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My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

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 …

Behind The “His & Hers” Music Video

The latest episode of our behind the video series is about “His & Hers” by Internet Money, Don Toliver, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gunna!

HISNEYLAND – [HVN]

We at Lyrical Lemonade have been covering Houston artist HVN ever since the release of his first project, Welcome to HVN. At the time, he was mainly known around Houston for throwing parties with his brand DONTDIE. But over the past two years or so, HVN has grown into a creative force far beyond his city, landing on Don Toliver’s album a few months back with “Smoke,” modeling for Heron Preston x Calvin Klein, and just over a week ago, releasing his most impressive body of work to date in All Girls Go To Heaven. 8 tracks in length, All Girls Go To Heaven doubles down on the sound that HVN’s Houston-based team has created, sharpening the ideas on Welcome to HVN, getting more personal, and and offering deeply compelling bouts of songwriting, hard-nosed deliveries, and unmistakable personality. In every way, it’s a lifestyle project, and one that achieves its goal of bringing listeners further into the world of HVN in a massively exciting way. Today, HVN is here with his second visual off of the project, blessing our pages with a music video for one of my personal favorite tracks, “HISNEYLAND.” Built around a charged instrumental courtesy of Broadday — whose contributions to …

Marine – [HVN]

Houston artist HVN has had a whirlwind few months. Since we last covered his April ’21 single “Draco,” the rising talent appeared on Don Toliver’s “Smoke” alongside SoFaygo, performed at several U.S. dates with Toliver from Miami all the way to Los Angeles, modeled for Calvin Klein, and just last week, released a brand new single called “Marine.” Today, HVN is here to bless us with the song’s accompanying music video, directed by none other than visual genius and jack-of-many-trades, Noah Dillon, whose work spans from visual campaigns for North Face and Maison Margiela all the way to his band The Hellp and a brand called Hot Mess alongside Luka Sabbat, among other things. Simply put, “Marine” is an eccentric, deeply compelling music video, far from what one would expect from a rap video in both visual identity and substance. Dillon builds what feels like a singular world around the song, using different textures of footage, split-screen shots, strategic camera movements, and more to ingrain the visuals into the muddied feel of the production and the personality driven into the vocals. The yield is a music video that continues to build upon HVN’s differentiated sense of artistry, sonically and visually …

Sam Morrison’s October Favorites

Last month, I had the pleasure of launching a brand new long-form series on Lyrical Lemonade that I’m more than excited to expound upon. If you’ve had the chance to read my articles, then you’d know that my musical taste is all over the place in the best ways possible. I’m never listening to the same genre consistently, which has allowed me to discover and appreciate a wide range of artists. With that being said, the goal of this series is to share my taste and give you all a concise list of my favorite released tracks from each month. October was filled with some great music, so keep scrolling down below to check out some songs and projects that have been on repeat for the last 30 days; IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER — 1. argyle-[brakence] One of my favorite artists out right now is none other than the pure genius that is brakence. Ever since first stumbling on him in 2019, I have been utterly hooked on just about every song that he’s put out. Once 2020 hit, it felt like everyone in the music community instantly became aware of how talented and trailblazing he actually was. With songs …

Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

Don Toliver + Saba added to The Summer Smash lineup!

Back at the start of May, we announced our third annual Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash music festival lineup, the all hip-hop festival that takes place right here in Chicago. At the time of the announcement, we received a ton of positive feedback regarding the lineup, but we knew that the updated lineup was going to make it that much better. Today we are extremely proud to announce that we have updated our lineup with artists, Don Toliver and Saba! Obviously, Don Toliver has played a big part in Lyrical Lemonade this year with the music videos we have directed for “His & Hers” as well as “Lemonade”. He is one of the brightest young stars in the entire music world, he was widely requested by our fanbase, and we also felt like he was the missing piece to the festival and are very excited to add him to our lineup! Chicago native Saba is without a doubt one of the best rappers that the city has to offer, we here at Lyrical Lemonade have been massive fans of him since he released Comfort Zone back in 2014, and he has grown tremendously since then. Here at the office, Saba was considered …

Drugs N Hella Melodies – [Don Toliver] feat. [Kali Uchis]

The Houston-hit maker known as Don Toliver is absolutely killing his album rollout and having the time of his life doing so. Since announcing the title of his upcoming album, Currently titled Life of a Don, it’s been all gas and no breaks when it comes to just how strategic he is with rolling this out. Recently celebrating his birthday, and spending more time with his lady and amazing songstress Kali Uchis, there is no way that Don can miss right now, and we are gearing up to witness one of the best albums to drop this year. Today, Don has released single number two from his album, titled “Drugs N Hella Melodies” featuring Kali Uchis.  Leaving fans at the edge of their seats from Don’s last video “What You Need”, it ended with a “To be continued…”. What we are witnessing here today, is the continuation of the story told in the last visuals. For a quick recap, Don Toliver is maneuvering around the town in Colombia, following a mysterious red aura. That aura led him into a forest in which he discovered Kali Uchis and he became captured by her essence. On “Drugs N Hella Melodies”, he then …