Watch femdot’s new freestyle on AMPD

femdot has been on the ‘Back Home’ tour with Saba for the past month, he’s a busy man but he made some time to stop to see the gold folks at AMPD and give us a new freestyle over Jay-Z’s “Dear Summer” instrumental. Anyone who even slightly knows fem knows that freestyling and pure rapping is his bread and butter, so you don’t even need to press play before you know he killed this one! Rumor has it that this is the first of a few new freestyles that are going to be coming from the Chicago leader, so if you aren’t already, give him a follow on Twitter to keep up with him!

The Top 5 Greatest Cookies of All Time

It’s 9:40 PM in Chicago Illinois – May 6th, 2022   I am in the living room of the Lyrical Lemonade office with Ausar, OG Stevo, Chris Patrick, and Justin Alvarez. I just got back from two weeks of touring with femdot on the ‘Back Home’ tour, and one question that arose in the green room multiple times was: What’s the best cookie of all time? We had plenty of passionate and spirited debates about this on the road: Frsh Waters loves butter cookies, femdot is a fan of snickerdoodle, and Amindi is a fan of the frosted animal crackers. After many days of thinking about this in my head, I bought this question up to Ausar, OG Stevo, and Chris Patrick. So here we are – now 9:50 on a Friday night at the Lyrical Lemonade office, ranking our top 5 cookies. _____   First things first – Chris Patrick is the WILDCARD of this debate. For starters, he started his list from 5 to 1, which I think we can all agree is weird. He was extremely passionate about these things called Vienna cookies, must be a New Jersey thing because none of us from the midwest has …

*self titled* – [The Aether]

The Aether is a producer from Seattle who I have been a massive fan of for some years now, I first found him on Soundcloud about 5 years ago, and I have been obsessed with his production ever since. Just recently The Aether released a new self-titled project, and we have had it in rotation all day here at the Lyrical Lemonade office. The Aether is one of those rare producers who you listen to and can’t help but wonder “how do more people not know about him yet”, but I assure you, he is well on his way. The Aether has been getting placement on albums and even had one of his beats used on femdot’s COLORS performance. This beat tape is the perfect thing to play in your headphones, or in the background as you settle in tonight. Stream it below and if you enjoy the music, be sure to share it with a friend!

Black Iverson – [Guapdad 4000]

If you’re not already familiar with COLORSxSTUDIOS’ series of live performances, you seriously have some catching up to do. For the past few years, they have brought in so many different artists, ranging from superstars like Gunna, Freddie Gibbs, and JID to more local emcees with immense talent such as Dreamer Isioma and Femdot. What I love about this series is that it showcases the artists in such a barebone yet equally vibrant, captivating manner, and these spitters are able to showcase their music in a way unlike ever before. Most recently, they invited Guapdad 4000 onto the series, and although his performance of his new single “Black Iverson” was immaculate, I also found out that this was part of the media company’s collaboration with the NBA 2K franchise, making this release even more incredible. Produced by Kyle S. Fischer, the instrumental is lighthearted and easygoing with hints of mischief and innocent trouble, setting the perfect base for Guapdad’s typically calm, cool, and collected flows. His delivery is very reminiscent of the sound we have all come to know and love as he just lets the tempo carry his words without trying to speed up his lines too quickly or …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at:   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

Mueen/Pray – [femdot.]

femdot is lightyears ahead of a great majority of rappers in this day and age, he’s a rare breed that can rap with the best of them while also creating unforgettable melodies, he’s one of the rarest artists that I have known in my entire life. Every now and then, fem will drop a record that just proves that no one can rap with him, and the outro on his latest project was just that. “Mueen/Pray” is one of the single best records to come out of Chicago last year, and today femdot decided to bless his growing fanbase with a new visual for the song. Any femdot fan knows that video director Jon LeVert is fem’s right-hand man when it comes to the visuals, and with the release of this new joint, their catalog of work together is only getting stronger. Check out this brand new visual below and be sure to check out Saba’s tour dates to see fem perform in a city near you!

Watch femdot’s new interview on The Lemonade Stand

femdot has steadily grown over the years and now he is at a point where he is undoubtedly one of the best musicians out of Chicago, not only that, he is a close friend of everyone at Lyrical Lemonade and we recently had him in for a brand new interview! I spoke with fem about plenty of subjects including his latest project Not For Sale, his upcoming headliner at The Bottom Lounge, Delacreme Scholars, how all of his projects are aligned with each other, growing up on the north side of Chicago + Glenwood, the first song he made at six years old and we even talked about some old photos + videos of him. This was a great conversation, get more familiar with fem by watching this brand new interview below!

Funds – [femdot.]

This past weekend was filled with plenty of photos and videos on social media of people celebrating their significant other on Valentine’s Day, however, Chicago native femdot decided to release a new music video that depicts what some others may have been feeling for his record “Funds”. Fem connected with his right-hand director Jon LeVert to shoot this video, and together they encapsulated the overall feel of the track, which I think is a feeling that a majority of people feel around this time of year. This release continues the string of strong releases from femdot, especially coming off the announcement that he will be supporting Pell on select dates on his tour. 2022 is going to be a massive year for fem, follow his journey by pressing play below!

back on road – [femdot]

2021 was a great year for Chicago music as a whole, but especially for femdot, who released a fantastic project called Not For Sale, a sensational tape that landed at #8 in our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021 list. Today, fem is back on our website with the release of his brand new music video for “Back on Road”, and it’s easily one of his best visuals yet. This video takes place at femdot’s welcome home party, and it’s shot through the lens of someone who got a little too drunk at the event. This music video was shot by upcoming director Noah Keckler, he did a fantastic job with this one, hopefully we see him + fem work more in the future. femdot has been on a great run lately, not only is his latest project Not For Sale his best yet, I’d argue that his past two music video releases are of that same stature. Watch this brand new music video below, and if you’re in Chicago, grab a couple of tickets to see fem perform at Bottom Lounge on March 11th!

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …