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IDK WHAT TO TELL YOU – [Bktherula]

If you’ve paid any attention to the current music scene as it is right now, you should already understand the Bktherula has been tearing things up as of late. Although she hails from Atlanta, she is making some of the most intricate, impressive, and diverse music in the entire country, sounding reminiscent of nothing but herself and her own tailored style. Whether she goes from rapping hard-nosed bars on even more aggressive instrumentals or singing some soothing, somewhat melancholic notes on a variety of indie-inspired records, Bk can do it all, and she showed that with her latest project Love Black. Out of all the wonderful tracks on this project, one that truly stuck out to me was the project’s closer “IDK WHAT TO TELL YOU” which was actually co-produced by star Mac DeMarco, so when he adds his own little spice into things, you know it’s going to be magnificent. Luckily, she kept the fun going with her brand-new Breakneck Visuals-shot music video for the song, and it’s even better than I ever could have imagined. Opening up, she meets a lovely lady in the park for a picnic, and things only seem to continue to get better from …

Tebanasu – [Ahmad Anonimis] x [Chris Patrick]

Atlanta, Georgia based artist Ahmad Anonimis returns to Lyrical Lemonade with “Tebanasu;” a standout track off his highly-impressive debut album Dancing With My Feet Up. Produced by flow clark + Pete and featuring Chris Patrick, the song is a clinical display of immaculate flows and witty bars. Chris opens up with his verse, before effortlessly passing the torch to Ahmad to bury the gloriously melodic instrumental. No joke, the sheer musical display provided by Anonimis and Patrick is akin to a LeBron James and Dwayne Wade esque performance; both showcase their high-level craftmanship via their own stylistic excellence. Along with the entirety of Dancing With My Feet Up, “Tebanasu” deserves your undivided attention; it’s easily one of the best records I’ve heard all year. Considering it’s only Ahmad’s first LP, the sphere of opportunity couldn’t be more clear for him, and it’s the perfect time to join the wave if you already haven’t. Have a listen below!

Trailer: Kid Cudi documentary | A MAN NAMED SCOTT

Complex and Amazon Prime video are pairing up to compile a documentary of Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi, with the trailer premiering October 26 as the film is set to release on November 5. The documentary looks into the creativity and passion that helped him deal and combat anxiety and depression. Through his work, he not only was able to create meaningful inspiration that changed the lives of countless others, but also change his own life, too. This documentary explores the journey of Scott finding himself and attacking his demons through creativity, and the treacherous path that he endeavored throughout that trek. “After everything became successful, everything got dark.” Mental illness takes a toll on even the world’s brightest stars who’ve helped the most people, and the public rarely sees that perspective. This documentary aims to depict the shadowy side of fame, and what Cudi did to endure and persevere. Watch the brand new trailer for A MAN NAMED SCOTT on YouTube below!

Half Dead Pariah – [Drayco McCoy]

At this point in time, I’ve been heavily invested in the underground music scene for the better part of a decade. While this scene is so diverse and multifaceted, I’d be lying if I said I was an expert on even a fraction of the artists coming up right now, but I do feel confident in saying that there are certain talents whom I’ve learned from and watched grow over the previous handful of years, and Drayco McCoy is at the top of my list. Ever since his early days in music, his raw, gritty disposition and sound are what drew me in, to begin with, but watching him grow, mature, and just get better in so many facets of his music have made him a household staple on any playlist of mine. Not only this, but I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him a bit more personally over the past year or two to the point where I consider him a friend, so I always want to see him thrive and conquer with anything he puts out. Last week, he messaged me and told me about his upcoming album Half Dead Pariah, and even though I had …

AUTOTONE – [Matty Wood$]

There’s a certain feeling when you listen to a project through its entirety, realizing just how good it is as you proceed throughout. That’s the exact feeling I got with AUTOTONE, the latest mastery from St. Louis native, Matty Wood$, a.k.a. the “Backwoods Bandit.” Starting from the top, Wood$ shows off his sound which has found a niche in the industry; harmonious layered autotune softly laid over masterful keys, winds and 808s. With “Here we go again” leading off, listeners get a taste of the melodic nature of his voice, and groovy keys match the tone to give a tremendous preview of the rest of the project. Songs like “Elektra,” and “The Ballad of Tony Tone, Pt. 2,” give glimpses into catchy one-liners-turned-hooks that can’t help but melt to their respective instrumentals. I promise you, “This the sound that money make, 20 thumbin’ through the cake,” won’t leave your head. Moving down the tracklist is a fantastic run of four songs that seemed to impress me more and more as the album proceeded. The hooks drew me in, and the layered beats and vocal tracks flawlessly mended on “Mean Choppa” and “Sticky Icky,” with a slower, reverb-heavy masterpiece in “Dirty.” …

