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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 • …

Big Bad Wolf – [Rocket Da Goon] x [Famous Dex]

Rocket Da Goon is certainly no stranger to our lemon filled pages and today he is back with the release of his brand new music video for “Big Bad Wolf” below! As soon as they beat blessed my headphones I knew that they were about to go crazy, and sure enough that’s exacly what they did as Rocket Da Goon came through with an abousltely jaw dropping verse + hook, leaving Chicago native Famous Dex no choice but to match his effort & they created something special. They linked up with video director Gxdliketcla who did a great job of capturing a day in the life of the two rockstars, and they also teamed up with No Jumper who officially released the video! Watch this brand new visual below and if you’re rocking with it be sure to follow Rocket Da Goon on Twitter here.

Special 2 Me – [Packboy Swish] Ft. [Famous Dex] x [Naysh Gle]

An artist that goes by the name of Packboy Swish is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut tonight with his brand new offering titled “Special 2 Me” featuring Famous Dex and Naysh Gle. As soon as you press play be prepared to get smacked in the face with the massive instrumental before Packboy Swish came through with an all around impressive verse that led perfectly into the stellar verse on the back end of this one from Lyrical Lemonade favorite Famous Dex, and then finally the great contribution from Naysh Gle. Take a few minutes of your time to stream this brand new record below and if you like it be sure to give Packboy Swish a follow on Soundcloud here.

Nervous – [Famous Dex] Ft. [Lil Baby] [Jay Critch] [Rich The Kid]

Chances are you tuned in for the Famous Dex, Rich The Kid & KILLY track back in May titled Guap that was consequently leaked and now, a new version has surfaced from Dex as he taps Lil Baby, Jay Critch & Rich The Kid once again for, Nervous. Sticking to the same production from Take A Daytrip, the energy is set at an all-time high as Dex opens with his catchy hook before QC’s Lil Baby jumps in for arguably one of the best features we’ve heard from the Atlanta native since his emergence. Followed by verses from the Rich Forever mates that were certainly no slouch either, Nervous comes as a wake-up call for everyone that Dex hasn’t gone anywhere and you’d have to hope that we are nearing another project from the Chicago native very soon. Having said that, kick off your weekend with Nervous at the link below and keep posted for the next one from Dex & company very soon!

Watch Lil Durk’s interview with No Jumper

Following last week’s episodes with Berner and Getter, the latest to take to the No Jumper hot seat was Chicago’s own Lil Durk for an interview you don’t want to miss. Kicking things off with details on his next project, both Adam and Durk chopped it up for a good 30 minutes on an array of topics including the early days of the drill scene, the late Fredo Santana, OTF and Chief Keef’s GBE, a forthcoming collab with Juice WRLD and much more throughout the discussion. It’s no surprise that Adam22 has now reached significant corners in Chicago’s scene with the likes of Young Chop, Famous Dex, 600Breezy and G Herbo to name a few who have come through the No Jumper space for an interview of their own and in some cases, have similar stories from their come-ups in Chicago. That being said, don’t miss out on ‘The Lil Durk Interview’ below and go watch the past interviews on No Jumper’s page right here. Via: No Jumper 

Head In The Clouds – [joji]

If you are yet to check out 88rising’s collaboration tape Head In The Clouds, then you’re definitely missing out on some of the hottest music of the Summer. After seeing videos for Peach Jam with BlocBoy JB, Swimming Pool and Japan 88 with Famous Dex, the next track to be given a visual treatment is joji’s album song also called Head In The Clouds. Taking place literally in the clouds, joji can be seen floating throughout the world and into space while delivering his hypnotic verse on being stuck in a haze and never coming down from it. Joji already has the reputation of starring in the most creative videos (such as the singles yeah right & will he ) but before checking that out, let loose the cut for Head In The Clouds and catch the 88rising camp on their Head In The Clouds tour kicking off in September!

Head In The Clouds – [88rising]

88rising’s influence on the culture along with their ever-expanding team of artists becomes more & more untouchable by the day and now, we have just been given the biggest project in its labels history. Entitled Head In The Clouds, the 17-track effort features the regular squad consisting of Keith Ape, Rich Brian, Joji and the Higher Brothers followed by a massive list of guest appearances including Playboi Carti, Famous Dex, Yung Bans, BlocBoy JB and Goldlink amongst several others. Not only is the feature-list bursting with artists, the production on the record came from the likes of MurdaBeatz, Southside, Oren Yoel as well as the in-house talents of AUGUST 08 and many more throughout. Whether or not you were digging the singles in Japan 88 with Famous Dex and Peach Jam with Joji and BlocBoy JB, Head In The Clouds has something for everyone looking to get into the Summer-mood and get in-tune with some of music’s most sought-after names. Go ahead and jump into Head In The Clouds and don’t miss the visuals for Japan88 and Peach Jam also at the links below:

Gun Fight – [Famous Dex]

Coming off a pair of features with the likes of Comethazine & Rocket Tha Goon, LL favorite Famous Dex is back in his own spotlight with the incredible new visual for Gun Fight. Courtesy of his go-to shooter known as Chief Will, the title gives away the majority of the cut as Dex can be seen bodying the unearthly production while playing with a few of his favorite toys. The Chicago natives last visual for Spalding that dropped in June was undoubtedly one of my favorite Dex videos in recent memory but after peeping this one a few times, it’s safe to say he has outdone himself once again. Make sure to kick-off your weekend with Famous Dex’ fresh song & visual for Gun Fight and let us know if you’re feeling the new heat in the comments below! Via: WORLDSTARHIPHOP 

BOY DON’T CAP! – [Comethazine] Ft. [Famous Dex]

Following his last Bhunna-produced releases in HERO & DEMI, Comethazine makes his way back today with who-else but Famous Dex for an ecstatic new collab titled BOY DON’T CAP!. Over the animated production, both artists took turns unleashing their catchy verses on taking your girl, pulling up with the heat and people ‘capping like hats’ which you may have seen was the main theme of the cover art. If you’re a regular over here, you’re very well aware of the sprouting talents of Comethazine and when he & his counterpart in Dex come through with a connection like this, there’s no better showcase of why they are both riding their respective waves right now. Be sure to tune-in for the latest heat from Comethazine titled BOY DON’T CAP! with Famous Dex and let us know if this track is making it’s way to your playlist.

RocketDexter – [Rocket Da Goon] Ft. [Famous Dex]

Making his first appearance on our page since back in November, Rocket Da Goon is an emerging artist set to become a familiar face over here at LL; and his latest collab with Famous Dex will give you all the reason to believe so. Simply titled RocketDexter, the two artists floated over the funky instrumental with their catchy lyrics on trapping before rapping, running up with automatics and so much more making this song one of the catchier collabs I’ve heard in recent memory. With a handful of releases so far on his page, Boss Gang’s Rocket Da Goon is looking to make some real traction as the year rolls-on and this Famous Dex collab will undoubtedly help his case moving forward. Having said that, let RocketDexter bless your speakers and watch out for the next collab from the duo!