Hellboy – [Lil Peep]

There are a very select few people who truly make a lasting impression with their music, and I think it’s safe to say that almost none of these artists or musicians made a mark at such a young age that was even remotely as massive as Lil Peep. He legitimately changed the way the new age approached music and he paved the way for artists to be themselves no matter what people might think of them. While uncertainties and insecurities are abundant throughout his music, this helped connect with fans on a more personal level unlike most people are able to do with their music, and it’s part of the reason why Peep is so dearly missed after his extremely untimely passing. HELLBOY is possibly my favorite all-time project from the artist and I don’t think that’s an unpopular opinion amongst fans, so when I saw that his estate worked hard to get the project on all streaming services just in time for its fourth anniversary, I’ve been revisiting it daily ever since. Not only does it take me back and help me realize just how incredible of a mixtape it was, but it also breathes new life into the …

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Paul Janssen – [ANKHLEJOHN] [Rome Streetz]

2019 has seen an unexpected lyrical renaissance in the underground reminiscent of the Beast Coast days several years ago and this scene is spearheaded by the obvious figureheads from Griselda, as well as artists from MIKE and Earl Sweatshirt’s new sonic movement, and this has produced a number of underground talents that are beginning to carve out their own lanes and identities in these emerging scenes. Washington, DC’s ANKHLEJOHN (pronounced Uncle John) is one of my very favorites and his new visual for “Paul Janssen” shows incredible technical ability as well as his gruff vocal delivery that immediately endears him to old-head listeners, but he is charismatic enough to connect with a new generation of listeners as well. This instrumental follows the traditional sonic conventions that are beginning to reveal themselves in this lane with a lavish violin sample and subdued percussion, and even more impressive was produced by ANKHLEJOHN as well. Rome Streetz also offers a fantastic guest verse and is now firmly planted on my radar and I am eager to see what else he has to come. Watch the “Paul Janssen” visual below.

SKITZ – [Sprado]

Sprado is a buzzing rapper from Chicago who caught my attention earlier this year when he stopped by Illanoize Radio for an interview with the homie Bekoe + his solid team, and after getting to know him a little more as an individual through the interview, it led me to checking out his catalog. Once I spent some time sitting with his music I was blown away and impressed with the talent he had, I have been following him ever since and today he is back with his brand new music video for “SKITZ”. This offering is a feel good party anthem that finds Sprado flexing not only his skills, but also his overall ability to create ear pleasing tunes. Go ahead and get familiar with one of Chicago’s rising emcees below! directed by Paul John & Exclusive Techniques    

A Conversation with Omar Apollo, the Soul, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop Showman Who’s One of the Most Refreshingly Real Rising Stars Around

Preternaturally gifted, singing, dancing artists with effortless charisma who seem destined for pop stardom simply do not just come around every day. And ones who don’t feel corny, canned or prepackaged? Ones who defy genres and deftly maneuver between R&B and hip-hop, funk and acoustic pop-rock? Ones who haven’t come up with the promotional force of a giant corporation (e.g. Disney) or a network talent competition behind them, but rather emerged organically through Soundcloud connections, from a truly hardscrabble, blue collar, midwestern, immigrant background? Well, now we’re talking about something that happens with the frequency of a total solar eclipse. But that’s all a fair description of what we’ve witnessed for the better part of two years in Omar Apollo, the first generation Mexican-American showman from small-town Indiana who through great, often remarkably vulnerable songs featuring irresistible melodies and earworm beats; electric live performances; affecting if largely modest videos and no-bullshit charm, has only seen his profile rise. The buzz began as far back as 2017, but with the April release of his second EP Friends and a sold-out tour to go along with it, it’s turned into a low roar.   By all rights, Omar should have canceled lunch …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

My Angel -[Jpaulished]

Despite living on the West Coast, I’ve surprisingly been discovering a lot of really great talent located on the East Coast lately that’s worth a listen. That said, my newest find hails from a small town in Cape Cod called Barnstable. Liam John-Paul Garrity, better known as “Jpaulished” is an up and coming rapper who completely grabbed my attention when his name popped up on my discover weekly Spotify playlist, and ever since, I haven’t been able to stop listening to his music. The Massachusetts native began making music in 2016; and with two full years of experience underneath his belt, has already cultivated a following that is expected to exponentially grow as time goes on. His latest EP, Far From Normal is filled with a load of praiseworthy tracks, but the one that stood out to me the most was “My Angel”. In this song, Jpaulished raps about the very common sensation of falling for someone who feels just right for you — someone who is your type in every way. As a young adult, this is a feeling I know all too well and I’m sure you all do too! The first thing you’ll notice about Jpaulished is that …

Hellboy – [Lil Peep]

Moments ago we were blessed with a brand new music video from Lil Peep & Paul John for his hit record “Hellboy”, and this is by far the best thing you are going to watch all week. This video felt more like a short film in large part due to the cinematic approach and the skit at the beginning of the song to start it off, shout out to the director Paul John for creating this stunning piece of art, you can tell that a ton of time and effort was put into this. Enough talking about it though, take a few minutes of your night to check out this sensational new visual below!

Ryu – [Femdot]

Chicago native Femdot is fresh off of the release of his well received project “Delacreme II” and graduating from DePaul, and today is back on our platform with his brand new music video for “Ryu”. He joined forces with Above The Noise and video director John Levert who helped piece this one together, and after the first watch through it’s clear that they created something special. Watch this brand new visual below and if you like it be sure to follow Femdot on Twitter here!