Shea Butter Baby – [Ari Lennox]

Ari Lennox is an artist who I have been getting more and more familiar with this year, and just a few minutes ago she released her brand new album titled “Shea Butter Baby”. This twelve track project comes in at about forty five minutes in length and it offers a refreshing and soulful R&B sound that you just can’t deny, I understand music is subjective but I just don’t understand how someone could not like this impressive tape even if they wanted to. The two features on this fantastic project come from her fellow Dreamville affiliates J. Cole & J.I.D who each gave wholehearted features, my jaw damn near hit the floor when I heard J.I.D on the third record “Broke”, and I was already a fan of the Cole track because the video dropped some months back. This is all in all one of the best albums I have heard so far in 2019, and I see nothing but more continued success for her in her future. Stream this brand new album via Spotify below and if you like the tape then go ahead and follow Ari Lennox on Twitter here!

Watch Joel Q’s brand new interview with Illanoize

I just recently got put on to Chicago native Joel Q through our mutual homie Josi Green via the record that they released titled “That’s Life”, so when I saw that he stopped by Illanoize a couple of weeks back for a genuine conversation I was excited to see what he was all about. You will find Bekoe, Illinois Jones and Pretty Riot asking Joel about plenty of topics such as wanting to sign to J. Cole’s Dreamville label, supporting Chicago, Nipsey Hussle, his stellar work ethic, doing the background work, being a good storyteller & incorporating it in his music, his definition of success and more. Get in tune with one of Chicago’s dopest upcoming emcees by pressing play below.

Watch Smino’s brand new interview with Tim Westwood TV

Smino and his right hand man Monte Booker recently sat down with the legend Tim Westwood for a brand new interview, and it’s not anything you want to miss out on. You will find them speaking on plenty of subjects such as his come up, his album NOIR, being born and raised in St. Louis, performing overseas, J. Cole, the Hoopti Tour, Nelly, moving to Chicago, breaking his foot on his first tour, his stellar visuals, the London scene, his relationship with T-Pain, auto tune, Coachella, his first album, Soundcloud, play-listing, attending the Dreamville bootcamp, his biggest fear being running out of passion and more. Check out this brand new interview below!

Watch Saweetie’s brand new interview with BigBoy

Saweetie was the latest guest on Big Boy’s awesome platform and it’s not a conversation that you want to miss out on. You will find Big and his squad asking her plenty of interesting questions such as coming from a musical family, starting poetry when she was fourteen, going to college at USC before rap, being from the Bay, meeting Quavo, rapping for J. Cole, paying off her student loans after she signed her deal, the scandal that hit her campus, how she got her name, being close with her family, having her audience grow rapidly, Zaytoven being her cousin, her live performance, ignoring the naysayers, loving her fans, having a clothing line, playing sports growing up and much more. It’s only a matter of time before Saweetie is one of the biggest artists out, so if you aren’t familiar with here you might as well get in tune by pressing play below!

Watch Rich The Kid’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Rich The Kid is fresh off of the release of his well received new album, so it’s only right that he stopped by the neighborhood for a brand new interview with Bog Boy! You will find Big and his team asking Rich about plenty of things such as what has changed in the last year for him, being close to having a child, what kind of father he is, naming his son, his brand new album, being selective of who he works with, having a unique beat selection, his relationship with J. Cole, Britney Spears, his upcoming tours, traveling overseas, his relationship, building a home studio, having the album of the year, being on billboards, his appreciation of riding horses and so much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below.

July 8th Freestyle – [Kiraly Payne]

This morning Chicago native Kiraly Payne is back with his second offering of the year, coming in the form of his brand new freestyle track called “July 8th”. I have always enjoyed when artists use dates as their titles of songs (i.e. J. Cole’s January 28th), and I know that might sound ridiculous but I was excited to see the title of this one, but I was even more happy after I gave it my first listen. Take a few minutes to start your day with some of Chicago’s finest underground talent, I assure you that you will not regret it.

Middle Child – [J. Cole]

J. Cole is one of the best emcees in the game and he has been for damn near a decade now, and a couple days back he blessed us with a brand new music video for his smash hit titled “Middle Child”. This is something that the fans have been craving since the release of this track, and you already knew it was going to be good because Cole always goes above and beyond with his visuals. The idea and creative direction behind this music video is monumental to say the least, I saw certain aspects in this visual that I have never seen before. Watch this brand new music video below and if you enjoy it be sure to share it with a friend!

Opps – [Toosii]

Raleigh, North Carolina recording artist Toosii continues to flood the streets with releases and his latest offering “Opps” is a melodic banger. North Carolina is hot right now and it looks like they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. The tar heel state’s talent is on display with artists like J.Cole at who is at the forefront of hip-hop right now and becoming an icon in his own right. On the other side of the spectrum, there are emcees like DaBaby and his artist Stunna4Vegas who are taking off and are some of the hottest risers in rap right now. Toosii may very well be the next name to emerge from the state with the kind of potential and drive he has. At a young age of 19, he has an early grasp in creating catchy street anthems which remind me of popular newcomers like Roddy Ricch. Similar to Roddy, just because Toosii has melodic hooks he doesn’t mean he lacks creative lyricism or witty wordplay. Stream his track for “Opps” below!

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Middle Child Freestyle – [Spenzo]

Chicago native Spenzo is making his way back on our platform this afternoon with his brand new freestyle over J. Cole’s hit record “Middle Child”. This instrumental has inspired plenty of emcees to give it a spin because of just how hard it hits, but Spenzo’s take on the record might be the best remix I have heard yet. Spenzo flexed his insane lyrical ability on this joint but that’s what I expected from the veteran, be to hear prepared for one of his best verses to date. Listen to this brand new offering below and if you like it be sure to give Spenzo a follow on Soundcloud here!