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DRILL MUSIC IN ZION – [Lupe Fiasco]

Chicago’s music scene doesn’t really need much explanation, because there are so many artists that come to mind as soon as you think about this city. Obviously, depending on how old you are or what era you grew up in, these names can change, but regardless, there are countless artists that you know and love from the Windy City. If you grew up in my era, the first artists you most likely think of could include Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Chance the Rapper, or any other emcee in that realm, but if you were born a bit earlier, Kanye, Common, Twista, and Lupe Fiasco might be the emcees that pop into your head. Even if you are closer to my age, this second list is still one that everyone knows and respects for putting on for this city before anyone really seemed to give a shit, and while Lupe isn’t someone I religiously listen to in all honesty, I wasn’t about to let his brand-new project DRILL MUSIC IN ZION go unspoken about. This is his 8th studio album, and it is a collaboration with his longtime friend and collaborator Soundtrakk who produced each of the 10 songs that run …

Lil Bit – [Kaelin Ellis]

Kaelin Ellis is a name you might recognize if you’re within the producer community. You may have seen his work next to names like Lupe Fiasco, Kaytranada, J.I.D, Danny Brown, and Noname. Today he’s making his artist debut on the Lyrical Lemonade platform with his video for his groovy single “Lil Bit.” This is a lane I wish producers tapped into more in creating visuals with their production. Without any lyrics added to the instrumental, I think if paired with the right VFX person the producers can world build pretty much anything that matches the vibe of each instrumental. However, with this particular single, Kaelin actually lays down a verse for the first time ever on a record. This may be the start of a new era for Kaelin if he decides to venture into becoming a full-time lyricist. Watch the visuals for Kaelin Ellis’ funky new single “Lil Bit” after the break.

Hustlaz – [Lupe Fiasco]

It’s abundantly obvious that the current state of hip-hop is one hundred percent different than what it used to be even just 5 years ago, and that spectrum of differences only continues to widen as you look further and further back. Clearly, nothing today really sounds like it did back in the mid-2000s, and even if certain artists take this era of music as inspiration, there are still more differences than similarities in most songs you’d turn on today. If you know the first thing about Chicago music history, you’d know that the culture here would be not even a sliver of what it is now without the impact that Lupe Fiasco has made, and even though he is definitely an OG, there’s no denying the fact that he is still as important to the city today as he was even ten or fifteen years ago. That’s why, it is seriously impossible to ignore a new release from the legendary emcee, especially when it comes out as amazingly as his latest single “Hustlaz” did. What makes this song even better than ever is the fact that it wasn’t recorded within the past month, year, or even decade, but it was …

Watch Ausar’s new interview on Illanoize Radio

Illanoize Radio is a fantastic platform based here in Chicago that consists of Bekoe, Pretty Riot & Illinois Jones, and they all do fantastic work that benefits the Chicago music community. On their latest episode, the three of them interviewed Ausar, an amazing artist + good friend of mine. They spoke about plenty of subjects including his experience on Rhythm & Flow, auditioning for American Idol, his new project Flight Of The Honey Bee, the idea behind the cover of the project, asking Lupe Fiasco about arpeggios on Clubhouse, what he’s learned about himself during the pandemic and everything else that he has been up to. Take some time out of your Tuesday to watch this new interview below!

TAPE TAPE – [Lupe Fiasco] x [Soundtrakk]

Chicago hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco nets another appearance on Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new EP titled TAPE TAPE. The EP was released in a two-song bundle accompanied with two songs titled “Oh Yes” and “Apologetic.” Produced by super producer Soundtrakk, both tracks do not fit the lyrical mold that one expects from Fiasco. Incorporating a trap oriented sound, both singles are radio friendly with heavy mainstream appeal. If there are any similarities, TAPE TAPE is like Drogas Light mixed with LASERS, with an inebriated edge of carefree entertainment. However, strict Lupe fans needn’t worry, since the ‘dumbed down’ subject matter was fully intentional and truthfully crafted out of Fiasco’s personal enjoyment. Specifically, the project drew inspiration from both Travis Scott and Lil Uzi Vert, with Lupe tweeting that he “felt like picking up a new hobby and area of rap that [he] never really took serious.” TAPE TAPE joins the phenomenal projects in Drogas Wave & HOUSE since Lupe Fiasco became a fully independent artist, with all three releases beautifully capturing the creative freedom and direction that he’s deserved. Furthermore, more songs off TAPE TAPE may be on the way, with the aforementioned tweet stating that Lupe would be releasing trap music for the next couple of months. Regardless, …

