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The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Friday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Fanfiction – [CIB]

Summer is officially one week away, which means it’s time to start carefully piecing together our weekly rotations to soundtrack our trips to the beach and lazy pool days. Though many of us are currently knee-deep in the rollouts of Pi’erre Bourne, Duke Deuce, and Cochise – today our ears are graced with the refreshingly unique indie-pop track “Fanfiction” from LA-via-NY singer/songwriter CIB (Complete In Box). You might have caught a glimpse of her newest release in a viral TikTok she made showing off some “NYU x Taylor Swift” merch earlier last month, but this week our queen returns with the track in full, and luckily, it was worth the wait. Synthesizing raw pastoral acoustics with modern electronic production, CIB leads listeners on a journey through existential and romantic tension in “Fanfiction”‘s cathartic verses. Like her previously-viral banger “Mott St.”, “Fanfiction” showcases an artist whose wisdom is just as full of charm as it is understated – unafraid of taking risks while wielding an unhealthy affinity for clever songwriting. On “Fanfiction” CIB notes, “Nostalgia and futurism are two themes that are deeply intertwined in my music and visual identity. Fanfiction is the “internet babies” love song. The song captures the …

Bring Em Thru’ – [BabyTron]

If you are still sleeping on Detroit’s very own BabyTron at this point, it’s far beyond the time that you should’ve woken up. He is undeniably one of the most creative emcees from a state that is riddled with individuality and versatile personalities, so the fact that he is able to stand out so much is a complete spectacle beyond a shred of doubt in my mind. I mean, I think moving forward it is going to be extremely difficult to top his song and video for “Emperor of the Universe” because it’s one of those things where when you have a song that boasts 21 different samples spanning over decades of eras of hip-hop, and then you get Cole Bennett to shoot at 21 different scenes on an iPhone, there really isn’t much you can do to beat that, but this doesn’t mean that he has hit his peak, or even came close to it yet. Even with so many lengthy projects out, he still drops new records constantly, so when I saw that he not only dropped a song called “Bring Em Thru’” that was produced by JakeSand, Danny G, and Getta Beats a few days ago, but …

Behind the Scenes of BabyTron’s “Emperor of the Sun” Music Video

The new BabyTron music video for “Emperor of the Sun” just dropped, so here’s the behind the scenes 🙂

Emperor of the Universe – [BabyTron]

BabyTron is an artist out of the midwest who we here at Lyrical Lemonade have been keeping a close eye on for a minute now, and this evening we are pleased to bring our audience BabyTron’s brand new music video for “Emperor Of The Universe”. This music video and song are different compared to any other project that we have worked on in the past, and not only that, it’s different than basically every other song in music history? That is because this record is BabyTron rapping over 21 different beats, and we shot the music video entirely on iPhone in 21 different locations to match. I don’t even know where to start with this video, so I will just talk about my favorite part, which is the ‘Hard In The Paint’ remix. The way that BabyTron and Michael Jordan go back and forth in this scene just made me fall out of my chair laughing, 10/10 all around. All of my bias aside, this was a really dope and creative video, it gave me 2017 vibes again and it has the feeling of a classic Lyrical Lemonade video. If there’s one thing I learned in this whole process, it’s …

Euphoria – [BabyTron]

BabyTron is an absolute star in every sense of the word, but it doesn’t take a brain surgeon let alone a measly old music writer like me to tell you this fact. He saw the movement that was going on in his home state of Michigan and took it one step further because even with so many unique personalities roaming the northern state, he seems to stand out from the rest. At first, I couldn’t tell if Tron was more of a meme than a musician before I actually listened, but the second I tuned in to some of his music, I knew he was the real deal, and he meant absolute business. Sure, he might not have the exact look of a typical Detroit emcee, but he embodies everything that the Detroit rap movement stands for, and his lyricism could truly go toe to toe with any of the best spitters in the game right now. Beyond this, he utilizes some of the bounciest, most hype instrumentals while keeping such a velvety smooth demeanor, and this makes him stand out even more than the rest, at least in my own opinion. Of course, I was beyond hyped to find …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at: www.thesummersmash.com   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

2 Action 2 Park – [Dolphin Talk] & [Stephen Niday]

I love the music industry, but if there is one thing that I feel needs to be fixed is the credit that producers receive. They are responsible for pretty much setting up rappers and singers for success because an emcee can be the most talented person in the world, but with subpar beats or average effects, the song will never become a hit no matter how hard they try. So, when producers team up to release projects that showcase their range while also bringing some incredible spitters together, I don’t think it can get much better. Dolphin Talk and Stephen Niday may be two new names on my radar, but after hearing their latest album 2 Action 2 Park which is a follow-up to their original Action Park project, I knew I was going to be an instant fan. On this tape, both producers really flex their production muscles, but I feel like they have to with such a wide variety of guest verses. You can hear incredible artists such as ATL Smook, Big Baby Scumbag, Rx Nephew, BabyTron, and so many other talented emcees throughout this project, and since each spitter seems to have a fairly different individualistic sound, …

Peachtree – [BabyTron]

I know that I am always writing about artists in Detroit typically more than once a week, but if you’re tapped in with the Michigan rap scene, you know exactly why I am so obsessed with these emcees. While I first found out about a plethora of names that would then put me onto other local talents from the area, I was admittedly late to the party when it came to BabyTron. It wasn’t because he didn’t have the skills, which he so clearly does, but it was mainly because he was blazing his own trail and not really working too closely with the other artists whom I had familiarized myself with and become a fan of. Once I saw his name pop up more than a few times in a single day on social media, though, that’s when I knew I had to finally listen up, and as soon as I heard just one song, I knew I was going to be an instant fan right off the bat. He is in a similar lane as his other Motor City counterparts in terms of output, but his lyricism and all-out creativity seem to match them and even take it …