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Better Times EP – [Jay Wile]

The ever soulful and impressive vocal style of Jay Wile is returning to the pages of Lyrical Lemonade for his latest and immensely exciting new six-track EP, Better Times. This is Jay Wile’s first multi-track release of the new year and is an impressive and diverse follow-up to his 2019 EP, Somewhere in Mind. Amping up the soul-fueled a bounce of his R&B sound, Wile’s new project highlights growth while simultaneously feeding fans the same stellar attributes that first attracted listeners to his sound. Better Times runs throughs peaks and valleys, each highlighting and showcasing Wile’s impressionable songwriting as well as his ear in production and its ability to not only accompany his vocal performance but steer it through its transitions. His opening record, “Don’t Be Late,” is riddled in matters of the heart that are met with bright guitar chords that leave an impression. It’s the subtle elements of the EP’s opener that prime you into the bouncy-dip of “Real Bad” and “Can’t Wait.” Both songs find Wile implementing a more dance-focused attitude from a production and vocal standpoint. These ebbs and flows continue throughout the project, specifically in the soft-spoken and soft-hearted love intricacy of “Anyway,” and the …

40/60 – [Ashoka] feat. [Jay Wile]

Releasing just a couple days before Valentine’s Day, the ever-so-versatile New York native Ashoka is back with yet another single titled “40/60”–this time around alongside the talented Jay Wile. With the mesmerizing and soulful instrumentation provided by Jahmal Gittens, the new single finds the two cohesively joining forces to serenade their respective love interests and the matters in which they will go to make them happy. Often so in relationships, the couple usually compromises and believes that all relationships should be 50/50–however, Ashoka is willing to put in the extra effort in order to make his love interest happy, hence the perfectly fitting title “40/60”. The rap verse provided by Jay Wile comes in at a perfect time and still yields a level of consistency, continuing the vibe previously set by Ashoka. Speaking of consistency, an amazing musical trait to have is to be able to deliver time and time again and still remain true to oneself. That said, Ashoka has been delivering vibrations similar to this an hasn’t missed a beat quite yet. If he continues to pull up like this, there is no doubt in mind that we can count on seeing his name far more frequently and hearing his …

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 …

Who’s Lovin’ U? – [Jay Wile]

There is no denying the incredible surge of R&B talent that not only surfaced over the past few years but has an unrivaled dominance in 2019. One of the most exciting new acts to watch continuously out-due himself in this booming genre is non-other than Jay Wile. The San Antonio native’s newest single, “Who’s Lovin’ U?” is another towering testament to his raw talent and ability to put us in our feels. The newly released record opens with a firm bass drum, laying down a sturdy foundation for the song’s glittery guitar progression. Jay Wile allows the production to breathe, allowing the dream-like shimmer of the song’s orchestration to fully engulf you, before warmly embracing listeners with his love-yearning storytelling. Reminiscing on a past relationship, Jay Wile paints a vivid picture of the longing emotion we have tethered to the people we grow intimate with. This indescribable feeling of connection to past relationships is beautifully brought to life by Jay Wile’s soaring chorus that asks, “who’s loving you when I’m not around?” I don’t think there is a better record out right now that so gracefully aids us in our transition into the Fall, get ready for cuffing season ladies …

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 & …

Village Party 3: Stoner Symphony – [Alex Wiley] & [Mike Gao]

Wow, Alex Wiley does it again. The other night he blessed the music world with his latest masterpiece titled “Village Party 3: Stoner Symphony” and it’s already my favorite album of the year. This album is a very smooth listen as each track encompasses flawless  and idiosyncratic production brought to us by Mike Gao along with a few others. Alex Wiley is poised to change the game and the very first track “Lifted” is a testament to that. The way the song opens with up with the vivid sounds of nature then smoothly transitions into the psychedelic tune really reals you in right before Wizzle seasons in his harmonizing vocals. This album is loaded with gems and it’s clear that Wiley’s creative juices were flowing heavily during the process of making this project. It’s even more obvious as the album progresses. Another thing to look forward to is the fact that there are features from Mick Jenkins, Jay Prince, Hippie Sabotage, Phoelix, Losco, Jean Deux and 3 incredible guest features from Kembe X as well. This isn’t just an album, this is art. The best part of all this is remembering that Wiley is just getting started. Oh, and did we forget to mention Wiley …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016

As we are only a few hours from entering the new year, we here at Lyrical Lemonade decided to put together a list of the best Chicago projects IN OUR OPINION! Each and every of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. I want to shine some light on our writers Lane Cowherd & Jacob Lusted really quick, they really helped me a ton on this Top 50 project, thank you guys for being dedicated & for all the assistance, I truly appreciate it! Also, I want to thank all the supporters out there. Lyrical Lemonade has grown tremendously in 2016, we have gained a few thousand followers on our Twitter in the past few months alone! So to all of our supporters, whether you just came across Lyrical Lemonade or if you have been showing love since day 1, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I promise we have some exciting stuff in store for the fans in 2017. To Cole & the rest of our writing team, let’s keep improving & getting better every …

Still Calling – [Alex Wiley] ft. [Jay Prince]

“Fuckers in the Barbershop talking about, “Alex Wiley ain’t this, Alex Wiley ain’t that… STFU. You know he just came out with a new song today!”” No but seriously, the wait for new music from Wiley is finally over as he connects with Jay Prince on a smooth new record titled “Still Calling.” While he normally has his lyrical mastery on full display, this time  Wiley aims at your soul with a hypnotizing chorus (The product of a 3 am backwood) right before Jay comes in and adds his own sauce to the mix. After spinning this a couple times, I find it hard to believe that this is their first collaboration together considering how easy their styles gelled on the song but we hope these two keep cooking. Listen and leave your flame emojis in the comment section but also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for his forthcoming project Village Party III: Stoner Symphony dropping in January. Produced by: Mike Gao [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/291953323″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Surf – [Donnie Trumpet] & [The Social Experiment]

First off, shout out to the police officer that caught Chance smoking weed a couple blocks away from his high school a few years back, you the real MVP. Because your the reason for the 10-day suspension Chance received, which lead to his debut tape “10 Day,” which lead to well received project “Acid Rap,” which has now lead us all to today, the moment Chance The Rapper fans have been dying for. (story behind 10 day) FINALLY! After countless months wishing this day would come its officially upon us as Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment have released their highly anticipated mixtape “Surf.” Before diving right into the music, lets take a brief look into the past together. “We gon’ get this paper, put that on my mama. You gon’ see us later, put that on my mama.” – “Hey Ma” (Visuals) Bold statement by a young Chancellor Bennett back in 2012, almost as if he knew where he was going all along. Lets face it, the teenage kid passing out his CDs on State Street in front of Jones College Prep is long gone ever since his 2013 project Acid Rap, which dropped just over two years ago. Today? Chance …

Lyrical Lemonade Showcase Recap Video

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2L4D3NBb8Q With being still a relatively young blog, hosting a show was a big deal for me. The night went great, we had over 300 people in and out of there throughout the show! Special thanks to our performers: Buru Bernie Clepius Max Bouvagnet Jonny Wild Max Wonders Ishmael Raps Jay 2 The Kidd Classic Zilla Roy French Saint Millie Morocco Brown Supreme Regime Supa Bwe Hurt Everybody Logan Alex Wiley Taylor Bennett Special thanks to our sponsors: Four Stars Chicago Cole Bennett Films Just Chicago Green Tangerine Philthy Productions SHOT + CHOPPED BY PHIL SHAW @PhilxShaw