Believe The Hype – [Lucki]

Months removed from its initial release at this point, the rap world is still obsessing over Lucki’s unbelievable new project, Freewave 3, and for good reason. In my eyes, one of the central features of the tape that makes it so appealing is Lucki’s locked-in, effortlessly impressive ability to rap — and I mean rap. Lyrically, the Chicago native is without a doubt one of the most talented artists in the game right now, and the fact that he does it in such a nonchalant manner is the most incredible part. Lucki seemingly never breaks a sweat when he rhymes, and few songs on Freewave 3 show this as well as “Believe The Hype.” Just as the title entails, this song is a straightforward declaration that Lucki lives up to all the hype behind his name. It’s a bold claim, but he backs it up, and the brand new music video for the song supports this claim perfectly. Displaying easy-going scenes of Lucki and his naturally elegant nature, the simplicity at hand here is what matches so well with the song. Lucki isn’t the kind of artist that really needs to go over the top with his music videos, because truthfully, the music is …

Papaya! – [Malci]

The criminally overlooked Chicago emcee and producer Malci is here with his newest project Papaya!, released today. This arrives nearly two years after his last project DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF, my personal introduction to Malci and one of my favorite overall projects to come out of 2017. Now he’s back in 2019 with Papaya!, which is an exciting release, as it heads in a completely different creative direction than his previous project. Production-wise, this project features primarily synth-based, glitchy and atmospheric beats along with field recordings. It’s seventeen tracks, but doesn’t overstay its welcome in the slightest, clocking in around thirty-four minutes, following this many-short-songs album format that some of my other recent favorite albums have followed by artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Slauson Malone, and Lucki.  Papaya! ends up making for an extremely cohesive and engaging listen that only leaves the listener wanting more from Malci. There are some really interesting genre-bending soundscapes on here along with melodic and enjoyable production throughout. “The 40 Oz Endorsement” perfectly encapsulates the record, as it features otherworldly production underlying Malci talking about thrifting a nice outfit, beating three Final Fantasy games, and shouting about drinking 40s “because they work”. The track “Byzantine Way” …

Used 2 – [Lucki]

Between Freewave 3 and the slew of stellar singles that we’ve received over the past few months, 2019 has undoubtedly been Lucki’s year. Today, joining forces with fellow Chicagoan BRENTRAMBO, Lucki is back with a new single entitled “Used 2.” As one might expect from a collaboration between two of music’s most exciting talents to watch right now, “Used 2” certainly makes its mark, as the unconventional twang of the melodies makes perfect sense alongside Lucki’s brutally honest vocals. In such a way, this track is quite eclectic in its appeal, and even so, it seamlessly complements Lucki’s off-kilter charisma and charming effortlessness. Lyrically, he’s as locked in and vivid as ever, delivering dark-sided tales of drugs, love, and the ups and downs of life, while BRENTRAMBO supplies the song with a uniquely hypnotic instrumental. That said, “Used 2” is a fantastic listen, so check this one out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here! — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

Pressure – [Lucki]

It goes without saying that Freewave 3 is still one of the best projects released this year. Quite frankly, Lucki is one of the best lyricists alive, and to say that it’s always a gem when we receive new music from the Chicago native is an understatement. Today, hitting us with a gift as we head into the weekend, Lucki is back on our pages with a brand new loose release, “Pressure.” Using a sleek, slightly ominous melody, this offering attests to the fact that Lucki is a diamond of an artist, always thriving under pressure and performing his best when the stakes are high. In this song, he maintains a wide-eyed slew of lyrics and an effortlessly alluring cadence, pointing to ease with which it takes Lucki to impress. Freewave 3 sparked a well-deserved conversation about Lucki being a king of the underground right now, and with songs like these as proof, I don’t think there’s any more debate as to whether or not this is true. Stream Lucki’s brand new single at the link provided below!

