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A Conversation with HighDefRazjah: Working with A$AP Ferg on ‘Value’, Being Featured in the ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Trailer, the Virginia Music Scene and More

“I always think back to those dark times in life when I planted the seed and now I’m starting to reap the benefits of it.” -HighDefRazjah When thinking about the evolution of music, it’s such a beautiful journey to follow. The many things that music can do and how it can completely change lives, is nothing less than astounding to be able to witness. Speaking directly in terms of Hip Hop, it has changed so many lives each and every day, and has made things possible for many people who may have lost hope. In the year 2020, it’s safe to say we do see our fair share of acts who come and go, but the idea that one can virtually blossom a musical career with nothing but an iPhone and a laptop is something that is to be appreciated at the end of the day. Coming out of Suffolk, Virginia, record producer HighDefRazjah is no stranger to knowing what it’s like to have nothing and turn it into something. Coming from a city that is not too familiar with breaking many acts, Razjah crafted his career from the ground up by himself. He did what he had to do …

Woosah/Street Cat- [Chief Keef]

It’s honestly shocking how Chief Keef has been in the Rap scene for around a decade and still puts out such a surplus of music. Every year for as long as I can remember, he has dropped at least three projects, sometimes even feeling more generous by releasing six or seven in a twelve-month span. Now, as big of a Sosa fan as I am, I’ll be the first to say it’s clear that not every single song on every single one of these projects is a hit. At the same time, however, a lot of OG Keef fans claim that he might’ve fallen off or he doesn’t make anything worth listening to anymore. To that extent, I’d say that they need to check their facts and open their ears because there is most certainly an abundance of gems within this overflow of new music. Whether it’s in his self-produced work, his collaborations with Zaytoven, or working with other artists, he has an envelope-pushing gift that thrust him into the spotlight so many years ago and remains within him to this day. He took to the internet in order to share an uncharacteristic duo of songs with the aforementioned hitmaker …

Addy Talk- [Lil Gotit]

If you know me or follow along to any of my posts, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Lil Gotit. His energy, charisma, and one of a kind sound all play a part in his music, making it better and better every time I hear it. At the very end of February, Gotit released Superstar Creature, a project that packed a punch and helped him cement his spot in the music industry while still on the come up. The Atlanta spitter also recently collaborated with the A-Team, a supergroup comprised of his brother Lil Keed as well as Lil Yachty and Zaytoven, which is yet another move that is going to diversify his career and take him to new levels. Although he’s constantly making moves throughout his young career, an interesting one was just made with his latest music video release. Rather than dropping a visual to piggyback on his most recent project that’s not even a month old, or even his sophomore effort Cozy but Its True, he decided to revisit his breakout project The Real GOAT, dropping a video for his hit song “Addy Talk”. This track features a melodic loop behind traditional Atlanta trap-inspired …

Hightop Shoes- [Lil Yachty] ft. [Lil Keed]

Lil Yachty and Lil Keed have worked together a few times at this point, and every single song that has come after their collaborations have been complete hits. I’m not sure if it’s their opposing vocal sounds that pair well together, their chemistry, or just the fact that they’re both from Atlanta, but I don’t really care as long as they keep making songs like the latest offering they put out called “Hightop Shoes”. On this track, the duo got legendary producer Zaytoven to piece together an instrumental that was pretty solid all around. Although very simplistic, it included some trademark Zaytoven piano keys while not trying to be too flashy or exuberant in order to not take away from the rappers’ performances on the song. Keed begins the record by presenting a decelerated verse that was elevated by some extremely energetic adlibs that hype up the first half. As for the second half, he switches it up completely and begins to whisper which was quite the spectacle. Although I’ve heard some people aren’t fans of this technique when they’ve heard other rappers do it, I can get behind Keed performing this way because his sound is already pretty uncharacteristic …

Drip Jacker – [Zaytoven] x [Lil Gotit]

Zaytoven is all-around a one of a kind person and artist. Not only does he produce hit after hit with literally the biggest names you could possibly think of in the industry, but he also has a very keen eye when it comes to up and coming talent. He has discovered numerous artists over the last decade or more who have risen to stardom since their discovery, and they all have this one man to thank. I’m not sure if it’s his work ethic, his fine sense of talent recognition, or his willingness to go above and beyond for those he believes in that I respect most but no matter what, he’s an absolute legend. Lil Gotit seems to be the next artist on Zay’s radar, as they link up for the lavish hit “Drip Jacker”. Zaytoven creates another banger with his production before Gotit even gets a chance to spit, but when you hear him rap, he ends up bringing the entire track to another level. Zaytoven’s production includes bells that give off the impression that you’re floating, while some quick, choppy, and heavy synths bring you right back down to earth. Gotit talks about the specific pieces of …

