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All Eyes on Me – [EARTHGANG]

Atlanta’s talent pool is one that runs deep and plentiful, making it a music city that is simply never going to fall off or be forgotten about, but that makes me so excited to see how the new generations of artists will innovate and progress such a unique and distinctive sound. While there are some major names in the world of trap that can be listed off, other artists take an even more conscious and intricate approach to music creation, and one duo that is probably doing it better than anyone else out right now is EARTHGANG. Although both emcees have gone by various monikers in the past, I know them best as Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, and both of these musicians are constantly pushing the limit on what we might’ve previously thought was the boundary of hip-hop. For just about a year, we have been learning more and more about their upcoming album Ghetto Gods, and every new release has me more excited than ever, so when I saw that they dropped a brand-new single called “All Eyes on Me”, I went straight to YouTube to listen and watch the cinematic Simon Chasalow and Hannah Hussain-directed music video. …

American Horror Story – [EARTHGANG]

It’s no secret that Atlanta is one of the most notable music hubs in all of rap, but it’s truly insane knowing that no matter what style, artist, or sound you’re looking for, the well will never run dry as long as rap music exists. Whether you’re looking for more trap-based sounds, unique individuals, or a more conscious, introspective style, ATL is a one-stop shop for anything you could imagine relating to hip-hop, and I think that this is a fact that is taken for granted way too often. One of the greatest acts in all of music comes in the form of a duo known as EARTHGANG, but after typing that, I realized that this tag team is anything but unrecognizable. Comprised of Olu and WowGr8, or their alter egos Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, this dynamic duo has been on the scene for quite some time, and they have managed to drop off some of the most compelling songs to date, never avoiding a difficult topic or discussion but rather veering towards it in order to shine a light on some of the more relevant, important narratives that are going on in the world right now. If you’re …

Meditate – [EARTHGANG] ft. [J.I.D]

Oftentimes in music, songs come and go no matter how incredible they are, and after a certain allotted amount of time, people move on, especially in the current digital age of the industry. Nonetheless, there are some songs that I just will never get tired of, and I revisit them quite frequently as I shuffle my playlists and remember some of these offerings. Even though EARTHGANG released their EP Rags way back in 2017, their song “Meditate” featuring J.I.D is a record that is just so amazing, I still can’t get enough of it. Everything from the production to the narrative to their deliveries is nothing short of perfect, and I find something new that I like about it every additional time I listen to it. Despite the fact that it’s more than a few years old, I love when artists decide to go back and breathe new life into some of their best releases to date, so when I realized they teamed up with Chad Tennies and Mac Grant to direct a brand-new music video for this track, you already know I couldn’t help but write about it. Opening up with the trio wearing chains and striped outfits, they …

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 …

What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye Cover) – [OLU]

Whether you’re a musician, an athlete, a celebrity for some other reason, or just a regular everyday person, there is some sort of music that has helped shape you into the person you are today. Your early taste in music most likely might’ve been built from your parents’ preferences because that’s all you had access to at a young age, but as we grow older, we truly appreciate these offerings more than ever before. Most musicians show their appreciation for these early influences by either mentioning those artists in interviews, referencing them in songs, or even sampling their music and giving it their own spin in order to bring it new life. As for EARTHGANG member OLU, he decided to take this dedication one step further and dropped off an actual full-on cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic record “What’s Going On”. Considering EARTHGANG is one of my favorite groups coming up in the music world, I wasn’t sure what to expect here. Normally, the duo is on songs with one another and they elevate each other’s aptitudes, so this was a new experience for me to hear OLU individually. Additionally, covers can be a challenging thing because you want to …

Avenue – [EARTHGANG]

Few duos in Hip-Hop have impressed me in the same way that EARTHGANG has over the past year or so. I was honestly first put onto them when I saw them appear in their episode of “The Cave” with Kenny Beats, but hearing their absolutely mindboggling flows and lyrics delivered in such a nonchalant, almost careless manner instantly drew me to them. They clearly have some of the most impressive talents in music, and Dreamville definitely struck gold when they recruited Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot to join their roster. Continuing on their always interesting journey to create trippy, psychedelic music videos, the gang is back with a visual for their Mirrorland standout song “Avenue”. I won’t go too deep into the song because most people have probably heard it time and time again, but I’ll highlight some of the main points so those who aren’t as familiar can get the gist. The beat is comprised of mystifying synths that almost sound like they’ve been chopped up and played in reverse while other lighter elements oppose some of the darker, more shadowy sounds before the verse begins and more intricate percussion starts right up. Johnny Venus delivers the hook in …