A Conversation with Khary

One of the industry’s fastest growing talents is making it on to our pages today to talk about life, music and everything in between. If you haven’t heard of Khary, I hope this Q&A serves as a proper introduction to an artist who plays by his own rules and creates music that is uniquely his own. Continue reading down below to learn more about what makes Khary… Khary. — Sam: Tell me about where you’re from. Khary: I’m originally from Providence, RI. I spent 7 years in NY to learn how the music industry worked/start a career and I just recently moved to LA. — Sam: What got you into music in the first place? Was there anyone who inspired you; family, friends etc.? Khary: Man, my brother used to rap and I just wanted to be like him at first. He’d sneak me into venues to be his hype man when I was 16 and I just kinda stuck with it. — Sam: Who are your musical inspirations? Who did you grow up idolizing in the music industry? Khary: I used to have a big afro and I decided to cut it off at the beginning of a school year. …

A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

BLACKNESS – [Kaellin Ellis]

Multi-platinum music producer Kaellin Ellis has been nothing short of active in 2020. Aside from releasing new music through streaming platforms, Ellis has mastered the art of marketing exclusive sound clips via social media; particularly from his twitter account. Utilizing the app’s moments feature, Ellis has made it possible to easily access every beat that he has shared. Beyond his own creative excellence, Ellis was pleasantly surprised when hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco rapped over one of his instrumentals titled “White Walls,” which Lupe dubbed the combined version “LF95.” Let it be known that the pair have a rumored collaborative project in the works. Ellis’s latest release is titled “BLACKNESS,” which could not be a more fitting name in light of present circumstances. The forty-four second instrumental was crafted with a bass guitar, electronic keyboard, and modular synthesizer. Like most Ellis instrumentals, this one perfectly fits the short but sweet idiom. Amidst the ongoing tragedies, demonstrative protests, misinformation, and injustice(s) being shown through mass-media, Ellis’s “BLACKNESS” provides a unique auditory clarity. In case you needed a reminder: Black Lives Matter!  

Hustle Don’t Give [Che Noir] ft. [Black Thought]

Mello Music Group consistently delivers sheer quality. The independent record label’s latest offering “Hustle Don’t Give” is a collaborative single by Che’ Noir and Black Thought with their artist Apollo Brown covering the production. The track will be off Noir and Brown’s joint album titled As God Intended, set to release July 10th. Just like Griselda, Che Noir hails from the very active hip-hop city of Buffalo, New York. Che’ Noir’s rap style frequently consists of rapid-fire rhymes and subject-matter that eerily resembles the sounds of her birth year in 1994. Meshing classic golden era hip-hop with relevance, Che’ refreshingly shatters the ignorant claims that ‘hip-hop is dead.’ As for Apollo Brown, it is without question that the Detroit producer is carving a monumental impact on boom-bap instrumentation, having produced for Skyzoo, Rass Kass, Guilty Simpson, Big Pooh, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, Masta Ace, Oddisee, Black MIlk, Joell Ortiz, and more. From the crisp kick drums, to the horns and organs, an Apollo Brown instrumental quickly become signature in familiarity. Brown’s credo for his work is to try and make each album his favorite of all time. I love everything Apollo touches, but his collaborative album Mona Lisa with Slaughterhouse member …

#LF95 – [Lupe Fiasco] [prod. Kaelin Ellis]

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite artist. Notoriously known for his sheer lyricism that only Harvard graduates can fully comprehend, Lupe is likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Lupe is a true lyricist, but this label alone is not sufficient enough to describe the thirty-eight-year-old unfettered music veteran. Some have even claimed that the musical work and career of Lupe Fiasco was simply ahead of its time, with an audience not yet prepared for the boldly unfiltered content he delivered. Nonetheless, Lupe’s resume is among the very best, with seven studio albums, one Grammy, (twelve nominations) 2006’s GQ man of the year, along with million-plus records sold and streamed. However, these accolades aren’t what matter most to Lupe; it is instead the lifelong respect/acknowledgment from his music peers that shaped and influenced him. For instance, in a joint Instagram live conversation with Joe Budden, Joe revealed Jay-Z himself once stated that he thinks Lupe Fiasco is the best rapper ever. Lupe also tweeted that Jay-Z wanted to sign him to Roc-A-Fella records. Moreover, when legendary emcee Nas was asked by N.O.R.E which rapper most reminds him of himself, Lupe was his answer. Most recently, Off-White CEO and fashion designer Virgil Abloh tweeted that …