A Conversation with Maaly Raw

One of the most promising producers in this industry is an artist who goes by the name of Maaly Raw. The Philly native has been on an absolute tear lately. Racking up credits from some of the best in the industry, the up and coming icon is just getting started, but has already made a name for himself as someone you need to go to if you’re trying to make a hit. I didn’t want to just sit back and admire him from a far, so a little while back, I sat down to chop it up about music and life with Maal and this is what he had to say! — Sam: I’d love to hear more about you man! So tell me about where you’re from and what got you into music. Maal: I’m from Philly! I got into beats at like age 16. My cousin was doing beats prior to me starting up. He’s a little older than me, so every time I would go to his crib, I’d be making beats and stuff like that. One day though, I was like, man show me how to do the and he taught me like a basic step …

Nardo Wick Takes Over [Interview]

Propelled by the chilling single “Who Want Smoke,” Jacksonville artist Nardo Wick has exploded into the spotlight over the past few weeks. First, it was a G Herbo cosign via Instagram Live that circulated the song last month, which parlayed into an immediate splash upon release. In the weeks following, “Who Want Smoke” has amassed over 2 million YouTube views, garnered cosigns from Lil Durk and Future, among others, and even landed Nardo a spot on the Judas and the Black Messiah movie soundtrack. All in just over 30 days. Needless to say, this meteoric rise has been for good reason, propelled by the dense, unforgettable nature of “Who Want Smoke” and Nardo’s knack for creating moments with his lyrics. From lines like “call me Nardo Yes Man, cuz’ I don’t no n****s,” to the infamous stomping which occurs at 1:16 in the video, the entire song is packed with ingenious one-liners, structured around high-octane production and chilling visuals to match. As such, “Who Want Smoke” has quickly outgrown the sum of its viral moments, introducing the world to a massively exciting newcomer with a sound entirely unique to his native Jacksonville. We had the chance to conduct the rising star’s first interview, …

Watch Lil Skies new interview on Carton Conversations

Lil Skies was the latest guest on our growing series Carton Conversations, on the tenth episode that is also the season finale! We had to go big for the season finale, so not only did we have Lil Skies come by the office for the interview, we had his close friend + Lyrical Lemonade founder Cole Bennett host! These two touched on plenty of subjects in this interview including how they first got connected, the classic music video for “Red Roses”, the story behind the “Nowadays” visual, his new album Unbothered, the close relationship he has with his fans, working with Lil Durk, Wiz Khalifa showing him a ton of love, growing up in a small town, how fatherhood has changed his life, his upcoming collab with $NOT, the idea of what happiness is and so much more. This was the perfect ending to Season 1 of Carton Conversations, we have a lot of room to grow and the sky is the limit for this series, watch this new interview below and if you haven’t already, check out the other conversations we have with The Kid Laroi, Teezo Touchdown, DJ Scheme, 24kGoldn and more on LL2. Photo by Jackson W

Kanye Krazy – [Lil Durk]

A few days ago Lil Durk tweeted out a picture of him on a music video set, and his die-hard fanbase started speculating that it was for the “Kanye Krazy” music video, and they were spot on. Just a few minutes ago, Lil Durk unleashed the visual that was in speculation, and it’s even better than you imagined. Lil Durk teamed up with LL’s own Cole Bennett to make this one possible, and to match the theme of the “Kanye Krazy” song, they decided to play off of some of Kanye West’s past looks from past videos and moments in his career. This was one of the most interesting + entertaining music videos that I’ve watched in a minute, and I feel like you will think the same, watch it for yourself below! Photo by @kevinmaya

Hot Boy Bling – [French Montana] ft. [Jack Harlow] & [Lil Durk]

Although French Montana might not be at the very top of my list of favorite Rappers, there’s absolutely no denying the fact that he has this natural talent for making all-out hits when push comes to shove. There’s just something about the smoothness of his voice or his uncanny ability to find the entirely right flow for every situation that makes his contributions to records so impactful, so although he might not be my go-to favorite, I’ll never deny his remarkable abilities even slightly. Back in November, French decided to deliver the fifth installment of his Coke Boys series, this time recruiting artists like Jim Jones, Lil Durk, Pop Smoke, Max B, Benny The Butcher, A$AP Rocky, and many others for some wild contributions. In all honesty, I haven’t listened to the project in its entirety, but the songs I have heard have thoroughly impressed me, so I’ll get there eventually. One of the biggest cuts off of the tape is undeniably “Hot Boy Bling”, a JetsonMade-produced banger that includes both Lil Durk and Jack Harlow. While the features might’ve been what drew me in, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear people reciting the repetitive hook due to its catchiness, …

