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Get Lit or Die Tryin’ – [Meechy Darko]

When the vast majority of typical hip-hop fans think about New York icons, names like Jay-Z, Biggie, the Wu-Tang Clan, or any other legends. Obviously, these are artists who turned the industry into what it is today, and there is simply no denying that whatsoever, but considering I wasn’t alive to witness most of these artists at the pinnacle of their careers, I have a different set of musicians come to mind, personally. Rappers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, the A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies, and various others are the first names that come to my mind, and it’s thanks to many of these spitters that I have the complex taste in music that I am proud of. I remember listening to the Flatbush Zombies religiously in high school, running back songs and albums like it was my job, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I wasn’t actually really into a lot of the things they would mention like psychedelics or anything else along those lines, but I just loved their dynamic, their confidence, and the fact that every member brought something special and different to the table. Erick the Architect made ludicrously composite instrumentals, Juice brought the personality and …

Talk About Me – [Dot Da Genius] ft. [Kid Cudi] [Denzel Curry] & [J.I.D.]

Dot Da Genius is a legend in this industry, and if his name is new to you, you might want to do some research before you speak any further. I mean, he was the mastermind behind Kid Cudi’s 2008 hit “Day ‘n’ Nite” as well as a variety of other Cudi records, and he has also worked with world renown artists including Nas, Denzel Curry, Lil Nas X, and plenty more. Producers just don’t seem to get the same spotlight as emcees because their work is often done behind the scenes, so when I saw that Dot teamed up with the captain of our ship Cole Bennett, I wasn’t wasting any time to peep the magic that was brought to life. “Talk About Me” features Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry, and J.I.D., so even though this is a trio I didn’t expect to come across in a million years, they work so incredibly well over Dot’s insanely poignant instrumental, and the video is one of the best pieces of art I have seen all year. There is a mixture of black and white scenes sprinkled in throughout, but even in the clips that contain color, it seems like the vibrancy is …

Melt My Eyez See Your Future – [Denzel Curry]

Confucius once said that real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Unfortunately for him, self-reflection doesn’t seem to be a particular strength for our species these days – many of us are prone to ignoring hard truths, content with living in our bubble away from the news and reality we’re captive to. Does salvation really exist alongside our suffering? Or does knowledge simply bring a painful consciousness regarding things we cannot change? On his long-awaited LP Melt My Eyez, See Your Future, Denzel Curry makes a strong case in favor of intense introspection, presenting listeners with a story of rapturous deliverance following years of meditative habits and inevitably facing himself. The album’s title is a direct reference to this – “Melt My Eyez” representing our own avoidant behaviors that ultimately harm us. “See Your Future” representing our shared humanity, the benefits of self-reflection, and the knowledge that we all have the power to better not only ourselves but the world around us. Inspired by “a combination of what’s going on right now in the world and Akira Kurosawa films with Toshiro Mifune”, Denzel Curry’s newest LP is his strongest yet, combining both classic and forward-thinking elements of …

Underground Rapper iayze Releases “556 (Green Tips)” Visuals

Up and coming rapper and producer iayze (pronounced Jace) from Fort Worth, Texas has been blowing up on the music scene for a little while now. The underground artist is widely known for his viral hit “556 (Green Tip)”. This song has generated 2.3 million views on Youtube, and 779k plays on Soundcloud up to date. His melodic vocal ad-libs mixed with the pulsing 808s and iayze punchlines were the magic formula for a dope track. “556” does an amazing job showcasing iayze versatility. Last December he released his latest EP Red Faction. The EP was produced by Mixed Matches, who also served as the EP’s executive producer. While this EP only had 4 songs, it’s safe to say he still delivered nothing but the best on each track. Another track from iayze that brought him buzz was his track titled “C’mere! “. According to Genius, C’mere! is a response to the viral diss song released by Twisty P, I Shoot 4 Fun / Iayze Diss. Earlier this year, “C’mere!” music video was released on Youtube. The visuals were shot by DotComNirvan and received 928k views. iayze unique voice and ad-libs continue to separate him amongst the underground rappers. The young rapper …

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 …

The Scotts – [THE SCOTTS] [Travis Scott] [Kid Cudi]

Many people wouldn’t find it difficult to open any social media app and see Travis Scott’s name buzzing around on it. Whether it be for his growing sneaker collection, his executive mind of his Cactus Jack record label, or his clothing merch that sells out almost instantly; Travis has his artistry in everything and it really shows. Speaking in terms of his musical ability, he is always known for ushering in new sounds and vibes that many can say were curated and/or inspired by him. While a vast majority of his sound was inspired by the greats before us, he is one of the leaders of the pack to utilize the futuristic wave of music making. After the major success of the Jackboys EP, it was clear that he was not currently interested in working on his own solo release since his Astroworld album is still on repeat and STILL charting today; almost two years later. Having since then providing knowledge and guidance to his label mate Don Toliver on his debut project Heaven or Hell, it was only a matter of time before we saw what Travis would have his hands on next. At last, the fans now feast on the latest single from …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Panini – [Lil Nas X]

All eyes are on Lil Nas X — how will he follow-up a breakout single that’s spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts and easily the most viral song of the year thus far? Today, the 20-year-old hitmaker answers that question with his first new song since “Old Town Road” blew up, “Panini”. While it’d be easy to crack under the pressure of breaking out with such a massive hit single, Lil Nas quickly dispels that notion as soon as the beat drops on this track. He reaffirms his knack for insanely catchy melodic rap and genre fluidity, taking the song down a grungy path for the hook that feels reminiscent of something off an old Cudi or Travis reference. It’s not coincidental that the production on “Panini” might remind some listeners of those artists either, with veteran producer Dot Da Genius teaming up with Take A Daytrip on the beat. Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7’ is set to drop this Friday, and with “Old Town Road”, “Panini”, and some promising snippets floating around social media, it seems like the young Atlanta star might be poised to take over summer ’19. Stream “Panini” below and let us …

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 …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

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 • …