A Conversation with HappyBirthdayCalvin • One Of Chicago’s Brightest Young Acts

HappyBirthdayCalvin is a kid out of Chicago who has been making some major noise in the music community, but especially here in the city, so of course I had to bring him through the office for a brand new interview for the site! HappyBirthdayCalvin will end up being one of the leaders in the Chicago music scene within the next few years, and I know that’s a bold statement for someone who just graduated high school, but trust me when I say he is a good person to the core but even more importantly he is musically inclined. Calvin’s record “No Friends” has been going crazy for a minute now, playing on radios all over the country, and not to mention that he just got Chicago legend G-Herbo on the remix of the track. Learn a thing or two about Calvin by reading this brand new interview below and don’t forget to stream his record below while you read, & also keep an eye out for his upcoming music releases! Follow Calvin on Twitter here!   — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. Calvin: …

One Thing – [Oren Major]

Atlanta, Georgia certainly has a star on the rise. Oren Major pours every ounce of his being into his song, “One Thing,” off of his recently released album, Stay Down. Inspired by J Cole and a young Kanye West, the Atlanta-based rapper paints a vivid picture of what goes on behind the scenes of the daily grind with aspirations of making it to the top. The sheer desire and growl in his voice is an absolute testament to how truly hungry the emcee is to have his name remembered for generations to come. The lyrics “Imma stay up on my grind, they don’t want to see me shine,” are delivered over the haunting, yet reassuring keys produced by Beatowski (@beatowskiuk), seducing listeners to stay put throughout all of Oren Major’s story. With more coming soon, Oren Major is far from finished. Listen here:

Mama – [Raveena]

From Kanye West’s “Hey Ma” all the way to Chance the Rapper’s “Hey Ma” and even Tupac’s “Dear Mama,” there’s a profound beauty in music that pays tribute to some of the most important women in our lives: mothers. Needless to say, I found myself listening through all of the aforementioned songs yesterday afternoon, but none of them hit me as hard as Raveena’s new ode to immigrant mothers simply titled “Mama.” Lush as can be, “Mama” finds courage in vulnerability, allowing Raveena’s undeniable talent to seep through a bed of smooth instrumentation and heart-led lyricism. Above anything else, this song establishes the beauty and strength in our mothers and their roles, all while taking into thoughtful consideration the sacrifices that our mothers make, going to ends of the Earth to provide for their children and families in whatever capacity that may require. I’m sure we all have different upbringings and relationships with our mothers, but if there’s one thing that this song is meant to do, it’s to unify these experiences under one common condition: an undying love and appreciation for those who raised us. So, thank you — thank you to Raveena for this wonderful song and thank you …

Let U Geaux – [Pangeaux]

Kentucky crooner Pangeaux’s new single “Let U Geaux” is one of the best songs from an indie artist you’ll hear this week! While being an elite athlete in high school and even received a couple of colleges offers to play basketball, Pangeaux developed a love for music as well. While honing his production and songwriting skills it led him to drop his debut single in “Ms. Mary Mack” back in 2017. After a couple of seasons playing college ball, the emerging vocalist decided to return home to take music more seriously. “Let U Geaux” production is incredible, its the perfect mixture of acoustic guitar blended with 808s to create a new age r&b sound. It’s no surprise that he’s listed Alex Tumay, Frank Dukes, Mike Dean, and Kanye West as some of his favorite musical influences. We’ll be keeping track on Pangeaux and his movement going forward. Listen to Pangeaux’s single “Let U Geaux” after the break.

Sunday Service (Edit) – [Jarreau Vandal] x [Denzel Curry]

Remix mastermind Jarreau Vandal is no stranger to flipping a song and making it his own, with many of his signature edits gaining viral attention. For his latest edit, the Amsterdam-based producer and DJ channels the spirit of Yeezus and puts his own spin on Kanye’s weekly Sunday Service performances. Inspired by the video of Kanye sampling Fred Hammond’s  “This Is the Day”, Vandal decided to add his spin to the epic gospel choir. After teasing the re-work on IG, Vandal unsurprisingly started to catch attention for the clip. He even caught the ears of Denzel Curry, who couldn’t resist hopping on the beat himself. Curry adds his explosive energy to the already glorious production, letting loose a verse that feels like it could go on forever. Peep the final result of Vandal and Curry’s take on Kanye’s Sunday Service below:

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 …

Watch YNW Melly’s brand new interview with Real 92.3 LA

YNW Melly hasn’t done too many in-depth interviews to date, but thanks to the good people over at Real 92.3 LA we just got a brand new interview with him! You will find Bootleg Kev & DJ HED asking Melly about plenty of topics such as working with Kanye West, how he got probation, having ADHD & taking adderall as a child, the Florida rap scene, where he grew up, his friends in the rap community and so much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below!

Jesus Walks – Sunday Service Series – [Kanye West]

Rather than share something new, it felt more appropriate, today, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of the best, most important albums in hip-hop history. Kanye West’s College Dropout. My favorite album of all time and one that made me fall in love with hip-hop February 10th is always a day I celebrate College Dropout, with endless replays of the immaculate album. As fresh as the day it was released I’m always finding new things I love and getting goosebumps from the things I already love.  One of the most powerful cuts on the album (and the first Kanye song I ever heard) remains Jesus Walk. The anthemic chanting, the unforgettable hook and Kanye’s powerful bars all combine for a spiritual experience, making it the perfect song for the College Dropout edition of the Sunday Service series he’s been putting on since the January. The spiritual, awe-inspiring energy of the track is brought to new heights, allowing us to experience the classic cut in a whole new way thanks to the live band (with multiple drummers) and the incredible choir. It’s hard to recreate the magic of a track especially after 15 years, but thanks to the Sunday Service, we get a reminder of how special …

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 …

Mixed Personalities – [YNW Melly]

Florida superstar YNW Melly teased at a collaboration track with the Chicago legend Kanye West about a month ago on social media, and tonight he just blessed his rapidly growing fan base with a brand new music video for the record titled “Mixed Personalities”! YNW Melly and Kanye connected with Lyrical Lemonade’s own Cole Bennett to direct this music video, and with that cast of stars all working on one idea together you know that the final product had to be flawless. This music video will be in the conversation for video of the year when 2019 is said and done, I know that’s an extremely bold statement but I don’t think that is an exaggeration in the least bit. Watch this brand new visual below and if you enjoy it be sure to share it with a friend! Prod. C-Clip Beatz