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TaintedBliss – [Bones] & [Xavier Wulf]

Ever since I had gotten into underground Rap music so many years ago, I’ve always been intrigued by the different styles and sounds that are created by so many different types of artists. Bones has always been a go-to rapper for me, as he is for a lot of underground fans, considering he paved the way for many of the artists coming up today whether they recognize this or not. His early overflow of songs and videos is what partially put him on the map, but the fact that even with this magnitude of music he was releasing, he was making sure that it was unlike anything anyone else was making at the time, and it was quality as well. After listening to Bones for quite some time, I was naturally put onto Xavier Wulf who then expanded my horizons and piqued my interest just as much as the Michigan legend did in the past. Their sounds were similar in a macabre, aggressive fashion, but they had their own individualistic personalities that stuck out to me beyond any other artists in the game. They’re no strangers to collaborating with one another, so every time I hear two of my favorite …

Drake Masters the Art of Leak Culture on ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’

“My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 soon fwd” -Drake, via Instagram If there’s one thing that many artists have familiarized themselves with in the rap industry, would be music leaks. Some way and somehow, hackers get their hands on tons of unreleased material from lots of our favorite artists each and every day. While it is not at the best of interest of the artist having their music leak, the fans will always enjoy it. There is a large community of music fans that take joy in seeking out unreleased material and sharing it with other people. Artists such as Playboi Carti, Uzi, and even the late-great Juice WRLD have all had lots of their music leak in the past, and the fans are all here for it. Although this happens to many artists, there are some who’s music never leaks–one of those artists being Drake. Besides all that has been going on in the world the past few months, one of the things we can …

The Scotts – [THE SCOTTS] [Travis Scott] [Kid Cudi]

Many people wouldn’t find it difficult to open any social media app and see Travis Scott’s name buzzing around on it. Whether it be for his growing sneaker collection, his executive mind of his Cactus Jack record label, or his clothing merch that sells out almost instantly; Travis has his artistry in everything and it really shows. Speaking in terms of his musical ability, he is always known for ushering in new sounds and vibes that many can say were curated and/or inspired by him. While a vast majority of his sound was inspired by the greats before us, he is one of the leaders of the pack to utilize the futuristic wave of music making. After the major success of the Jackboys EP, it was clear that he was not currently interested in working on his own solo release since his Astroworld album is still on repeat and STILL charting today; almost two years later. Having since then providing knowledge and guidance to his label mate Don Toliver on his debut project Heaven or Hell, it was only a matter of time before we saw what Travis would have his hands on next. At last, the fans now feast on the latest single from …

Midnight Butter – [Juicebox] x [Hazy Year]

It’s always a great feeling when you stumble upon a gem while searching for new music to listen to. That’s exactly what happened when I peeped Juicebox and Hazy Year’s collaborative Midnight Butter album, which is arguably my favorite project of 2020 so far! Self-proclaimed “Ellen DeGenreless,” Juicebox is a born and raised New York native currently residing in Los Angeles. Beyond being an extremely dope emcee, Juicebox also has a passion for photography, film, and skateboarding. Juicebox’s style is super mellow, frequently meshing well with silky boom-bap, smooth jazz, and chilled lo-fi beats. I immediately likened Juice’s sound to the legendary rap duo A Tribe Called Quest’s; specifically Q-Tip’s as both emcees float over the instrumentals they touch. Don’t be fooled by Juicebox’s nonchalant approach; like Q-Tip, Juice is a highly skilled lyricist capable of igniting the tempo with aggression at any point in time. For example, on the flute-filled record “Soprano,” Juicebox cleverly remarks: “It’s simple, the only thing you’re pimpin’ is a pimple, while a thug would put a hole in your face not talkin’ dimple.” As for the producer, Hazy Year is an established producer out of Norway, incorporating primarily a mixture of lo-fi hip-hop with occasionally …

Waltz In – [StayGoldenSwerve]

Coming from the small town of Harrisburg, PA, rapper StayGoldenSwerve has a chip on shoulder. With aspirations of putting his city on the map, the young artist recently released an EP titled, ‘Midnight Vibes.’ The entire project happens to be a vibe with a concise and entertaining sonic landscape, but there is one song that I particularly enjoy called, ‘Waltz In.’ The song permits listeners to turn all the way up or reflect to rougher times in their lives. To quote Swerve, ‘I remember money wasn’t everything.’ Produced by the rapper’s brother, Drew Tyrell, the song has the ability to blast the roof off of your car. After hearing StayGoldenSwerve, I confidently say that the dynamic superstar in the making will be around for years to come. Words by Barry R  

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …