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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, …

The Current State of Rap: Are We In Need Of A New Sound?

As we are approaching the end of not only the year of 2019, but the end of an entire decade–it’s around this time where we sit back and reflect on everything that has been going on in the grand scheme of things. We start to discuss who the hottest new artist is, who had the best run, who was the most consistent–so on and so forth. As of late, there has been a lot of talk in the industry about the current state of hip hop. Everything from where we’ve been, where we’re at currently, and where we will be in the future to come. With all the talk about Grammy nominations and awards show snubs, it sparked a thought in my mind about the current state of hip hop. As I sat and reflected on the industry, it posed the question to me–are we in desperate need of a new sound? Seeing as rap has been the most dominant genre not only on the Billboard charts, but culturally in the past five years or so, there have been a vast array of hot takes and opinions about the current state of rap, and what we need in order to …

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 …

Prettier In Pink – [Chris Moon]

Sitting down to write about the latest from an artist named Chris Moon, “Prettier In Pink,” I really have no idea what to say. Something about the gentle blend between autotune and such candid, mesmeric lyrics strikes a chord in me that I didn’t even know existed, and while the easy comparison here is Frank Ocean, I feel as though resorting to such doesn’t really give the art a chance to breathe. Rather, it’s the subtle humor and refreshing soul of “Prettier In Pink” that gives this song its allure. Considering the very opening lyrics that I’m sure I’ll be singing all day long, “I stay in pink / Like my name was Killa Cam,” Moon is able to grab the listener’s ear from the song’s first seconds, maintaining this attention throughout. From there, the energy of “Prettier In Pink” grows and morphs as the song progresses, and as a result, you simply can’t turn your head away, as Moon constantly seems to present something new and exciting with each successive line. Needless to say, I highly recommend that all of our readers out there give this one a listen. Chris Moon is an artist to keep an eye out for, …

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

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 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 …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. 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. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …

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 …

Rockie Fresh releases three new songs!

Chicago’s own Rockie Fresh released THREE brand new records the other day title “You & I”, “On The Moon” and “Love Is War”. I don’t even know where to start with this post, all of these songs impressed me beyond belief, it’s like it got better and better as I checked them out one by one. The production on each of these tracks was truly flawless, so shoutout to the producers Chris Batson, Ism, Dj Money, Von Tae Beats, and Kid Exclusive. The lone feature on these came from King Louie on the song “On The Moon”, where you will find Rockie and Louie trading fantastic verses over the buttery production. Although I liked all of these offerings, I must admit that my favorite one was without a doubt “You & I”, this one felt like a summertime Chicago record, it’s one of those songs that you can listen to on repeat all day. Rockie made a statement with these new tunes, he’s not to be taken lightly. Check out the brand new music below, and let me know which song is your favorite in the comments!