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Smile – [Asaiah Ziv]

Everyone knows the common phrase, “real recognize real”. In fact, many people say it without truly understanding what it takes to be “real”. Realness stems from a genuine authenticity that is not influenced by fads or surroundings. It’s expressing the true you no matter what anyone may have to say about it. In my opinion, Asaiah Ziv is one of the realest artists out right now. Every time I turn on one of his songs, it is impossible not to feel the emotional energy he creates through lyrical substance and story telling. Ziv is working at a level that not many artists are working at right now; and for that reason alone, many people should take notice if they already haven’t. Yesterday, the rising start dropped a brand new offering entitled, “Smile”. From the moment you turn this new track on, you’ll instantly become hooked. The fire guitar inclusion paired with the simple yet powerful production sets the tone for Asaiah to move around the beat in way that creates the perfect atmosphere. Throughout the verses, Ziv urges listeners to Smile despite their circumstances, which is just another way that he adds that extra level of emotion and depth. This …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Shordie Shordie Q&A

As I rode in the car with my cameraman on the way to Atlanta I started to prep myself for this interview. Naturally, I like to be over prepared when I’m talking with someone so I’m able to dive into an in-depth conversation with the person. As I’m gazing off into the distance my cameraman asks me to play some Shordie Shordie to get in the mood for the interview. I play “Bitchuary” first of course. Everyone in the car’s mood immediately changes, I ended up letting Shordie’s album ‘Captain Hook’ ride. As I was listening I stopped thinking and worrying about what I was going to say for the interview. For the fact that I had been listening to Shordie’s music non stop over the past couple of weeks so I felt as if I had already known him. When we pulled up to the studio and we received a warm welcome by his manager and his team, Shordie was finishing up recording a song. After a little while, the blossoming Baltimore standout sat down with me and reassured what I thought to be true while riding in the car. That Shordie was as real and relatable as his …

Baggy Eyes EP – [Michael Christmas]

This past Friday, Boston’s very own Michael Christmas blessed streaming services with his Baggy Eyes EP, originally released in 2016. It was clearly long overdue, given that it’s a project brimming with well-produced bangers that should be heard by any fan of the relatable and talented Michael Christmas. Baggy Eyes consists of charming and catchy tracks that continue to show off Christmas’s budding personality and humor. The production on here is really impressive, as we get a collection of uplifting and soulful instrumentals, along with some bouncy and melodic trap-flavored beats. Christmas also proves how talented a rapper he is, with some really slick flows and jaw-dropping rhyme schemes supporting his addicting hooks. The nuclear “Drums Might Wake Ya Mama Up” is the hardest-hitting track on the project, and features some dramatic strings during the chorus of the track, along with some flowery and spacey production during the verses. Vintage Lee, who released a single last month with MadeinTYO, is also featured on here and makes this track an overload of charisma between the two emcees. The legendary $ilkMoney is also featured on “Who Cares”. This is a great collection of tracks that stand as some of Christmas’s best work …

Currents – [Atreesto]

One creative who has been making a name for himself over the past couple of months on this website is Atreesto, the Las Vegas producer who has been releasing bangers one after another, sometimes even dropping three or four killer instrumentals in a ten day period. It’s clear that he’s not going to be letting off of the gas in 2019 with this new joint, and don’t expect me to stop covering his releases any time soon, I am hooked on his music so get familiar with him. Check out Atreesto’s brand new release below and if you like what you hear then you might well give him a follow here.

Pay The Fee – [WHOOKILLEDKENNY]

Austin, Texas native WHOOKILLEDKENNY makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with the release of his debut EP titled Pay The Fee. At the age of 22, WHOOKILLEDKENNY has built a brand around one of his most notable catch phrases “Pay The Fee” while performing throughout Texas and in other states across the country. In the past, Kenny has released notable singles with massive support from features such as Lil Baby, Sauce Walka, and Maxo Kream, all helping lead up to this release below. Throughout Pay The Fee, Kenny delivers hard-hitting bars within an atmosphere full of high energy and character; furthermore, transcending to his music videos and live shows as well. From top to bottom, all eight tracks that manufacture Pay The Fee showcase Kenny’s true talent and abilities, making him one of the most promising up and coming artists with what could be his biggest year ahead. To solidify his space in a very saturated market, Kenny has also crossed over into the EDM marketplace through collaborations and performances with Riot Ten. To say the least, his energy alone can convince even the most adamant skeptic that success is around the corner for him. Be sure to do yourself a favor …

Watch Master P’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Master P is one of the OG’s in hip-hop and a leader in the community, and he recently stopped by BigBoyTV for a new interview with Big Boy + his amazing crew. You will find them asking Master P about several topics such as making his own clothes and shoes, ownership, “I Got The Hook Up 2”, his relationship with his son, Nipsey Hussle, giving back to the youth, giving opportunities in the film industry, never begging for Hollywood dollars, his movie coming out July 12th, hoping to get a massive turn out, giving back on Thanksgiving for years, being from New Orleans, his basketball program, how we need to glorify positivity, his “the more you make the more you can give” mentality, learning from death, dealing with hate, No Limit Records and so much more. Master P dropped a ton of gems in this conversation so don’t sleep, check it out below.

Zombies – [J Nanks]

Back in February, J Nanks made his Lyrical Lemonade debut with  “Confessions” and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the follow-up. Between his poppin’ Instagram and a few scattered (yet interesting) releases, the Texas-native really has me interested in his growth and development. Now, he’s back with another single in “Zombie,” and with it, takes another step forward. “Zombie” is centered around an insanely catchy melody–a quality that is quickly becoming his calling card– but the real testament to the staying power of this one, though, lies in the potent, irresistibly catchy hook. Combining his great energy with some lines that jump out at you, the hook is so easy to sing along to and really ties the feathery effort together. Produced by Callmenovel  

Injury Reserve: Commitment to Quality

Ahead of their self-titled major label debut album, we look at what makes Injury Reserve great, and why they should be admired by not just up and coming artists, but all artists. In an era where 20+ song albums laden with filler have become an unfortunate commonality, artists who truly care about pushing the hip-hop genre forward and taking risks are hard to come by, and often end up lurking in the shadows. Armed with their original ideas and captivating creative arcs, these artists not only make for longevity, but impact, just as well. Injury Reserve is a hip-hop outfit hailing from Arizona that has been consistently dropping boundary-pushing and inventive rap music for a few years now. The group consists of two emcees, Ritchie with a T, and Stepa J. Groggs, along with the glue of the group, producer Parker Corey. There is a clear sense of care and attentiveness to detail when it comes to the entire package of Injury Reserve. Not only is the music polished and amusing, but so are the visuals (directed by Parker Corey) and the live shows. On an adjacent note, the group’s live performance, in particular, had me, along with the rest …

Too Much Of A Good Thing – [Pell]

Considering he’s been on the grind since 2013, it feels weird to consider Pell a “new” artist, but on Friday, the New Orleans native announced that his debut album Gravity, is set to drop June 21st. Along with the announcement, Pell also dropped off the second single from the album, “Too Much Of a Good Thing.” The years of hard work have clearly paid off because Pell sounds as fresh and convincing as ever.  Laying the foundation for the vibrant offering, Martin Waves creates an atmospheric, layered backdrop teeming with life. Even with such a big, dense feel, Pell doesn’t get swallowed up. He brings a special energy to the cut and brings sit all home with some smooth yet powerful crooning on the hook. With “Bitch Ass” and now “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” Gravity is shaping up to be a big moment for Pell.

Hot Damn (the prelude) – [nombrekari]

Although I share music from all around the world, I always try to find some new dope talent out of Chicago to share on our pages more times then not, and today an artist that goes by Kari is making his way on our platform with his brand new EP titled “Hot Damn (the prelude)”. This tape is a pretty quick listen coming in at about twenty minutes in length, it’s six songs that each have their own pleasing sound to it, and let me just say that I was hooked after hearing the intro “Red Carpet Ravioli”. Kari has a certain type of swag and braggadocio in his flows that I enjoy a ton, it sounds weird to say it like this but he just sounds cool on the beat, he has a unique voice and it shows in his music. Enough talking about it though, listen to this EP below and judge for yourself. Production from Gus Chavy, myfriendnate & Kari