SEARCH FOR: $NOT

Go – [$NOT]

I feel like with every single new release from $NOT, I find myself consistently enjoying him more and more. I’m just overwhelmed at the fact that he’s seriously one of the most dexterous, versatile artists in the entire music industry, and while way too many people sleep on him, in my personal opinion, his real fans know exactly what kind of skill he brings to the table. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing him live for the second time (my first time being during his insane set at the Summer Smash), and it’s safe to say that his live shows don’t disappoint whatsoever. He had the crowd jumping from the front to the back, getting each and every fan there into every song he performed before even jumping into the crowd and getting a first-hand look at the chaos that was going down in this hoard of people. He also performed a few unreleased songs that got me excited for what is to come, and even though I typically don’t love when artists perform unreleased songs because it can be hard to get into them live without knowing the words or the rhythm, I made an exception …

SHH – [Keshore]

Keshore is an artist I have been covering regularly for quite some time now, and the reasons why run deep. He is one of the most versatile artists in hip-hop right now, giving us songs that run the gamut from r&b to rap to even some electronic inspirations, but the thing about Ke is, he always does so in an out of the box, innovative way that fans might not expect, but we appreciate, nonetheless. Beyond this, his personality is simply unmatched when compared to anyone else because he shows that he’s the life of the party even on tracks that might be slower or more melodic, and this is something that just can’t be taught no matter how hard one may try. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of linking up with Ke as he opened for $NOT on tour at the Patio Theater here in Chicago, and although I had seen copious amounts of videos of him performing, they simply don’t do enough justice and he’s one artist I can say with the utmost confidence that you NEED to see live if he comes through your city. He captivates the entire audience from the front to the …

Zoom! – [1nonly]

As I dive deeper and deeper into the world of music, I notice that there are some names that constantly pop up due to their work with other artists, but I sometimes sleep on solo music, and that’s always on me for not paying more attention. One of these artists specifically is 1nonly, someone I’ve heard on various tracks with Savage Ga$p, and even though I’m legitimately always impressed with his contributions to these songs, I have really failed to dive into his other music, but that ends today. 2020 was a huge year for the Las Vegas native, but with 2021 rapidly approaching its end, 1nonly is making a strong push as well as a case as to why he’s someone you need on your radar, because he is only going to continue making hits, and you don’t want to miss out on a single release from here on out. This push is beginning with his song “Zoom!”, a track that samples the Teriyaki Boyz’ and Pharrell’s infamous track “Tokyo Drift” which was obviously the theme song for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Although others have sampled this record in the past, 1nonly puts his own impressive …

4 Seasons – [Tino Szn]

North Carolina rapper Tino Szn has dropped his first project of the year entitled ‘4 Seasons’. The records on this mixtape work perfectly with the title as Tino is showing different sides to his personality and versatility as an artist. You’ll hear tracks like “Fire Drill” which is a switch up from Tino’s traditional sound and takes more of a drill approach with raw rapping. Then you track like “Pipe It Down” which slows down the tempo on the tape and seems almost like an interlude. If you’re a fan of rappers like Trippie Redd and Lil Uzi Vert, Tino would be a nice artist’s recommendation for you. Tino Szn also has his own sound to where he varies from the two and at 17 years old he’s still improving. What’s even more impressive is that the lone feature is $NOT on the song “Vice” which is a big look for Tino at this point in his career. Stream Tino Szn’s long-awaited mixtape ‘4 Seasons’ for yourself after the break.

LEFTRIGHT – [Keshore]

I honestly hate to admit it, but there are a few artists I slept on for way too long, and Keshore tops that list. He has been making so much incredible music over the past handful of years, and even though my brother told me to check him out so long ago, it wasn’t until the past half a year or so that I finally tuned in and realized everything that I was missing out on. While I’m ashamed it took that long, I figured it’s better late than never, and considering I’ve gotten to know him a bit more on the personal side of things, he’s an artist I will definitely never take for granted ever again. Just a couple of weeks ago, Ke released his highly anticipated project Sunset Diary which contained hits from front to back and some features in Sad Frosty, DC the Don, and $NOT that were all unbelievable contributions, but Keshore made sure that he was the star of the show, exactly as he should be. He opened things up on a high note with the first few energetic tracks, but none of them hit quite like the project’s opener “LEFTRIGHT” which is produced …

Sunset Diary – [Keshore]

If you really think about it, there are so many artists who have been making music for years before giving it up and moving on, but persistence is key, and that’s something that will never change. Although Keshore has been turning heads for years and has been creating music for even longer, it seems like it wasn’t until semi-recently that his stock price truly started to rise, and I can’t think of another artist who deserves it more. His dynamism is unheard of, his versatility is one of a kind, and his personality is out of this world, making him a threat in the music scene without a doubt in my mind, and that’s an undeniable fact. Most recently, he decided to bless fans with his latest body of work entitled Sunset Diary, and while I had no idea what to expect coming into it, I can tell you with the utmost confidence that I won’t be letting this one out of my rotation anytime soon. Throughout the 9 songs that run just short of 25 minutes long, Ke makes sure to show off every single side of himself and his artistry, leaving no page unturned for an album that …

347aidan: The Lemonade Stand Interview

347aidan is an artist out of Canada who I first discovered when his record “Dancing In My Room” started to blow up, and I’ve been a big supporter of his ever since. I asked Aidan about several interesting subjects such as growing up in Canada, the moment “Dancing In My Room” started to blow up, where the ‘347’ in his name comes from, working with Kenny Beats, wanting to work with $NOT, how his music was received by the people he grew up with, creating characters in his music, where he sees himself in five years, his future releases and much more. This was one of my most memorable interviews to date, Aidan is a great kid with a bright future ahead of him, get to know him a little better by pressing play below!

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

IM RICH NOW BITCH – [Dro Kenji]

Internet Money’s Dro Kenji has been absolutely killing it recently, but it doesn’t take me to say that for everyone to understand that. What I can now say is after seeing his performance at the Summer Smash this past weekend is that he’s one of the best performers I’ve seen in recent memory, and he had the entire crowd going crazy from the front to the back on both sides of Lenny’s tent stage. His recently released project Fuck Your Feelings is nothing short of a heater without a doubt in my mind, and I was beyond excited to see that he teamed up with Wavy Lord to direct a brand-new music video for his record “IM RICH NOW BITCH”, the album’s opening track. Although it hasn’t even been a week since he released the animated visual for his song “KILL CUPID” with $NOT, I can never have too many Dro Kenji visuals in my life, so I was definitely pumped for this one. After watching, let’s just say that there is no shortage of beautiful women in this one, and Dro spends his time wisely as he vibes out and recites his lyrics. Sitting on a playset in a …

KILL CUPID – [Dro Kenji] ft. [$NOT]

Although $NOT has been achieving mass amounts of recognition and fame over the past year or so, Dro Kenji is an artist that I feel deserves so much more attention than he receives. Either way, I was beyond excited to find out that the two teamed up for their song “KILL CUPID” off of Dro’s latest project Fuck Your Feelings, and after listening in, I was absolutely enthralled. It’s still a song I revisit weekly if not more often, so you can only imagine my excitement when I found out that they decided to drop a brand-new Alex Sarzosa-directed, Tristan Zammit-animated music video for the hit record. Dro finds himself in the middle of a club in this fully animated world where he hangs out before a lovely lady catches his eye. Instead of approaching her, Cupid sends an arrow in his direction that catches him so off-guard that he goes flying through the club, letting go of his drink which ends up splashing all over the girl, which prompts her to pour her drink all of him and leave him on his own. When $NOT comes in, he holds two pistols in his hands as he is on the …