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A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

Tokyo Nights – [TM88] feat. [MadeInTYO]

No matter who gets brought up into the conversation, it would be insane to not mention TM88 when it comes to producers that have been running the game for years now. The 808 Mafia mega producer has been known for producing some of the biggest hits we have known. TM88 has produced for Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and many more. Most recently producing on the critically-acclaimed album Eternal Atake on the song “P2”, TM88 has been shooting from beyond the free throw line and has been putting up major numbers on the board. Today, he’s back with yet another hit with the release of his latest single “Tokyo Nights”, which coincidentally enough, features the Atlanta-native MadeInTYO. The production style of TM88 has always been as unique as can be, as he is a part of the production group that can be crowned as the forefather of the current climate of trap music today. As time progressed, so did TM88 and he continues to evolve with the sound. On “Tokyo Nights”, TM88 unleashes soft and mesmerizing backing instrumentation that sounds like it came straight from the future. The beat is ever so fitting to that vibe of roaming the brightly-lit …

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 …

Hot Shower – [Chance The Rapper]

Chance the Rapper is back to offer fans maybe one of the best music videos of the year for his standout track “Hot Shower” off of his debut album The Big Day. To match the energy and hype that the song brings to the table, there was definitely a lot of pressure to have a visual to do this song justice. With guest appearances from legendary actors like Jake Johnson and Kel Mitchell who also happen to be natives to Chicago, there is a storyline that starts with Johnson owing a group of people who seem to be mobsters money. He calls Chance to see if he can help him out with the funds, but Chance is busy taking a “hot shower” and misses the call. The next setting leads to a gym where the Chicago Emcee is leading a fitness class and getting swole at a gym as well as working at a protein bar making shakes. This leads to another setting change, where Kel Mitchell is busy working behind the counter at a diner, where he picks fights and dances with some of the patrons. For MadeinTYO’s verse, he cruises around a racetrack before getting out and spitting …

Chance the Rapper’s ‘The Big Tour’: A Legendary Moment In Chicago History

Post by Lee Mcintosh “I am so grateful for the love. Thank you Chicago for selling out my first ever show at THE UNITED CENTER” -Chance The Rapper, via Instagram Image via Twitter One of the greatest joys that any fan could have is being part of a city that has major cultural impact. Sports, artists, fashion, architecture and all. In terms of music, there are a handful of cities across the country that have been consistently feeding the culture year after year. LA is responsible for legends like NWA, Dr. Dre, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. New York being the birth of hip-hop brought us legends such as Biggie, Wu-Tang and Dipset. Of course, the south has been providing to a sound that is still dominant today with Trap Music. At last, there is the great city of Chicago providing us with legendary artists like Common, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and none other than–Chance The Rapper. For those who have been fans of Lyrical Lemonade since day one, you would be well aware that we have been covering Chance’s come up for years now. To see him blossom into the star that he is today has been nothing but …

Draw 2 – [Vintage Lee]

Vintage Lee is the kind of artist who naturally shifts the attention of a room upon entrance. She’s a presence in her own right, and an undeniable one at that, having developed her reputation as a “PiMP” with the retention value and hit-making potential of songs including the MadeinTYO-featured “Vintage Like Lee.” Today, built to last and ready to make a statement with her latest project, Draw 2, the Boston native is back and better than ever. In a fashion similar to that of her last album — the aforementioned PiMP — Draw 2 sources its energy from sheer charisma, blending a natural cool with insurmountably bright production and venue-shaking deliveries. At times, it’s undeniably charming, using soaring hooks to craft songs suitable for the club, the car, and everything in between. But where Draw 2 most identifiably makes its impact is on the other side of things, creating a dichotomy between fun and serious, enchanting yet real. This intersection is where Lee’s sound finds its wings. On songs like “Left in the Cold”, her chip-on-the-shoulder mentality begins to shine through, but not without the braggadocious “Coach Lee” to follow. The entire project works in this way, blending alluring character with personal storytelling — a …

The Big Day – [Chance The Rapper]

Just over two years and a couple months after his last project Coloring Book first debuted, Chicago superstar Chance The Rapper just blessed the world with his highly anticipated new album titled The Big Day. If you are a true Lyrical Lemonade fan who has been supporting since the beginning, then you know that we are all huge fans of Chance The Rapper, he inspired all of us here as well as millions of others around the globe, so you can only picture just how excited I was when I first pressed play on this new album. I was very pleased when I saw the track list had twenty two songs (with a few skits) on it, I took about two and a half hours out of my morning to listen to this a couple of times before I wrote this article, and where should I begin? My initial thoughts were that Chance made it a point to do something different with this project, which I would say he has done with every project, but this project was a little more left field than I expected it would be. That’s a positive thing though, Chance mixed it up and really …

Work – [Christian Kuya]

Filipino-American artist Christian Kuya has a slapper on his hands. The Cuzzi Gang artist’s new song, ‘Work,’ will have any fan of Lil Pump, MadeinTYO, or 24hrs jumping, twerking, and dancing. Co-produced by Xavi and Rojas On The Beat, the song has the hard hitting kicks and 808’s that would throw any party into an absolute frenzy. With the easily memorable lyrics and Kuya’s everlasting and irresistible energy, the song is one I expect to be heard all summer long. As the Las Vegas based artist continues to perform cross country alongside manager, Steve Newland, be sure to follow him along the way. Words by Barry R

Roy Woods Behind The Scenes Freestyle

It’s hard to know as outsiders looking in on what goes on behind the scenes on tour. Sure, we have ideas that we derive now and then from social media posts or paparazzi, but when we get a true look at behind the scenes footage from a camera that follows around an artist for an entire day, we’re able to come to realization of what their days actually consist of. In this eight minute clip, you see OVO member and Toronto native Roy Woods in a glimpse of what life is like on tour, at least for him, as he waits for his show later that night in Los Angeles with Drake and The Migos. Roy’s exceptional creativity and dreamlike vocals provide for an outstanding freestyle about 40 seconds into the clip that lasts for nearly a minute – and will make you only want to hear more. The video then goes on to show Roy drinking golden Hennessy, rolling backwoods, and then a glimpse of his late-night studio work with MadeinTYO. It’s always interesting to see an artist’s creative processes in the studio and how they different from person to person, and the studio scene Roy creates is a dark …

Look At The Kid – [Madeintyo]

Madeintyo has never failed to give us at least a handful of bangers for the summer over the past few years, and minutes ago he jut released a super catchy record for summer ’19 with “Look At The Kid”. One thing that I love about Madeintyo is just how much has has progressed as a rapper over the years, he has always been raw, but take a close listen to how well executed his verses were on this track & I would argue that’s peak level rapping from Madeintyo. Regardless, he spazzed on this track and I am sure our audience will love it, so smash the play button below! Produced by Supah Mario