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Everythang – [Kipp Stone]

Kipp Stone is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who I first got in tune with when I found out he was working with the good folks over at Closed Sessions, and I have kept a close eye on him since. Kipp Stone dropped a solid project earlier this year called HOMME, and it featured a standout record on it “Sprague Street” featuring Mick Jenkins that has been in my headphones all year long. Another song that was featured on the project that I thoroughly enjoyed was “Everythang”, and today Kipp just dropped the new music video for the track! The visual itself just finds Kipp is what I assume is somewhere in his home state, surrounded by nature as he kicked attention-grabbing bars. Kipp Stone is the type of rapper that makes you sit up in your seat a little more, turn the volume up, and pay close attention to his lyrics. I am a big fan of Kipp, hopefully, at some point, I can bring him by the LL office for an interview, but for now, watch this new offering below!

Seeds – [Isaac Zale] Feat. [Mick Jenkins]

Isaac Zale continues to impress with the rollout of his debut album, the fourth and final single is possibly the strongest to date with “Seeds”. Every track Zale has released lately has a deeper layer of meaning behind it, with this most recent packing one of the most impactful messages in this time of resilience we currently face. Accompanied by frequent collaborator Mick Jenkins, Isaac Zale lays out a story about self-growth when the odds are stacked against you. The underlying theme behind “Seeds” is conveyed within the first few lines with Mick’s powerful hook, outlining how many people tried to write them off not knowing that the negative feedback only helped refine their craft making them stronger overall. Cherry Blu’s bouncy production allows Mick to trade-off verses with Isaac effortlessly, which has come to be their signature recipe for the outstanding music they’ve made together. Mick Jenkins is an artist that always brings a certain feel to a track, whenever Isaac and Mick join forces on a song the result is something special. Their previous collaborations are what put a lot of people on to Isaac when he went by the name Zac Flewids, fans of those will love …

Sprague Street – [Kipp Stone] x [Mick Jenkins]

Kipp Stone is an artist that we have covered a couple of times in the past + today he is back with his brand new record titled “Sprague Street” featuring Mick Jenkins. Anyone that knows Kipp Stone knows that he is one of the best bar-for-bar rappers out of the midwest, he raps with tons of energy + passion in his lyrics, and the same can be said about the legendary Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins. So when I saw that these two paired up for a new track, I knew it was going to be special, but I didn’t expect it to be THIS good. These two each stepped up and gave us memorable contributions to the song, it felt something like when you see two masters of their crafts having a friendly spar. Listen to this new joint on Spotify below! Mick Jenkins

Let’s Ride our Heelies to the Cosmos – [Wesson Desir]

I feel like it seems as if every single day, there’s a new artist emerging out of the depths of the Atlanta Rap scene. While some might be considered clones by certain people, they might be praised even more for their slightly differentiating qualities by others. In the midst of a lot of similar styles and sounds, there are some artists out there trying to break the mold that has taken shape around the city, and one of these artists is Wesson Desir. His brand-new music video for his song “Let’s Ride our Heelies to the Cosmos” was my first introduction to him, and I have to say, not only was this track inventive and barrier-breaking, but it was also quite revealing and attention-grabbing. As the song begins, a pitched-down voice is speaking in a manner that almost sounds like he’s being rewound consider the words are jumbled and incoherent.  After this brief period of the song, a reminiscing, bubbly synth pattern takes over the melody while simplistic percussion and tapping drums assist in providing a wonderfully rhythmic instrumental. The synths come off as being somewhat warm or gritty and almost sound like they’re taken from a record rather than …

My High – [Disclosure] ft. [Amine] & [Slowthai]

Although I used to hate on EDM music, admittedly, I’ve recently opened my mind and come around to it a bit. While Hip-Hop and Rap will always take the crown, in my opinion, I feel like EDM has its place in the world of music and I definitely understand the appeal at this point. I especially love when I see the two worlds collide, as is what happens on Disclosure’s latest single “My High”, which recruits the likes of Amine and Slowthai. While I’m more familiar with Slowthai than Amine, in all honesty, I know that both artists bring such vitality to any song they’re on, so seeing them pair up on an already high energy offering is super interesting, to say the least. Considering it is an EDM song first and foremost, the instrumental is fast-paced, high energy, and bounces the entire time. This is due to the lively percussion and pithy drums, while a melody isn’t always evident throughout every portion of the track. Rather, the vocals are somewhat spoken in a melodic fashion, bringing that element to the track in an uncharacteristic but appealing fashion. As Amine begins to sing, his voice has a filter over it, …

Frontstreet – [Mick Jenkins] ft. [Kaytranada]

It’s a rare moment when you find an artist and a producer who just have such great chemistry and understand each other’s sounds in such a seamless way that you know every time they make a song together, it’s going to be a hit before you even press play. Chicago artist Mick Jenkins and the always groovy and innovative producer Kaytranada have this very dynamic and it’s always fun to see what the duo has up their sleeves. From “Ps & Qs” and “Your Love” to “1000 Xans” and the most recent song off of Kaytranada’s amazing album Bubba “Gray Area”, every song is spectacular although they all bring such a different aesthetic sonically. Some are more intricate while others are just straight-up groovy, but no matter what the vibe they create is, the artistry and understanding between the two talents is something to behold. Mick is pretty fresh off of January’s The Circus, an EP where Mick pretty much prepared his fans for an upcoming full-length project through experimental and wandering thoughts and sounds, but this release isn’t stopping him from dropping off some new loosies for fans to play on repeat for the foreseeable future. Kaytranada brought the …

A Conversation With Myquale: A Diamond In The Rough

Myquale is an unbelievably talented artist who is based in Chicago that I have been a fan of for a few years now, so as I started to do more of these on-camera interviews here at Lyrical Lemonade, I knew I wanted to bring him in as a guest. One of my favorite projects to come out last year was Myquale’s tape XX Winters that he created along with the legend Thelonious Martin, it’s a solid body of work that I found myself playing on repeat over and over again for months, making him one of my favorite rising artists that resides here in the city. Myquale has an unreal amount of talent and potential, I see him continuing to thrive and prosper as an artist in the years to come, so if you’re unfamiliar with him now is a good time to get in tune. Listen to some of his music and read/watch our brand new interview with him below!   *Interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* EM: When did you first start creating music? Myquale: I’ve been rapping for play since I was a jit, maybe 7 or 8 years old. Rap was something that I …

The Circus – [Mick Jenkins]

Mick Jenkins is a veteran within the Chicago music community who has released some classic albums & EP’s over the years, and today he is back with his latest body of work, a seven-song project titled The Circus. When it comes to wordsmiths & true lyricists, Mick Jenkins is in a class of his own, we saw this with the excellent single + music video he dropped for “Carefree” last week so I only expected more of the same on this EP. I thoroughly enjoyed each & every one of the songs provided on this tape, it’s a bunch of flawless music from Mick with one lone feature from EarthGang on “The Light”, which is my favorite song on the project. Mick Jenkins described this EP himself better than I ever could, saying “As a direct prelude to my forthcoming album, The Circus EP is a body of work about just that. These days it’s very hard to look at the state of the world and popular culture and not see the allegory that makes this metaphor our reality more often than not.” Stream this amazing new EP below and if you like what you hear check out Mick’s upcoming tour dates …

Carefree – [Mick Jenkins]

Chicago legend Mick Jenkins released a brand new offering late last night titled “Carefree” and it’s not anything you want to miss out on. Mick Jenkins has made a reputation for himself as not only one of the best talents out of the city but in the entire hip-hop genre, so whenever he releases some new material it’s only right that any music fan who is familiar with him takes some time to give him their utmost attention, but if for some reason you weren’t aware of Mick yet this is the perfect place to start. This single is off of Mick Jenkins forthcoming album The Circus that is set to drop on January 10th, and I am SO excited to see what this project has in store for us fans, especially after bumping this brand new joint multiple times in a row. 2020 is already looking to be a fantastic year for Chicago music + Mick is going to be a leader in kicking it off, I predict he will have one of the best projects that Chicago has to offer this year and I haven’t even heard it yet, that’s how confident I am in his ability + …

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 …