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Maxo Kream: Unparalleled Integrity

It’s 8:30 PM on Wednesday night, just two days before the release of Maxo Kream’s major-label debut, Brandon Banks. Piling into a dim, luxurious room at Manhattan’s 40/40 club, fans and peers alike await Kream’s arrival. Conversation is light, but the overarching meaning of the moment makes the air feel dense. Now years in the making, Maxo Kream’s slow-burning ascent is reaching a new apex, and this small room of listeners is fortunate enough to become witness just days before the album’s official release. A few moments later, a thunderous presence makes his way down the hallway. Turning left, he enters the room, 4 glossy chains on neck and followed by a posse of friends. It’s Maxo Kream, the man of the night. With each step, his presence grows stronger as the heads begin to turn toward his direction. Kream’s face lights up to see the welcoming crowd of listeners, but his eyes maintain a focused glare under the soft lights. The closer and closer he moves to the center of attention, the more the moment begins to set in. Here, just minutes away from clicking play on his long-awaited new album, time seems to slow down. The message becomes …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …

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 …

LL Presents: The Amir Tripp Q&A

Chicago native Amir Tripp has just released his brand new project titled PYRO, so I knew it was the perfect time to bring him in for our latest Lyrical Lemonade Q&A! Although Amir is still relatively new to releasing music under this moniker, you wouldn’t be able to tell in the least bit considering the quality of this tape. From the addictive melodies on the tracks like “Hardball” and “WAV”, or the relatable cuts “Hi 4 Da Lows” & “MIA”, there’s truly something for everyone. I predict that this is just the beginning for him, I am very eager to see where he takes it from here, but for now stream the previously mentioned project & learn a thing or two about him below! Follow Amir 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.   AT: My name is Amir Tripp. I’ an artist and producer — EM: Where are you from? AT: from the west side Austin/Oak Park area — EM: What is your earliest memory of music? AT: Riding in my OG Honda Civic bumping California Love by 2pac, my mom use to like break …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Nams Homeless Q&A

Nams Homeless is one of the best & most underrated artists coming out of Wisconsin in my opinion, and it really doesn’t take much more than just taking a look at his catalog to see where I’m coming from. The way that he approaches his music is different from anyone else coming out, which is why I’m more than excited to premiere his brand new project titled “Loveless Loser” tonight, along with a brand new Q&A! Nams is super interesting not only sonically when you listen to him as an artist, but his personality is one of the best you can find in this industry, and I believe that will help carry him into a bright future in music. If there’s one thing that I can say about this new tape is just simply don’t sleep on this project, you will surely regret it. Listen to his brand new piece of work below as learn a thing or two about him, & be sure to give him a follow here afterwards.     Photo Cred: Marco Ortiz — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. NH: My name is …

LL Presents: The Luke Almighty Q&A

Luke Almighty is one of the best producers coming out of the city, you just don’t know it yet. Even I was unaware until a few months ago, but then I started realizing that every time I heard a song that he worked on, it was always a banger. He has been responsible for lacing artists such as Adot, Freako, Duffle Bag Buru, Pollari, Supa Bwe, Roo$ki, Monster Mike, Warhol and more with some of the best instrumentals that they have rapped on. Although you might not be familiar with the young creative just yet, I assure you that he is only a couple years away from being considered one of the best producers from Chicago. Take a few minutes of your time to learn a thing or two about him below, and be sure to keep up with his movement 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. LA: So I’m From Aurora, Illinois. Born and raised. Since I was young I was also really into Music. My parents always made sure I knew who I was listening …

LL Presents: The KoVu Q&A

KoVu is a name that I have been hearing about a lot lately, so I knew that I had to involve him in our next Q&A installment. Go ahead and read up on him, then listen to his music catalog here.     EM: First things first, give our readers that may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself KV: Well my names Baron Despenza I go by the stage name KoVu I’m from Plainfield / Naperville IL I’m 22 years old & I am a new wave hip hop artist EM: So what is the meaning behind your stage name KoVu? KV: Haha I’m just a huge fan of the lion king & in the sequal the main character is KoVu and people say he resembles me so I just went with it when I started making music EM: When did you start making music? KV: My sophomore year of highschool so like 2009-2011 EM: What/who inspired you to start creating music? KV: Its gonna sound mad corny but Chris Brown & Drake I’m not the normal “rapper” who says they grew up off the old school rap I grew up with the new school like Drake & Cole & Wale so my …