muddy water – [Banks The Genius]

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you’ve already encountered Banks The Genius if you frequent the pages of Lyrical Lemonade. In addition to releasing his own music, the Chicago native has engineered and/or produced tracks for some LL favorites like J-Hop, Ajani Jones, Femdot, Iris Temple and more. This time, it’s all him, though, releasing a dope instrumental track entitled “muddy water.” A fitting name for the track, “muddy water” has a strong blues influence with a smoky guitar riff serving as the backbone of the cut. Though the strings drive the effort, Banks’ drums are so crisp–a testament to his engineering chop–and they really help give the effort some kick. Whether on his own or helping out his fellow Windy City artists, I’m sure we’ll see Banks The Genius back again soon! Stream “muddy water” at the link below!  

The Wire – [J-Hop] Ft. [Femdot]

I have spent quite some time raving on these pages about just how good that both St. Louis emcee J-Hop & Chicago native Femdot really are, so I was thrilled when I saw that they connected for a dope new record titled “The Wire”. Femdot started off this one with an excellent verse where you will find him dropping gems within his lyrics, and J-Hop jumped on the beat around the half way point with a silky smooth & addicting hook, that led into a stellar verse of his own to put the cherry on top. Trust me when I say that I doubt this will be the last time that these two kings link up, but until we get their next offering, get in tune with this brand new joint below! produced by Charles Lauste & 5th of Hen additional vocals by Manasseh & Sherren Olivia

Watch Femdot on Signal Flow

Chicago native Femdot has been making a name for himself within the music community for a minute now and he has been putting out quality music, he recently stopped by a new platform called Signal Flow who just released their first episode featuring him! You will find Femdot performing his records such as “Listen & Stay Awhile”, “Ryu” and “Empty Bottle”, if you have ever witnessed a Femdot concert before you know that he takes pride in giving a memorable performance, and if you haven’t got the chance to see him live then you are in for a treat. Watch this dope new live performance below and if you like what you see then be sure to subscribe to their page as well as give Femdot a follow on Instagram here. Photo by Mike G

You Can’t Sit With Us – [Pivot Gang]

beloved Chicago group Pivot Gang have been teasing at the release of their album for some time now, and late last night they finally blessed their growing fanbase with the final project titled “You Can’t Sit With Us”. After streaming through the thirteen track offering a couple of times through I was happy with what I was hearing, the guys displayed unreal amounts of chemistry and created a cohesive tape, but that’s what should be expected by these brilliant & accomplished emcees. All of the songs provided feature some sort of variation of the Pivot Gang squad along with some sprinkled in features here and there from the likes of Smino, Femdot, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Sylvan LaCue and last but not least, Benjamin Earl Turner. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like it be sure to support Pivot Gang by copping a ticket to catch Saba + the crew on tour here.

LL Presents TimHueman Torch Q&A

It’s always special when you come across yet another talented emcee from Chicago, and you have probably saw the name Tim Hueman Torch on our pages a few times over the past couple of months, and it’s because he is just that. Not only is Tim a talented rapper that can spit thought provoking lyrics but he is also an extremely smart individual who just thinks different than the average Joe. I recently brought Tim through the office to chop it up about his come up and what he’s been up to lately + much more, so go ahead and learn a thing or two about one of Chicago’s finest underground emcees. EM: Before we dive into the question can you give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. TIM: I go by TimHueman Torch, I am twenty-six years old from the south side of Chicago. As far as music I went to Salem which was a performance-based school, I started out playing the trumpet & stuff like that. — EM: Can you speak on the experience of going to Salem? TIM: Salem was a very artistic school, it breeds some noble dudes like Rockie …

Kronos Freestyle – [Femdot]

Chicago leader Femdot took to social media recently to tease his fan base with a brand new freestyle record titled “Kronos”, and moments ago we were finally blessed with the final product! It’s clear that when Femdot stepped in the booth he just wanted to simply remind people why he is widely considered one of the best bar for bar rappers in the city, and after you listen to this track once or twice I assure you that you will be pleased with the final product. A great quality that Femdot has is his ear for outstanding production, often times this comes from his right hand man Charles Lauste aka DJ Chi, and sure enough they linked up yet again for this joint. Stream this brand new record below and if you like what you hear be sure to keep up with Femdot by giving him a follow on Twitter here! Photo by Texas legend Cole Schwartz

LL Presents: The Wemmymo Q&A

If you recall, when we released our third annual Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year list a couple of weeks back, there was a newcomer featured by the name of Wemmymo, who released a stellar new project titled Bittersweet in 2018. Admittedly, I was a couple months late to hearing Wemmy’s project after its initial release, but after the homie Femdot recommended that I give it a listen, I finally got around to it; now, Wemmy has been in my headphones every day since. I recently brought the Uptown, Chicago native through the Lyrical Lemonade office to chop it up and speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as Bittersweet, his inspirations, Chicago and so much more in our latest Q&A! Wemmy has an enormous amount of potential and he’s still in his teenage years, so I am fully expecting to see him continue to ascend as an artist and eventually become a major leader in the city. Take a few minutes of your time to learn about Wemmymo by listening to his project, watching his brand new music video, and checking out the Q&A below, and be sure to keep up with him by following Wemmy on Twitter here. …

Watch Femdot’s brand new interview with Power 92

Femdot has been making some of the best music out of Chicago for a minute now, and he recently stopped by Power 92 for a dope new interview with Hot Rod on the Lit Pit! You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of interesting subjects such as his album Delacreme 2, how he got started, getting his first million on the visual for “O’Something”, his performance at Lollapalooza, graduating from DePaul University, health, NBA, where he sees himself in three years and he even breaks down the proper way to eat a taco. Check out this brand new conversation below!


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 • …

Watch Femdot’s brand new interview with illanoize

Chicago emcee Femdot recently stopped by illanoize Radio for an awesome new conversation, and when one of the cities dopest new interview platforms connects with one of it’s best new artist you know it’s going to be good. You will find the four of them speaking about everything he has been up to such as his new album Delacreme 2, his EP series he did in the past, his siblings, being inspired by Jay-Z & A Tribe Called Quest, his come up, his recent Lollapalooza performance and tweeting it into existence, his new scholarship charity he started, music streaming, his upcoming headliner at Lincoln Hall and so much more. Check out this brand new interview below and if you like it be sure to subscribe to iLLaNOiZE’s Youtube channel. Get tickets to see Femdot live in Chicago at Lincoln Hall here!