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A Closer Look Into Wicca Phase Springs Eternal

On the Road Again, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal Talks the New Approach of Latest Project “Suffer On,” the Impact of Lil Peep’s Death, Major Label Wooing, and the Future of GothBoiClique For the first time ever on a headlining tour, Adam McIlwee, the Pennsylvania  electronic angst auteur who records as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, has gone out with a stage backdrop, and it’s impressive. But last week in Brooklyn, he didn’t use it. No need, really, as the artist was performing in front of one of the most dramatic views a New York venue has to offer: the elevated tracks of the J, M and Z trains, which rumble by periodically mid-set, just outside the beloved indie venue Market Hotel. It feels like a moment for Wicca Phase. Maybe not a splashy, look-at-me moment, but then, flexing is not really for McIlwee, who at 29 has already logged several notable chapters in an unlikely musical path, one that’s bridged punk, hip-hop, emo, and most recently evolved into singer-songwriter acoustics. He’s still based in his native Scranton, PA, where in the late 2000’s he fronted the indie outfit Tiger’s Jaw, until more electronic and experimental tendencies led him to split from …

Rockstar – [Lil Shock]

It’s time we introduce you to Lil Shock as he makes his debut to the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his brand new anthem, “Rockstar.” I have to give a shout out to Fashionably Early because Kyle is actually the one who put me onto Shock in the first place. Since then, I’ve gotten to speak to the young rapper for a little bit and see what he has going on with his movement, and it turns out that Lil Shock only been making music for a couple of years now, studying different genres and eras of music to mold and refine his own sound. Some of his favorites are older rap, Lil Yachty, Rich The Kid, and Juice Wrld, who even gave Lil Shock an inspirational message to “never give up.” That said, ”Rockstar” is a hard-hitting single in which the Durham, North Carolina emcee explained to me that he wanted to make something that listeners could get hype to, but also have them feel some emotion — and looking at the ways in which this single is able to play both sides, Shock certainly achieved his goal. Stream Lil Shock’s emotional banger “Rockstar” below.

Sore Loser – [ripmattblack]

ripmattblack made his Lyrical Lemonade debut last November with “Winnebago,” a track that left quite the impression on me thanks to some wild visuals. Signed to Alamo records and armed with a crossover sound, I’ve been interested to see what the Florida-based artist would come back with; today, fans finally get to see, as ripmattblack returns with another intoxicating, pop-centric offering in “Sore Loser”. Hit-making duo Take A Daytrip (who are behind cuts like “Mo Bamba” and Juice WRLD’s “Legends”) bring their magic yet again, creating a beat that has a light, pop feel but still has mass. It’s perfect for ripmattblack’s crisp, sung-rapped approach where he adds just a little bit of a slurred drawl to match the intoxicant-laced, erratic persona he puts on in the lyrics and the accompanying visuals. This is yet another fantastic release to add to ripmattblack’s catalog, so be sure to check it out at the link provided below!

Thru The Dark – [Joei Razook]

Joei Razook is a rapper from Cleveland, Ohio with an alternative rap sound, and his newest offering that you need to check out goes by the name of “Thru the Dark.” I first became familiar with Joei’s music a couple a months ago when his manager had sent some material through, and the first thing I noticed was that his sound truly feels like a blend of some of my favorite emo bands mixed with rapping. Most recently, my favorite artists that have mastered this sound are Juice Wrld and Lil Peep, but with Razook’s unique style, he has certainly taken my ear as the latest hot up-and-comer in this line of music. On “Thru The Dark,” Razook talks about shining a light through the dark, and if it’s bright enough, he’ll be there. This gives off the impression that whatever you’re going through, if you signal a light, Joei and his music will be sure to come through. It can occur fairly often that we get let down by people we think are there for us, so it feels great when you have people to give you that reassurance in your life. That said, this is definitely a solid release, so be sure …

Death Race For Love – [Juice Wrld]

One of the most discussed topics on social media today has been about the excitement surrounding Juice Wrld’s brand new album titled “Death Race For Love”, which just got released moments ago. Juice Wrld has been creating some timeless smash hit records since he first blew up, but this new project is looking to be his best work to date by far, an A&R that works with Juice Wrld went as far as to compare it to Jay-Z and Biggie classics. It’s going to take some time to fully digest this album but I love what I have heard so far, I think when it’s all said and done Juice will end up being a legend himself like those he got compared to. Stream this brand new album below and if you like what you’re hearing be sure to check out Juice Wrld’s website for information about his touring dates & buy some merch while you’re at it!

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 …

Robbery – [Juice WRLD]

A few days ago Chicago’s own Juice WRLD released a brand new track called “Robbery” and teased a music video with LL’s own Cole Bennett, and a few hours ago they blessed the fans with the final product! At this point in both of their careers working together Juice & Cole are reminiscent of Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen or Kobe & Shaq, in the sense that their chemistry & ability to consistently provide hit records & videos one after another is truly unmatched. Take a few minutes of your night to watch this brand new visual below, and if you aren’t already following Juice WRLD on Twitter be sure to do so here! Photo by Cole Schwartz • Produced by Nick Mira

Robbery – [Juice WRLD]

Chicago superstar Juice WRLD just released his brand new offering titled “Robbery” about an hour ago, and it’s by far the best record you will hear all week! Juice WRLD has an unmatched ability to make smash hit love songs one after another & this new joint is the latest of the bunch, he truly spilled his heart out on this one and I believe it’s going to resonate very well with the fans. Juice WRLD also teased the music video for this record earlier this week via Twitter, so be on the look out for that to drop very soon! Stream this brand new record via Soundcloud below and if you like it be sure to keep up with Juice WRLD by giving him a follow on Twitter here. VIDEO BY COLE BENNET KOMING THURSDAY ♾♾♾♾ pic.twitter.com/YjPckzeWfw — Juice WRLD 9 9 9🔪 (@JuiceWorlddd) February 13, 2019

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 …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. 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. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …