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Veins Freestyle – [Jero]

I always get a weird sort of satisfaction whenever I can share some new talent out of the Windy City, and today we have a creative by the name of Jero making his LL debut with his brand new track titled “Veins Freestyle”. If you are a fan of Earl Sweatshirt then prepare to be greeted by a familiar instrumental, as Jero remixed “Veins” off of Earl’s last project Some Rap Songs that I loved a ton, and wow Jero impressed over this beat. Get in tune with this Chicago emcee by [pressing play below and if you like what you hear then be sure to give him a follow on Twitter here.

Easter Sunday – [ZelooperZ] ft. [Earl Sweatshirt]

ZelooperZ is back again this year with a new project, Dyn-o-mite, releasing on streaming services next week, just a few months after the impressive Wild Card from earlier this year. The track “Easter Sunday” features none other than the top-tier new school MC, Earl Sweatshirt, who is coming fresh off his mind-bending and boundary-pushing Some Rap Songs, an album that arrived late last year. The two-minute track is split pretty evenly between ZelooperZ and Earl, who both snap as they each rap for about a minute. ZelooperZ starts the track off with a really great verse, and Earl doesn’t disappoint, dropping a lyrically dense, intoxicating verse featuring multiple quotables as always. The beat on here, courtesy of Black Noi$e, is absolutely mesmerizing, featuring a beautiful and uplifting grand piano sample, along with some funky bass. Check out this track, along with the rest of the album a week early by supporting on Bandcamp below! Dyn-o-mite by ZelooperZ

Papaya! – [Malci]

The criminally overlooked Chicago emcee and producer Malci is here with his newest project Papaya!, released today. This arrives nearly two years after his last project DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF, my personal introduction to Malci and one of my favorite overall projects to come out of 2017. Now he’s back in 2019 with Papaya!, which is an exciting release, as it heads in a completely different creative direction than his previous project. Production-wise, this project features primarily synth-based, glitchy and atmospheric beats along with field recordings. It’s seventeen tracks, but doesn’t overstay its welcome in the slightest, clocking in around thirty-four minutes, following this many-short-songs album format that some of my other recent favorite albums have followed by artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Slauson Malone, and Lucki.  Papaya! ends up making for an extremely cohesive and engaging listen that only leaves the listener wanting more from Malci. There are some really interesting genre-bending soundscapes on here along with melodic and enjoyable production throughout. “The 40 Oz Endorsement” perfectly encapsulates the record, as it features otherworldly production underlying Malci talking about thrifting a nice outfit, beating three Final Fantasy games, and shouting about drinking 40s “because they work”. The track “Byzantine Way” …

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty 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.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

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 …

Freewave 3 – [Lucki]

Chicago’s own Lucki has been teasing the release of his third edition of his Freewave series for a minute now, and just a few minutes ago he blessed his rapidly growing fan base with the project! The fans have been impatiently waiting this release for quite some time now, and Lucki didn’t hold back at all as he provided us with fifteen new records that will be in rotation for years to come. CHASETHEMONEY produced a good amount of this project and some of my personal favorite joints are the ones that he worked on, but believe me when I say that this project is sensational from top to bottom. The only feature on this tape comes from Earl Sweatshirt, which is awesome to see because Lucki fans know that Earl Sweatshirt has been one of his biggest inspirations for years now. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like what you hear be sure to share the music with a friend or loved one. From all of us here at Lyrical Lemonade, congratulations on this release Lucki!

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

ONE FOOT – [mavi]

The phrase, “all gas, no breaks” can easily be applied to Mavi and the music he creates. The Charlotte-based artist delivers a new song with “ONE FOOT” that highlights his undeniable skill. The song focuses on taking things one at a time, which is displayed in Mavi’s cadence that is reminiscent of Earl Sweatshirt. Using a conversational style that sounds more like the reading of a book, Mavi paints a picture for listeners. The new song utilizes a washed sounding set of production that doesn’t overstay its welcome, allowing Mavi’s storytelling ability to truly shine. You’re going to have to run this track back a few times to catch all the gems of knowledge Mavi drops during the three-minute track. Listen to the new song below and tell us how your rating the bars in the comment section!

Bread – [Alchemist]

In the world of production, no one is on the same planet as Alchemist — and it has been that way for years. Today, proving this, the Alchemist is back with one his finest offerings to date in the form of a brand new album entitled Bread. Soulful as can be and doused in dense flows and head-turning energy, this project pairs some of the best lyricists in the game with a collection of Alchemist’s best instrumentals. Boasting features from Westside Gunn & Conway, Roc Marciano, Black Thought, and Earl Sweatshirt, the project is clearly filled with talent, even including the song “E. Coli” alongside Earl Sweatshirt that dropped just a couple days back as well as the instrumental versions of each song. Needless to say, as expected, Alchemist never loses his soul and Bread is proof, so make sure you spin this record at the link below!

E. Coli – [The Alchemist] x [Earl Sweatshirt]

With a new EP slotted for Nov. 30, west-coast producer The Alchemist has dropped the project’s first single featuring Earl Sweatshirt. On “E. Coli”, the veteran beat-maker matches his ear for hazy, sample-based instrumentals with Earl’s timeless straight-bar style. Earl’s monotone, steady flow hovers atop the production with a weighty presence. Thoughts come out in a moment of lucidity, blending introspection with storytelling in a daydream like stupor. “E. Coli” feels like a quick smoke break of a song and an example of rapper and producer moving in tandem almost effortlessly. There’s also a music video that goes with the song, and thanks to director Jason Goldwatch, it’s actually so uncomfortable that I’d rather you just watch it for yourself instead of trying to break it down. So, peep the perplexing monster battle-inspired visuals for The Alchemist’s “E. Coli” below, and stay tuned for his ‘Bread’ EP coming Nov. 30.