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A Conversation with HappyBirthdayCalvin • One Of Chicago’s Brightest Young Acts

HappyBirthdayCalvin is a kid out of Chicago who has been making some major noise in the music community, but especially here in the city, so of course I had to bring him through the office for a brand new interview for the site! HappyBirthdayCalvin will end up being one of the leaders in the Chicago music scene within the next few years, and I know that’s a bold statement for someone who just graduated high school, but trust me when I say he is a good person to the core but even more importantly he is musically inclined. Calvin’s record “No Friends” has been going crazy for a minute now, playing on radios all over the country, and not to mention that he just got Chicago legend G-Herbo on the remix of the track. Learn a thing or two about Calvin by reading this brand new interview below and don’t forget to stream his record below while you read, & also keep an eye out for his upcoming music releases! Follow Calvin on Twitter here!   — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. Calvin: …

Night Shift – [MURS]

L.A. Native MURS is one of the most influential figures in underground hip-hop. Don’t believe me? Ask Ab-Soul, ask Rapsody, ask Kendrick, ask Cozz. Shit, just ask your favorite emcee; odds are they have, at the very least, brushed elbows with the West Coast gatekeeper (who you may recognize from The Breakdown series). He’s also one of the most influential figures for me personally. In fact, his collaborative albums with legendary producer 9th Wonder played a huge role in my love of and interest in hip-hop and there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for albums like Murray’s Revenge and Murs 3:16. A prolific partnership that dates back to ’03, MURS and 9th will wrap up there seven album saga with the release of The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over in July. One of two singles released last week, “Night Shift” is a good preview of what’s to come and a good history lesson for those who may be new to MURS. Atop a smooth, piano-driven beat from Kash (a member of 9th’s producer collective, the Soul Council) expands his place in hip-hop on what has sustained his 20+ year career; his work ethic. As always MURS’ …

LL Presents: The Trapo Q&A

One of my favorite projects to drop in 2018 was Madison, Wisconsin native Trapo’s sensational tape titled “Oil Change“, so when he was in Chicago cooking up some new music recently I thought why not have him by the office for a conversation about everything he has been up to. I have been following Trapo’s music career for a few years now and it has truly been exhilarating as a fan to watch him grow as an artist, and if you go back to his older tapes all the way up to his latest release, you will see the evident growth that I am speaking on. I see Trapo becoming one of the best rappers in the country in just a few years, I know that’s a bold prediction but I believe in his music a tremendous amount and it won’t take more than one listen through Oil Change for you to think the same thing. Learn a thing or two about the rising star below and if you like the new project be sure to keep up with him by giving him a follow on Twitter here! — 2018 proved to be a huge year for you with the …

Sojourner – [Rapsody] feat. [J. Cole]

The 9th Wonder owned label, Jamla Records is preparing for the release for their second installment of 9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is The Squad. The second installment of the series has released their first single featuring two talented lyricist from the state of North Carolina, Rapsody and J. Cole. The gifted MC’s exchange bars on the slow-burning 9th Wonder produced beat that feels like prime time summer nights. Cole speaks on his upbringing and its effect on fame and his career to this point. Rapsody uses her spotlight to deliver a sermon on the hypocrisy in rap and growing up. The track quickly becomes a sermon that we are happy to attend. Saying we are eager for another offering from the highly anticipated album would be an understatement. Listen to the the 9th Wonder produced track featuring Rapsody and J. Cole below and tell us what you think in the comment section!

LL Presents: The Ajani Jones Q&A + Cocoons EP

Ajani Jones is one of the most talented artists in Chicago, you just may not know of him yet. I first discovered Ajani’s music late last year when the homie Kiraly put me on to his project “Eternal Bliss”, and after running through the EP dozens of times I became a huge fan of what he was doing. He made an appearance on our “Top 50 Chicago Projects Of 2017” list a couple months back and for good reason too, as he possess an insane amount of potential & unmatched rapping abilities. A couple days back Ajani dropped a stellar new EP titled Cocoons, and mark my words when I say that when we look back on the year of 2018 of Chicago rap, this project will stand out in the bunch. I predict that he will become one of the faces of Chicago rap in a couple years and with his new team Closed Sessions backing him, the sky is truly the limit for Ajani. I am excited to see where he takes it from here but for now stream this brand new tape below, take a few minutes of your time learn a thing or two about him & …

‘To (u)’ Short Film – [Femdot]

Lyrical Lemonade favorite Femdot has been steady dropping hits these past few months, and today, we are thrilled to premiere his short-film bringing to life his 2016 tape To (u) that dropped this time last year on November, 19th. Written by & starring Fem himself, the Ja Wan The Director-cut is more-or-less a day in the life of the 22-year-old Chicago native who can be seen kicking it at a friends crib until his girl calls wondering where he’s at. If you happen to be familiar with the 4-track EP, you would know that each record is dedicated to some significant other in Femi’s life, and these visuals represented the emotional vibes flawlessly as the final shots see him & his women chilling on a couch with some freshly-bought tacos. I can speak for a lot of people when I say that Femdot has indisputable creativity, and I certainly hope there are more plans for short films like this one in his fruitful career. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the short-film for  To (u) right now and be sure to check out the EP streaming on SoundCloud below! Courtesy Of: REINVENTED Pictures 

LL Presents: The Charles Lauste Q&A

If you aren’t familiar with Charles Lauste just yet, trust me you will be soon. If you are in tune with what the Chicago native has been doing, then you surely know that he is one of the best producers out of the city, and not to mention a rising DJ. I predict that he will become one of the most influential figures in the Chicago music scene when it’s all said and done, and I was lucky enough to bring him in for our latest Q&A segment. Take a few minutes of your time to learn a thing or two about him below, and be sure to keep up with what he’s doing by giving him a follow here!     — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. CL: My name is Charles Lauste (pronounced lost) and I’m also Dj Chi when DJing. I’m 23 years old and belong to the Get Rich With Your Friends collective along with Femdot and others. — EM: Speak more about the Get Rich With Your Friends collective, who else is involved? CL: The core members include myself, Femdot, J-Hop (rapper: …

Maximum – [G-Eazy]

G-Eazy is back with another one, this one is called “Maximum.” Produced by 9th Wonder, this minimalistic, slow-flowing beat doesn’t have a lot going on, making this song rely heavily on G-Eazy’s rapping ability. With such a challenging choice of instrumentation, G was clearly trying to prove to those that hate on him that he really can spit – I think he did a pretty good job overall. There’s no telling whether or not this is leading up to a project of some sorts, but be sure to give this song a chance down below.