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Shae – [Darius the Barbarian]

Fortunately, over the last couple of years, several musicians, especially in Hip-Hop, have been openly expressing their sexuality. Artists from Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Kevin Abstract, and recently superstar Lil Nas X, are just a few of the main artists to publicly announce the fact that they are bi-sexual or gay. With that said, Darius the Barbarian confidently and jokingly speaks on his sexuality on his newest single, “Shae.” The song describes how Darius and his best friend were trying to be “the baddest” in an attempt to seduce their school principal. With lyrics such as, “when lunch come, go through the back door, lasers on the wall so ass to the floor,” Darius is just having a good time on this bouncy and rambunctious track. Produced by Brooklyn-Native, Jab, “Shae” is designed to be just as expressive and full of attitude as Darius is throughout his verses. Futuristically inspired, the lead melody guides listeners through an entire story while maintaining the natural bounce necessary to keep them moving. Darius the Barbarian does not hold back, and he is proud of who he is. You can hear it in his voice and his projection. With more on the way …

Hit Yo Spleen – [Miia Yang]

Now that the warm weather is beginning to come back around, the music in my heavy rotation is changing. In general, this transition means switching from the slower sounds of the winter into more animated, fun releases to match the energy of the season, but of course, there are some bangers that will remain because, well, they’re bangers. With this, while scrolling through SoundCloud earlier today, I was immediately taken back by the latest song from Miia Yang, “Hit Yo Spleen.” Not only do the bright melodies and deeply-cut kicks complement one another flawlessly, but Yang’s nonchalant, effortlessly charismatic deliveries immediately had me bobbing my head to this release. “Hit Yo Spleen” fits perfectly into the transitional period of music that I’ve experienced lately, and even further, this is the kind of song that you can’t deny no matter what time of the year it is. Miia Yang clearly knows how to grab your attention and keep it, using raw personality and a knack for melodies as her undying fuel. That said, I would most definitely recommend “Hit Yo Spleen” to all of our readers out there, so be sure to check this one out below and let us know what …

Z4L – [Smino] ft. [Bari] [Jay2]

While Smino’s latest project, NOIR, held a plethora of unforgettable moments, sounds, and styles, perhaps one of the more slept-on elements of the project was the slew of features, all of which kept it close to home for Smino as he picked the perfect cast of characters possible. Today, we see this idea come to life as the new visuals for “Z4L” arrive alongside two of my favorite featured talents on NOIR, Bari and Jay2. First off, “Z4L” is one the best songs on NOIR simply thanks to its lush, electrifying energy as well as the clear chemistry between all three artists. It sounds less like a Smino song with two feature verses and more like a family gathering of sorts, as everyone involved shares the spotlight and contributes to a meaningful, captivating final product. Beyond this, the replay value on this one is extraordinary, making it the perfect song to receive an accompanying set of visuals. That said, along with some cameos from artists including Cousin Stizz and Buddy, this music video illustrates both the feeling and literal storyline of “Z4L” with seamless precision. Especially as we head into the warmer months of the spring, the splashes of color and mesmerizing effects are …

Forever Always – [Peter Cottontale]

Peter Cottontale is a leader in the Chicago music community and in honor of Valentines day this year he just blessed us with a tear jerking new visual for “Forever Always”. You can tell that Peter and his team have worked closely on this video for some time now because it came out flawless, it’s filled with positivity and nothing but feel good vibrations, both sonically and visually. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like it be sure to give Peter a follow on Twitter here! ft. Chance The Rapper , YEBBA, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryan Ward, Rex Orange County Additional vocals: Ben Lusher Richard Saunders Tierney Chamberlin Elliot Skinner Jabari Rayford (LifeofJackRed) Rachel Robinson Darius Scott (D. Scott) Additional Production: Nico Segal Nate Fox Strings: Amanda Bailey Bass: Verner Jr. (DJVerner)

MSTRGLSS – [Bari]

On two separate occasions this week, we here on Lyrical Lemonade have had the privilege to write about new releases from none other than STL native Bari, and today, he’s back yet again to take over headlines with a stellar new project, MSTRGLSS. Heading into my first listen of this one, my expectation was that the project would hopefully take me further into the world of unwavering soul that Bari is able to tap into so effortlessly. I hoped to learn more about who he is as an artist, and now that I’ve had the opportunity to give this one a few listens through since its release, I must say that Bari delivered on this and then some. MSTRGLSS is the result of St. Louis-bred soul taking on the world, one day at a time. Bari is honest with himself and about life, but even beyond this, he’s a dreamer at heart who refuses to be held back by any forces in his control. This mixtape is decidedly ambitious in ways that, as a listener, you can’t help but love, and only pushing this prowess to the next level, Bari’s vocal and lyrical performances are the best they’ve ever been. In terms of making …

