Portions EP – [MFnMelo]

I’ve been hearing that Chicago collective Pivot Gang is going to take over the rest of 2020 as they plan on each having new musical releases, and it looks like it’s starting to happen as MFnMelo is back on our website with his brand new EP titled Portions. This one is a very quick listen at less than ten minutes of playtime and three songs included on the tracklist, but Melo made the most out of it, as each of the songs that he gave us were all ear-pleasing + hard-hitting. MFnMelo is an artist whose lyrics you really have to pay attention to, I suggest you run each song back a few times at least because certain bars will go right over your head. The two features that he chose to include on this tape came from New York spitter Radamiz as well as the legendary singer theMIND, who each maximized their contributions to their respective songs

MF Doom – [MFnMelo]

I have said it before and I will say it again, Chicago native MFnMelo is one of the best rappers that the city has to offer, and today he is back on our website with the release of his brand new music video for “MF Doom”. This record was a fan favorite on MFnMelo’s 2019 project Everybody Eats, so it was great to see it get the visual that it deserved, much love to the video director Parker Nyquist for assisting Melo is making this one come to life. 2020 has been a wild year but Melo has still been able to make it one to remember as far as his music career goes, I am eager to see what he does in 2021 once the music world gets back to normal *hopefully*. Take some time out of your Monday to watch this new video below. Produced by VZN

Big Bet – [MFnMelo]

MFnMelo is a creative from Chicago who we are big fans of here at Lyrical Lemonade, we have been covering him for some years and we even did an interview featuring him a couple of months back, and he is back on our pages today because he recently he put out a brand new record titled “Big Bet”. MFnMelo is an exceptionally versatile artist who has created some of my favorite jams over the past year or two, he can create soothing songs like “What A Life” or hard-hitting jams like “Flow Seats”, and this joint here is something in between because the hook is very relaxing but on the verses, he goes super hard! Take a couple of minutes out of your time to listen to this brand new offering, and if you like what you hear then give him a like on this YouTube video below! Produced by Letmode

A Conversation With Pivot Gang’s MFnMelo

For MFnMelo, the adage that you’re only as good as who you surround yourself with seems to hit home in a way that’s different than most people’s interpretation. It’s more about looking out for everyone in his inner circle over himself, only feeling fulfilled if those around him do too. This value for looking out for his loved ones holds true so much for the Chicago rapper that it comes up as the central theme of his latest project, ‘Everybody Eats’–an impressive sophomore effort from the Pivot Gang member that positions his consistently strong flows and ear for melody at the fore. 2019 marked a busy year for MFnMelo, marked by both the releases of ‘Everybody Eats’ and Pivot Gang’s group project ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’. On both projects, Melo came into his own, distinguishing himself sonically while proving to be yet another powerful weapon in Pivot Gang’s homemade arsenal. With 2020 ahead of him, Melo stresses to only expect “more muhf**kin” in the near future. Find out exactly what to look out for from Melo and watch him break down the process of making ‘Everybody Eats’ in our new interview below: *interview by Mike Del Ro & Elliot …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Yallwhadinthere & Salsa Verde – [MFnMelo]

MFnMelo has been on a roll ever since he dropped his project Everybody Eats. The impressive offering from the ascending star is a success without a doubt, and that’s before all of the additional videos to accompany it. As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I was pleasantly surprised to see Melo had released a video for one of my personal favorite tracks off the project “Yallwhadinthere”. It wasn’t until I clicked on the link that I got even more excited to see that it was actually a double feature video including a visual for “Salsa Verde” as well. This was undeniably unexpected, but more than welcome in my opinion, and it’s actually something I think artists should do more often. During the “Yallwhadinthere” portion, Melo is in a restaurant with a collection of clones, some working the counter, others serving, and he himself sitting at a table, spitting his bars over the bouncy and wispy beat of the track. This part of the video was really amazing to me because all of the colors and people surrounding him fit right in with the atmosphere that the song brings to the table. Seemingly out of nowhere, the film cuts …

Everybody Eats – [MFnMelo]

As the clock winds down on an already impressive year for Chicago’s Pivot Gang, the group couldn’t let these final weeks pass without one more memorable release from within its ranks. Today, MFnMelo steps into the spotlight with his debut album, ‘Everybody Eats’. The first project from Melo since 2017’s ‘Melodramatics’ features help from the Chicago native’s close circle of local talents and offers up the most comprehensive catalog of Melo’s own talent yet. Packed with Melo’s mix of personal narrative, sense of humor, and cunning wordplay, he distinguishes himself by putting his own authenticity at the fore of ‘Everybody Eats’. As a member of Pivot who’s worked relatively in the shadows up to this point, ‘Everybody Eats’ feels like a moment of transcendence into the light. He employs all the tools at his disposal with the polish of a seasoned veteran. He delivers melody on multiple hooks throughout the project while seamlessly transitions back to his weighty, definitive rapping that places emphasis on every syllable. Each lyric gets executed with its own burst of air as if he’s vying for a listener’s attention every second, and he holds a listener there with him the whole time through a sea …

What A Life – [MFnMelo]

Pivot Gang affiliate MFnMelo is back on our website for the second time in two weeks with his brand new track titled “What A Life”, and it’s the best song that I have listened to all day. MFnMelo is a superior artist in his own right when you examine his skill set, so when you see that he has his close homie Saba on the record with him you can’t help but image what it’s going to sound like, and even more so once you see that the great Monte Booker handled the beat, it’s literally a musical Big 3. Once I heard the gentle & soothing melody that Melo pieced together it put me into paradise, and once Saba jumped on the back end of this one with his great verse + made it that much better it quickly became one of my favorite songs I have heard this month. Stream this brand new song below and be sure to keep an eye out for Melo’s forthcoming project Everybody Eats that’s set to drop in the near future.

Flow Seats – [MFn Melo]

If you told me a year ago that Pivot Gang would be pretty much running the city of Chicago right now, I would probably believe you but still be a bit skeptical. Saba has always been one of my favorite artists to emerge from the city and I was nervous that he would possibly outshine some of the members in his crew. I’m not sure if this means that the rest of the collective steps up their game as to not get overlooked or if they’re just a powerhouse, but I’ll go with the latter. This is considering the fact that I’m beyond impressed time and time again by all of the solo music I hear from the different members of the group, and MFnMelo’s latest single “Flow Seats” is absolutely no different. Recruiting Monte Booker to produce a wavy beat that bounces and simply grooves was the first thing to notice about this song. Beyond that, Melo demonstrates his talent by changing styles and cadences for his verses, proving that he can run with, if not propel in front of, the rest of the major talents rising up in the city. I can’t wait to see what’s to come …

Bad Boys – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Smino]

Chicago collective Pivot Gang have been showcasing their respective talents individually for a few years now, but, with the announce of their new project, it’s time for them to come together on some rap Power Rangers, Megazord type shit. Along with announcing their debut album, You Can’t Sit With Us, Pivot unleashed their latest single, “Bad Boys,” which hosts Joesph Chilliams, Saba, MfnMelo, and a guest appearance from Smino, each adding their own distinct flavors to the effort while still maintaining a cohesive, unapologetic vibe to the gritty effort. With such a talented roster, one of the most fun things about this album is going to be picking a favorite verse in each song. Here, I have to give the nod to Joseph Chilliams who showcases his knack for clever, uproarious one-liners. The way he uses humor is one of Chilliams’ biggest assets and I suspect, it’ll make him a fan favorite when the album drops; but really, with the whole gang along for the ride, it’ll be a pick your poison situation. You Can’t Sit With Us is set to drop on April 19th but is vailable for pre-order on iTunes right now.