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Maxo Kream: Unparalleled Integrity

It’s 8:30 PM on Wednesday night, just two days before the release of Maxo Kream’s major-label debut, Brandon Banks. Piling into a dim, luxurious room at Manhattan’s 40/40 club, fans and peers alike await Kream’s arrival. Conversation is light, but the overarching meaning of the moment makes the air feel dense. Now years in the making, Maxo Kream’s slow-burning ascent is reaching a new apex, and this small room of listeners is fortunate enough to become witness just days before the album’s official release. A few moments later, a thunderous presence makes his way down the hallway. Turning left, he enters the room, 4 glossy chains on neck and followed by a posse of friends. It’s Maxo Kream, the man of the night. With each step, his presence grows stronger as the heads begin to turn toward his direction. Kream’s face lights up to see the welcoming crowd of listeners, but his eyes maintain a focused glare under the soft lights. The closer and closer he moves to the center of attention, the more the moment begins to set in. Here, just minutes away from clicking play on his long-awaited new album, time seems to slow down. The message becomes …

Premiere: Tha Breeze, Tha Steeze, Palm Trees – [Charlie Burg]

From the raw liveliness of “Instead of My Room” to the soul-stricken sonics of “I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You,” Charlie Burg’s music is a direct projection of his emotional state. You have to live life to write about life, and few artists have better embodied this idea than the Detroit-bred talent, translating fervent emotions and the general ups, downs, and in-betweens of life into a catalog of honesty, if not anything else. Today, mirroring the life around him and marking the official welcome of the long days and late nights of the summer, Burg is here with a new, 3-track EP, Tha Breeze, Tha Steeze, Palm Trees. As the title connotates, this brief offering is simply a chance for Burg to step back, have fun with things for a moment, and gift the fans with new music to hold them over for the summer. In such a way, Tha Breeze, Tha Steeze, Palm Trees almost feels as though it’s a “calm before the storm” kind of release, as Burg not only recently moved to New York City, but is also preparing for an upcoming tour with Ashe as well as the eventual rollout of his highly-anticipated debut album. That said, sure, …

Bad Habits  – [Blac Papi]

When an artist is from Philly, you can hear it. With different styles and flavors, I always find artists coming from Philadelphia have a sound with an edge and overall hunger in their tone. Blac Papi embodies what it means to be a Philly rapper, and he displays that in his recently released video for his new song, ‘Bad Habits.’ In the video, the rapper is seen walking through his hometown and chilling with the same people he grew up with. Throughout the song, the rapper articulates the struggles that success brings with lyrics such as, ‘I made it, I ain’t did enough. Ain’t satisfied til a hundred up.’ The catchy hook combined with the hard-hitting production done by Zachary Gayden, make this song an absolute Philly banger. Watch the music video for, ‘Bad Habits,’ here:

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

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

As I’m sure most of our readers are aware at this point, Kenny Beats’ freestyle series, “The Cave,” has become one of the best gems in hip-hop right now. With each and every new episode, fans get to watch some of their favorite artists collaborate with the superstar producer himself, Kenny Beats, and the result is always something special, whether that be a new meme around Kenny’s name or an incredible beat and matching freestyle. Today, we get a little of everything with the latest episode of “The Cave” alongside none other than EarthGang. Being that Revenge of the Dreamers III, birthed from the legendary Dreamville sessions, just released today, I’m sure this fine Friday has been quite momentous for the Atlanta duo, but nevertheless, they were sure to bring their best to the stage on “The Cave.” Given a beat that turns the clock back all the way to the Neptunes-dominated early 2000s, this episode perfectly embodies the liveliness and off-the-wall, remarkably-skilled appeal of ATL’s own. Deservedly so, EarthGang has been buzzing for a minute now, and this video will be sure to let people know why. Click play below and peep EarthGang’s unbelievable appearances on the new Dreamville …

Lellow – [Curtis Roach]

