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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 …

If U Say – [Black Milk] ft. [BJ The Chicago Kid]

Late last month, we featured BJ The Chicago Kid’s single, “Reach” and had to mention how he’s one of the most consistent features in the game. Lending credence to that claim, BJ, in the middle of an album release run of his own, lends his smooth vocals to the latest from Detroit mainstay Black Milk, “If U Say.” Black Milk doesn’t get enough credit for his diversity. From electronic to jazz to no-frills hip-hop, he can do it all often fusing them together in a unique way and often being the one behind the boards as well. Here he goes a more soulful route, blending his knifing flow with BJ’s crooning atop his own board mellow work. Capping off the understated effort, Black Milk switches gears, hitting us with jazzy outro where his knack for amazing drums is on full display. Along with “If U Say” Black Milk announced his new EP, DiVE, is set to drop on August 2nd.

Reach – [BJ The Chicago Kid] ft. [Afrojack]

From Chance to Casey Veggies, to Kendrick, to K.R.I.T, to Durk, to Wiz, to Gibbs, to Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid has an incredible feature resume and is, in my opinion, one of the best feature artists in this game; His soulful vocals always add a special element to whatever he song he graces. Turning the tables for his new album, 1123 (set for a July 23rd release), BJ unveiled the loaded tracklist–featuring Buddy, J.I.D, Anderson .Paak, Rick Ross, Offset, and more– and dropped off the second single “Reach” which, too, hosts an impressive feature in Afrojack. As you might expect from Afrojack, “Reach” has a pop-leaning feel to it thanks to the big, cascading environment the Dutch hit-maker creates. Though definitely different than BJ’s typical R&B-centric style, he still sounds right at home matching the emotional feel of the production, while still showcasing his signature soulful sound. With a star-studded feature list, and a big, exploratory single in “Reach,” that breaks new ground for the singer,  it’s clear BJ The Chicago Kid is swinging for the fences on 1123.

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 …

LL Presents: The Wemmymo Q&A

If you recall, when we released our third annual Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year list a couple of weeks back, there was a newcomer featured by the name of Wemmymo, who released a stellar new project titled Bittersweet in 2018. Admittedly, I was a couple months late to hearing Wemmy’s project after its initial release, but after the homie Femdot recommended that I give it a listen, I finally got around to it; now, Wemmy has been in my headphones every day since. I recently brought the Uptown, Chicago native through the Lyrical Lemonade office to chop it up and speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as Bittersweet, his inspirations, Chicago and so much more in our latest Q&A! Wemmy has an enormous amount of potential and he’s still in his teenage years, so I am fully expecting to see him continue to ascend as an artist and eventually become a major leader in the city. Take a few minutes of your time to learn about Wemmymo by listening to his project, watching his brand new music video, and checking out the Q&A below, and be sure to keep up with him by following Wemmy on Twitter here. …

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 • …

Watch JID Perform Skrawberries w/ BJ The Chicago Kid & Thundercat on Fallon Tonight

This last week of November turned out to be one of the most memorable weeks of music all year. As one of week’s blockbuster projects, the release of JID’s highly anticipated album, DiCaprio 2 on Monday, November 26, marked a pivotal moment in the young MC’s career. Celebrating this, JID brought along BJ The Chicago Kid and Thundercat to the Tonight Show stage to deliver a captivating live rendition of “Skrawberries.” This live rendition focuses on the performers, with no major effects other than colored lights, allowing for the powerful tone and message of the song to be clearly conveyed to both the studio audience and the audience watching from home with ease. Also notable, JID takes a moment prior to the song’s start to dedicate the performance to Mac Miller who actually contributed to “Skrawberries” production. Watch JID’s live performance of “Skrawberries” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Thundercat on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below and tell us what you think of the new album and performance in the comment section!

DiCaprio 2 – [J.I.D]

J.I.D has been a favorite at Lyrical Lemonade for quite some time now, and he just blessed us with his brand new album titled “DiCaprio 2”. There is a total of fourteen (if you count the bonus) new tracks provided on this project and after streaming through this tape a few times through I was extremely impressive with the final product. There was plenty of moments while listening to this project that I just closed my eyes and got lost in J.I.D’s hypnotic and at often times overwhelming (in a good way) verses, plus all of the skits provided made it feel more like a good movie and not just a good album. J.I.D was undoubtedly the shining factor here but the features on this project made it that much better thanks to the likes of A$AP Ferg, J. Cole, 6LACK, Ella Mai, BJ The Chicago Kid, Method Man and last but not least, Joey Bada$$.  Stream this brand new album below and if you like it be sure to give J.I.D a follow on Twitter here!

DiCaprio 2 – [JID]

Atlanta representative is an absolute flamethrower. Without a doubt, he’s one of the best pure lyricists in rap right now, and as if his 2017 project The Never Story wasn’t enough proof, JID is here today to bring this skill to entirely new heights with his latest full-length project: DiCaprio 2. 14 tracks long, this is probably one of the densest, most impactful albums of the year, in my opinion. Especially with all the blockbuster releases we’ve received throughout 2018, it’s becoming more and more difficult for artists to release albums with a lifespan over a few weeks, but with this one, it seems as though JID has conquered the struggle of longevity, finding timelessness in every single song on DiCaprio 2. Only adding fuel to the fire, this album also includes features from 6LACK, Ella Mai, A$AP Ferg, Method Man, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Joey Bada$$. On the boards, the credited producers include Christo, Kenny Beats, WondaGurl, and the late Mac Miller, whom JID was supposed to join on tour this fall before Miller’s untimely death. Needless to say, DiCaprio 2 speaks for itself and proves JID to be one of the best in the game, so recognize a young legend when …

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 …