A-Team (You Ain’t Safe) – [Zaytoven] x [Lil Yachty] x [Lil Keed] x [Lil Gotit]

The A-Team has reassembled, officially announcing their upcoming collaborative project that is set to drop at the end of next month. Towards the end of 2019, Zaytoven, Yachty and Keed blessed us with “Accomplishments” one of the year’s most energetic anthems closing the decade out on a high note. The second single from their upcoming collaborative album features all 3 rappers and some of the finest keys I’ve heard in some time provided by Zaytoven. Each artist comes in hot building off the previous one’s energy, all returning back to an incredibly hard hook from Keed. With the artwork being set in a museum, there’s no surprise that this came together sounding so historic. With the last release, the 4th member of the Atlanta Super Team was yet to be announced but now that Lil Gotit has filled the spot it will be exciting to see what they have in store for their upcoming project. Each emcee on this project is poised to have an incredibly big year individually, coming together with the most legendary producer the city has ever produced will be a perfect introduction to their following projects. This single seems like its a call to action, letting …

Skeebambino 4 – [Tbam]

With all of the talk lately about artists who blow up and find fame from social media apps like Tik Tok, it caused me to think back to the days where artists originally would get their music featured on Vine. Back in 2015, I used to watch vines from the Chicago comedian Nike Boi and the Maryland native Nilesyy Niles, and they would always use music from an artist who goes by the name of Tbam–and one song they would always use was the song  “Halfway“. Ever since then, I had been attached to his music and all of his releases and was in full support of him and his musical journey. Today, he’s making his official Lyrical Lemonade debut with his latest project Skeebambino 4. One thing that always stood out to me was how versatile he was when it came to creating his music. I noticed that every single song he created, all had the same producer tag in it–turns out, the producer was him. Of course at the time, not many artists outside of a handful that were producing their own beats and rapping on it themselves, so it was amazing to see. Not only that, but his …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

East Atlanta Santa 3 – [Gucci Mane]

Christmas time is here yet again, and what would the season be without another anthem from Mr. Guwop himself? After dropping the iconic “St. Brick Intro” on his 2016 album The Return of East Atlanta Santa with the ever popular “trapping through the snow / selling nine half a bricks in four ways” line—his flip on the “Jingle Bells” Christmas tune, Gucci Mane has been delivering these Christmas-themed albums and mixtapes for years now. Although the holidays are a few days away, Gucci has been in a very giving mood ever since his release from prison. Celebrating his 100th project ever released this year, Gucci Mane has proved himself to be one of the hardest working and most consistent artists we have ever seen. Here we are with yet another release and third (technically fourth) installment of Christmas themed albums with East Atlanta Santa 3. Having a career that spans across almost two decades now, it can be hard for many artists to be able to deliver within the same caliber of music that they have been delivering their whole career. However, Gucci Mane dares anybody to prove him otherwise, for he has been providing constant bangers and memorable projects for so many …

Accomplishments- [Lil Keed] x [Lil Yachty] x [Zaytoven]

Lil Keed and Lil Yachty have already proven that they’re truly a dynamic duo when they link up for a track. They seem to push each other to go further, try out new sounds, and work to be the best artists that they know they can be. This is no different as they look at all of their success in their latest release called “Accomplishments”. Masterfully produced by the one and only Zaytoven, he creates a somewhat minimal beat that includes some fast hats and some high-pitched piano keys that play along extremely well with the two rappers’ inimitable voices. Yachty starts the song off in a fairly uncharacteristic way for him, with a lower energy than we’re used to hearing. This was beyond impressive, however, considering you can tell how much he really focused on his flows, rhyme scheme, and lyrics to deliver a ridiculously hard verse. Keed has the hook and second verse where he uses his trademark high pitched singing/rapping voice to bring some energy and spark to the track. Halfway through, he decides to switch it up and tone it back a bit, calming down which played a part in keeping this song fresh for its …