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Hidden – [Ronen]

Making a strong return to the pages of Lyrical Lemonade today, Ronen delivers a wildly impressive EP titled Hidden. With lead singles “Hold My Weight” and “I Won’t” released earlier this year, Ronen showcases all of the reasons why he continues to find success and new fans along the way. As he bolsters a unique sound and captivating melodies, he creates an undeniable atmosphere in which fans can’t seem to let go. Throughout Hidden, Ronen provides relatable scenarios that touch on ideologies that most young people can lose themselves within. When I asked Ronen what the purpose of Hidden was, he replied with a simple answer that he “wanted to depict the thoughts and emotions that he internalizes every single day.” As I’ve had the pleasure of watching Ronen grow and develop, I’m beyond excited to see what he has in store for the coming months. Be sure to stream Hidden below and follow the rising star on Instagram and Twitter!

Blue Don’t Make Me Cry – [Wiley From Atlanta]

Discovering new music is my favorite thing to do, but the constant search for something new can sometimes feel like a revolving door. I’m not sure how the rest of the Lyrical Lemonade crew feels, but, for me, but writing about songs can sometimes make it feel all the more intermittent or transactional because you are always on the hunt for something new. With that said, someone, I’ve found my self listening to, following, and rooting for, is Wiley From Atlanta. A genuine fan of his, I’ve been looking forward to the release of his debut album, Blue Don’t Make Me Cry for some time, and now that it’s here, I’m happy to report it’s just what I was expecting. I could tell you about how the production weaves seamlessly between hip-hop, rock, soul, and R&B but still remains fluid and cohesive, or how Wiley’s raw, smoky vocals give the album some serious depth and texture, but more than those things, what really stands out, what made me a fan in the first place, is his honesty and authenticity. Born from the death of a friend and the end of the relationship, you can tell this project meant the world to him. …

Birdie – [KOTA The Friend]

A calculated rollout filled with influencers, Instagram beef,  high production value videos, and merch drops is cool, but I think there something to be said for keeping things simple and organic. KOTA The Friend is a perfect example. He first came to my attention when I stumbled across his “UltraLight Beam” freestyle, and I quickly got addicted to his mini-videos, and in turn, I quickly became hip to his stellar 2018 project, Anything. Needless to say, Kota’s natural, colorful feel was super refreshing, just as he keeps up with his latest release today. A week after announcing his May-bound debut album, Foto, Kota returns with the first single, “Birdie,” and it’s the perfect introduction to those who may be new to the Brooklyn emcee. Built around a mellow, understated beat — perfect for his smooth approach — he spits a love song about his lady, which, in true Kota fashion, is littered with illusions to traveling the world. Par for the course, the effort comes with a single-shot video, reflecting his personality and easy-going, fluid style. This is yet another fantastic release from KOTA The Friend, so be sure to check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments! Extra Credit: …

Blessed Up – [Wande]

By: Stacy Burse, Jr. Reach Records, founded in 2004 by Grammy award-winning and Billboard chart-topping rap artist Lecrae and Ben Washer, just made history and signed their first female rapper named Wande. Wande is a Nigerian rapper that grew up in Texas and with her music, she gives an amazing perspective on how faith works in her life. The night they announced her signing, Wande released a brand new track entitled “Blessed Up” in celebration of the occasion. In “Blessed Up”, the budding talent talks about her journey, trials, and how her faith helped her persevere. She talks about all of this over an infectious trap beat, and even mixes in a little bit of her roots in the Texas Chopped & Screwed scene! Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Dynamight – [Adot]

I apologize because I am a few days late to covering this one, but not too long ago a friend of LL Adot released a new jam titled “Dynamight”. Adot is a true Chicago treasure and any music head from the city can tell you that, he has been growing & developing as an artist for a few years now and it’s been paying off, he has built himself up to be one of the leaders of this younger wave of Chicago talent & his music is better than is ever has been. This new joint is an addicting song with some ire production, it sounds like it could be featured in a Halloween playlist if that was a thing, or maybe I’m just crazy haha. Anyways stream this new tune via Soundcloud below and if you like it be sure to give him a follow here.

