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1999 – [Rich Brian]

Rich Brian has been on an absolute tear recently, and I’ve had a blast watching all of the moves he’s made unfold. While he might’ve come onto the scene as a meme rapper, his talent and unique voice were clearly enthralling, and it was awesome to see Brian recognize this and turn it into a legitimate career that is now thriving. Recently, he has somewhat ditched his quick bars including his atypically low voice for a more Indie-inspired singing style that I have been a fan of since I first heard it. It might be a different sound than we anticipated when he first took the music industry by storm, but I’m here for it and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Luckily and surprisingly, he dropped off a brand-new EP for fans called 1999, and although it was unexpected, it was definitely much appreciated. This 7 song, almost 24-minute project includes a small sample size of his various different skills, sometimes returning to his more straightforward bars while other times showing off his newly found singing aptitudes. On the project’s opening record “Sometimes”, amused, upbeat synths lay the foundation for the melody as curious piano keys …

Choppa Talk – [Guapdad 4000] ft. [TyFontaine]

Although I’m not overly familiar with Guapdad 4000 to be completely candid, I have been seeing his name everywhere recently, so I think that it’s about time I tuned in. Due to his name sounding like the coolest new technology of the year as well as the titles of some of his songs sounding nothing less than meme-worthy, I was expecting his offerings to be more of a parody than any sort of actually appealing music, but I was totally wrong after checking some of them out. There’s a reason why artists like Denzel Curry, Rich Brian, Chance the Rapper, 6LACK, JID, Smino and so many more mess with his music, and after turning on even just one song, it’s more than apparent as to why. He’s so abundantly talented and the fact that some of his song’s titles might sound like memes definitely doesn’t translate into a joke once you press play. This is just another way he shows off his personality because aside from being an incredible artist, Guapdad is truly one of the most entertaining and intriguing musicians in the entire music industry. On his most recent single “Choppa Talk”, he recruited the skyrocketing sensation TyFontaine to …

Love in My Pocket – [Rich Brian]

When I first heard of Rich Brian, who obviously went by a different name at the start of his career, I was a fan but also didn’t anticipate much from him other than a few satirical songs and then a steady decline of fame. After learning more about him, its abundantly clear how smart of a person he is overall, and this intelligence bleeds into so many different aspects of his life, especially his music. He has aligned himself with some of the most interesting and unique artists in the industry, successfully experimented with a variety of different styles, and has even gotten into certain content aside from music like cooking and other types of entertainment. His skillset clearly runs deep, and I can’t help but marvel at his success, because he has turned what might’ve been a comedy Rap career into a sustainable, notable, and multifaceted career that is thanks to no one but himself. It’s been a little bit of time since his previous release “BALI” featuring Guapdad 4000 came out, but he’s back in another experimental fashion with his brand-new offering called “Love in My Pocket”. On this track, a powerful baseline coupled with eye-popping synths catches …

BALI- [Rich Brian] ft. [Guapdad4000]

Usually, it takes a good amount of time and effort for a meme rapper to change the perception of fans to that of someone who should be taken seriously in the music world. Luckily for Rich Brian, his extremely unique, deep voice garnered the attention of fans from the start, so although his song concepts might have been comical, he didn’t have much trouble transitioning into a legitimate rap career. Since doing so, he has gained a massive following, going on tours and collaborating with some of the biggest names in music. In order to spend his time in a productive way during this quarantine period, Brian decided to release a brand-new music video for his song “BALI” featuring Guapdad 4000. Spaced-out synths, speaker-busting 808s, and rattling percussion all pair flawlessly together to form a crisp foundation for an absolute hit. Although he is clearly known for his deep voice and intricate flows, Brian has recently been experimenting with singing and the results are pretty resounding. On the hook, Brian chops up his words before stretching out others, truly showing how variable his artistry can become. I actually didn’t even realize it was him singing at first because he really …

Premiere: Crazy Beautiful Blackout – [Darci]

