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Rolling Loud Miami 2022 Was A Memorable Moment

If you weren’t at Rolling Loud Miami this past weekend, you missed out on a stellar festival. If you’re not familiar, Rolling Loud is the largest hip-hop festival in the world. Annually, they put together a lineup of the biggest and most influential acts in the genre. While the festival began in Miami, over the years, Rolling Loud has expanded across the country and beyond.  This year’s festival headliners were Kid Cudi, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. Friday was a very interesting night, as Kid Cudi, who was a last-minute replacement for YE, stormed off after crowd members repeatedly threw things onto the stage. Even though YE dropped out of Rolling Loud, he made a surprise performance during Lil Durk’s performance. The crowd went absolutely nuts when he took the stage. Friday also included amazing performances from Playboi Carti, Lil Yatchy, SSGKobe, Homixide Gang, Destroy Lonely, Fivio Foreign, and more. One of my favorite parts of the night was stopping by an exclusive VIP lounge area featuring the D’USSE ambassador and Houston’s rap legend Bun B. His D’USSE Watermelon Cooler was the highlight of my night. The drink was extremely refreshing. Especially when it was paired with Bun B’s Trill Burgers. …

X – [Ken Car$on]

Way back in the early 2010s, underground music had an entirely different meaning than what it stands for now. I feel like those were the days when SoundCloud was key, and if you wanted to discover something new, exciting, and genre-bending, that’s where you had to go. As the years went on, though, there was more accessibility to larger streaming platforms, and I think that so many musicians just started to release things on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music way more regularly than ever before. This led to a boom of artists like SoFaygo and SSGKobe blowing up, and the most recent emcees who are blazing their own trails include artists like Yeat and Ken Car$on. While I still personally consider these talents underground, I think I do so just because the mainstream isn’t ready for them. Not to say that it’s not good enough, because God knows that it’s so much better than the vast majority of the things you’ll hear on the radio, but the mainstream music scene seems to have this mold that if someone doesn’t fit into it, they’re just going to build their following in their own way without leaning on major labels or …

The End – [Ken Car$on]

There is no denying Playboi Carti’s influence on the mainstream rap world. So many casual hip-hop fans may have not vibed with him back when he popularized the baby voice and had such a unique, individualistic style, but songs like “Magnolia” and “wokeuplikethis*” would have anyone in the right mind thinking that he was a star. Ever since he created his record label Opium back in 2019, it seems like he has really leaned into the rockstar persona that he was showing off, and this label is something that took off much more than I ever thought imaginable. This label is home to artists like Destroy Lonely, Ken Car$on, F1LTHY, Homixide Gang, and a handful of others, and even though it seems like some of these roster members may diverge from the classic sound that Carti became known for, I feel like it makes this endeavor much more well-rounded and exciting to pay attention to by far. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again that Ken Car$on is definitely one of my favorite rising emcees, and with the announcement of his upcoming album X slated to release this Friday, July 8th, I think he will have been …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

Space Age Pimpin – [Juicy J] & [Pi’erre Bourne]

Though only announced two weeks ago, the hype for Juicy J and Pi’erre Bourne’s collab record Space Age Pimpin has been unreal. The fire that album single “This Fronto” ignited in the hearts of myself and many others is one of passion and hope – fueled not only by a deep respect for the Memphis/Atlanta legends, but the faith that their divine connection would result in an album full of heaters. Our patience and trust are rewarded this week as Space Age Pimpin is anything a fan could want – eleven southern-flavored tracks combining classic Memphis Crunk with futuristic Atlanta psychedelia. A reference to 8Ball & MJG’s 1995 “Space Age Pimpin” – Pi’erre Bourne and Juicy J’s collaborative record is filled to the brim with music that carries a sacred reverence for the past while pushing the sound of modern music forward. While tracks like “You Want It” (featuring fellow Three 6 Mafia member Project Pat) and “Uhh Huh” may sound like Crunk with a heavy layer of modern Pi’erre polish, others like “Nft” and “Bring Them Out” see past meeting future as Pi’erre and Juicy J bend space and time to present listeners with something new. Whether or not you’re …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Sunday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Run + Ran – [Ken Car$on]

For those of you who don’t know, Ken Car$on has been on his grind for quite some time compared to other overnight successes, but I think that with the years he has had in the industry even before gaining some major traction, he has really been able to hone in on his sound and make sure that he has his own distinctive, irreplicable style that everyone is going to know about sooner or later. I mean, I was late to the party admittedly, but once I actually tapped in and realized what I was missing out on, I don’t think I’ve let a single day go by where I haven’t bumped at least a few songs from the Atlanta phenom. His signing to Playboi Carti’s label Opium made sense because of his very unique, inimitable instrumentals, but considering Ken’s more nonchalant, go with the flow style of rapping, I think he added some much-appreciated dexterity to the imprint, and he has been catching Ws at every turn ever since. Once I read his name on the Summer Smash lineup for this year, I knew it was going to have to be an essential performance to check out since I missed …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at: www.thesummersmash.com   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

Five of Our Favorite Shows from Last Year, and Five to Look Forward To

As life started to return to a state of relative normality last spring, so did the state of live music. Tours were announced and re-announced, fans were ravenous for tickets, and together it seems like live music experienced its own isolated roaring 20’s – albeit briefly. Though there’s no telling what is bound to happen in the future, the covid case spikes seem to be fewer and far between these days – so below you’ll find a brief list of some of our favorite shows from 2021, as well as a few tours worth keeping your eyes on as spring turns to summer. Whether you love festival crowds or despise their hectic energy – we can all agree that there’s nothing better than listening to music with those we love. With luck, this list will guide you (and your friends) to a memory waiting to be made.  Our Favorite Shows of 2021 — IDK: Fresh from the release of his sophomore LP USEE4YOURSELF – IDK’s shows were the perfect portrayal of his recent hot streak. At his Los Angeles show, the venue was packed with diehard fans waiting on his every word. If he played a cut from an older …

20YRS OLD – [Destroy Lonely]

I have been seeing Destroy Lonely’s name pop up left and right, and this has been a constant for the last couple of months or more. While I have liked what I have heard so far, I have somehow not gotten nearly well-acquainted enough with the rising star, and after doing a bit of research, I realize just how much I respect this dude. Citing inspirations ranging from Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt to Lucki and Chief Keef, he seems to rock with the exact type of music that I have adored for years, and even though he is in a lane of his own when it comes to his individual music, I can totally see this inspiration, and it makes every track he puts out even better than ever before, at least for me personally. The other day, Lonely dropped off his song “20YRS OLD”, and although it was artist Kodone who put me on considering he did the cover art, this song was so much better than I ever expected. With a very synth-heavy, futuristic-sounding instrumental, I can see why fans flock in his direction, and since I’m a big Ken Carson fan, I am still blown …