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Trim – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [PGF Nuk]

Lil Zay Osama has been a legend in Chicago for more years than I could probably count, but it seems like, over the last few years, he has really blown up more than ever before. It seems like anyone who matters in the rap world here is on his side, and anyone who doesn’t ride with the Windy City spitter is behind the curve. Although he has come across my radar for a while, it wasn’t until recently (in the grand scheme of things) that I really started to pay attention, and I am sure glad I did. Zay has worked with the biggest names in drill music including Lil Durk, G Herbo, and more, but he has also collaborated with superstars not necessarily classified in this subgenre like Icewear Vezzo, Benny the Butcher, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Lil Tjay, and even Sean Kingston, amongst way too many others to count. His connections don’t stop there, though, because especially recently, he has been tapping in with some of Chi-Town’s most prominent young icons including the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, and even PGF Nuk, an emcee who is considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-comers in many years. …

Chief Keef Launches New Record Label 43B, Signs Lil Gnar

I know I usually strictly write about new songs, videos, and albums that come out in order to put some new listeners on or to show some love to artists that I feel truly deserve it. At the same time, there are just some pieces of news that are simply too intriguing to me to not write about, and I enjoy doing pieces like this because it helps break up the monotony of writing that comes along every now and then. Plus, I always love to see hometown heroes win, and I love to see artists that I heavily support get their own moment in the spotlight as well, so you can already assume that I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to talk about Chief Keef’s brand-new record label 43B slip through my fingers. In partnership with RBC Records/BMG, this label aims to give a platform and an opportunity to artists who are changing the trajectory of music as we know it, much like Sosa did when he took the world by storm over a decade ago. 43B actually stands for “Forget Everybody”, and this places heavy emphasis on being your own person, blazing your own trails, and not …

Jungle Life – [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv]

Chicago is one of those places that’s known for a few things. Outsiders look at it as a city built on sports, hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef. While this is true to an extent, it’s also so much more than that, but only the locals seem to understand this fact. As a music fan growing up here, the drill scene took over such a prominent part of my life that I feel like it deserves to be included in that aforementioned list of things we’re known for, and although it seemed like there was a moment where this subgenre began to waiver or not be as impactful as it once was, people like the DCG brothers are here to breathe such new, entertaining life into it that there’s no denying its revival is in full force. They just take such a different approach when compared to other legends who came before them, and that’s why new releases like their latest record “Jungle Life” are so essential. Produced by their go-to hitmaker Spank on da Beat, this is actually a cut from their project of the same name, so the No More Heroes-directed music video is here to …

Mr. Perfect – [SG Batman]

Chicago wouldn’t be even close to the behemoth that we are today without the originators of drill music who paved the way for so many of the up-and-coming acts to do their thing and make a name for themselves. Although there were quite a few years in the later 2010s and very early 2020s where drill seemed to be dying out, or at least it was overshadowed by other talents who were making equally as innovative music as their predecessors, I am beyond grateful that the current generation of drill hitmakers are really thinking outside the box and bringing this subgenre back to what it used to be. Artists like the DCG Brothers, Fastmoney Ant, Lil Eazzyy, and more have taken this sound and made it their own, each displaying their own trademark style that differentiates themselves from anyone else currently working on their sound in this genre, as well as anyone else that has ever done it in the past. Out of all the names I could list, though, SG Batman is someone I was slightly more unfamiliar with, but considering I’ve seen his name pop up so much recently and his recent song “Mr. Perfect” was sent my …

Backdoor – [PGF Nuk]

I love how Chicago is a city that never fails to let me down when it comes to learning about talented up-and-comers. Sure, since I live here, I should probably already have known about PGF Nuk and the insane movement that he has been bringing to life throughout his years as an emcee, but it wasn’t until a recent road trip that my brother turned on a song that I simply couldn’t help but look up myself. Since then, I realized that there is no shortage of output from the rising talent, and one of his most recent releases was called “Backdoor” which is a heater in and of itself, but it also comes with a No More Heroes-presented and J.Smithfilms music video that undeniably takes things to an entirely different level. The song sounds like a new, sinister take on a classic drill-inspired track that made me fall in love with the menacing subgenre about a decade ago, and while I feel like Nuk can easily draw comparisons to the DCG Brothers, I firmly believe that he is going to see his career take off in a similar way (if he hasn’t seen it already). The music video is …

Stompin – [NLE Choppa]

NLE Choppa is an emcee who I feel seems to transcend the current timing that is often placed on artists in his position. I feel like so many other talents that were in his shoes had a glow-up of about a year or so maximum, and then they kind of fall into their own niche, never to be talked about on a mainstream level really ever again. NLE is the exception, though, because he has made his presence known from the moment he entered the scene all the way up until now, and his presence has become more known as time has gone on. He obviously has massive hits already under his belt, but as he has grown in fame, he has also grown as a person, and this is more apparent than ever on his latest mixtape Me Vs. Me, an introspective project that shows off his inner workings more than we have ever seen before, and although his skills are obviously as sharp as ever, he has taken things another step further in order to truly show that he’s not just in this career for the money or the fame. At only 19 years old, NLE feels much …

Zone 2 Zone – [SenseiATL]

SenseiATL has been one of the unsung heroes of the Atlanta underground music scene, having his hand in countless songs and trends that have shaped his city, soundcloud, and even mainstream sonic trends, pushing the trap style forwards through the past decade and continuing to innovate as the ’20’s roll forwards. His bag is endlessly deep and he creates everything from bouncy and melodic r&b instrumentals to being one of the foremost architects of the ‘Atlanta-drill’ sound if you will. His catalog is formidable and has aided dozens of artists to finding their best sounds and has the consistency as well as variety to always suit whoever he is working with. I was very excited to see him recently unveil his latest EP Zone 2 Zone, giving us only three tracks but coming from a trio of his earliest and most frequent collaborators, Tony Shhnow, 10kdunkin, and ATLSmook and Sensei understands their styles and preferred pockets intimately, making this EP incredibly short in run-time but very potent in substance. He and Tony’s intro “Die Rich” is one of my very favorite Tony songs in what has become one of music’s deepest repertoires as Tony has flooded the streets with tape after tape …

Middle Man – [BigKayBeezy]

There’s nothing better, as a musical blog writer for a company out of Chicago, than when a local talent releases new work for the community and the world to see. It makes my job easy and personal, which is why I was ecstatic this holiday season when I saw Chicago’s own BigKayBeezy released a video to his new single “Middle Man.” The track is an in-your-face, unfiltered look into some of BigKayBeezy’s personal life. He talks of countering the opposition, his come-up, and newfound success. This is one of the first songs I’ve heard from him, but in the short two-and-a-half-minute track I felt fully introduced to distinct style and nature of his work. “Bitch I’m getting money now the opposite can’t do shit.” The visual is shot by No More Heroes, and features the artist in a well-directed production with BigKayBeezy and his boys fixing a vehicle in a dark garage, drinking Hennessy, and posted in the car. What attracted me from the visual was the consistency in lighting, with dark-tinted clips throughout its entirety, which I thought matched the aura of the track generally. Additionally, the production featured a lot of close-up profile shots, which added to the …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

Voice of the Heroes (Freestyle) – [Fat Trel]

I write about the music booming out of the DMV quite often as their underground and street scenes have become quite crowded with talent and there is much new excitement for the artists emerging here, but, at least for me, the first DC rapper that I was ever first captivated by was none other than Fat Trel. He first was emerging onto the scene at the same time as Chief Keeg and Glo Gang first set the whole country’s streets on fire and his style was very much inspired by the earliest and most raucous iterations of ‘drill-music’ but also was able to deliver much more calm and collected music over lavish or somber instrumentals like his peers in Maybach Music Group were known for gracing a decade ago. Alongside fellow D.C. artists like Yung Gleesh, Dew Baby, BoosaDaShoota (RIP), and several others Fat Trel ushered in a new wave of excitement into a D.C. that culturally was crumbling after the police were discriminating against ‘GoGo,’ the District’s native dance music style, and gentrification ripped through the nation’s capital, displacing many lifelong D.C. residents out into Maryland and beyond. Unfortunately Fat Trel’s career was mired with legal troubles that held …