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Elliot Montanez

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Elliot Montanez

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Akeelah and the Bee – [KAI]

By Elliot Montanez // 29 Nov 2022

KAI is a young upcoming artist from Chicago whose music I became a fan of a couple of years back when he dropped a record called “Brookfield Zoo”. That song itself and the EP that it was a part of was fantastic, so I’ve kept a close tab on Kai’s music since that point. Just the other day, Kai released a new offering called “Akeelah and The Bee”, and it’s been in heavy rotation on my Spotify since its release. One aspect of Kai’s music that he really excels with is his beat selection, he always seems to have the cleanest + most soothing instrumentals, and this track is a great example of that. Of course, Kai’s rapping ability over these instrumentals is what brings it all together, he provided some great flows with a confident delivery here, making for an all-around great offering.

Watch the LL 9-Year Anniversary Recap

By Elliot Montanez // 17 Nov 2022

About six weeks ago we celebrated the nine-year anniversary of Lyrical Lemonade here in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. We dropped a flyer announcing a show at The Riviera Theatre in Uptown, and we purposely decided to not name any of the artists that would be performing, instead, we just added: “with special guests”. We sold out that same day, and it left a lot of anticipation in the air, many fans were wondering who was going to show up + perform. Today, we are delighted to be bringing you the final recap of the event. Take a few minutes to check out the special moment that took place on October 1st, 2022.

Watch Adan Diaz’s new interview on The Lemonade Stand

By Elliot Montanez // 3 Nov 2022

Adan Diaz is one of the rising stars in Chicago’s music community, he’s been steadily building a great fanbase and has released some memorable music over the past year or so. About a month ago, I had Adan Diaz come by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand-new interview, and today, I am glad to be bringing you the final product. I asked Adan about many topics including his experience growing up in Melrose Park, attending DePaul University, his Legroom EP, Plainfield East High School, balancing school and music, his personal favorite song, his recent performance at Schubas (with These Days) and we even discussed some of his childhood photos! Adan is a great human who has a bright music career ahead of him, get to know him by pressing play below!  

The Biggest – [DCG Brothers]

By Elliot Montanez // 3 Nov 2022

The Chicago duo DCG Brothers have been making their mark on the city for the past couple of years, what they’ve accomplished so far is amazing, and today they are back with a new record called “The Biggest”. Shun + Bsavv jumped over a menacing instrumental that was cooked up by the legend Gold Haze, and per usual, they each provided a solid verse while Bsavv held it down on the hook. It’s been awesome to see how much these two have progressed over the last several months, I am excited to see where they go from here. Take some time out of your day to watch this new visual below!

Elevator – [Blu DeTiger]

By Elliot Montanez // 2 Nov 2022

Today I discovered an artist that goes by the name of Blu DeTiger when I stumbled upon her new music video for “Elevator”, and I felt the urge to share it on our pages! The melody that Blu DeTiger created on this one is simply addicting, it’s like the perfect mesh of instruments + noises within the beat, and her flawless vocals overtop make this one a 10/10. What I love so much about this video is that it’s relatively simple, there’s no huge budget involved, and from the outside looking in, it seems like a group of fans having a good time with nothing but an empty elevator. Bravo to them for making this great music video and showing rising artists that you can make something special with nothing but an elevator. Blu DeTiger is actually playing in Chicago next week, so if you’re in the city, check her out at The Metro!

Room 109 – [Kipp Stone]

By Elliot Montanez // 1 Nov 2022

Kipp Stone is a Cleveland native who I have been familiar with for a minute now, mostly through his work with the historic Chicago indie label Closed Sessions, and I have kept a tab on him ever since. Just last week, Kipp Stone released a brand new project called Room 109, and I am now on my third listen through the tape. The emphasis of this project seems to be what’s possible through collaboration, Kipp Stone recruited his homies Trav Hen, Nuke Franklin, Gates 216, Eddie Pearl, and JUS to all contribute to this tape – and they created something to be proud of. Kipp stopped by the LL headquarters in Chicago a few weeks back, and I asked him for a quote about the project, he added: I want people to feel the unity for real, these are my brothers. It felt important to shine a light on everybody that I work with, everyone’s contribution needed its own home. Also, wanted to flex my production muscles a bit. I’m shoving this album down people’s throats for the rest of the year, then I have my own solo album that I plan to be finished with by then. That’s the …

Snow Cones – [Joseph Chilliams]

By Elliot Montanez // 31 Oct 2022

Joseph Chilliams is someone who I have been a fan of for a few years now, he’s one of the most entertaining artists to come out of Chicago in recent memory, and he is back with a brand new music video for “Snow Cones”. The first time that I tuned into this record last week, I listened to it on repeat for an hour straight, it’s a touching song that’s easily one of Joseph’s best yet in my opinion. Joseph put his storytelling abilities on full display here, he painted a vivid picture for us as he recounted some old memories about a loved one that’s no longer with us. I am very eager to see what Joseph has in store for us for the rest of the year, but in the meantime, enjoy this brand-new visual below!

LevUFOrever – [Lev UFO]

By Elliot Montanez // 27 Oct 2022

Lev UFO is an artist I got familiar with last year when my older brother Eric showed me Lev’s music video for “Gasoline”, and he’s been on my radar ever since. Just this week, Lev released his brand-new EP called LevUFOrever and it’s something that I thoroughly enjoyed! What stuck out to me about Lev when I first watched that “Gasoline” video was his carefree approach, it seems to me that he makes music for fun and because he loves creating, he doesn’t overthink it and I believe that way of thinking is beautiful. This project was a good listen and something that Lev is going to continue to build on, I am excited to see where he goes from here. Stream this project below and if you like it, give Lev a follow here!