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 • …


The always energizing tandem of Brian Warren and Quentin Branch, otherwise known as ANGRY BLACKMEN, have just released their latest track, “USA!”  The track starts off with what sounds like someone trying to go Super Sayain, but then Quentin really hits the ground running once the base drops.  With every new drop, you can really hear the growth of ANGRY BLACKMEN and where I heard it the most in “USA!” was with Quentin. This is probably his hardest verse he’s had so far in his young career. Now that’s not a knock on his partner, Brian who’s already been spitting hard verses since I started covering these two, it’s just that Quentin just really stepped it up on this one. “USA!” Had what a lot of listeners look for nowadays which is, heavy bass drops, creative and catchy lyrics, and tons of energy so if your someone who looks for these things in a song, waste no more time and press play below! Prod. By Wendingo Cover photo captured by Joseph Torres

Smile – [Angry Blackmen]

Making their Lyrical Lemonade debut, I am happy to introduce you to Angry Blackmen and their new single, “Smile.” Angry Blackmen was started up back in January this year. It’s comprised of Quentin Branch and Brian warren who are from the suburbs of Chicago. They released their first single earlier this year and it made a lot of noise getting some recognition from a number of Chicago media outlets. They started up with the intention of being part of a new wave of Chicago artists who “like making alternative hip-hop music for weird black kids.”  Ric Wilson consigned their first single and also kinda mentored them. Quentin Branch produced the beat for “Smile” a few years ago and today it finally finds its way to the surface for fans to enjoy. Now I won’t keep you waiting anymore. Go ahead and press play below and enjoy the newest song from Angry Blackmen!