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Pick Da Cash Up – [1banboy]

Richmond, VA artist 1banboy is in our pages again today with his new visual for “pick da cash up” which is some of my favorite music to come out of the underground in the past few months and he recently just unloaded a new EP titled “Ben Wallace” which was easily one of my favorite projects to come from Virginia this year. He takes a good bit of influence from early-Chief Keef in both his flows and beat selection, in the best way possible, and has a rather familiar sound but is still building it in a direction that very few other artists are doing and certainly not in his area. 1banboy’s delivery was quick and syncopated as he glides over the instrumental that is sure to bust out your speakers between the deafening percussion and trumpet selection. I really, really fuck with 1banboy and the entire scene in Richmond, VA and I am really looking forward to hearing more and more new music from him and his friends.

The Talk – [Chief Keef]

Whether you’re looking at the history of modern-day music in Chicago or music throughout the entire world, Chief Keef is an artist that is simply a legend. While people might hate on him a bit in recent years because of his influx of releases, I think he’s still one of the most creative and inventive musicians in the entire game. Despite his wealth and life on the West Coast ever since leaving Chicago, he still remembers his roots clear as day and makes sure he specifies that he’s not someone to mess with no matter who you think you are. I truly believe Keef still has a ton of unbelievable music in the vault that old Sosa fans would enjoy, yet so many people have just closed their minds to a new age of Keef because it’s not Finally Rich, and that’s just unfortunate for them. Recently, he teamed up with producer Akachi Glo to bring his song “The Talk” to life, and this is a great example of an incredible song that haters are going to miss out on because they’re too busy dwelling in the past to look ahead at the future. As the beat begins, we can …

Sofaygo, The Boy Who Believed

When Andre Dontrel Burt decided to release the three-track EP, We Are Aliens, as SoFaygo, a new pseudonym to replace his former rap name, Trvllinese, the reception wasn’t exactly favorable. “I was getting backlash when I made that transition in 2018,” the 19-year-old rapper remembered, “People was not fucking with it. They liked Trvllinese better. I told them, bro, watch, y’all gonna see.” You make it seem like you knew what was going to happen? “I did,” he replied, “I always felt like I was going to be great, bro.”  Self-assurance doesn’t come in short supply for the Georgia-born teen. His need for a superstar’s resolve dates back to Junior year at Harrison High School. “I started caring less about people’s opinions in 11th grade,” SoFaygo recalled, “That’s when I started wearing different kinds of clothes, dyeing my hair in all different kinds of colors, just adapting to what Atlanta was on at the time.” “But niggas used to try me, bruh,” he asserted. “I don’t know why, maybe because I was different, but they would call me and my music weird.” With a light chuckle, the confident rookie added, “I was having none of that, bruh. I was always …

NEW BUGATTI – [Lil Gnar] ft. [Ski Mask the Slump God] [Chief Keef] & [DJ Scheme]

In the new age of rap music, there are a few stars that steal the show. That’s why, when I saw 4 of the most prominent names in music team up on a song together, I didn’t sleep for days leading up to the record’s release. The song I’m talking about is “NEW BUGATTI”, of course, by Lil Gnar featuring Ski Mask the Slump God, Chief Keef, and DJ Scheme. Scheme and Nuri teamed up to bring this instrumental to life with some almost sinister synths that are eventually bombarded with crashing percussion and thunderous drums, all of which are elements that all of these artists absolutely thrive on. As Gnar comes in, he drops off a hook that is unforgettable and considering this is how most of his choruses are, this doesn’t come as a surprise. In his verse, he sticks with a similar disposition and sonic style, yet he rotates through a plethora of various cadences that are incredibly captivating, to say the least. After another chorus that’s riddled with Ski’s trademark ad-libs, we’re led right into ski’s verse which is chock-full of entertaining wordplays, distinct and gritty personality, and some of the more entertaining cadences you’ll hear …

A Q&A with Chicago’s Speedyville Nardy

Chicago street music has been written about more perhaps than any other city’s scene in the past decade, focusing primarily on Chief Keef, Lil Reese, Lil Durk, and co. initially at first and eventually began to also encompass their “oops” into the fold of established Chicagoans who didn’t have to make overly-conscious or mosh-worthy music to take the city, and world, by storm, but unfortunately this one-sided angle that many on the outside looking in framed the Windy City with it greatly diminished the artistic contributions of many other artists purely because they had been left out of publicly-known beefs that have become a sick fascination to many Chicago outsiders who voyeuristically enjoy the violence and destruction of a proud community. One artist who hasn’t been able to quite grab the attention of the rest of the city despite his consistent musical output and unique perspective is Riverdale, Illinois rapper Speedyville Nardy who hails from “Speedyville” or the Paysetter Housing Projects that lie just beyond Chicago-proper’s boundary, but don’t you dare let that make you think shits sweet. Both Nardy and his neighborhood are named after his deceased brother Speedy who Nardy continues the legacy of through each song. Nardy’s …

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

Bob Ross – [A$AP Ant] ft. [Lulu P] & [A$AP Twelvyy]

Right at the end of last year, A$AP Ant decided to bless us with his unbelievable project entitled Lil Black Jean Jacket 2, an album containing 17 songs that ran just under 40 minutes long. While I think it goes without saying that Ant is one of the more underrated members of A$AP Mob, he knows exactly how talented he is, and fans aren’t quick to forget that either. A few days ago, the homie hit me up and told me about a brand-new music video for the album’s record “Bob Ross” which also features the unbelievably talented Lulu P and fellow Mob member A$AP Twelvyy. While I’m not entirely sure who shot this flick, I do know that they made it an entire community affair, bringing out what seemed like the whole city of New York to back up some of the best emcees coming out of the city. Opening up in a crowd of people, certain individuals are showing off their designer garments as well as the substances they’re carrying around with them like lean and countless blunts, of course. The entire visual seems to have some sort of granular filter as we move on throughout, giving the …

Vice – [Tino Szn] ft. [$NOT]

16-year-old North Carolina rapper Tino Szn makes his first drop of 2021 with a new single entitled “Vice.” The crazy thing about this song is that it features one of the raps’ budding stars in $NOT. How this track came about is very interesting. $not actually saw Tino on his Instagram live and directed messaged the young emcee to collaborate with him. Even though it’s still early and Tino’s career he’s already worked with a couple of household names. He’s already worked with producers such as Based1 (Bad Bunny), Lukrative (Playboicarti), and Harold Harper (Lil Uzi Vert) to name a few. Being this young and having so much room to grow it should be interesting to see where 2021 takes Tino Szn. We should be looking to seeing how he expands his sound as some of his influences include Chief Keef, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, and Billie Eilish. Stream Tino Szn’s new record “Vice” with $NOT below.

Grey Area – [2 Chainz]

Obviously, throughout the entire landscape of Rap music, there are a select handful of individuals who are simply legends at this point after everything they’ve accomplished in their careers. While 2 Chainz might not be revered as highly as he once was, there is no denying his contributions to the genre and the culture, and although his music might not be as sought after as it was even a few years ago after a boom of young stars rising through the ranks, that doesn’t make his songs any less impressive. In 2020, he dropped his album So Help Me God!, a 15 song effort featuring names like Lil Wayne, Kanye, Mulatto, Chief Keef, Lil Uzi, Rick Ross, and many others, and although I still have to spend some more time listening to truly give it the time of day, there are a few cuts off the album that are undeniable hits without a doubt in my mind. The project’s second track is called “Grey Area” and also happens to be one of my early favorites from the album, so when I saw that 2 Chainz decided to drop a music video directed by Tity Tarantino and Motion Family, I had …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …