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Phantom Of The Opps – [Dot Demo]

Dot Demo has been dropping nothing but gems and you’ve been doing nothing but sleep on him. Reminding you of his album, Delirium, which dropped in January, the South Bronx native returns to our pages today with a video for standout cut, “Phantom Of The Opps.” Directed by Cole Eckerle, this video does a great job of capturing the track’s essence, placing Dot in a snow-dusted field equipped with a bottle of liquor and a cigarette. Even with the minimalist approach, the visuals never feel empty thanks to the striking setting of a thawing-winter feel and the beauty of the setting sun. Sonically, Demo showcases a number of flows, each one hitting the pocket in a different way, but keeping a similarly almost-whispering delivery that hammers home the grungy, sinister vibes of the effort. Watch “Phantom Of The Opps” below and if you dig this one, be sure to check out Delirium and his other project from 2018, Nahforreal’!

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 • …

Staff Picks: Top Songs of the Month (March 2018)

March was undoubtedly the busiest month for new music so far in 2018. From XXXTentacion’s chart-topping album ? to Rich The Kid’s highly-anticipated debut project The World Is Yours, it was pretty well close to impossible to keep up. Luckily, the LL writing team has helped put together another Top Songs list that features tracks that may have gone under the radar throughout the past 31 days. Check them out below and here’s hoping April brings much of the same heat! _ Warhol.ss – Get Up With Me One of the undisputed highlights from the beginning of this month was Warhol.ss latest effort in Get Up With Me. Featuring production from BLKYTH, the vicious instrumental and high-octane lyricism was yet another hype setting record for his forthcoming Chest Pains album in which Warhol.ss assured in the description that its release is ‘soon.’ Let’s hope that day isn’t too far away, but for now, don’t slip-up on one of his most impressive tracks to date. _ Bernard Jabs – End Goal Georgia rapper Bernard Jabs is somewhat of a newcomer on our pages, and he very well could have been on a number of these Top Songs lists in the past. Enter his …

Demos- [Family Reunion]

This is the first time Family Reunion is featured on our pages and the special occasion happens to be the release of her first 2-track EP titled Demos! Jackie Carlson has been making music since she forced to play in a church worship band at 11 years old; fast forward 7 years later and she has leveled up her abilities by currently singing/playing guitar under the name Family Reunion. The stage name seems appropriate considering there is a strange, nostalgic element to her music that arises upon first listen, which may not make sense until you hear it for yourself. Jackie sings about “Missed Connections” on the first song, filled with relatable lyrics about unrequited feelings and trying to keep on keeping on. “Summer” maintains the same relatability from the previous track as Jackie continues to weave her agile voice through different pitches showing masterful range and promising talent. Family Reunion is something you certainly don’t want to miss out on and what better time to tune in than her first EP, hit play on Demos below and give Jackie a follow on Twitter (@FAM1LYREUNION) and Soundcloud  to keep up with her latest music. After listening to this brief debut EP, I think we can all …

LL Presents: The Mikey Hash Q&A

If you consider yourself even the least bit familiar with Lyrical Lemonade, then you have surely seen Mikey Hash on our platform before, so it was only a matter of time before I brought him in for a Q&A segment. He consistently comes through on his records with ferocious bars & memorable verses time and time again, not to mention that his beat selection is more than impressive having worked with the likes of Ugly Friend, MARCEYY, Brent Rambo, Nephew, Kung Pao and more. Get in tune with everything Mikey Hash by taking a few minutes of your time to read up on him below, and while you’re at it be sure to give him a follow on Twitter here!     — EM: First things first, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. MH: Shit, I’m Michael Hash. I’m from Los Angeles, California (No/Ho to be exact). I paint, I skate, create and live as much as I can. I’m here to win. — EM: What is your earliest memory of music? MH: I remember being a little nigga, hearing all the west coast shit hella early. My mama has a Tupac tattoo and all that. …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Futura Bloom Q&A

I have been trying to bring in these guys for a conversation for quite some time now, so I am extremely happy to bring you our latest Q&A segment featuring Sly Luke and Ali For The Go. Formerly known as Lucas G and Ali from New Kingz, the artists that we have grown to love are back with a new identity. That’s right ladies and gentleman, they have entered a new chapter of their careers, so be sure to address them as Sly Luke and Ali For The Go from this point on. Lucky for us, they are dropping a brand new project this Friday so I had to bring them in for our latest Q&A segment. Learn a thing or two about the guys below while we continue to wait for the previously mentioned project, and while you’re at it give them a follow below! Ali • Luke — EM: When did you first start creating music? * SL: I first starting creating music around 5th or 6th grade. Just putting lyrics to what I already knew how to do musically with instruments and everything. ALI: Around the same time, when Apple first came out with Garage Band. Just cooking up with my …

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ – [Kid Cudi]

Kid Cudi fans rejoice. Out of nowhere, Kid Cudi has dropped his sixth album in “Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’” after postponing the release due to a self-check into rehab in September. The 19-track effort is split into four parts and includes a handful of features that include Travis Scott, Andre 3000, Pharell Williams and Willow Smith with production from Mike Will Made It, Dot Da Genius and Mike Dean. Cudi’s dynamic verses and masterful autotune is proof that he remains amongst the top tier of artists in today’s music scene. I won’t spoil it for you, but this is most definitely an instant classic. Check out the new album and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Woodside Connect: Jayaire Woods Live! Recap

This past weekend on October 15th, the promising up and coming Chicago collective Creatives Only put on a show that showcased some of the most impressive young talent mixed in with a few already established artists in the industry. “The Woodside Comnect: Jayaire Woods Live” took place at the Refuge Live! on Clark Street right in the heart of the city. To start it all off, some of the artists that are represented by Creatives Only got a chance to demonstrate some of their best music with a sample show of about three to four sounds per artist. Having never seen any of these musicians live, I was excited to experience their music unlike ever before. Some standout artists that opened up the show were people like riQo the Menace, Dero Defrance, Grizzie Grime and Armani Devon. Dero started out his set with a spoken word experience that was as powerful as it was eye opening, and riQo brought his unique Milwaukee sound and energy to the stage. Grizzie and Armani both did their thing, going out into the crowd and interacting to get the fans hyped up. Squeak Pivot was the man behind the sounds, whether it was the …

LL Presents: The Adot Q&A

As the second installment of our new question & answer segment, I had to meet up with one of my personal favorite upcoming Chicago emcees, Adot, for a in depth Q&A. If you’re unfamiliar with him, take a few minutes of your time to read up on him below then check out his excellent music catalog here.   EM: Before we start the interview, give our readers that may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. AD: Yo, I’m Adot, I’m an aspiring artist from the city of Chicago born and raised here. I started rapping around 2-3 years ago and haven’t stopped since. Some of you may know me for a few of my most popular tracks, GOON, CIRCLES, and REFLECTION. EM: Those tracks definitely are what grabbed my ear to begin with. So how did you come up with the name Adot? AD: It’s a funny ass reason actually, I literally got it from Xbox. All my friends needed a nickname for me because we played Gears of War 3 all this time so they just started calling me Adot and I just used it as my rap name since then. EM: That’s hilarious! Okay so we’re getting a little off …