Through his discography thus far, Curtis Roach has introduced listeners to his brand of bright, upbeat hip-hop with influences from jazz, funk, and footwork music. This week, Roach honed this sound into his most concentrated project yet, titled ‘Lellow’. The new EP shows growth for the Detroit artist as he carves out a sonic niche that’s full of bouncy summertime beats and lively raps. While his buoyant persona could draw comparisons to artists like Aminé or KYLE, Roach sets himself apart with effortlessly executed melodies and an ability to blend multiple styles into his own. Whether he’s drawing inspiration from Detroit’s historic jit sound and movement on “WJIT” or declaring his arrival on the motivational opening track “You Got It”, Roach navigates different styles without losing his own. Curtis Roach’s joy feels contagious, and it’s this exact care-free attitude that inspired the EP. A reference to the solar plexus chakra (associated with the color yellow), ‘Lellow’ embodies unbounded energy and playfulness. “It reminds me of when I was a kid and used to say Yellow like Lellow,” Roach explains. “It’s that pure freeing feeling you had as a kid when you put your hand out the window riding in the …

Watch Lord Apex Perform “Vintage Garms” on COLORS

West London artist Lord Apex has become a frequent flyer here on the Lyrical Lemonade pages, and for good reason. Equipped with a low-fi, laid-back style and an effortless sense of cool, Apex never fails to impress without breaking a sweat, and today, he’s here to take this to the COLORS studio with a brand new performance of “Vintage Garms.” Taken off of his Smoke Sessions Vol. 2 project, this relaxed offering perfectly embodies the London representative’s style. Even further than his dense lyricism and natural charisma, perhaps Apex’s most alluring artistic trait is that of his deliveries. Rather than jumping in on a given instrumental, he seemingly floats just above the production, and the result is a dreamy style that brings listeners up into the clouds and beyond. With that said, Lord Apex is a special artist and a talent to keep an eye on, so be sure to show some love and peep this well-deserved COLORS episode below! “Vintage Garms” Produced by Drae Da Skimask

Denzel Curry: Retracing Roots

“I think about how my art is going to be reflected when I’m gone.” This is something Denzel Curry said to me during our conversation just moments before his stellar performance for 5,000 people in Boston this past Friday in support of Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep tour. Denzel has been an artist that I’ve held in high regard over the years because I’ve been able to recognize his dedication to the art, and to hear him talk about his passion for the craft was inspiring. Denzel Curry has been rapping for about eight years now, and by the young age of twenty-four, he’s already passed huge milestones in the game of rap due to his impressive work ethic and unwavering artistic integrity. Not only does he have an incredible discography under his belt, but he’s already garnered a noticeable impact on the genre of rap at such a young age, all while constantly growing, evolving, and refining his output in the process. On a widespread scale, many fans became aware of Curry after his track “Ultimate” turned into a viral internet sensation, becoming the “water-bottle-flipping” song just a few years back. Even this track though, as big …

Dangerous – [ScHoolboy Q] x [Kid Cudi]

ScHoolboy Q took a commanding surge back into the rap game with his most recent album CrasH Talk, with the album itself and several of the tracks inside soaring to the top of hip-hop charts on multiple different sites. One of the most popular tracks among the album was “Dangerous,” which features the larger-than-life figure Kid Cudi. Though the song was one of my favorites of the album, the visual to go along with it that released earlier today is one of the more prominent and lasting ones I’ve seen yet this year. It features Schoolboy and a fellow actor laying low in their Chevy sedan, waiting to pull up on an enemy. It’s unclear why they’re pulling up, but nevertheless the two leave the car, pistols on their side and execute a man walking down the alley with his back turned to them. As ScHoolboy and the accomplice jump back in the getaway car following the execution and speed off, a title page appears saying, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Immediately following the title page comes a scene with Chevy speeding off from an aerial view, and another black sedan pulling up next to them …

Summertime Slaps, Volume 2 – [WesWill]

WesWill delivers a bass thumping, shoulder grooving exhibition on the latest installment of his Summertime Slaps series. The Cleveland native made good on his promise to deliver and does so in every sense of the phrase, showing growth and continued motivation that infects each of his records. Cohesive from the start of the album, Summertime Slaps, Volume 2, embodies the spirit of Summer and everything that goes along with it. Able to occupy several different spaces, Volume 2 finds massive playability whether you are poolside or cruising with the windows down on a late night out. The combination of funk-laced production and WesWill’s throttling flow throughout records like “PTP” and “Jeep Lovin’” cement his technical skill as a rapper. Softer records such as “Freebies” and “Late Night Creep” find the lyricist reigning in his speed on the mic into a softer melodic vocal showcasing that piques our interest into what future offerings will sound like. Progressing through a series of comical skits and on-going jokes taken from the first installment of the series, WesWill creates a connection that expands on the personable attitude of the 30-minute offering. WesWill outlined his goal for the album, saying, “I want the music on STSV2 …