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WOAH – [RONSOCOLD] ft. [Yeat]

I always love thinking back to a few years ago and remembering some of the artists I would religiously bump on a daily basis because I give them so much credit for my music taste as it is today, even if it has pivoted or changed over the years. Some of these talents were just making some of the most unheard-of styles that couldn’t be confined to a specific genre or label and considering they had all the freedom in the world to do whatever they wanted, the results were addicting to me, personally. North Carolina was a state that produced some of my all-time favorite underground phenoms, and it still has a thriving underground scene that I definitely think deserves more shine. Nonetheless, one hitmaker I have always enjoyed is RONSOCOLD, a Charlotte emcee who was pushing the boundaries of what others thought was impossible, and the results were groundbreaking. Admittedly, I kind of lost track of Ron’s whereabouts in recent memory so I wasn’t completely caught up on his career, but when he hit me up and sent through some of his most recent releases, I can’t believe I let myself sleep on him the way I did. …

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 …

2019 – [LUCKI] & [F1LTHY]

It seems like over the past few weeks, LUCKI has been dropping constantly, and I couldn’t be more stoked about that because it gives me something incredible to write about all the time. Just a few weeks back, LUCKI teamed up with Working on Dying’s very own F1LTHY in order to drop their collaborative project WAKE UP LUCKI, which I’m sure you have heard about a ton at this point, and although I’m not surprised that it was as amazing as it turned out to be, I was definitely beyond excited about the results. It has been in my rotation pretty much daily ever since it was released, and I find new moments throughout that continue to pull me in with every additional listen. At this point, I don’t think LUCKI could do any wrong within his copious amounts of music, and his chemistry with F1LTHY is just so compelling that I have enjoyed every second of the additional drops that accompany this project. Of course, he’s not even close to finished with his victory lap, most recently teaming up once again with Lonewolf to shoot a music video for one of the tape’s most addicting tracks entitled “2019”, and …

U.G.K – [Lucki] & [F1LTHY]

Chicago’s very own Lucki has always been an artist who plays by his own rules, does his own thing, and creates whatever style of music that he thinks sounds good. Clearly, he has quite the ear for what sounds right, because he has constantly amassed a loyal and always growing cult following that is nothing short of dedicated, and I think that this more than anything has helped him grow his career. Although he has connections with mainstream artists and other pop culture figures, he has always seemed comfortable in the underground music scene, and he doesn’t really feel the urge to break out to wider audiences because not only is his following still massive, but he knows his sound isn’t something that is necessarily going to appeal to a more basic crowd, and that’s not what he wants in the first place. Just last week, Lucki teamed up with F1LTHY once again to release their collaborative project WAKE UP LUCKI, and even though it is an instant classic in my mind, it left me wanting more. Luckily, my desire was pleased to find out that. They teamed up with Lonewolf yet again to shoot a miniature movie for their …

NEPTUNE VS. INDUSTRY – [Lucki] & [F1lthy]

When an artist independently makes a name for themselves as they rise through the ranks of the music industry, that’s always obviously prominent. It’s not easy to lift off and rise up above certain levels, but when a talent can do this, it means that there’s seriously something special within them, and that can’t go unnoticed. At the same time, there are some duos throughout the music scene that work just so well together, and it might be harder to make it big in a group depending on who you ask, but when a tag team finally receives the accolades they deserve, it’s that much more special, in my opinion. Although Lucki and F1lthy aren’t technically in a group or anything of that nature, every time they team up it seems like they flip the music world on its head, and they have yet to release anything that could be considered even close to a miss. That’s why, as soon as I found out that these two hitmakers were finally teaming up for a full collaborative project entitled WAKEUPLUCKI that is set to drop within the coming weeks, I got way more excited than I’d like to admit as a …

Lil Yachty Interview: Five Years In & Still Persevering

“When I was like 18, I used to really care about what everybody thought about my music and it used to get to me. I just started to realize that when you do good, people will criticize you, and when you do bad, they still criticize you.” -Lil Yachty Photo Cred: Gunner Stahl If there’s one thing that the roller coaster of a year that was 2020 has showed us, is that time is flying by. It seems like just a couple of years ago we were introduced to Apple Music and transitioning to an all-digital era of music. Some of the favorite songs, albums and mixtapes that existed over the last half of a decade are aging faster than we can count to 10, and  we are even nearing the anniversary of some projects turning 10 this year. It sounds crazy to even say this out loud, but 2021 will be the 5 year anniversary of the amazingly iconic XXL Freshmen class of 2016. Regardless of what good or bad may have happened in peoples lives that year, we can all agree that 2016 was a very important year for music. It sparked the brand new generation of rap–a …

Whole Lotta Red – [Playboi Carti]

Suspense can make or break an album. There is truly no getting past the fact that the way one builds up anticipation for a particular project plays an integral role in how that same project ends up being received as once it finally sees a release. This idea has made such albums as Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo as incredibly momentous and gratifying as they were come their respective releases, but it has also made for quite the few underwhelming releases like Lil Wayne’s ever-divisive Tha Carter IV. Simply put, acts that repeatedly act on the idea of suspense are essentially betting on themselves for both critical and commercial acclaim. This scenario is one that Playboi Carti absolutely had to find himself in if his long – and it bears repeating – long-awaited album Whole Lotta Red were to ever come out. The speculation had grown to seemingly immeasurable levels by themselves; the hype was not just through the roof, but through the stratosphere. And yet, after 3-plus years of this unprecedented teasing game that Carti himself had played with his audience, it finally happened in 2020.  But as with any project that has this …

Stick! – [Zack Fox] ft. [Fabo]

In a world with so much polarization and divide, having someone like Zack Fox is always refreshing. His comical approach to music is unlike any other meme rappers you can think of because not only are his bars hilarious, they’re also actually incredibly well thought out and pieced together in an unbelievably remarkable way. He isn’t just making music as a joke, and that’s clear because although there might be funny elements, he’s actually extremely talented and has proven time and time again that he’s more than a comedian. Although I’m a little late to his most recent song “Stick!”, I couldn’t help but talk about it after seeing all the creativity and thoughtfulness that went not only into the record itself but the visual that accompanies it as well. F1LTHY, a producer I’ve grown familiar with through his copious amounts of work with Chicago legend Lucki, is a hitmaker I wasn’t expecting to join forces with Zack, but after hearing the results, I’m beyond grateful that they did. As for the production, F1LTHY utilizes some lighthearted, almost elementary-sounding piano keys that are accented by spread out percussion and very pungent, hard-hitting bass in the distance. When Zack starts to …

Delete – [Benji Blue Bills]

Hearing an artist completely spazz on a record will always be a winning recipe in my eyes. The dominance of acts like DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion has since set a new precedent for rappers who are now taking those same trap beats we love and applying a lethal amount of pressure from a writing standpoint. This brief preamble brings me to my introduction to Atlanta based rapper Benji Blue Bills and his relentless delivery. His most recent release, “Delete,” is characterized by the aforementioned hard-hitting trap production style, produced by wakeupf1lthy, delivered alongside equally aggressive raps. Benji Blue Bills doesn’t waste a single moment on his single, taking the time to deliver quotable verse after quotable verse while maintaining a lively bounce. Benji Blue Bills may be a new name, but his music is refined, making him an artist to keep an eye on moving forward. Listen to “Delete” by Benji Blue Bills below.

i don’t rap! – [Poorstacy]

In my personal opinion, at the rate that Internet Money has been pumping out hits, I don’t believe they could do any wrong even if they tried. Throughout their dexterous roster, there are a number of musicians creating some of the most individualistic music and although almost none of it sounds the same, their common connection is IM. Poorstacy is one of the wildest yet most intriguing members of the collective, and he has been a name I’ve paid attention to ever since first hearing him on label mate Iann Dior’s song “Urself”, and ever since hearing his incredible contribution to the Industry Plant standout track, I haven’t missed a single offering from him. He just never does anything that’s expected of him and doesn’t do things by the book which keeps fans on their toes and has given him the opportunity to show off the incredibly wide range of talents he possesses. Once again, he caught me by surprise by releasing two new tracks in the form of a miniature EP of some sort entitled i don’t rap!, and he even specifies that it’s a leak in the title, even though they were uploaded to his official SoundCloud account. …