wolf Haley-directed video matches the raw energy of this track, featuring a split screen frame and some seizure-inducing visuals of Tyler stunting in his signature Golf Le Fleurs. Watch Tyler go absolutely off in “OKRA” below: