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Tony Montana Flow – [Chief Keef]

The work ethic of Chicago’s very won Chief Keef is pretty much unmatched when comparing his discography to other artists’, and even though this year might seem relatively quiet for him, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t dropped off some incredible releases. In previous years, he has released numerous mixtapes and projects seemingly every few months, and even though we haven’t received a full-length project in 2021, he’s still working as hard as ever. It has been quite some time since he announced that he’d be teaming up with Mike WiLL Made-It for a collaborative album, and even though there is no word as to when that can be expected to drop, all of the singles that they have put out together have been absolute heaters, so I truly hope we get more information on this album as soon as possible. Nonetheless, Sosa is a Windy city legend, and it doesn’t matter if he drops full-length projects, mixtapes, EPs, or singles because I’m going to tune in regardless. Out of nowhere, Keef decided to bless fans with a brand-new track entitled “Tony Montana Flow”, and although I feel like its release went way more under the radar than it should have, …

4 Real Ones Only, Pt. 2 – [Dre Ski]

Virginia raised rapper Dre-Ski is back with the second installment of his “4 Real Ones Only” EP series. The rising artist, who grew up listening to the best in hip-hop, from Jay-Z to Nas and Biggie, recently dropped his single “Get Back”, produced by Jay Uncut, off his new project “4 Real Ones Only II”. The music video for the bouncy track has already garnered nearly 30,000 views on YouTube. Dre-Ski has been in the music scene for a minute, having started his own label in 2016 called XB Music Group. In 2019, he released his debut EP “Long Story Short”, something the rapper considers a major accomplishment. “My first EP means a lot due to the fact that it’s my first. Being that I have done so many mixtapes, this was my first body of work that I put on all streaming platforms.”

Vampire – [Payday] ft. [Danny Brown]

Payday is one of the first up-and-coming artists I found out about when I first started writing for Lyrical Lemonade over two years ago, and she never fails to impress me. While her first few mixtapes and EPs were somewhat elementary and full of endearing, teenage-inspired subject matter, she has come such a long way in her still-growing career, and even though some of these sounds are still incorporated, it’s obvious that she is no longer the kid she once was even just a year or two ago. Now, her bars are even more precise, and her singing has proved her versatility, making her a multifaceted talent that has so much to bring to the table. Not too long ago, she released her latest project Rap in a Can, a 7 song, almost 14-minute-long tape that further proved her skills and ability to thrive in this ruthless industry, and that’s not something anyone should take lightly. Out of these tracks, she only included one feature in Danny Brown which was unexpected, yet very impressive on their song “Vampire”, so once I found out that she was releasing a music video for this hit, I couldn’t wait to write about it. …

Popping (Remix) – [Lil Xelly] ft. [Tony Shhnow]

Back in his hay day just a few years ago, Lil Xelly was putting out more music on his own than pretty much the rest of the music industry collectively. I don’t know how he found enough time in a day to record the number of songs he would put out, but I think that just speaks to his talents because it takes a truly special artist to constantly bring something new to the table with every new song, especially when you’re putting out multiple mixtapes per week. While his productivity might’ve slowed down slightly, and I want to emphasize slightly, he is still putting out so much new music that constantly showcases his incredible skills time and time again. Just a few days ago, he put out a project entitled Trap Boyardee, and while I didn’t realize this was already out until today, I’m now extremely excited to tune into the 9 new records he blessed fans with, even though I know he’s going to have more records out in the blink of an eye. One of the standouts from my early listen to this project was “Poppin”, a song that seems to utilize an instrumental from one of …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

When We Shoot – [Jay Montana] prod. [Evrgrn]

Mobile, Alabama artist Jay Montana is as prolific of an artist as they come right now, dropping almost a dozen singles as well as two mixtapes with his projects B4DACHECK and The Vulture that showcase his smooth southern vocals, lyrics that range from clever, to sarcastic, to intimidating. This is yet another collaboration between him and Toronto producer Evrgrn who has been the backbone of many of the industry’s best songs this year, perhaps most notably with his track “On Me” with Lil Baby, but he and Jay Montana are already building a strong artist/producer bond that I hope continues on for years. Mobile based director Frazier Productions brought this visual to life and captured all of the cast of characters well, continuing to be quite prolific himself in a city that is jam-packed with rap talent. I am really eager to see Jay Montana start collaborating with more artists across the industry as his sound is extremely refined and unique for an artist his age.

The Vulture – [Jay Montana]

The increase in regional rap’s diversifying of sounds has lead to a lot of new recent trends in sound, from Brooklyn to Memphis to Baton Rouge and of course Detroit, the way people rap is more than ever reflecting the part of this country they come from, and that is especially becoming the case in Mobile, Alabama. However Mobile is much more than your standard regional outpost of music with a cool local scene or a couple names making noise in the industry, and that could not be further from the case. The city has produced bona fide stars such as Yung Bleu, NoCap, or Flo Milli, and plenty more artists that are easily identifiable in the mainstream but have more underground, cult-like followings with OMB Peezy and Rylo Rodriguez, and there are plenty other names as well that are worth mentioning for their contributions to the region’s overall sound, but none have been quite as innovating and prolific as Jay Montana, who has given his fans seven mixtapes already since picking up the mic in 2019. He has continued off of the sound that NoCap and Rylo Rodriguez first popularized and has continued to build off of elements of …

Local Joker – [Maxo Kream]

Houston is a music city that has slowly but surely been gaining more and more recognition over the past couple of years, and I’m excited about that more than I can explain. It seems like there aren’t as many underground acts that are receiving as much shine, but the artists that are making waves are all out superstars. Whether we’re talking about Travis Scott or Meg thee Stallion, the scene goes much further, leading us right to one of my personal favorite artists Maxo Kream. He’s just so smooth and quick-witted with his words, making him an artist that I feel needs much more recognition than he gets, and even after a bit of a hiatus, he’s still as silver-tongued as ever. The break was necessary, though, considering he recently lost his brother, so even though I don’t believe there is a time frame to come back from such a massive loss like that, he decided to get back in the swing of things with the release of his latest song “Local Joker” and a NotAChance-directed music video. With an instrumental created by Kal Banx and Mario Luciano, a very vibey, smooth synth takes the bulk of the melody as …

War On Drugs – [Los]

The last year has seen the whole world turn their eyes to the Detroit music scene through a variety of different avenues as many, many artists at this point have stamped their names into the national consciousness from the Motor City, but to me the group of artists that are both some of the purest embodiments of the chaos and problems with their city as well as the ones who are the most committed to telling their stories in the most creative fashion possible are without question Los & Nutty, who alongside their Daisy Lane companions, have built a cult-following for their music almost as rabid as the fiends they rap about serving from Michigan to Tennessee, not to mention having been arguably the most consistent out of their city as the last two years has seen them drop three collaborative mixtapes, several individual projects, and dozens more features and singles to boot. While I also really, really enjoy WB Nutty’s music, Los has always been my favorite of the duo, and honestly from a personal perspective is my favorite rapper out of Detroit period, and on his latest project War on Drugs he delivers some of his very best work …

I Don’t Wanna Die – [G Herbo]

At this point in time, it should come as no surprise that G Herbo is one of the most legendary artists to come out of Chicago. He has one of the strongest track records in music, and even before when he was releasing some of his acclaimed mixtapes while still hustling in the streets, he was making a legacy for himself that is going to go down in history. Just the other day, Herb decided to keep his legacy going stronger than ever with another incredible album entitled 25, which gives us a look inside of his life as he turns a quarter-century old and reflects on his journey thus far as well as the future. Alongside the album, he decided to highlight one of the most revealing songs on the project by dropping a child-directed music video for his record “I Don’t Wanna Die”. As chilling sound bites and ominous lyrics are sung out by what sounds like a children’s choir, the black and white visual begins with a little girl dancing around in a patch of grass with a flower. From here, we’re introduced to other characters like some kids in a school bus, other children playing in …