Luigi – [2KBABY] ft. [Chief Keef]

2KBABY is an artist who I heard so much buzz about, but I never got around to checking out his music, somehow. Although Jack Harlow is an artist who can be considered the face of Louisville rap, there are so many incredible talents hailing from the Ville, and 2K is definitely a name you should keep in your head, and this was made obvious to me after I finally tuned in and realized what I was missing out on. He might still be scratching and clawing his way through the ranks of the music industry, but he already has a solidified foundation in the scene after working with numerous other artists including G Herbo, Marshmello, and others as well as a few other promising collaborations on the way with names like Murda Beatz. Most recently, the song that finally got me to listen up and pay attention was “Luigi”, 2K’s latest track with Chicago icon Chief Keef, so when I saw this record and Jay Pusha-directed music video came out towards the end of last week, I couldn’t put it off any longer. In the instrumental, there are some optimistic, resilient piano keys that are brought to new levels once …

It’s Depression – [Anna Shoemaker] x [Middle Part]

Brooklyn, New York based artist Anna Shoemaker makes her well-deserved Lyrical Lemonade debut with her new song “It’s Depression.” I recently got into Shoemaker’s music by peeping her Everything Is Embarrassing EP, which was an incredible listen from start to finish. My favorite record of hers at the moment is “I Need Ya,” but truth be told there’s plenty of variety for listeners to choose from. Other brilliant songs in her discography, such as “Silver Cowboy Boots” contains plenty of personality and emotional content which provides insight into the perspective of Anna’s worldview. Featuring Middle Part, “It’s Depression” is a unique indie-rock anthem veiled under a despondent mental health lens. Shoemaker self-diagnoses her depressive state while detailing heartbreak; the lyrics from the chorus “tell me that you want me back” represent the improbable yet hopeful wish for her former relationship to be restored. Sonically the drum-led percussion and guitar instrumentation creates an upbeat anthem for Anna to somberly sing over, which Middle Part mirrors for a brief moment before the hook resumes. Not only is the song addictive, but it’s relatable lyricism fantastically highlights not only the tremendous burden of depression, but also the occasional agony of love. Listen to “It’s Depression” …

.Up! For Dayz [Reno Shakur]

“.UP! For Dayz” is my breakthrough EP. I started working on this project during a stage of depression and writers block. At this point in my life a lot of reality started striking me all at once and I was upset. I started this project and made several songs and ended up not going with most of them. I took a break and came back in a much better head space and that was when things started to align better. I probably only had one song I was for sure using at that point. Once I got all the songs done for the tape I just sat back and analyzed them for months and perfected them until I knew it was time for their release. I came up with the name “.UP! For Dayz” because of two reasons: My passion and dedication to my craft leads me to stay up for long periods of time without rest, just as I was up for hours creating this project. But also, the term, “Up for days” represents my future success. The fact that I know that one day I’ll be somewhere high in the rap industry. Also, cleverly at the beginning of …

Honest – [She Loves Boon] ft. [Belis]

Every single day, it seems like artists are pushing the boundaries that the music industry had previously set in place, causing the formation of brand-new genres and innovative sounds that get more interesting and appealing than before. While New York City’s very own She Loves Boon is an artist who was just put on my radar, he was someone I needed to know more about in order to truly give him the respect he deserves. Ever since entering the music scene years ago, he has blended the genres of hyperpop, R&B, hip-hop, indie music, and various other genres in order to create his own sound which he calls “emotional trap”, and this creates some of the most unbelievable music that you’ll hear all week. Most recently, Boon teamed up with Belis for yet another single entitled “Honest”, and while the influences of hyperpop and rap are abundant, it’s obvious once again that he’s in a lane of his own and no one else is coming even close to touching him. In this record, the instrumental begins with some electronic, technological-sounding synths that are combined with a smooth 808s base and additional robotic sounds that give a new spin on an …

won’t say 2 much – [Austin Skinner]

Austin Skinner is an artist who I’ve had on my radar for a couple of years, at this point, but it wasn’t until the last six months or so that I truly began to appreciate his music for just how incredible it really is. He has this way of combining his commanding vocals with deep, powerful synths that work together so remarkably well, but he also constantly ensures that he’s not just putting out the same style of music, switching things up with ease in order to keep his foot on the gas and not slow down for even a second. Ever since teaming up with BIGBABYGUCCI and their Better Temperatures label, it seems like his skills have only sharpened and his creativity is at an all-time high, so now more than ever is the moment in time that you need to pay attention to what he’s doing within his very captivating and fruitful career. He’s never one to go too long without releasing something new, and today he kept that streak going with the release of his latest single “won’t say 2 much”. Produced by Sapjer and Joe Dirt, things open up with a part of the instrumental that …