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1995 – [Juicy J] ft. [Logic]

It’s sometimes easy to forget how long Juicy J has been in the rap game, starting off in the early ’90s forming Three 6 Mafia, there is little that Juicy J hasn’t accomplished throughout his tenured career. With an expected album on the rise, Juicy J teased his fans with a new single on Thanksgiving, 1995. Enlisting help from recently retired Logic the two collaborated for one of the smoothest tracks of the year. The record starts off with a classic Logic verse filled with wordplay and double entendrés while making several pop culture references. As always Juicy J delivers a classic verse that’s full of energy and is very reminiscent of some of his earlier work of the 90’s era. Production-wise this is one of the best beats I’ve heard all year, inducing a high-pitched choir in the background that really allows both of these artists to shine. The music video accompanying the record alludes to a nostalgic feel, there’s a green tint that really gives the video a nostalgic feel. The clips are split between two different parts starting with Juicy calling Logic and him showing off his new estate in Montana and providing shots of the great outdoors …

Ups & Downs – [AKTHESAVIOR] x [Erick Arc Elliott] x [Issa Gold] x [Chuck Strangers] x [KingJet]

 One week after releasing his banger “RIP SMOKE,” AKTHESAVIOR releases the third and final song off Almost Home titled “Ups & Downs.” Produced by Chuck Strangers & KingJet, the record is a mellow offering with guest features from Flatbush Zombie Erick Arc Elliott & AK’s Underachievers counterpart Issa Gold. Ahead of the mixtape, AK strategically has dropped three singles with completely different soundscapes. The first single “Be Back Soon” featuring Kenneth Cash incorporated an R&B infused vibe with radio friendly appeal, whereas the Pop Smoke inspired  “RIP SMOKE ” track aligns with the New York Drill sound that Smoke was heavily favored for. “Ups & Downs” is more pertinent to the classic Brooklyn style reflecting the golden era of hip-hop, which the BeastCoast collective revived in many respects. The chopped and screwed hook meshes well with the chill instrumental throughout, making it a fitting anthem for smokers and laid-back people in general. AKTHESAVIOR sets the tone with a bar-filled verse, but remains on par with Chuck Stranger’s and KingJet’s fitting beat. Naturally, Strangers and Erick Arc Elliott follow with impressive verses of their own, shortly before Issa Gold’s praiseworthy/hype-man esque outro for his lifelong friend and music partner. Check out the song …

Curtis Waters: The Art of Authenticity

Well, as we come to a close on one of the weirdest years of the past century we reflect on how the massive halt the music industry experienced with its traditional methods of growing artists through festivals, touring, and really anything that comes with having a room full of people collectively wild out together has changed in a major way. What tossed the larger industry engine into a tailspin, became a rare moment of opportunity for 1000s of kids who’s relationship with creating music existed almost entirely within the 4 walls of their bedrooms. We have seen stars emerge who may have not their time in the cultural limelight had society been moving at its regular pace. This year has had disastrous effects for many, but for a few, it has been a time to thrive while young people across the world are being forced to spend more time isolated online. It’s been fun to be a fan of these artists, as watching them get noticed by the masses and seeing their song all over the feed is something that just makes you feel happy inside. Recently, I got the chance to have an in-depth conversation with one of my …

Superficial – [Kurtains]

The concept of pure and utter emotional honesty is something that is all-too-prevalent within nearly any young act working in today’s music landscape, regardless of their level of prominence. Acts today are finding it easier and easier to saturate their forward-thinking and incredibly unheard-of approaches to their craft with a telling sense of vulnerability and genuine candidness. One of today’s most influential acts who has paved one of the most vivid lanes for the future of pop music in Kurtains has practically made a career out of flaunting their down-to-earth and transparent image through their music alone — all the while doing so with a sonic approach that is usually off-the-wall and sporadic in its obscured and glitched-out passages and overall structure in its entirety. These aspects combine to give this outstanding talent a status all to their own as an unreachable and untapped modern musical entity by themselves. Constantly looking to cement this notion further and further into the public consciousness, their latest string of singles have been nothing short of brilliant in this light. But even with that being said, their most recent single “Superficial” is arguably one of their most revealing releases yet from a thematic standpoint, …

Social Cutes – [Teezo Touchdown]

I’ve said it before and I am sure that I will say it again, but Teezo Touchdown is going to be a superstar one day. He’s already well on his way with all of the super unique + quality content that he’s been giving us the past several months, he’s received several co-signs from big-name artists and honestly, I think he’s my favorite artist out right now. This music video was awesome because it kind of ties in all of the different characters or alter-egos that Teezo has shown us from prior music videos, and they all come together in this visual. The message behind this song is dope too, I think it’s something that many of his listeners will be able to relate to, aside from the light-hearted + fun-loving approach that he took on it. Take some time out of your Wednesday to watch this brand new music video below, and if you enjoy Teezo’s content, make sure you keep visiting our website in the weeks to come because we might just have something special with him coming soon.

Melo Makes Music: The Lemonade Stand Interview

If you are from Chicago or are familiar with the Chicago music community, then the odds are that you definitely know about Melo Makes Music. Melo is a talent that has been a core piece of the music scene in the city for some years now, he has been getting better + better every single year and is currently gearing up to release his next project in the near future. In this interview, I spoke to Melo about several subjects such as the previously mentioned project, his musical influences, attending Columbia College, his music video for “Manifesto”, working with KOTA The Friend, being an independent artist, and more. Take a few minutes to watch this brand new interview below!

10 Year Anniversary: Revisiting Kanye West’s Magnum Opus, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

“Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it/Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it/Guess every super hero need his theme music” -Kanye West on “Power” The Chicago legend that is Mr. Kanye Omari West–many people love him, some people hate him. Regardless of how you feel about him, his views, personality traits, political stance, etc., it’s almost impossible to deny the impact he has had on this world, amazing level of artistry that he has delivered, and crowing him as nothing less than a musical genius. While as of late, his music may not be resonating with the listeners as it once did ten years ago, or even five years ago after the release of his highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed project The Life of Pablo, hip-hop historians and all-around music lovers never count out Kanye West as being one of the best creatives of all time. November 22, 2010 would be the day that Kanye West would release his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Little did he know that it would go down as one of the best musical bodies of work of all time, and end up being arguably one of the best …

Lot To Give – [Marlon Craft] x [6ix]

Hell’s Kitchen hero Marlon Craft returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a sensational music video for his latest song “Lot To Give.” Produced by 6ix (with additional production from Travis Antoine), the song poses the question of what true success looks like in a complex modern world. The song title creates an anaphora for the beginning stanza while Craft alternates between associations with a lot (lotta) and got (gotta).    The current philosophical perspective from Craft revolves around gratitude, with understanding that it’s quite easy to overlook one’s good fortune. “It’s hard to reach objectives when it’s all subjective. I think success is feelin’ blessed with all that you been blessed with…” Craft further elaborates on his stance by emphasizing the addict-like behavior when it comes to dopamine injection; both in a literal and metaphorical sense. Highlighting a hedonistic society, many individuals of today rely on pleasure or instant gratification for fleeting moments of happiness. Like most of Marlon Craft’s discography, the level of transparency while expressing his vulnerabilities and emotional state(s) humanizes the record as it relates to a wide audience empathizing with him. For instance, Craft ponders whether he should take the vengeful path by calling out all the …

The Life of Pablo | Forever Fresh

Today’s world has certainly skewed nearly every single aspect of life as it once was some five years ago. In an everyday landscape that sees this unprecedented deadly outbreak go hand-in-hand with some of the most heightened political unrest throughout history, it seems almost comical that in late-2015 leading into 2016, the world was very, very concerned with the now-tame antics of one Kanye West. The man spent that period announcing an album, changing its title a number of times, and all-around doing what was then known as just “silly Kanye things” — nothing more, nothing less. But oh my, were we all invigorated. If anyone today were to tell another individual at that time that Kanye’s actions and overall popular presence would become exponentially worse, problematic, and purely reactionary above all else, they may agree, but certainly not to the sincerely frightening scope that he ended out that decade with. So with that being said, it makes looking back at this far more “down to earth” version of Ye quite a lot more fascinating by itself, and absolutely more refreshing by extension given the man we see today and the world that we all live in together. As off-the-wall …

Thousand Pills – [Boldy James] x [Real Bad Man] x [Stove God Cooks]

Veteran emcee and Griselda member Boldy James is the epitome of consistency. Already having released three quality albums this year, James recently announced a fourth full-length release titled Real Bad Boldy. The new LP is set for a December 11th date, with entire production from Real Bad Man. For a fitting preview, the duo recently released “Thousand Pills,” which serves as the first single off the awaited project. Featuring the established Stove God Cooks, Real Bad Man crafts an inconceivably ill hip-hop instrumental that couldn’t be more fitting for James and Cook’s exchange of immaculate bars. With crisp dominant drums and an eerily mellow melody, the theme of “Thousand Pills” reminds me of iconic works such as “Scarface” and “Breaking Bad,” with the lyricism painting a picture of a risky, yet profitable drug business. I can confidently vouch that this track is one of/if not the hardest single(s) of 2020, which undoubtedly builds great anticipation for Real Bad Boldy. Stream the record below!