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Q&A: Chicago’s CP releases debut project, ‘CINEMA’

For Chicago rapper CP, making music just seemed to go with the natural flow of his life. From messing around in the studio with his friends to dropping his first official song a few years ago, the process has never been something that’s forced. This approach to rap resonates on CP’s debut project, ‘CINEMA’, which showcases the artist homing in on his own sound–an eerily cold mix of hard trap and drill production paired with the rapper’s whispery, raspy vocal tone. While CP distinguishes himself on ‘CINEMA’ by embracing this darker side of his sound, the rappers who’ve influenced him up to this point effortlessly come through in his own flows. As a result, ‘CINEMA’ functions as a solid introduction to a rapper who thrives off of following his gut, never overthinking while still delivering something that sets him apart from the pack. Listen to the full project and find out more about the making of ‘CINEMA’ in our latest Q&A below: — MDR: How did you get into rapping and how long have you been doing it for? CP: I’ve been making music for about 2 years. It started ‘cause I was just trying some new sh** with my …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Happy Break up Song – [Femdot]

When you take a glimpse at the current Chicago music scene and all of the talented artists that are involved, not many have had a better year than Femdot has had. The success and positive feedback from his project 94 Camry Music seems damn near overwhelming, it’s easily one of the best projects to come out of Chicago this year, and this track here was one of the fan favorites off of the tape. The song is a beautiful ode that femdot penned to a former girlfriend, it finds him breaking down the ups + downs that they shared in their relationship, he took an extremely mature stance here that I am sure many people can relate to. Don’t think that it’s all serious though, the song takes an energetic turn on the backend where he assures you this isn’t a sad song, and it leaves off on a positive note, hence the title. The visual that femdot and music video director Addison Wright made an already fantastic song that much better, they brought the music to life and created something to be proud of. Watch this brand new music video below and if you enjoy it then be sure …

Enjoy the Ride – [Sebastian Kamae]

Production is a lost art. These days, songs are being strung together by lackluster compositions and bare minimum beats, but yet we praise it like it’s real music. In an industry that is being constantly flooded with copy cat producers, it’s so important to keep a look out for the ones who are not only doing it right but the ones who are doing it at a level that exceeds excellence. I mean, what’s the point of listening to music if it isn’t excellent? Today, I’m excited to bring some fresh excellence onto our pages. Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut is a producer named Sebastian Kamae. I’m not sure what took me so long to discover this talent, but I’m so glad that I did. The 22 year old Amsterdam native has been killing the game lately and it’s imperative that everyone takes notice. Like I said earlier, Sebastian falls into the career of producers who are creating at an excellent level. Just recently, he released an album that showcases all of his skill sets in the most complete way possible. The album, entitled, “Enjoy the Ride” is a 15 song project that will have you wondering how it’s possible …

GMYL – [Jams TFC]

Jams TFC is a Chicago based talent who I have been listening to for over a year now since I saw him open for Femdot in Wicker Park sometime last year, he makes some great music + a great energy to him, and tonight he is back on our website with his brand new music video for “GMYL”. You might recall me posting the audio of this song when it dropped some weeks back, but this new visual takes the track to another level, in large parts thanks to the direction from Pat Banahan from Lost TV! I have enjoyed the content that Jams TFC has been giving us all of 2019, and I don’t expect this to be the last release from him of the year, so you might as well subscribe to his YouTube channel to continue to follow him after you watch this video below! Along with the release of this feel-good videos, Jams left us with some words saying: I love how this video represents Chicago. I love the diversity – this video shows a side of Chicago the media doesn’t acknowledge. We call “summertime chi” the best place in the world for a reason. People from all …

Rap City – [Femdot] x [Smino]

Chicago artist Femdot has been having a terrific year in 2019 in many ways including the fact that he went on his first nationwide tour and received incredible feedback from his latest project 94 Camry Music, and today Femdot is back with the second visual off of the project for “Rap City” featuring St. Louis superstar Smino! This track has been a standout + fan favorite off of Femdot’s previously mentioned project, so many of his fans are pleased that he choose to shoot a video for this one, and it truly turned out better than expected. When two of the best artists out of the midwest collide I suppose you should just know magic is going to happen, add that with a stellar instrumental from one of Chicago’s best producers, Ambi Lyrics, and that’s a recipe for success. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like what you see/hear, then go ahead and visit Femdot’s website for more! Directed by Addison Wright

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Watch Femdot on the NoOneCares Podcast

I apologize because I am admittedly a few weeks late to this article, but while he was in Denver on tour with Tobi Lou, Chicago native femdot chopped it up with the NoOneCares podcast for an interview & the final product was amazing! The amazing host Devin asked femdot about a ton of topics such as how tour life has been going for him, his new project 94 Camry Music, being a storyteller, the Myspace days, his ‘brick by brick’ mentality, the idea of college, graduating from DePaul + what he wants to do with his degree, the importance of individuals like Power 92’s DJ HotRod, his hip-hop influences, what it was like working with Rockie Fresh, wanting to be a professor in the future, Tobi Lou, the talent coming out of Chicago, speaking things into existence, giving out scholarships at his alma mater and so much more. This is one of the best interviews femdot has ever done, so any true fan of him would be crazy to not check this one out, press play below!

94 Camry Music – [femdot]

femdot has been teasing his fans with the release of his brand new project for some time now, and just this morning he blessed us with the final product titled 94 Camry Music. Femdot released the music video for the title track of this song just a few days ago & it has received a ton of love, and this project as a whole is based around the car that femdot grew up driving, a 94 Camry, and the idea is this is what the soundtrack of that time felt like to him. After the intro & title track, we got right into “Hot Lunch” that finds femdot displaying his unmatched lyrical excellence, giving punchline after punchline bars that he never seems to run out of. The lone feature on this EP came from the St. Louis legend on the track “Rap City” that finds these two skilled emcees bouncing off of each other, both slicing apart the magnificent production from Ambi Lyrics and showing why they are acclaimed as some of the best in their own respective lanes. The second half of “Late Night Run” is one of the most menacing & banging tracks that I have ever heard, which …

94 Camry Music – [femdot]

Chicago artist femdot has been having a terrific year in 2019 between the music he has put out already as well as the fact he is on his first nationwide tour, and it appears as he is only just now getting started, as today he has returned with his brand new music video for “94 Camry Music”. We here at Lyrical Lemonade have been following femdot’s career since late 2015, so considering that you know that we are very familiar with his magnificent catalog, and I don’t think it’s far fetched to say that this song is one of, if not his best release to date. This record here appears to be the title track to his forthcoming project that he has been teasing since August, and if this single gives us an idea of what the full length is going to sound like, then he might have one of the best Chicago projects of the year. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like what you see/hear, then go ahead and follow femdot on twitter here! Photo by damdam