Swivel- [EARTHGANG] x [Dreamville]

EARTHGANG has been one of my favorite duos in recent memory, and for good reason. Their ability to switch their styles is unbelievable, ranging from turnt up trap songs to meditative stories of their personal lives. They just have a way of almost trying to one-up each other on every song in a friendly yet competitive fashion, but the end result always comes out as an extremely cohesive piece of music. Their most recent treat for fans comes in the form of a music video for their song “Swivel” off of their project Mirrorland as well as the Grammy nominated album Revenge of the Dreamers III. The song, which I’m sure most people have heard by now, boasts a boom-bap type beat with an extremely deep and heavy bassline. Both verses are beyond dreary, full of hazy mumbles that are still comprehensible. Some of the topics they mention include friends who have passed away due to drugs and various violent encounters as the GANG wishes they would’ve just stayed home and out of the trouble they eventually had to face. They also mention that these hardships didn’t occur when they were kids, but rather started when they grew older. The …

Fried for the Night- [TOKiMONSTA] ft. [EARTHGANG]

TOKiMONSTA is yet another new name that I came across and wanted to learn more about while perusing through new music. I guess I should have already known about her considering she’s been around for over a decade, released a few albums, and was even nominated for a Grammy. I guess the only reason I haven’t come across her music, or at least realized it was her, is the fact that although she has dabbled in hip hop production, she mainly sticks to electronic music and genres close to that. EARTHGANG, on the other hand, is a group that I’ve become increasingly familiar with over the last year, so in all honesty, seeing them on TOKi’s latest track is what really drew me in. Once “Fried for the Night” begins, it’s pretty easy to notice the predominately electronic influences that TOKiMONSTA implements, but at the same time, EARTHGANG adds a bit of soulfulness with the way they sing the hook. Both members of the group show off their absolutely fabulous flows, and both of their verses are completely unbroken due to breaths or other unintentional pauses. The lyrics that I decoded throughout the track follow along with the visual as …

1/16 – [Dreamville] x [Ari Lennox] x [EARTHGANG]

It would be extremely difficult when speaking about rap groups that had a better year than Dreamvillehas had last year. Dropping possibly one of the biggest collaborative projects in Hip Hop history Revenge of the Dreamers III, the controlled chaos that J. Cole was able to create, it delivered an energy that has been unmatched to this day. It was around this time last year (January 2019) where the recording sessions for the album took place–and out of the 142 songs recorded, only 18 were selected. There were rumors about a deluxe edition dropping–and by the looks of it, that may be happening pretty soon. Dreamville dropped a pack consisting of two songs: “Buss It” by Ari Lennox and “Still Up” by EARTHGANG feat. Reason. “Buss It” is one of the solo cuts that Ari Lennox was working on that didn’t make the official cut for the album. We first caught glimpse of this song during the Revenge Documentary (around the 15:00 mark) and many fans assumed that since it didn’t make the album, that it would Gian a placement on Ari’s sophomore project whenever she begins working on it. This song is simply a seductive cut about intimate attractions between Ari and a …

The Circus – [Mick Jenkins]

Mick Jenkins is a veteran within the Chicago music community who has released some classic albums & EP’s over the years, and today he is back with his latest body of work, a seven-song project titled The Circus. When it comes to wordsmiths & true lyricists, Mick Jenkins is in a class of his own, we saw this with the excellent single + music video he dropped for “Carefree” last week so I only expected more of the same on this EP. I thoroughly enjoyed each & every one of the songs provided on this tape, it’s a bunch of flawless music from Mick with one lone feature from EarthGang on “The Light”, which is my favorite song on the project. Mick Jenkins described this EP himself better than I ever could, saying “As a direct prelude to my forthcoming album, The Circus EP is a body of work about just that. These days it’s very hard to look at the state of the world and popular culture and not see the allegory that makes this metaphor our reality more often than not.” Stream this amazing new EP below and if you like what you hear check out Mick’s upcoming tour dates …