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Get Refreshed: January ‘22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Please Let Me Explain  Hi. It’s been quite a minute, huh? Whether you realized it or not, I haven’t published this column since the summer of 2021. That’s a long-ass time; it’s even longer if we’re talking in terms of the Internet. 6 months ago feels more like 6 years ago when you really break it down. So… yeah. It’s been a MINUTE. But I have excuses, I promise. Besides my chaotic school life, my work for other places, and everything else I was doing last time I wrote for Lyrical, I kinda picked up something new within that time period. It’s not as simple as just being something new, though – it was something of astronomical proportions. It’s actually not that serious, I don’t know why I’m going on about it like that. Basically, I co-founded a Sick and Cool label called deadAir with my bff Jesse, and it’s been taking up all the extra time I was originally dedicating to this weekly column. Nonetheless, I feel it’s only right that, after discovering some semblance of balance in my …

Come My Way – [Saba] x [Krayzie Bone] x [Daoud] x [daedaePIVOT]

“When I think back on first discovering Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as a child, it immediately stood out to me as unique. I started paying attention and really learning how to rap from listening to them and trying to recite it. It felt honest and completely true to themselves — authentic in a way that doesn’t come around very often and in a way that will be impossible to recreate. Their mix of melody and rhythms that I had never heard is what connected with me in a way that other music just didn’t. It inspired me to be more creative. It’s an ode to nostalgia, and growing up, and I think ‘hopeful’ and ‘soulful’ are accurate descriptions of the song. I considered a poverty song as a concept for this one. ‘All I’m doing [is] thinking how to get some money, and then we’ll be good.’ This is a false statement, but one that I believed at a point, and many others believe right now. This song also takes place in that nostalgic kind of setting. I’m describing many things that are normal on the westside of Chicago, so that it plays like just any other day — pretty stagnant but …

73RD STREET-[Conner Messman]

It’s hump day which means, your boy is here to drop some tracks in your life that will help you finish off the week in the strongest way possible. An unexpected bop that landed on my radar is by an artist named Conner Messman. The 21-year-old sent me a link to his music about a week ago and I have not been able to stop listening ever since. The track that’s making it onto our page today is called, “73RD STREET” and it serves as the perfect introduction to an artist who makes intentional music for anyone who is willing to listen. In a brief email exchange, he explained: “I’m not necessarily a storyteller, but someone who wants to make people dance, sing, feel together, or simply just vibe.” I love this quote by Conner so much as it truly displays his humility and selflessness approach that he takes with music. For those who want to dance, sing, feel together or simply just vibe, Conner has found a way to make you do that through this latest song. I definitely do think he’s a storyteller though as the lyrics in this track paint a picture that is a blast to …

g*rlhood EP-[Eph See]

This past October, up and coming artist Eph See released her debut EP and it most definitely is a project that we need to discuss. The singer-songwriter/producer from Boston, MA caught my attention after her email landed in my submissions about a week ago. Her first collection of songs is called, “g*rlhood” as it features 5 tracks that invite listeners into the deepest corners of Eph See’s mind. If you’re a fan of upbeat and lighthearted pop, then this project and this artist are both for you. To start, this newcomer just has a mesmerizing voice. From the very moment I pressed play on the first song on the EP, it was evident that she has been gifted with talents that are undeniable. You know an artist is good when you can’t encapsulate their essence in words and that’s exactly what’s going on here. Eph See is spectacular and all of these songs showcase a different side of her, but somehow play a role into the cohesive picture of her artistry. Eph See is dope and I think you all will like her just as much as I do, if not more! I’ve attached the Spotify link down below, so …

Honey & Routes-[Leksi Harris]

Leksi Harris is an artist who I’m IMMENSELY hyped up about today and after you peep her music, I’m 100% positive that you will feel the exact same way. I haven’t been this excited about someone in a while and I pray whoever’s reading this can feel my excitement through the cell phone or computer screen. New York is known for birthing exceptional talent and today, I have the pleasure of featuring someone who I believe has the potential or being added on to that list. All I know about Leksi is that she’s from NY, but honestly, after listening to her music , that’s really all that matters. This up and coming talent is exquisite and she’s making it on to our page for two songs from her discography that really spoke to me; “Routes” & “Honey”. These two offerings will give you the perfect introduction to Leksi and her unforgettable voice + style. There is such a uniqueness that is present within this music and that truly is just a testament of the singer/songwriters God given gift to create beautiful art. From the production, all the way down to the vocal stylings, it’s apparent that Leksi has exactly …

SAMURAI CHAMPLOO-[Activepoet]

Activepoet is an artist from San Jose who I think you all should check out sooner rather than later. Undeniably good vibes are hard to come by, so any time I experience them in a raw form, I tend to attach to it as much as I can. Today, we’re here to supply anyone and everyone with the good vibes and it’s brought to us by this special California talent who is more than deserving of being on our page today. The rapper made it onto my radar through email submissions and I’m so hype that I came across his music as it exudes an energy that’s been missing from my life. Produced by Sheki as a tribute for the late producer Nujabes, Activepoet finds himself creating a great piece that’s meant to pay respect to the producer whose beats he use to use when he first started rapping. What’s most impressive about this song, called “SAMURAI CHAMPLOO” is the lyrical stamina in Activepoet. This man is just fllowing over a groovy beat and that’s really all you can ask for these days. Within this one, he proves why he needs to be heard and it’s a blessing to be …

lilacs-[Mylesie]

It’s Tuesday, which means I have a new batch of artists to put on everyone’s radar. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems like this has already been the longest week of my life and we’re only two days in. There’s a certain lag to this week already and the only thing that has helped me get through it has been a song from an artist who goes by the name of Mylesie. Before a few weeks ago, I had no idea who this talent was, but I’m so happy to say that this is not the case anymore. Mylesie makes it onto our page today for his song called, lilacs. In a brief email exchange, the California native explained to me that this song actually won in a Bay Area independent musician contest on the music app SoundOff. After listening to this offering in its entirety, I can confidently say that the W for “lilacs” was definitely not a fluke by any means, but rather confirmation that Mylesie is a very talented individual with a lot of promise. “lilacs” begins in the best way possible: emotional.  A subtle, yet beautiful piano begins to play for about …

Fly Time-[kayfromfaraway]

Have you ever stumbled on a song that starts off so strong and catches you completely off guard? Well, if that has never happened to you before, then I have one for you that will do just that. I came across an up and coming independent artist/producer named kayfromfaraway a few days ago and ever since hearing his track, “Fly Time”, I have been absolutely obsessed with his sound, energy and ability to create music that is unique yet easily digestible. The California native is making it on to Lyrical Lemonade for the very first time today, but if he continues to release music like what’s on his his ‘Dearly Beloved’ EP, then it most certainly will not be his last. If you turn on “Fly Time” you will know exactly why kayfromfaraway is getting his moment on the LL platform. There’s just a confidence that he has that is ever so present in his music. From the ambitious production, to his stylish lyrical flow, this kid is just entertaining and delight to indulge in. When you’ve got some time to listen to some amazing music, make sure this is at the top of your rotation. He’s got it and …

Want Me Dead – [917 Rackz]

New York City has always been looked at as one of the most major hubs in the entire music scene, and even considering the genre actually was invented there, it’s always crazy to hear all of the different sounds that have come to life since its foundation. While it might have been difficult to pinpoint an exact name to call some of the styles of music that were being created on the East Coast, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that listeners could finally hear a song and put it into a category based on the beat alone. Thanks to pioneers like the late Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, Lil Tjay, and others, this new sound was classified as New York City drill, and the tempo was unlike anything I had heard before. After listening more and more, it was clear that they gained influence from some of the grime artists making hits across the pond, but they were including versatile sounds that helped separate themselves from these English counterparts. It goes without saying that I’m a massive fan of this style of music, so when I came across 917 Rackz randomly on YouTube, I knew I had to …

First Impression – [Ohana Bam] ft. [Mamii]

I may be biased because Chicago is the wonderful city that I am lucky enough to call home, but the music scene here is literally as diverse as it can possibly get. It almost feels as if there is our own little renaissance happening where artists don’t feel the need to conform or be anything but their authentic selves, and the sounds that are coming from this Midwestern city are unlike anything you’d find anywhere else. After artists like Chief Keef, Lil Durk, and G Herbo put on for the city with their drill movement, the rest of the country finally started to recognize the potential that we possess here, and artists have taken that and ran with it, and I just wish there was some sort of playlist or full discography somewhere that we could check out in order to see all of these versatile styles in one place. The dexterity of this city is always on my mind, but it always seems to shock me as we put together the Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year list, something that we just dropped earlier this week that you need to check out if you haven’t had time quite …