Big Decisions – [Morray]

Morray may very well be the next mainstream rap artist to breakthrough from the state of North Carolina. Today the Fayetteville, North Carolina artist shares new visuals for his newest record “Big Decisions.” This is only the fifth record since Halloween that the 19-year-old emcee has dropped and his star power seems to rise with each release. He’s definitely in a very unique place in his career because the first record he released “Quicksand” has turned into a viral hit. This has caused some hip-hop talking heads to speculate that Morray is an industry plant. I myself on the other hand am deciding to focus on how moving his music and story. If you’re a fan of rappers who rap about struggle, pain with vivid stories like Lil Durk, Polo G, Rod Wave, Kevin Gates then Morray would seem like a perfect save for your music library. One thing I’ll give Morray an advantage over the rappers I’ve mentioned is how good his vocals are on his records. It makes sense how he’s received cosigns from his other rap peers like J.Cole, DaBaby, Rick Ross, and more. Watch Morray’s new video for “Big Decisions” for yourself after the break.

Coming Clean – [Lil Durk]

Just when we thought 2020 was coming to an end, Chicago’s very own Lil Durk decided that he wasn’t about to end the year without a bang. This bang, of course, came in the form of a brand-new surprise album entitled The Voice, an effort that clearly pays homage to the dearly departed King Von on multiple songs as well as on the cover art where Durk and Von hang out like the brothers they truly were. Although it might’ve been unexpected for most, it caught us by surprise in all the right ways, leading to its addition to our very own top 50 Chicago projects of 2020 list high up at number 4. As usual, there typically isn’t an album without at least a couple of music videos to accompany it, and Durk decided to bring his track “Coming Clean” to life. If you’ve heard the song, it’s clearly one of Durk’s more sensual, lustful records on the album, and the video matches this aesthetic overtly well, so I’d give the viewer discretion advisory warning before going into this risqué CROWNSOHEAVY-directed visual. As it opens, Durk stands up from a table where he’s wearing countless sparkling diamond pieces of …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Stay Down – [Lil Durk] ft. [Young Thug] x [6LACK]

If there’s someone who has been putting in the work recently in the hip-hop scene it has to be Lil Durk. Coming fresh off an album, “Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 ” and a Top 10 Billboard hit with Drake in Laugh Now, Cry Later. Talented lyricist and Chicago’s own Lil Durk returns with another hit, “Stay Down” accompanied by the influential Young Thug and talented 6LACK. The beat feels dreamy which is a stark contrast to Lil Durk laying down what life is really like and talking about his struggles growing up on the block. 6LACK delivers an incredible chorus with his melodic voice before Durk comes back with his unreal rhymes followed by the always amazing Young Thug. Thug, who needs no introduction delivers once again with a catchy, impressive rhyme scheme as the final verse before closing out with 6LACK’s astounding vocals. Make sure you stream the new record down below! Produced by Metro Boomin and DY

Poetic Justice – [Lil Mexico]

There should be very little disagreement with the assertion that Lil Durk fathered much of the present melodic-drill rap wave moreso than just about any of his peers and is an unquestionable legend for both his innovations and achievements lyrically and stylistically and it is quite rare that an artist can be both fashionable and forward-thinking enough can do this simultaneously, but Lil Durk the executive recently made a new move in signing up and coming South Carolina star Lil Mexico, along with his frequent Atlanta collaborator Slimelife Shawty, to his new OTF imprint. Lil Mexico has been building an exceptional catalog of melodically-inclined music from a bevy of different producers and even though he is currently blowing up hasn’t received all of the love he is owed yet for his musical contributions. His new GM Visuals directed video “Poetic Justice” which premiered today on Lil Durk’s channel, will likely serve as the introduction to Lil Mexico for many and showcases all of the vocal gifts and grief-stricken relatability that instantly endeared him to young South Carolinians and then the world because of the barrage of music videos he has flooded the streets and internet with over the past twelve …