Interstellar – [Monte Booker] ft. [Bari]

Stained with St. Louis soul and an endlessly captivating voice, Bari is one of my favorite artists coming out of STL’s flourishing music scene right now. Ever since his guest spot on Smino’s “Z4L” and “Summer Salt“, I haven’t been able to stop delving into the world of the budding star, and today, marking one of 2019’s most exciting collaborations to date, Bari is here on Lyrical Lemonade alongside Monte Booker with a brand new single entitled “Interstellar”. While I certainly didn’t see this joining of forces coming, it makes perfect sense that the eclectic, complex worlds of Booker’s otherworldly production and Bari’s southern charm would mix at one point or another. Bari’s effortless deliveries and STL-induced hymns are the result of a strong sense of artistic identity that few artists achieve in such a cohesive fashion, and likewise, Booker’s eccentric production style is as individualistic as it gets (mainly because he’s on an entirely different level than the rest of the game). Resulting from this collaboration, we receive a starry-eyed new single that perfectly soundtracks the beauty of both artists involved, and for that, we need to appreciate this one. Tracks like “Interstellar” don’t come around every day, especially with a …

Comicon – [Bari]

Zero Fatigue member, Bari has released a new single titled, “Comicon.” The distorted bass-rattling banger is just a looise before release from his upcoming project, MSTRGLSS, set to drop tomorrow, Friday February 1st. Staying true to the song’s title and single artwork, Bari raps at light-speed throughout the record making quick references to Dragon Ball Z, the need for a mink coat and a McLaren. Bari showcases his elite level rapping ability, over the prodxvzn produced track that rightfully highlights Bari’s uncanny ability to find a pocket, a trait shared between him and fellow Zero Fatigue members. This is the first time Bari has surfaced since releasing his EP, The Prefix, in early September of last year. We could not be more thankful to have new Bari on the way. Listen to his new song, “Comicon” below and make sure to show some love to the emcee on Twitter and Instagram.

Krash EP – [Jean Deaux]

Jean Deaux has been a favorite here at Lyrical Lemonade for some years now, and today she is back with the release of her brand new EP titled Krash. After running through these nine tracks a few times through I was very impressed with her always improving lyrical ability and her overall growth as an artist, it feels like her most refined project to date, absolutely jam packed with gorgeous & vibrant beats all around with even better vocal performances . The production on this project was flawlessly from front to back, shout out to Saba, Phoelix, THEM People, Daoud, Yomi, Binta Kai, Smino for creating all of these amazing instrumentals, paving the way fire Jean to create one of the best projects from the city this year. There was only a few features included on this tape from the likes of Ravyn Lenae, Drea The Vibe Dealer, Kari Faux & Bari, who each blessed with project with stellar contributions to help make it that much better. Take a few minutes of your time to listen to this brand new EP below and if you like it be sure to give Jean Deaux a follow on Twitter here! “2018 has been trial …

The Prefix – [Bari]

With glimpses of greatness popping up from Bari Allen over the past couple of years, it seems the St. Louis native is prepared to let his talent carry him to a new level. The latest look at his progression comes to us today in the form of ‘The Prefix’—a 3-track endeavor that, judging by its title, is a mere sampler of what Bari has been working on. With that in mind, the EP stands alone as an impressive body of work that introduces (or reintroduces) a listener to Bari’s melodic, effortless style. For someone who previously had not listened to Bari’s music, this project immediately enticed me to delve deeper into his discography, fiending to find more of the floating trance that ‘The Prefix’ induces. His weightless flows pair well with the lush, bouncy production curated by Monte Booker and Smino—both of whom are longtime collaborators with Bari. This rapper-producer symbiosis really shines on “Glacier”, as airy synths and percussion cushion the springs for Bari to bounce his playful cadences off of. Get in tune with ‘The Prefix’ below and look out for more from Bari soon:

Quarterthing – [Joey Purp]

Joey Purp has been one of my favorite rappers for literally years now, I remember my older brother burning me a CD of Joey’s early music back in 2012 and I couldn’t get enough of it. I have been following his career since that point & here we are six years later and the Savemoney leader just blessed his growing fan base with his brand new album titled “Quarterthing”, which was easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year, especially after hearing the singles “Elastic” & “Bag Talk”. It’s safe to say that Purp came through with yet another fantastic all around project after my third listen through, each and every record provided impressed but a couple of my favorite moments on it were the beautiful intro “24k Gold” as well as ferocious cut “Look At My Wrist”. The features on this project came from the likes of Lyrical Lemonade favorite Cdot Honcho, rising Chicago star Queen Key, the legendary GZA & RZA, and some glorious vocals from Ravyn Lenae & Jabari Rayford. I predict by the time 2018 comes to an end that this new album will be one of the standouts that we remember for years to …