SEARCH FOR: BJ THE CHICAGO KID

Wishing For A Hero – [Polo G]

Chicago native Polo G has had a massive rise to fame & stardom over the past couple years, and for good reason too, he is easily one of the most talented young artists coming up in the game right now. He is one of the best pure spitters in rap right now and he’s also so skilled at vividly telling stories especially on joints like this one, as he is back with his brand new music video for “Wishing For A Hero” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid. Any true hip-hop fan is going to hear the first ten seconds of this song and instantly perk up, that is because Polo G jumped on top of one of the most legendary hip-hop beats of all time in 2Pac’s “Changes”. It takes some serious intestinal fortitude for any rapper to dare rap over an instrumental such as one of this caliber, especially a young artist, but Polo G stepped up like a seasoned veteran and kicked some of the best verses I have heard this year. The music video itself brings the touching song to life, shout out to the director Drewfilmedit for assisting Polo in bringing his vision to life, they created something …

The Ultimate Drake Album: A Twisted Love Story

FOREWORD In the history of the hip-hop industry, there has never been a more dominant artist than Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The 33 year-old superstar has undergone several re-inventions over the years, much to the delight of his ever-growing fanbase. As much as we have seen him progress, however, the substance in his music carries one glaring constant – heartbreak. It’s no secret that Drake is the master of the introspective love song, and as much as it probably pains him to have to go through experiences that inspire these records, the music has continued to serve as salvation for distraught fans everywhere.  At this point, we owe Drake for giving us all this incredible music at the expense of his own emotional distress. My first thought in paying homage was to curate a carefully-selected 100-song playlist of all his best music. Quickly, I realized that: 1) it’s an impossibly subjective task to narrow down his 100 “best” records, and 2) a playlist that deep is sure to oversaturate the respect we’re trying to pay in this instance. So I took a different approach. I thought to myself, ‘what would Drake appreciate the most from the perspective of a long-time fan? …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

Chicago Bae – [Ric Wilson]

Ric Wilson has been one of the shining stars within Chicago’s music community for a minute now, and just the other day he released a brand new record titled “Chicago Bae” featuring BJ Chicago Kid and Terrace Martin. When you see three super talented artists like this connect, you have to expect something special, and especially after I saw what Ric titled the track, I just knew it was going to be a standout. Ric Wilson has made a ton of jams that I have really loved over the past few years, but after listening to this one damn near all day, I am thinking this new joint is easily top 3 in his catalog. This record is the first single off of the forthcoming project titled They Call Me Disco that is set to drop on May 8th, it’s a collaborative tape that Ric Wilson + Terrace Martin will be tackling together, and if this single is any representation of what the project will be, then we are in for a real treat! Do yourself a favor and stream this brand new track below!

A Conversation With Myquale: A Diamond In The Rough

Myquale is an unbelievably talented artist who is based in Chicago that I have been a fan of for a few years now, so as I started to do more of these on-camera interviews here at Lyrical Lemonade, I knew I wanted to bring him in as a guest. One of my favorite projects to come out last year was Myquale’s tape XX Winters that he created along with the legend Thelonious Martin, it’s a solid body of work that I found myself playing on repeat over and over again for months, making him one of my favorite rising artists that resides here in the city. Myquale has an unreal amount of talent and potential, I see him continuing to thrive and prosper as an artist in the years to come, so if you’re unfamiliar with him now is a good time to get in tune. Listen to some of his music and read/watch our brand new interview with him below!   *Interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* EM: When did you first start creating music? Myquale: I’ve been rapping for play since I was a jit, maybe 7 or 8 years old. Rap was something that I …

The People – [BJ the Chicago Kid]

In the midst of all the incredible Rap music that has been released in recent memory, some nice, soulful R&B is a relaxing way to cut through the density of everything else. Unless you’re going to bump some throwbacks and call it a day, BJ the Chicago Kid is pretty much the only correct option for masterful R&B music in the current music climate. His words are spoken strong and with conviction, providing sturdiness to his incredible collection of songs and albums. He’s probably the most consistent singer still making this genre of music, so I know that when he drops something new, it’s going to be amazing and artistic before even listening. I’m pleased to say that he’s back and more powerful than ever with his latest song entitled “The People”. The production is packed full of live instruments, led by incredible electric guitar licks and beyond relaxing drums. BJ takes this and runs with it sounding as soulful as ever, spreading a message of change and positivity which is something completely necessary in this day and age filled with hate and tension. In his hooks, he layers his voice as he sings in a higher-pitched, almost addicting fashion …

PTSD: G Herbo’s Therapy Session In The Form of Soundwaves

Time and time again, when we begin to speak about mental health in the music industry, there are seldom who speak about it very openly. The ones that have become advocates for speaking of mental health are often so legends in the rap game or those who are a bit older than the current age group who may be suffering from such mental illnesses. So much so, the messages transmitted sometimes gets lost in the delivery, as the younger generation may not necessarily look up to these individuals. For someone to be as young as G Herbo is, speaking about mental illness is something that is very much needed in times like this. We are beginning to lose more and more of our peers and legends every single year–to the point to where it seems like a never ending cycle of sadness. Some may even argue that we can grow to become desensitized to such tragedies. In the album PTSD by G Herbo, he finally opens up more about his thoughts and life events that took place that lead to him having PTSD, in which he says he “got diagnosed for” in his recent interview with The Breakfast Club. “The significance …

A Conversation With Kye Colors: Kansas City’s Potential Superstar

Kye Colors is a creative out of Kansas City, Missouri who I have been familiar with for almost three years now, I am a big fan of his material so when he was recently in Chicago for a performance, I invited him to the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new visual/written interview for our website! Kye Colors is just barely out of his teenage years but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how good that his music is, he sounds like a seasoned veteran in the game but he’s truly just getting started. Kye Colors has the perfect mix of rapping skills & singing abilities within his style, not to mention that he produces all of his own instrumentals, this kid is a talent that you need to keep an eye on. Take some of your time to read/watch our new interview with Kye Colors, and if you enjoy his sound & style then follow him on socials below! Follow Kye Colors on Twitter and Instagram! *interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* — EM: What made you want to start rapping? Kye: — EM: What’s your usual process like when you are making songs? Kye: I …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Staff Picks: Our Personal Favorite Projects of the 2010s

Nearing the end of any year — nevermind a decade — blogs get crowded with lists about the objective “best” projects of the year. Even Lyrical Lemonade has one. But looking toward the end of the 2010s, we decided that we’d try something a bit different. For just about all of our writers, the 2010s capture the period of growing up, per se. As such, the music to come from the past decade is what has shaped us into the people that we are. Taking this into consideration, we asked 5 writers to each list 3 albums from the 2010s that had the most personal impact on them. Not the “best” albums, or even necessarily the hits. Just 3 albums that spoke to them on a personal level. Below is the result. Enjoy, and feel free to share with us your own 3 picks on social media! – – – Brodie Harvey If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake (2015) Of all artists on this list, it would be hard to argue that anybody had a better 10 years than Drake. This project, in particular, was wildly impactful on the decade as a whole. It came at a time …