1636: The Second Chapter – [8matiklogan]

There is no secret that everyone in the music industry has some sort of story to be told, but it’s up to the artist to decide if it’s a past that they want to delve into or keep private. Even the emcees who pretty much only rap about drugs, money, and women have a story, but it just seems like they keep their cards closer to their chests for one reason or another. I have gone on record saying that talents who share their past, their thoughts, and their inner monologue always have my utmost respect and attention because I barely like talking about those things with my closest friends, let alone the rest of the world. 8matiklogan is an emcee from Chicago who has been through a long journey, and while he has switched up styles throughout the years, I think the sound he landed on most recently is one that he should stick with, as it seems to be his bread and butter. His brand-new album 1636: The Second Chapter is the long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 project 1636, and throughout this time, it is clear that he has matured and overcome some dark moments. What I greatly …

Fahey Building – [8matiklogan]

Chicago is a place that has so much history and everyone from here may come from different walks of life, have a different story, and have varying perspectives, but we all call the same city home so the mutual respect is always there no matter what. Growing up in the suburbs, I am well aware that my upbringing was much simpler than a lot of the musicians that I listen to who ran around in the streets while they were younger, but it’s these different experiences that really draw me into the music because it gives me a much wider outlook on the Windy City, and it always shows me that Chi-Town is much more than the bean, the Sears Tower (I’ll never call it the Willis Tower, come on), and the beautiful lakefront. One person who has been in the scene for longer than I have even listened to hip-hop is 8matiklogan, an emcee who has gone through a few name changes and has even switched up his sounds a handful of times, but it’s his most recent releases that have had me glued to my computer, waiting for the next drop. “Fahey Building” is the title of his …

360 – [8matiklogan]

Whether you’re in the music industry yourself or you’re familiar with the ins and outs of this business, you know that not everything is fair for some artists. Signing a deal can be such a magical moment where you can finally sit back and see that all of your hard work, dedication, and workhorse mentality has officially paid off and you know you’ve made it, but things go much deeper than how they may appear. Depending on what kind of deal you sign, you may either have things made for the rest of your life, or you can find yourself in the middle of a pickle that you never even dreamed of. After taking a music business course many years ago in college, I found out that not all deals are even remotely fair, and 360 deals are definitely one of the most common types of deceiving contracts. That’s why, when Chicago’s very own 8matiklogan signed a deal to a record label, it wasn’t totally clear at the moment that it was actually a 360, and this definitely threw a wrench into his plans from the start. Instead of dwelling on this, he just kept working hard to prove himself, …

NEVER TRUE – [8matiklogan]

If you’re familiar with the local Chicago hip-hop scene, there are a few names that should be commonplace at this point, and even if they haven’t quite made it out to other regions or parts of the country completely, they are always welcomed with open arms here in the Windy City. They just provide so much to the culture here, because they’re pushing the limits with their sound which in turn pushes other local artists to do the same, and even though this might sound like a competition, it’s always friendly and consistently brings the best out of the entire city. When having a conversation about these talents, one artist that can never go unsaid is 8matiklogan, an emcee who has been a vital part of the local music industry for right around a decade. After years of experimentation, name changes, consistent releases, and more, I feel as if Logan is finally coming into his own and creating some of the best music of his life. In order to get 2022 started off on the right foot, Logan dropped “NEVER TRUE”, a self-produced track that samples one of his favorite house records and prepares us for this year’s new project …

Different Route – [8MatikLogan]

Chicago never fails to impress me with the flourishing music scene that continues to run deeper than ever, but there are a few names that have stood the test of time, and I couldn’t be happier for most of these artists. One emcee goes by the name of 8MatikLogan, and even after a name change and years in the game, he seems to only be getting better. Along with this, there is never a shortage of output from the Chicagoan, constantly releasing tons of new music and videos that all prove him to be one of the best underground phenoms in the city, and his reign is only just getting started. Most recently, Logan decided to show off some of his production and mixing skills within his record “Different Route”, and this dexterity of skills truly works to his advantage. In the production, he utilizes some tear-jerking piano keys, deep, pungent 808s, and piercing percussion that comes together for a fairly simplistic foundation that Logan builds off of in a variety of ways. When he begins, he starts with a very honest, straightforward, and eye-opening delivery that is assertive and serious, backing up the words he spits with so much …

888 – [8matiklogan]

8matiklogan had a pretty solid year in 2020 despite all of the adversities that year brought us, he even landed a spot on our Top 50 Chicago Projects list, and he’s already kicking off the new year with a new project called 888. This project is eleven tracks in length and the run time is just over thirty minutes long, and the lone feature comes from Logan’s homie FLEX. Anyone who has been following Logan’s carer for the past several years knows that his sound has evolved from what it used to be to a more modern-day style, and I believe this project has some of his best music yet in that newfound approach. This is a super solid project in my opinion, what a fantastic way to start 2021 for Logan, let’s stay tuned to see where he takes it from here.

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Blu Flame – [8matiklogan]

8matiklogan has been a legend in the Chicago music community for a better part of a decade, anyone who covers the city’s scene will tell you that, but he has had an interesting journey, to say the least. He has rebranded himself + his sound once or twice since I first got familiar with him, and it’s been for the better too, he changed up his sound to fit in more of the modern-day style + he does an excellent job with it if you ask me. On this new project, Logan packaged up eight new songs that span just over twenty minutes in length, each song is unique in its own right yet the project flows together seamlessly. Logan is the perfect example of never giving up, his story could have been over years ago but he evolved and came back strong + better than ever. Stream this brand new tape below!

8Matiklogan – [8Matiklogan]

8Matiklogan is a Chicago artist who has been doing his thing in the city for some years now, and not that long ago, he dropped a new self-titled EP “8Matiklogan”. This project is the first release that Logan has provided us since he got out of his record deal, and you can tell that it was important for him to come out of the gate strong because he snapped on this one. It’s a relatively quick listen considering its only six songs long, but it has some fantastic production featured here and some even better raps from the windy city veteran. Rumor has it that Logan has another project coming out later this year, but until we get the new material, stream this latest tape below! 8MATIKLOGAN · 8MATIKLOGAN

Treat Me – [8MatikLogan]

8MatikLogan is a Chicago treasure who has been a focal part of our music community for some years now, and today he is back on our lemon filled pages with his brand new release titled “Treat Me”. The initial thing that caught my attention on this one was the alarming instrumental that was handled by Florida based producer @prodjc, before Logan jumped on the beat with a new-age + energetic type of flow, delivering a catchy hook + a couple of strong verses to match. This single is off of Logan’s forthcoming project titled COVID-8 that is set to drop in the near future, so if I were you, I’d be expecting some more material from Logan very soon. For the time being though, stream this brand new track below via Soundcloud, and if you enjoy it then make sure to hit that like button!