Watch Matty Wood$ brand new interview with Illanoize

Matty Wood$ is one of my favorite artists out of the midwest and he recently stopped by Illanoize for a dope new interview! You will find the three great hosts asking him about tons of stuff such as being from St. Louis, his favorite food spots, losing his mother, how he met Stan, his crew, Nelly, going to St. Louis University for a year, the air being different in different cities, what his studio sessions look like, being funny on social media + just in general, what he thinks about Chicago, wanting to work with Chance or Lucki, hitting 3.5 million streams, trends in hip-hop, why he named his project “I’ll Be Fine”, being inspired by the dope, his upcoming music and more. Press play below to get in tune with one of the finest upcoming talents out of St. Louis!

Paid in Full – [SAFE] ft. [Playboi Carti]

After a long hiatus, SAFE has returned with an updated sound and a direct path to superstardom. In the time following his critically acclaimed debut project, Stay Down, in 2016, the budding talent has kept an incredibly low profile, although he broke the silence last year dropping 2 singles in 2018, leaving fans questioning when a new feature-length project would arrive. Luckily, this week, SAFE made two exciting appearances, first providing a feature for Khalid’s sophomore album, which was followed by a Playboi Carti-assisted single, “Paid In Full,” that is sure to be in heavy rotation for old fans and new. In this single, SAFE effortlessly cruises along a bubbly Pluss-produced beat that seems to bring out the best in both artists while Carti delivers in his regular fashion alongside the Toronto native. It’s as promising as ever that we’ll receive more music from SAFE in the near future and there are serious signs that he has been working a number of talented artists and producers. After last week’s releases, I will be anxiously anticipating the follow up to his debut, hopefully dropping sometime before the summer. Stream the new single below!

Lucki announces The Freewave Tour

Chicago legend Lucki is pretty fresh off of the release of his well received project Freewave 3, and he just announced the nation wide tour he will be going on from 4/20 – 5/25. He will be accompanied by Swoosh and Q Da Fool, making this tour more of an experience than just a plain old show. You can check out the tour dates below and you can purchase tickets here! Tour Dates: 4/20 Santa Cruz, CA 4/23 Anaheim, CA 4/25 El Paso, TX 4/27 Denver, CO 4/30 Boulder, CO 5/2 Minneapolis, MN 5/3 Lawrence, KS 5/5 Columbus, OH 5/7 Washington D.C. 5/16 Ashbury Park, NJ 5/18 Cleveland, OH 5/22 Detroit, MI 5/25 Chicago, IL

Fantasy – [Sarah Hemi]

Sarah Hemi is truly one of the most talented artists I know of right now, and ever since I wrote about her last single, “Just Friends,” I haven’t been able to stop listening to the song, at least once a week. Today, Hemi makes her way back to Lyrical Lemonade with yet another dreamy new offering, “Fantasy.” Matching an absolutely gorgeous atmosphere of sound with her unbelievably smooth vocals, this track truly lives up to its title, creating a fantasy world of sound that listeners simply can’t help but get lost in. The soft plucking of the strings in the background and the soothing progression of the instrumentation only brings this to the next level, as Hemi’s vocals receive a fitting companion to make a standout offering. I could go on about this one all day, but I’ll just let you check it out for yourself — stream “Fantasy” on SoundCloud below! Produced by Dantae

More Than Ever – [Lucki]

With Lucki’s impeccable Freewave 3 project making the rounds as an early contender for album of the year, it’s only right to acknowledge that Chicago’s own is one of the hottest artists in rap right now. He’s a storyteller for the ages and an artist wise beyond his years, so much so that it’s justifiable to say that Lucki’s possibilities for collaboration are limited simply by how skilled and unique he is. One name that always seems to get it right in pairings with the Freewave rapper, however, is Jake Osmun, whose back today to bless us with a brand new music video for “More Than Ever” produced by ChaseTheMoney. Rapidly-paced and fit to the general hard-nosed, tunnel-visioned sound of the instrumental, this music video takes Lucki’s untouchable creative vision and turns it into truly one of the best visual companions I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Between hypnotic effects, hazy scenes, and a constant emphasis on Lucki’s captivating character, “More Than Ever” paints Freewave 3 in a perfect way, and for that, we have to thank the director at hand. Jake Osmun snapped, and as always, him and Lucki are an unbeatable combo on the visual side of things. Watch …