Maxo Kream: The Power of Storytelling

In an age defined by the over-consumption of media and the bombardment of news, minute by minute via social media, we often lose sensitivity to the human side of the tragic occurrences and misfortune we hear about. As devastating as it may be, receiving news of a tragedy that occurs anywhere other than home is either entirely ignored or only paid attention to until the next tragedy comes up. Consequently, now, more than ever, the world needs to embrace the value of personal account and further, the power of storytelling. Humanizing these tragedies, whether they be instantaneous or generational (not justifying, which is an important distinction), reminds us that what is presented on the news is a reality, and while these realities may not strike anywhere close to home for some, they permanently alter the lives and communities of others. Houston native Maxo Kream has developed himself to be just the storyteller that music needs, in a time like this. Before this prowess receives celebration, however, it’s important to note that Kream’s stories are, in no way, derived from any sort of motive or political narrative. If they were, Kream wouldn’t present the two sides of his life so clearly …

Visine – [Pollari]

Pollari is just a few days removed of his last release titled “Safari” and he came back strong with a brand new joint titled “Visine”! This track is unlike any Pollari song that I have heard to date, you could tell from the slow and steady build up at the start of the track that this was about to be something extraordinary, and once the bass knocking bass come through it had me at the edge of my seat. Pollari switched up his approach on this one compared to what he usually provides, he provided an unorthodox flow that was chop filled with impressive, catchy bars and funny adlibs in the background that made the bars that much better. All of this new music has me thinking that Pollari is on the verge of dropping a full length sometime soon, but until we reach that point smash the play button below! produced by Fish

Song 32 – [Noname]

    Quite honestly, no is doing it quite like Noname right now. She’s captivating, she’s strong, she’s vulnerable, she’s talented, she’s funny, she’s a star, and real talk, she’s one of the best lyricists alive right now. Ever since the release of her acclaimed 2018 mixtape, Room 25, Noname has been releasing some one-off singles, and today, she’s keeping up the streak with a brand new offering, “Song 32.” Backed by a silky smooth, sun-soaked instrumental, this offering is decadent in sound and deeply enchanting in subject matter. Per usual, Noname’s flows gently and gracefully skate across the surface of the production, and balancing out the density of the verses is an unforgettable, lullaby-esque chorus that brings us back to a lovable chant, “yipikaye.” That said, Noname’s latest is yet another fantastic offering to add to her catalog, so don’t sleep on this one. Check out “Song 32” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Problem / Fuel – [Supa Bwe]

The evolution of Supa Bwe as an artist & as a person has been sensational to watch over the past five years, he’s a once in a lifetime talent and is one of the best to come out of Chicago in the past decade, and arguably of all time. Supa Bwe has been known for his high energy records often filled with witty & at times relatable bars, and this new joint “Problem / Fuel”, could not have started off harder: “Yeah I’m still alive that’s a problem, solve it!”. Within the first twenty seconds of the songs Supa had me at the edge of my seat, it’s such an infectious jam when you listen to it, it’s damn near impossible to not want to throw something across the room or just sing along with him word for word. This offering is tremendous and it just might be Supa’s best song of his entire career, a bold statement considering all of the bass knocking and hard hitting records he has created in the past, but I stand by it. A great amount of the success of this track comes from the astronomical instrumental that was provided by Supa himself as well …

Zen – [Shan Vincent de Paul]

Though this is his first time gracing the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, Shan Vincent de Paul has impressed me with his depth, style, and execution on every single project he has released dating as far back as 2016. His latest video and single, “Zen,” is no different. The click of an iPhone keyboard starts the track and establishes the late-night, few-drinks-deep-message-to-the-ex vibe echoed by the heartfelt, break-up centric lyrics from Shan. The subtle start becomes all the more interesting by the end when the track culminates in a cascading synth-driven breakdown; I love the progression from producer Amy Axgale. In addition to the crisp, emotional vocal performance, Shan stars in, directs, and even edits the sharp, color-drenched visuals that showcase a love story between an astronaut and an angel. There is no news as of yet to any bigger plans, but, with his last album coming in 2017, I’m excited that a powerful new video likely means another project is in the works. Be sure to check out Shan Vincent de Paul’s latest offering below: