Brad Pitt – [Foggieraw]

DMV emcee Foggieraw has been busy on the collaboration grind in 2019, with his last three Lyrical Lemonade appearances coming as part of joint efforts with TROSSTHEGIANT, Obed Padilla, and Flex Kartel, respectively. Now, he returns with a solo effort in “Brad Pitt” that puts his unique approach and charisma front and center. Obviously, Foggie’s voice is what jumps out first — that deep, croaking, flow is so unique — and more than just being different, it really captures his effortlessly cool persona. That stylish, swagger-filled personality is reflected in his bars, too, with lines that are clever and, at times, border on outrageous; a phone conversation with God and a wildly obscure reference to Freddy Adu, for example. The video brings sit all home with a colorful, off-the-wall feel, and even a soulful wine down to cap things off. Be sure to check out “Brad Pitt” below and let us know what you think in the comments! Prod. by ayowiththemayo & iamnobodi  

GO TIME – [DillanPonders]

Toronto emcee DillanPonders is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with an apocalyptic new single “GO TIME”. Over the past few years, Ponders has been making waves in the Toronto underground scene using his personality to build an incredibly loyal fanbase. Ponders is an artist who brings a high level of lyricism paired with his raspy voice, combining to make a signature sound that is instantly recognizable on any of his tracks. DillanPonders has been building a foundation with a number of underrated albums, it would seem that on his latest offering he is informing all listeners he is done waiting and he is about to take matters into his own hands. The Alex Parham produced beat provides the perfect stage for Dillan’s PSA, it envokes feelings of a soundtrack to a Mad Max style wasteland. Last time Dillan dropped a one-off single, it was followed up by his 2018 album The Boy Who Died. With the nature of his latest release, I wouldn’t be surprised if DillanPonders is brewing up some heat for a new project. Stream “GO TIME” on all platforms here!

Don III – [Just John] & [Dom Dias]

Throughout history, we have seen countless examples of artist-producer combos that have worked together to create music that takes each party to another level. Today, I am introducing you to one of those combos, artist Just John and producer Dom Dias. The duo has been working together for some time now and just dropped the third and final installment in the Don EP series. Without a doubt, Don III is the most advanced release from the Toronto-based pair and there are no signs of slowing down yet. Over the past few years, Just John has been building up his image in the underground scene of Toronto and recently had his 2018 single “Soundboi” selected as the official playoff song for the Toronto Raptors. Working with Dom Dias has allowed John to perfect his sound over the unusual production style Dom has. Any time a producer is able to work unusual effects or samples into their music it adds another level of complexity to the music and these can be found all over Dom’s music. Together, the two combine to create a cohesive sound that allows both artists to shine in their own right. The 6-song project is filled with fire …

Five Life Lessons From J Dilla’s ‘Donuts’

By: John Matraia Loops surround us in our everyday lives. Rings. Coins. Wheels. Even donuts, a favorite snack of the late producer J Dilla. But loops mean much more than those run-of-the-mill items when looking at J Dilla’s magnum opus: the 31-track journey through life that is Donuts. For those unfamiliar with J Dilla (also known as Jay Dee), he was a music producer and rapper from Detroit, born in 1974. On Donuts, his most acclaimed solo body of work, he proves himself as the master of loops (short, repetitive sample patterns) found at the core of every song. In fact, the album as a whole acts as one never-ending loop, running seamlessly from the first song to the last and then back to the first. Dilla communicates through these loops on this instrumental project, speaking volumes without any vocals from the man himself. Dilla created Donuts entirely on an MPC3000, a device that the Detroit producer knew the ins and outs of more than almost anyone, without any technological help from the machine’s myriad of capabilities. More specifically, Dilla famously made the project without “quantization” — a feature of the MPC that moves certain drum notes in place with …

Brittney Carter releases two new songs!

I have been speaking highly of Chicago talent Brittney Carter on our pages for a minute now, and the other day she released not one, but two brand new records! The first one is titled “You Can’t Hold The Torch”, where she continued her recent trend of dropping super quick one minute gems over some soulful production that may ring a bell for some, where you will find her dropping damn near the hottest 50 second verse I have ever heard. The second offering is called “Beatrix Kiddo” and I was PUMPED at the beginning when I heard one of my favorite J Dilla Instrumentals, and sure enough the Chicago spitter tore that beat up as well, making for my favorite of the two. Take a few minutes of your time to check out both of these new songs below and if you like Brittney’s sound be sure to give her a follow on Soundcloud here.

Deyssler – [Obed Padilla]

To add onto the list of Valentine’s Day releases, it’s only right that I highlight a project that deserves all of the attention in the world. If you haven’t heard of Obed Padilla, it’s about time you check out all of his music and put it right in your library, because the Oceanside, California native just dropped a 14 song album called Deyssler and quite honestly, it’s one of the most impressive projects I’ve heard this year. I use the word impressive because of Obed’s skill set. The guy does it all. He sings, raps, plays guitar, and produces without missing a single beat. That’s the best part about this offering; Obed is able to show off his versatility while painting a picture for all of his listeners throughout each and every track, and there are also some pretty dope appearances by artists including Asaiah Ziv, Foggieraw, Kaleb Mitchell, John Givez, and Saint Marcel, with each one complimenting the other in a refreshing and effortless way.  That said, this rising artist is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today, but this definitely won’t be the last you hear of him. His latest album is filled with a variety of tracks that have something …

Switch Lanes-[Asaiah Ziv]

Asaiah Ziv: A name that you NEED to know if you already don’t. Today, the 22 year old rapper/producer/songwriter is making a well deserved appearance on Lyrical Lemonade after releasing his latest piece of art, “Switch Lanes”; a track that has every bit of potential to become a chart topper. It would be an understatement to say that the hip-hop game needs an artist like Asaiah Ziv; because in reality, the whole entire music industry needs an artist like him.  I’m a huge string instrument fan, so anytime a song starts off with a soothing yet groovy guitar strum, I’m instantly hooked. “Switch Lanes” has just that; courtesy of the very talented musician, Obed Padilla, who was tapped to add his own personal flavor to this new offering. Throughout the song, Asaiah’s production prowess and lyrical mastery absolutely shine. With some unbelievable bass additions, it’ll be extremely hard for you to sit still while listening. In one of the lines, Asaiah explains that he never wants to be controlled on his path to self discovery and truth. This is extremely dope because after hearing this track, there is no doubt that Asaiah has found himself and can truly become a …

LL Presents: The Ajani Jones Q&A + Cocoons EP

Ajani Jones is one of the most talented artists in Chicago, you just may not know of him yet. I first discovered Ajani’s music late last year when the homie Kiraly put me on to his project “Eternal Bliss”, and after running through the EP dozens of times I became a huge fan of what he was doing. He made an appearance on our “Top 50 Chicago Projects Of 2017” list a couple months back and for good reason too, as he possess an insane amount of potential & unmatched rapping abilities. A couple days back Ajani dropped a stellar new EP titled Cocoons, and mark my words when I say that when we look back on the year of 2018 of Chicago rap, this project will stand out in the bunch. I predict that he will become one of the faces of Chicago rap in a couple years and with his new team Closed Sessions backing him, the sky is truly the limit for Ajani. I am excited to see where he takes it from here but for now stream this brand new tape below, take a few minutes of your time learn a thing or two about him & …

Watch Vic Mensa on What’s In My Bag

Vic Mensa was the latest guest on a segment called “What’s in My Bag” by Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, and it’s nothing you want to miss out on. He discussed a few of his favorite albums from artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, J. Dilla, Lauryn Hill and more. Watch this brand new segment below.

Gemini Szn Freestyle – [IsaiahG]

Lyrical Lemonade favorite IsaiahG just blessed his growing fan base with a brand new freestyle track titled “Gemini Szn”. Isaiah has put out a few freestyle tracks in the past, but after you check out this new joint, you will surely come to the conclusion that this is his best yet. Isaiah attacked one of J Dilla’s greatest instrumentals this time around and I must admit that he tore it apart perfectly, as he created a record so good that you click replay once it ends. Along with the release, Isaiah left some words saying: “My first time rapping on the legend’s production. Consider this the first step in a sea of music coming from ya boi this season. I hate Gemini’s in real life btw :P”. Check out the brand new offering below and let me know what you think about it in the comments section!