Today, its my pleasure to bring to our pages a really fresh sound that took me by surprise. It’s Thursday, which means their are many releases that are taking place throughout the streaming world to kick off the weekend. One release that I’m extremely fond of is an EP that just dropped from the artist who goes by the name of Darci. Whether or not you’re familiar with the name, today is your lucky day. The brand new EP entitled, “Crazy Beautiful Blackout” is a 7 track project that has a lot of different sound infusions that make for an unforgettable sonic experience. What I’m so impressed by is the immense versatility that is present through every track. It’s pretty hard to figure out if this belongs in the r&b, hip-hop, pop, or rock genre; and thats just because Darci has somehow found a way to perfectly incorporate each and every one of those into his style of artistry; A feat that is impressive in itself.  What makes this project even cooler is that it features some pretty dope artists that perfectly add their own flare and flavor to these well rounded tracks. With appearances from Nessly, Jutes, up and …

Indigo – [NIKI]

88rising’s reigning pop queen NIKI returns this week with some new mid-summer heat on her single “Indigo”. Following her EP ‘wanna take this downtown’ which dropped earlier this year, the Indonesian singer-songwriter picks the tempo back up on this song and matches that upbeat energy with an equally captivating music video. NIKI’s hit her stride as an artist by walking a line between pop and RnB, and “Indigo” floats comfortably between the two genres, combining catchy melodies that carry an undeniable influence of soul in them with shimmering pop production. NIKI’s crystal clear vocals shine on “Indigo” as well, gracing the track’s tongue-twisting lyrics with ease and an airy vocal style. “Indigo” is the first single off 88rising’s forthcoming compilation album, ‘Head in the Clouds II’. With Rich Brian’s new album, and releases from other artists such as Joji, August08, and now NIKI, 88rising continues to gain traction and momentum from their impressive roster. Moreover, by releasing her solo track as the lead single, it seems the label is ready to give NIKI the spotlight she deserves. Watch NIKI’s new video for “Indigo” below:

Yellow – [Rich Brian] ft. [Bekon]

One of my favorite artists is back with a new sound. Reflective and emotional, Rich Brian talks about the anxiety and pressures that come with being famous on his newest single, ‘Yellow.’ Right off the bat, a very thought provoking question is asked, ‘How do I disappear without anybody knowing? Will anybody even miss me when I’m gone?’ Folks, Brian is getting older… in a good way. With his past album reaching number one on the charts, the young artist has risen to fame at an alarming rate. Brian has quickly evolved into an artist, and not just a rapper with a fanny pack (big fan of fanny packs by the way). With sporadic and unpredictable production, and an incredible feature from Bekon, ’Yellow,’ is a incredibly transformative offering by Brian. Only time will tell where he takes on his next musical venture. Words by Barry R

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 …

Gong Xi Fa Cai – [Higher Brothers]

This week marked the start of the Year of the Pig. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, it felt fitting to bring you some international hip-hop courtesy of the Chinese group, Higher Brothers. On their latest effort, “Gong Ci Fa Cai” the four-man collective takes inspiration from Atlanta, grabbing the ATL based producer Richie Souf who cooks up a string-centered trap beat. MaSiWei, DZKnow, Psy.P, Melo take turns flexing atop the beat with varied yet equally energetic flows. Unless you speak you speak Chinese, you probably won’t be able to understand everything but it doesn’t stop you from feeling the energy; it’s actually kind of a cool experience because it allows you to focus strictly on the flows and mood. Often, we get caught up in our own bubbles and regions, so it’s great to take a step outside and look at hip-hop from around the world. It’s crazy to see how in such a short time, hip-hop has become a global phenomenon and connects with people of all rages, ages, and nationalities. The 88Rising-presented group is to drop their star-studded Five Stars album on February 22, which will feature, ScHoolboy Q, Rich Brian, J.I.D., Soulja Boy, Denzel Curry, and more! Watch …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …