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Memories – [Charles Lauste] x [J-Hop] x [Femdot]

By Elliot Montanez // 9 Apr 2020

Charles Lauste is a producer/DJ out of Chicago who has been doing his thing for some years now, steadily improving at his craft in the process, and today he is back on our website with his brand new record titled “Memories” featuring J-Hop and Femdot. If you know about these three talented creative then you are surely aware of the damage that they can do on any given track that they grace together, they are dope triple threat who I always enjoy to see connect, but man this might be their best creation yet. This song all started with the layered instrumental that was provided by Charles Lauste, it was a smooth beat that had many different sounds within it, but it was the driving force on this one. St. Louis native J-Hop started off this joint with a minute and a half verse where he kicked a dope storytelling verse that I won’t spoil for you, leading right into a phenomenal verse from Chicago’s own Femdot, putting the cherry on top of an all-around great offering. Do yourself a favor and stream this brand new offering via Soundcloud below!

Iconic – [Flo Milli]

By Elliot Montanez // 9 Apr 2020

Alabama artist Flo Milli has been blowing up over the past year or so with hit records like “In The Party” and “My Attitude”, and today she is back on our website with her new record titled “Iconic”. Flo Milli is one of the most unique new artists in the game, in my opinion, her rap style is different than most but after a few listens it just gets more and more catchy. On this song, Flo Milli really got to talking her shit but just like she always does, she created a bop in the process. I am very interested to see what Flo Milli can continue to do within the next year or so, she’s a nominee for the XXL Freshmen Class and I think that she has a real chance to make the list, so keep an eye out for her moving forward. Take a couple of minutes out of your day to listen to this brand new record below!

Insomnia – [K.E]

By Elliot Montanez // 7 Apr 2020

You may recall when we first covered K.E on our pages about a few weeks back when he released a music video for “Ugly Love”, and today he is back on our website with his brand new EP titled “Insomnia”. I found a liking to K.E’s sound with his previously mentioned release, so I was eager to dive into this five-track EP to see what it was all about, and within the first couple of minutes of the tape I was closely paying attention to K.E’s soothing vocals + storytelling on the introductory record. K.E puts a ton of emotion into his music and that’s very evident + apparent on this project, he touched on some pretty deep and personal topics such as failing relationships, dealing with his demons, how certain people treated him in the past and more. However, don’t think that this project is all about sad topics, because K.E also delivering a decent amount of confident and braggadocious bars to balance it out. I liked each and every song on this EP, but my favorite of the bunch was the melodic “Lil Saturn”, K.E clearly just caught a vibe while recording that and in my opinion, it’s the …

dropout – [brakence]

By Elliot Montanez // 6 Apr 2020

Brakence first made his initial appearance on our platform a few weeks back when he dropped his visual for “fwb”, and today the teenage creative is back on our website with his brand new music video for “Dropout”. Brakence has an interesting style that is something like a mesh of hip-hop, alternative, rock & punk type of influences, which sounds wild & feels even weirder to type, but that should just furthermore show you just how unique of an artist that Brakence is. His style is unlike anybody you’ve heard thus far, he grabs ahold + maintains your attention in his songs & visuals with creative twists and turns, he’s an all-around great talent that I am eager to keep hearing from in the future. Do yourself a favor and watch this brand new music video below! directed by @DanielJordanK

Flirting With Death – [Sterling Hayes]

By Elliot Montanez // 6 Apr 2020

About a month or two back, I had the honor of having an early listen at Sterling Hayes upcoming project that I was highly anticipating, and just a few days ago he finally dropped off the final product titled Flirting With Death. As I have sat with this project and ran it back multiple times through a few things stood out to me; the production, Sterling’s self-analyzing he did on the tape and how much Sterling has improved as an artist over the years. I don’t think that can be overlooked in the least, Sterling has always had a massive amount of potential but was battling both inner & outside adversities, and with this project I personally feel like he has hit his full stride, and painted a vivid picture of what he has gone through up to this point. In terms of the self-observing that he did, I was impressed with Sterling’s courage to be able to speak about plenty of topics that would make most people uncomfortable such as suicidal thoughts, family issues and overcoming drug addictions. When we look back at some of the best Chicago projects of 2020, I am positive that this project by Sterling Hayes …

Any Other Way – [Stix]

By Elliot Montanez // 6 Apr 2020

You might remember some weeks back when I posted about Chicago artist Stix, who had just released the audio for “Any Other Way”, and today he is back with his brand new music video for “Any Other Way”. This visual is a feel-good and nostalgic type of video that brought his song to life as well as he could have, I enjoyed the concept of having past family photos that appeared with each time the beat hit during the upbeat hook, as well as just riding around the city that he calls home. For as vibrant + high energy as this track can be at points, don’t overlook the lyrics that Stix is dishing out, because he didn’t waste a bar + got introspective at times. Take a few minutes out of your Monday to watch this brand new visual below!

AI Nash – [Youngboy Never Broke Again]

By Elliot Montanez // 4 Apr 2020

Youngboy Never Broke Again is arguably the hottest artist on the planet of the past few years when you take a look at his YouTube streams as well as his numbers on all of the major streaming platforms, he has a die-hard + loyal fan base that only seems to keep growing day by day, and today Youngboy Never Broke Again just unleashed a brand new music video for “AI Nash”. When Youngboy Never Broke Again was recently in Chicago, you may have noticed that he stopped by the Lyrical Lemonade office, so you probably had a good feeling that he and LL’s Cole Bennett were up to something, and you were right as they clashed their powers together to give the fans something special. Although these two have worked together in the past, I am sure that the fans would love to see them keep connecting for content in the future, so hopefully we get to see them work together again soon. Take a few minutes out of your weekend to check out this brand new visual below!

Da$h Ep – [CP]

By Elliot Montanez // 3 Apr 2020

We are only a couple months removed from the release of CP’s last EP Cinema, and since that point, he hasn’t been shy of unleashing new content, and today he is back on our site with his brand new EP titled Da$h. Anybody who really knows CP understands that he really hasn’t been rapping for that long, but when you consider how much he has improved as a rapper since he first started, it’s not often to see someone get that much better in such a short time span regardless of the genre. This tape here has six songs on the tracklist, each of them are hard-hitting bangers with monumental instrumentals, and you will find CP on some tracks giving us his classic signature flows that we have grown accustom to, but on some of the material he experimented with some new flows that sounded spectacular. There are two features on this tape from some of CP’s close homies Qari & TheHxliday, the track with TheHxliday might be the most sonically pleasing on the EP, and the outro featuring Qari is for sure the song with the most punchline + memorable bars in my opinion. However, although I enjoyed those …

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