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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 …

Blue Jean Bandit – [TM88] x [Southside] ft. [Young Thug] [Future] [Moneybagg Yo]

I’ve always been a fan of producers getting together to add their own flares and special skills into a single song. Rappers and singers do this all the time, bringing their own unique styles and sounds to a counterpart’s music, but producers typically remain on their own, at least in the mainstream. This is why when two hit-makers as notorious as TM88 and Southside hop on a track together, it’s bound to blow some minds without a doubt. Add in household names like Young Thug, Future, and Moneybagg Yo, and you already know it’s going to top all sorts of charts. This is because not only is every single one of these artists well known and even more well respected in the industry, but they’ve all worked pretty extensively together so they know each other’s abundant strengths and can even recognize some of their minuscule weaknesses, which aren’t very evident or obvious whatsoever when it comes to any of these talents. The song that all of these powerhouses collide on is called “Blue Jean Bandit” and boasts a runtime of just about four minutes, which is pretty lengthy considering the relatively short attention spans of a lot of music listeners …

Spin on Em- [Moneybagg Yo] ft. [Fredo Bang]

In all honesty, I haven’t ever really taken the time to listen to either of Moneybagg Yo or Fredo Bang’s solo music. I’ve been impressed when I’ve heard their features on certain songs and I’ve said I was going to tune in as soon as possible, but I never got around to it, unfortunately. After doing some digging, I found out that Moneybagg Yo hails from Memphis, which makes a lot of sense considering his deep and prominent voice mixed with the assertiveness in his verses clearly portray Memphis traits. I found out that Fredo, on the other hand, comes from the rising Baton Rouge music scene, where he was introduced to music after joining the band in middle school. This plays a large part in his heightened musical senses, especially when it comes to his melodic deliveries. Although I had been sleeping on both of these artists previously, constantly seeing the video for their hit song “Spin on Em” popping up all over my social media feeds gave me no choice but to tune in to see what all the hype was about, and I was impressed, to say the least. A soulful sounding melody, touching piano keys, beyond …

My Turn Deluxe – [Lil Baby]

There are several different ways to describe someone on a hot streak. Comparable to a LeBron James triple double, or a thirty kill-streak on Call of Duty, Lil Baby is undeniably one of, if not the hottest rapper in the game right now. The Atlanta, Georgia native and Quality Control member turned heads when he released his second studio album My Turn in February, with guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 42 Dugg, Young Thug, Gunna, Rylo Rodriguez, and Moneybagg Yo. The chemistry shared between Lil Baby and his chosen features is magnificent like a Lamar Jackson juke. Lil Uzi Vert arguably delivered the most memorable guest verse of the year on “Commercial,” with Lil Baby somehow not being overshadowed on his own part. From “Drip Too Hard,” “Sold Out Dates,” Life Goes On,” and more, it is no secret that Lil Baby and Gunna are a formidable brotherly duo, linking up once more on “Heatin Up.” According to Billboard, in its first week alone, My Turn debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, with a staggering 197,000 album-equivalent units (including just under 10,000 legitimate album sales). Lil Baby is a fascinating artist because he completely understands what he’s best …

Handsome -[Dave East]

Dave East has been one of my favorite rappers since his highly regarded 2016 Kairi Chanel mixtape. The Harlem, New York emcee’s rapid semi-aggressive flow is what earned him a cosign from all-time great Nas, among multiple features such as “The Hated” and “Godfather 4.” However, before his illustrious rap career launched, East was on a mission to make it to the NBA, having been AAU teammates with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasely, followed by a division 1 NCAA scholarship. I highly recommend reading Dave East’s interview with basketball magazine SlamOnline, as it highlights what could have been the emcee’s profession. What makes East a special artist is that he receives head nods from both old and new school judges, having a working formula to satisfy all rap listeners. The perfect illustration of East catering to the style of hip-hop’s pioneers is through his phenomenal collaborative album Beloved with The Lox legend Styles P. Moreover, the opening track “They wanna Kill You” on East’s debut album Survival is produced by DJ Premier. On the flip side, East makes sure to remain relevant with the modern rap sound, having collaborated with Lil Baby, Gunna, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Offset, 2 Chainz, MoneyBagg Yo, Lil Durk …

Watch Moneybagg Yo’s brand new interview with Hot 97

Moneybagg Yo has been putting up some video game-like numbers when you check his stats over the past year or so, but that’s just the start of it, and he recently stopped by Hot 97 to chop it up with TT Torrez about everything else that he has been up to. You will find these two speaking about plenty of subjects including how he deals with being in the limelight, his relationships, being a father, social media, his forthcoming album, his creative process, mixing up his style + playing with different types of sounds, growing & maturing as a person, the first time he made $50,000 compared to the money he makes now, his jewelry habits, his other business ventures such as real estate, buying a white tiger at one point, wanting to work with Drake, Memphis, and more! Take a few minutes out of your day to watch this brand new interview below.

U Played- [Moneybagg Yo] ft. [Lil Baby]

Moneybagg Yo has been popping up all over the place in terms of his own music as well as guest spots left and right. Similarly, Lil Baby had arguably one of the best years in music last year, so 2020 is sure to reinforce his already extremely solid foundation. With both of these superstars putting out hit after hit, it only made sense that they teamed up for another one, this time in the form of “U Played”. Sure, it might not be lyrically insane or an introspective look for the two emcees, but it’s a banger in every sense of the word. Tay Keith can take a lot of the credit for this one because he is notorious for making heavy hitters day in and day out, and the hard-hitting, piercing bass in this track brings it to a whole new level. Moneybagg Yo does the honor of rapping both the hook and the first verse, and the effortless delivery he has makes it obvious how he simply belongs on a song like this. Lil Baby has the second verse, and his trademark style of rapping while holding certain words to accentuate the autotune on his voice is as …

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 …

No Subliminals (Remix) – [FatCash Jizzle] feat. [Moneybagg Yo]

No Subliminals (Remix) – [FatCash Jizzle] feat. [Moneybagg Yo] Up and coming Memphis star FastCash Jizzle is currently creating his own wave. Riding off of the success of his recently released street single, ‘No Subliminals’ the young artist has clearly been putting in the work necessary to make it to the top. In celebration of his birthday on July 9th, the up-and-coming sensation connected with fellow Memphis star Moneybagg Yo for the remix of, ‘No Subliminals.’ His newfound success should be a surprise to no one, the man raps with the confidence and demeanor only a Memphis rapper can carry. Luckily, a music video for the remix was recently released as well. The Zach Hurth directed visual catches FastCash dripped in designer fabrics, dancing diamonds, and whipping in the latest foreign designed cars. Jizzle introduces himself and his FastCash crew with a fearless, unapologetic, money motivated string of verses. Major artists such such as Megan The Stallion, NLE Choppa, fellow Memphis-brethren Blockboy JB, Blac Youngsta, Big Boogie, and many notable faces make cameos throughout the visual, praising the new artist on his recent success. With much more on the way, it’s safe to say that FastCash Jizzle is up next. Watch …

Wildboy – [Calboy]

The rise of Chicago artist Calboy over the past couple of years has been amazing to watch as a fan, and just a week ago he released an awesome new project titled “Wildboy”, and it’s a must listen for any hip-hop fan. I have been listening to this tape front to back for a few days straight, Calboy blessed us with some fantastic music and some solid features from the likes of Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, Meek Mill and Young Thug. This is one of the best projects to come out of Chicago this year, be expecting to see this one on our Top 50 list at the end of the year. Stream this solid new tape via Spotify below and if you like what you hear then go ahead and give Calboy a follow on Twitter here.