Established in 2013 by Cole Bennett, Lyrical Lemonade, a multimedia company, has been a constant presence in the music scene. Known for its behind-the-scenes interviews and groundbreaking music videos, the company has always been attuned to the pulse of the music industry, particularly within the realm of new hip-hop. Venturing into a new frontier, Lyrical Lemonade presents their debut album, All Is Yellow, released under their own artist name. This project not only features familiar collaborators but also introduces fresh voices to the audience.
With a lineup boasting over 30 artists, All Is Yellow steers clear of the “concept album” label in favor of a mixtape vibe. Despite its diverse array of artists spanning various genres, styles, and instrumental landscapes, the album remains true to the authentic Lyrical Lemonade brand.
The opening track, "Fly Away," sets the tone with a catchy hook by Sheck Wes, complemented by the impressive flows of Ski Mask The Slump God and JID, reminiscent of their performance in the 2018 XXL Freshman Cypher. The transition to 'Guitar In My Room' introduces a melodic hip-hop sound, featuring Lil Durk and Kid Cudi showcasing their skills in melancholic rap-singing against a backdrop of captivating instrumentals.
"This My Life" claims its status as a potential radio sensation, featuring Lil Tecca delivering a hook and verse against a familiar backdrop of a somber piano progression and lively drums. The contributions of The Kid Laroi and Lil Skies bring forth polished flows, evoking the vibe reminiscent of the "SoundCloud era" in late 2010s hip-hop.
"First Night" showcases Lyrical Lemonade's confidence in delivering unique tracks, blending ballad-like piano melodies with Teezo Touchdown's genre-bending vocals. The transition into Juicy J’s hook throws us into a 2010s trap sound, with great performance from Cochise and Denzel Curry.
The lead single, "Doomsday," featuring Cordae and the late Juice WRLD, stands out with impactful bars over an instrumental reminiscent of Dr. Dre's production on Eminem's "Role Model." The chemistry between the two artists is evident in their sharp lyrics: “I murder tracks, this isn't mumble, it's murder rap,” from Cordae and “I found the reefer Cordae stashed in the back of the lab / So I'm in class, smokin' gas, slappin' the class preacher,” from Juice WRLD.
"Fallout" highlights Lyrical Lemonade's diverse taste, bringing together indie-pop star Gus Dapperton, genre-bending Lil Yachty, and top-tier lyricist Joey Bada$$. While not pushing thematic or instrumental boundaries, the track provides a refreshing change of pace on the album.
Closing with "Stop Giving Me Advice," featuring Jack Harlow and Dave, the album reaches its lyrical zenith. Jack Harlow's verses delve into themes of trust and paranoia, showcasing confidence and vulnerability, while Dave's lyricism shines with uniquely crafted lines over a 90s/00s-style minimalist beat: “All this unsolicited advice from the guys gettin' booked for a quarter of my price.” from Jack Harlow and “Oh Jemima, trips in the park with my oldest rider / To test out the .9 like I loaned a striker.” from Dave.
All Is Yellow encompasses a plethora of genres, a diverse array of artists, and an abundance of fun. Despite the challenges of maintaining a cohesive direction with numerous contributors, Lyrical Lemonade succeeds in delivering a mixtape-style album that offers a brief yet enjoyable listening experience.