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The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Sunday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Buss It – [DCG Brothers]

It definitely doesn’t take a lot for me to get excited about the Chicago music scene, and it definitely doesn’t take very much to get me to write about it either. That’s not because my expectations are low or because I want to promote hometown artists even if they’re not totally polished quite yet. Instead, it’s because even the most underground, local emcees are doing their thing in an unignorable fashion, and as you move up the ladder of fame and fortune, these things don’t change, the overall sound quality of the music just seems to get better thanks to their access to more professional equipment. Ever since I found out about the DCG Brothers probably over a year or two ago, I was instantaneously mesmerized by their addicting personalities, their individual aptitudes, and most of all, their out-of-the-box take on Chicago drill music. It might’ve taken longer than I had hoped for, but I finally got the chance to see them this past weekend at the Summer Smash and let me tell you, Bsavv and Shun know how to put on an all-out clinic. Their energy seems to get brought to even higher levels in front of a crowd, …

Jungle Life – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv]

Chicago is one of those places that’s known for a few things. Outsiders look at it as a city built on sports, hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef. While this is true to an extent, it’s also so much more than that, but only the locals seem to understand this fact. As a music fan growing up here, the drill scene took over such a prominent part of my life that I feel like it deserves to be included in that aforementioned list of things we’re known for, and although it seemed like there was a moment where this subgenre began to waiver or not be as impactful as it once was, people like the DCG brothers are here to breathe such new, entertaining life into it that there’s no denying its revival is in full force. They just take such a different approach when compared to other legends who came before them, and that’s why new releases like their latest record “Jungle Life” are so essential. Produced by their go-to hitmaker Spank on da Beat, this is actually a cut from their project of the same name, so the No More Heroes-directed music video is here to …

Getting to know: SPVNK ONNA BEAT

I recently caught wind of Chicago producer SPANKONTHEBEAT after getting further into the libraries of other Chicago talents like the DCG Brothers and CP.  His talent and creativity have garnered him respect and a solid following, especially in the city. As he continues to produce beautiful pieces with talented artists to supplement his skills, his name will become a household one well-beyond Chicago. We’ll jump right into it from here, so allow me to introduce, for those who aren’t already hip, Spvnk Onna Beat. Lyrical Lemonade (LL) : Spvnk, it’s a pleasure to sit down and have a brief introduction to you as a person and an artist. Let’s get this off the table first: do you formally go as SPVNKONTHEBEAT, Spvnk Onna Beat, justspvnk — what do you prefer? Spvnk: I started as justspvnk reason being it cost $0 to just be you, but the ppl coined the phrase “Spvnk onna beat” off the production tag so I stuck with that as a stage name long as you replace the A with a V. LL: Take us through some of your recent work? Spvnk: I’ve been getting more into mixing the traditional 90’s early 2000’s way of producing with …

Mr. Perfect – [SG Batman]

Chicago wouldn’t be even close to the behemoth that we are today without the originators of drill music who paved the way for so many of the up-and-coming acts to do their thing and make a name for themselves. Although there were quite a few years in the later 2010s and very early 2020s where drill seemed to be dying out, or at least it was overshadowed by other talents who were making equally as innovative music as their predecessors, I am beyond grateful that the current generation of drill hitmakers are really thinking outside the box and bringing this subgenre back to what it used to be. Artists like the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, Lil Eazzyy, and more have taken this sound and made it their own, each displaying their own trademark style that differentiates themselves from anyone else currently working on their sound in this genre, as well as anyone else that has ever done it in the past. Out of all the names I could list, though, SG Batman is someone I was slightly more unfamiliar with, but considering I’ve seen his name pop up so much recently and his recent song “Mr. Perfect” was sent my …

Stomp – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv] ft. [G Herbo]

Just when it seemed like the drill scene in Chicago was coming to a bit of a standstill, the DCG Brothers came in and made an insane splash with their modern take on a sound that put this city on the map in a huge way. It just felt like with New York City drill taking over the mainstream, the Chicago drill sound was starting to die down, and it is thanks to these two trendsetters that the subgenre is alive and well, at least in my opinion. They were on such a long, impressive streak of releasing singles and visuals, each one getting better than the last while also putting their names on the map more than ever, but one thing that fans were patiently waiting for and highly anticipating was the release of a project. Well, the wait came to an end late last week with the release of their debut mixtape Jungle Life which boasts 14 songs running just short of 39 minutes long, and man is this the wild ride that I was hoping for. Out of all these songs, though, I was definitely most captivated by their record “Stomp”, probably mostly because of the fact …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at: www.thesummersmash.com   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

Backdoor – [PGF Nuk]

I love how Chicago is a city that never fails to let me down when it comes to learning about talented up-and-comers. Sure, since I live here, I should probably already have known about PGF Nuk and the insane movement that he has been bringing to life throughout his years as an emcee, but it wasn’t until a recent road trip that my brother turned on a song that I simply couldn’t help but look up myself. Since then, I realized that there is no shortage of output from the rising talent, and one of his most recent releases was called “Backdoor” which is a heater in and of itself, but it also comes with a No More Heroes-presented and J.Smithfilms music video that undeniably takes things to an entirely different level. The song sounds like a new, sinister take on a classic drill-inspired track that made me fall in love with the menacing subgenre about a decade ago, and while I feel like Nuk can easily draw comparisons to the DCG Brothers, I firmly believe that he is going to see his career take off in a similar way (if he hasn’t seen it already). The music video is …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …