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Cowboy – [Colorado Skies]

Fresh off of the STRAPPED ENT YouTube and debuting in our pages today is Dallas, Texas artist Colorado Skies who is working hard to craft a new sound through a unique aesthetic and their new visual, “Cowboy” where he performs on a farm juxtaposing the futuristic and trunk-shaking production he graces. His flow is off-kilter but nonetheless self-assured and his lyrics are topical and engaging. His flow and perspective alike are both unique and I appreciate the consistent pride he takes with his visuals. I am looking forward to hearing more from Colorado Skies soon and am interested to see what direction they go in next.

Children of the Dark – [POORSTACY]

When thinking of all the moves that POORSTACY has made throughout his career, his transition is honestly quite impressive. He has always had a punk rock kind of aesthetic no matter what stage of his career he was in, but earlier on he was much more hip-hop forward. Whether he was rapping or singing, he always knew how to switch things up and keep things fresh, so as he progressed in his career, it wasn’t too surprising to me that he kind of ditched the hip-hop genre altogether to go all-in on rock. I truly believe this was the right move because ever since he has narrowed his focus, he has been able to hone in on his true skills and bring out the most in his potential, but I have been a massive supporter regardless of the type of music he has made. After seeing him hype up his latest release entitled “Children of the Dark”, I couldn’t help but write about it and share it with you all because it’s just another hit in his arsenal. Produced by Drew Fulk and Zach Jones, this one utilizes an instrumental that is as rock-heavy as it can get with raging …

Are You with That? – [Vince Staples]

Even though he’s much younger than what most old heads would consider an OG, I truly think that’s exactly what you can call Vince Staples. Nonetheless, he still keeps such a close eye on the way hip-hop and rap music is going in order to not only adapt and stay relevant but also because it just seems obvious that he respects the overall landscape of music. While it has been quite some time since I have truly made an effort to tune in and listen to his music, truthfully, I have been a fan of his for the better part of a decade and I couldn’t be more excited for the release of his upcoming self-titled album which is set to release this Friday. In order to get some hype going before it drops, Vince decided to drop off his second single from the project entitled “Are You with That?”, which follows up his first single “Law of Averages” which was released not too long ago as well. Even more excitingly, Vince even got Kenny Beats and Reske to create the production for this hit, so you already know you’re in for a treat. Opening up with some lighthearted, almost …

Tempus – [Issa Gold]

“Tempus is a diary written by Issa “SOLACE” Gold featuring production from Two Fresh, Matt Zara, Chuck Strangers, Micah Jasper, DJ Skizz and Boxing Fetish. It is about the emotions felt while moving through the SEASONS of life, and the changes we all experience through TIME.. Use it as a MIRROR” – Issa Gold Eight years since the release of his mixtape “Conversations With A Butterfly,” Issa Gold has blessed us with his second solo-offering and debut LP entitled Tempus. With eleven tracks total, despite the project’s brevity there is an incredible amount of conceptual depth and emotion expressed. Sonically it would be extremely unjust to label the offering a rap album, since the production employs elements of alt-indie, soft rock, modern jazz, lo-fi & more. Not to mention while Issa may quite literally be rapping, the weight of his lyrics make it seem as if he’s more accurately speaking with emphasis. Each track contains its own ambient nature to reflect the thematic seasonal circumstances that Gold reveals to his ‘mirrored’ audience. Issa primarily meditates on his own life, yet fascinatingly listeners will quite easily grasp some form of relatability to their own existence. Conceptually conveying love, pain, sorrow, envy, jealousy, …

Stranger – [Thalie] x [Ouja Marek]

“Stranger is basically my thoughts translated to a song. At the time I came to the realization I was trapped in a somewhat toxic relationship. People warned me, but I never wanted to admit it. Secretly I knew I was in love with a stranger, because his words meant one thing, but his actions dictated another. This song is about  manipulation, hence the words,  ”you had me thinking I am crazy.” When I heard Ouja’s music on Instagram, I immediately started singing to it.. My other music was more on the surface… not really heartfelt because it wasn’t my story. In 2020 I started making more music that I felt was true to myself, that’s when my music started really coming to life” – Thalie Amsterdam based artist Thalie makes her Lyrical Lemonade debut with a soulful jam titled “Stranger.” Off her forthcoming EP Out of Love, the song employs a fresh mixture of traditional R&B blended with an assortment of neo-soul, as the vocalist alternates pitch frequency to express strong emotions felt at a particular time. With a soft romantic twist, the song’s title indicates a theme of distance; namely the bewilderment of affection for an individual that seems so out of …

From These Heights-[Jelani Aryeh]

If you thought Jelani Aryeh was going to slow down any time soon, then I’m here to tell you that today is not the day that it’s going to happen. The San Diego superstar has been on a complete tear lately and today he makes it on to our page yet again for the release of his brand new song called, “From These Heights”. Released on Friday, this ballad just continues to add to to Jelani’s already impressive catalog of music. With each song that he drops, I can tangibly sense another layer of depth added to his artistry which is so great since so much of music these days lacks any type of context. From start to finish, you will instantly become entrapped into the stellar production. From then on, Jelani’s soothing rockstar-esque vocals waste no time in creative an ambience that is nostalgic yet futuristic in the same space. I’m a huge fan of everything Jelani Aryeh related and I’m hype to be able to cover such a timeless talent. I’ve attached the Spotify link down below, so make sure you take time to indulge in this mesmerizing piece!

Occupied – [Dolly Ave] x [Tim Atlas]

“This is a special song because of Tim Atlas’s appearance on the EP. This collaboration is a full-circle story starting from me at fourteen covering one of his songs eleven years prior. Years later we would meet on the set of his music video and work on this track together. “Occupied” is a beautiful portrayal of romantic relationships – detailing those first glimmers of affection and desire. “Occupied” is that fleeting moment when you fall head over heels for a person. You can’t seem to get them off your mind for a second, trapped in a feverish state of butterflies” – Dolly Ave LA based artist Dolly Ave returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an amorous new single entitled “Occupied.” In collaboration with Oakland native and LA based singer/songwriter Tim Atlas, the dreamy record twinkles an assortment of soothing synth patterns and organic guitar melodies. Meshed with Dolly’s mesmerizing vocals, Atlas brilliantly follows suit with rhythmic grace; balletically echoing the lyrics of Ave before delivering his own solo. Sonically the production is mellow, yet noticeable in the best possible way. Overall Ave and Atlas have created a timeless song that will relate to many; especially with Valentines Day approaching. Listen to “Occupied” …

Stay Strapped, Vol. 1 – [STRAPPED!]

If you’ve been active on SoundCloud over the past few years, chances are at some point you have liked a song from the prolific supplier of underground music STRAPPED! which has faithfully been delivering music to the platform from the SoundCloud scene’s most popular artists to breaking lesser known talent often, giving them a platform full thousands of eager listeners. They recently unveiled their debut mixtape Stay Strapped, Vol. 1 which comprises a great deal of underground favorites as well as some relatively new names a chance to shine and effectively gives a great sampling of the scene, ranging from the glistening melodic atmosphere’s created by BIGBABYGUCCI, to the lyrically dense plugg stylings of Tony Shhnow who is most likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper right now, and even down the distorted ‘hyperpop’ side of things that has been surging both on SoundCloud and Tik-Tok for months and even introduces artists who are able to blend these aforementioned genre’s together in a collision of styles which has me very excited for the future of the genre. The project features a number of artists including BIGBABYGUCCI, Stunna Cold, Kcardie, Tony Shhnow, Texako, Destroy Lonely, 10kdunkin, K.Trill, BBKnight, BoofPaxkMooky, and Lil Xelly. …

Magic Oneohtrix Point Never – [Oneohtrix Point Never]

The seemingly limitless world of sounds, styles, and unfounded musicality that Daniel Lopatin has come to bask in over his now-decade long time as one of electronic and ambient music’s most defining figures is shrouded in pure acclaim and influence all the same. His status as quite possibly the most remarkable and ever-progressive force of instrumental music as a whole is cemented in stone, and perhaps it truly has been for even the longest time now.  Many may say the world didn’t even need such a pervasive force of a project like 2018’s Age Of to fully place this fact in the mind’s of the grander majority; those same people may even claim that we had no need for his outstanding scoring ventures on the dynamic tandem of Good Time and Uncut Gems. Up to those points in his career, he had done enough to put such an immense and profound mark on the grander electronic music world to adequately earn the right to those aforementioned claims without question.  But those projects still came out, and their sheer quality alone pushed his unprecedented status practically into the stratosphere. And unsurprisingly, even today he has yet to even shed the slightest …

Show Me What You Got – [Lil Keed] ft. [O.T. Genasis]

Last year leading into the majority of this year, Lil Keed has been absolutely killing it in terms of releasing new content. Whether he dropped of loosies, TOC3, music videos, or guest verses, there was once a time where it felt like we couldn’t go a few days, let alone a week, without getting some new Keed in our hands. Although it’s been probably a few weeks since his last release at this point, it seems like an eternity due to his somewhat notorious consistency. Luckily, he’s back once again with a brand-new visual for his record “Show Me What You Got”, a song that recruits O.T. Genasis and is supposed to help spread the word of the deluxe version of his latest full-length effort. Some sort of piano or distorted guitar chords are used to create an unsteady yet constant melody that is brought new life through thunderous drums and rattling percussive elements. As Keed repeats the name of the song in the chorus, his ad-libs are basically screamed in the distance in order to contribute some personality to the otherwise basic hook. To his credit, it seems like he knows just when his flow begins to slightly drone …