Go! – [D2X]

The last I spoke to D2X, he stressed how important experimenting with his songwriting process has been for him recently. “I’ve evolved as far as expanding my sound and making new things, and I will continue to do that,” he said in an interview last month. Today, the Chicago rapper illustrates exactly what he means with a new song titled “Go!”. Retrofitting a house music sample with bassy 808s, “Go!” channels the uncontainable, raw energy of a basement party. It may sound like an unconventional beat to rap on, but D2X sounds unfazed by the challenge as he finds flows that fit with the jagged-edged contours of the beat. While the beat might mark an experimental shift in D2X’s discography, his lyrical content and overall presence on the beat remain the same: he continues to prove he’s at his best when evoking motivational messages in his raps, executing them with unbridled conviction and a booming voice that demands a listeners attention. Listen to “Go!” below: produced by @TheKidMarquis

Evolving with Chicago’s own D2X

A year ago, I spoke to D2X over the phone. The then 20-year-old rapper from Chicago’s south suburbs was just about to release his debut EP ‘Enjoy Life’. The EP, as its title might suggest, communicated a mindset that the rising artist had finally settled on: after backing out of college basketball offers, recording in a professional studio for the first time, and finding confidence in his skills as a rapper, D2X was finally ready to pursue that which truly made him happy. Now, on a mid-July afternoon, as the sunlight starts to barely creep in through the boarded-up window panes, D2X sits next to me on a couch in the lounge of the Lyrical Lemonade office. He’s joined by his right-hand producer Glohan Beats and friends/photographers John and Tove. A can of lemonade in hand, D2X starts to catch me up on what has changed since we last spoke. His viral track “Woop Woop” got played on Chicago’s legendary Power 92 radio station, and recently he’s headlined his first concert as part of Illanoize Radio’s Let’s Get Social series. Though these career highlights stand out in our conversation, what’s most apparent is how D2X’s demeanor feels almost exactly the same …

VVS – [D2X] ft. [Kid Marquis] [Glohan Beats]

A lot has changed in the career of rapper D2X since I first encountered the Chicago emcee’s music last summer. From dropping his ‘Enjoy Life’ EP to getting spun on legendary Chicago hip-hop rap radio station Power 92, D2X has seen his stock rise steadily since he started fully committing himself to his craft in 2016, and he continues this growth on his latest track, “VVS”. While D2X has proven he’s capable of spitting more introspective bars when he wants to, he instead takes a moment to flex. Painting a rags-to-riches picture with his verses, D2X uses “VVS” to refer to the diamond-level luxury he’s been aspiring to while still making use of his impressive lyrical capabilities. He keeps his circle consistent too, working with frequent collaborators Kid Marquis and Glohan Beats who accentuate the rapper’s flows with their own.

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 …

Takeover – [Cdot Honcho]

Chicago’s own Cdot Honcho has had a breakthrough year with a handful of impressive projects, and just recently, he came through with his third mixtape of 2017 simply-titled Takeover. With production from a number of producers including Trell Got Wings, DP Beats & Kid Marquis, the 12-track tape doesn’t let up on the energy for a second as we were given several new hitters including his striking remix with Rich The Kid for his standout joint 02 Shit. Honcho’s cutthroat delivery and machine gun-like lyrics are unmatched and extremely unique to Chicago’s underground scene, so even though I was put on to the 21-year-old just recently, it’s no surprise that his SoundCloud numbers have been up as far back as 2015. Regardless of that, it’s about time to get familiar with this man, so make sure to let loose the Takeover project immediately and don’t forget to peep his most-recent visual with Cole Bennett for the MadManZen-produced record Another One below!

Southside Hero – [Kid Marquis]

Kid Marquis brought us a self-produced single earlier today called “Southside Hero.” Although the instrumental was mellow for the most part, this artist’s vocals provided some contrast as he delivered bar for bar. Kid Marquis has made some noise with his instrumentals lately, as he was the producer behind G Herbo’s “Pull Up,” among other notable collaborations. Be sure not to sleep on this release, check it out below!

Beast Mode – [D2X] ft. [J Savage]

Earlier today, upcoming artists D2X and J Savage came together on a Kid Marquis instrumental to bring us “Beast Mode”, a brand new single. This song will keep your attention throughout, as there are very few low points in between their bars. Although these names aren’t as big as some that you’re used to, don’t make that an excuse not to click play. Both artists have been working to master their sound and make a wave of their own, and with this single, it doesn’t look like much is going to stop them. Check out “Beast Mode” down below.