FRIEND OR FOUX – [Lancey Foux]

The promising UK prospect Lancey Foux is finishing out the year on a high note. In addition to seeling out Sunday’s show at O2 Academy Islington, he just dropped off his new album FRIEND OR FOUX. Loaded with 20 tracks, it’s the perfect way to get to know an artist with a unique style that is destined to make waves. Along with his own boardwalk, Lancey brings production from some heavy hitters like Cardo, Skepta, Jay Trench. Even with a bevy of big names, FRIEND OR FOUX has a cohesive flow. Lancey does a great job of creating a world all his own with the oft-sinister, dark production. The way the album is arranged lends for a seamless listen with each track merging with the next to build a unique environment. Once you press play, you are drawn in–almost hypnotized– it’s very hard to find a place to stop. Helping bridge the gap between songs, Foux uses his voice as its own instrument, constantly changing his flow, pitch, and style to fit the mood. His fluttering, aqueous vocals are surprisingly versatile, serving as a nice juxtaposition to the murky production to keeping things from getting monotonous and making FRIEND OR FOUX more than …

Monte Carlo – [JayKin] ft. [Jay Worthy]

Today we have an absolute classic hip-hop cut from two West Coast staples. JayKin is a career artist and still to this date has one of the most iconic projects to come out of Vancouver is 2010’s Sneakers and Video Games. Its only fitting that JayKin collaborated with another legendary figure in West Coast Rap, Compton’s own Jay Worthy. “Monte Carlo” is extremely nostalgic for me, it sounds instantly timeless with the 80s sample on loop provided by producer U-Tern. Their bars have an incredibly laidback Westcoast feel to them, this song will play amazingly well driving slow with the seat reclined way back throughout your city streets. Snick Silva directed the visuals and its all based around capturing a day in the life for JayKin as he and Jay Worthy cruise throughout Vancouver. This song is a great collaboration, but what makes it so interesting is that its a collab with two artists who paved the way for a lot of other artists coming out of the Pacific North West. Check out “Monte Carlo” on all platforms here and watch the video below!

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

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 …

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Shit Real – [Jay Rock] ft. [Tee Grizzley]

This week, Top Dawg veteran Jay Rock released a new track entitled “Shit Real” alongside none other than Tee Grizzley. Clocking in at 2:20, the track is a pretty short one, but, with swift, punchy production, it certainly packs ample impact into its relatively short runtime. Both Jay and Tee pack tough, gritty lines on this one, one after the other, and, as the flow they manage is super smooth in design, you’ll be finding yourself head-nodding to “Shit Real” in no time. This one is replay-worthy as can be, and honestly, in my eyes, it should be regarded as one of Jay’s more celebrated (recent) records. Make sure you stream this one below and be on the lookout for more from Jay Rock hopefully in the near future!

Make Money – [Jay Worthy] Ft. [Left Brain]

An artist that goes by the name of Jay Worthy is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with his brand new music video for “Make Money” featuring Odd Future affiliate Left Brain. Jay Worthy is an emcee that hails from the west side of Compton and you can kind of see and hear that in his music & style, both of these artists blessed us with some memorable verses & a top notch hook, it’s safe to say that this song will be in rotation for the rest of the year & beyond. The groovy & glorious instrumental that was provided helped suck me in at the start of the track and didn’t let go of my attention  until the very end, shout out to the producers Sean House &  LNDN DRGS for cooking up this sensational beat. Take a few minutes of your time to check out this brand new visual below and if you like it be sure to follow Jay Worthy on Twitter here!

Lit – [GrownBoiTrap] [D Savage]

GrownBoiTrap and D Savage have blessed us with a number of bangers in the past, so much so to the point where the two hitmakers have developed an inimitable chemistry with one another. Today, they honor the force of their collaborations with a brand new music video for the melodic song, “Lit”. Directed by Jay Pusha, this flex-worthy release perfectly follows the blueprint of heaters that we have heard from the rising stars. One bar after another, they effortlessly grace the key-led production with addictive flows and unforgettable bars, and the colorful visuals act as the cherry on top to an already-incredible single. Scenery of women, money, and luxury sprints across the screen right on pace with the song, and all things considered, “Lit” is a fantastic way to keep the momentum moving forward for both D Savage and GrownBoiTrap. That said, click play at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Back Quick – [YBN Almighty Jay] Ft. [Rich The Kid]

Days after letting loose their dance-worthy visual for Beware, YBN Almighty Jay & Rich The Kid are back in the spotlight once again with their next heater titled Back Quick. Coming in the form of a single, the HoodZone-produced track is the first preview off Almighty Jay’s forthcoming debut tape and see’s both Jay & the Rich Forever CEO going berzerk (as they usually do) over the high-frequency production. Rumors have swirled that Almighty Jay’s current girlfriend Blac Chyna has past relations with Rich, and funny enough, he was actually very open about it making several claims about the 29-year-old I won’t get into too much detail about. It looks like the Almighty/ Rich connection might be one to keep eyes on moving forward, and until we’re given the next loosie from the duo, let Back Quick bless your speakers.

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one 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. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …