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SICK! – [Earl Sweatshirt]

If you and your friends are true fans of music of any kind, it is an inevitable occurrence that the debate of your top 5 favorite artists will come up probably more than once in your lifetime. These discussions always get me going because considering I write about music on a daily basis, everyone always expects me to have an unarguable list that is bulletproof, but the simple fact is that this probably isn’t the case because these things are all subjective. At the same time, my opinion of the top 5 best artists out, as opposed to my personal favorite top 5, is definitely drastically different but I truly and firmly believe that Earl Sweatshirt fits into my list no matter what. Earl has been one of my all-time favorite artists for over a decade at this point, and while his more recent music has been much more experimental and has appealed to a more niche audience, I feel like it just shows his creativity way more than ever before. Additionally, Doris is one of my all-time favorite albums of all time and I believe that there isn’t a single second to skip on the project itself, so whenever …

Trident – [Chasethemoney] ft. [Valee]

It seems like every single year, my personal music preferences change depending on what is released and what kind of sounds come out of the woodwork, and this change has definitely been much more drastic some years than it has during others. A few years back, Valee took the music scene by storm, not necessarily because of an insane personality or intricate charisma, but more so for his innovative flow that was something that sounded unlike anything else we had ever heard throughout the decades that hip-hop has existed. His persona was as chill and relaxed as can be, and although this was something that seemed to remain consistent throughout the years, I loved the simpleness of his sound because you can tell he is just being his genuine self and not trying to be anything he’s not, so I’ve been a fan from the moment I first heard his stuff. While it seems like things have remained fairly lowkey and even stagnant at times in recent memory, don’t let that fool you because the Chicago talent is always working, and when he is in the studio, you can almost guarantee that producer Chasethemoney is in there with him. Most …

SK8 Baller (Deluxe) – [FlashyWes]

I wish I had found FlashyWes’s original SK8 Baller project early enough to write about it in the first place but lucky for me he is back with a deluxe version to the tape with four new tracks that are equally if not more enjoyable than the original. The Detroit rapper who I first heard after first listening to his features alongside fellow Motor City artist Shaudy Kash, is one of the slickest lyricists in a city full of them and never fails to amaze me in his ability to pull references out of a hat and warp them into double entendres simultaneously. The title of the project is ironic to me because it truly feels that Wes is skating over each unique instrumental as he glides from bar to bar. The only feature comes from Lac Deuce on the song “Dark Side” that is powered by a triumphant trumpet melody that sounds like it is straight out of a Bankroll Fresh song where he and Wes go back and forth not missing a beat between them, both respectively killing their verses. I am really eager to hear more from FlashyWes and he is one of my favorite younger acts in what …

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 …

Tebow – [Dre Brown]

Rap music and sports references go hand in hand at this point in the game. And regardless of how many sports, players and teams there are, it’s almost limitless to how many ways each and every reference can be flipped. The athletes support the rappers, and the respect is mutual from the rappers as well. Coming out of Petersburg Virginia, Dre Brown is someone who I have become very impressed with. Despite having a small catalog of music out now, Dre Brown is one of those rappers who are showing some early signs of passion, pain, and motivation to make it in the rap game. Dropping off the visuals for his latest single, this is Dre Brown, “Tebow”. Nowadays, it’s not too hard to become gravitated towards a song. Some people are moved by the beat, others may be moved by the flow, and there is still a niche out there that gravitates towards the lyrics. Dre Brown, however, has shown signs and elements in his music that are mastering all three of those. The pocket he gets in on this record may be familiar to some, but Dre takes it just one step further with the number of bars …

GROUP TAPE – [MKTP]

Music has always been a community affair, because whether you’re listening to something with others, talking about an awesome new release, or going to shows with friends, it’s just always enjoyed much more with other people, at least in my opinion. Throughout the history of hip-hop, groups have always been a thing, whether we’re looking back to Wu-Tang Clan, The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, or thinking of more modern collectives like A$AP Mob, Migos, Brockhampton, the Flatbush Zombies, or others. No matter who is the topic of discussion, it seems like there haven’t been as many squads in recent memory as there used to be, and although I’m not entirely sure why this is, I am always captivated when I see artists come together and work towards a common goal. MKTP, or Music Killed The President in its entirety, is a collective I’ve known about for a while, and I definitely enjoy hearing so many different styles come together in one place. Made up of six members including Bruce Bambino, Rawnie Pipes, Grizzie Grime, LBSupremeG, Brthrbax, and Mxrio, it might be hard for other groups to stay together based on creative differences or other impedances, but they’ve been …

DND – [Tino Szn]

North Carolina’s Tino Szn closes out the year with an eye-catching video for his single “DND.” Tino Szn keeps pushing and plugging through the year and since the release of his mixtape ‘4 Seasons’ which dropped towards the end of October. Recently Tino teamed up with rising Atlanta videographer and director Jelani Miller to shoot a video that depicts complete chaos in a work office space. Think of the wild and rambunctious scenes you see in movies Wolf Of Wall Street, Office Space, and the television show The Office. With the song itself, Tino collaborates with Oogie Mane, ilykimci, and Issy who are a part of the super-producer collective Working On Dying who has been changing the soundscape of the rap scene with their recent work with artists such as Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert. What stands out to me with Tino is the subtle wordplay and references you don’t see from teenagers his age or even with some of the older people in his lane. Watch the visuals for Tino Szn’s newest visuals for “DND” after the break.

Hues – [Mamadou.]

“The song ‘Hues.’ is a conversation; both internal and with the divine, Allah in my search for solace. As a 22-year-old first-generation Malian-American, recently graduating from college has presented its difficulties. I’ve found myself lost in the nuances of systemic 9-5s and traditional expectations for my immigrant parents versus my artistic aspirations. So, this song is a plead; a return to Allah for guidance as I embark on this new chapter”- Mamadou. Harlem, New York artist Mamadou. releases a stunning short film for his song “Hues.” Filled with thoughtful religious expression, the artist’s words are sung and rapped on a powerful lyrical canvas. The Phillip Kim directed music video does a phenomenal job capturing Mamadou.’s emotions; namely the prayer of a security blanket to bless himself and his loved ones. Moreover, while he roams through the busy city of New York, cinematic shots (by John Zeng) perfectly capture the weight on Mamadou’s shoulders, aka a pressure to adapt and thrive in his environment. As for the music itself, “Hues.” brilliantly meshes between hip-hop and R&B for a truly soulful listening experience. This offering is much more than just a song; it’s a transference of life circumstance to artistic form. Peep …

THE CAVE S3E10 – [Kenny Beats] x [Idles]

Kenny beats and his smash-hit episodic series “The Cave” is back with a refreshing twist this week in the tenth episode of season three. The Cave is a platform for beatmaker Kenny to display his talents as an audio engineer, whilst also bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists in-studio to freestyle to a quickly conjured beat. The guest this week, Idles, is a British-Irish alternative rock band that certainly blurs the borders between musical genres. They’re also absolutely hilarious, and their comedic style matches perfectly with that of Kenny’s. The episode, centered mostly around the lead singer Joe Talbot, varies in subject, with conversation about places of origin, linguistic differences, G.O.A.T. talk, and obviously music. Joe, being the member who freestyled, had little in mind when Kenny asked for what type of beat he’d like to freestyle to, so Kenny began filing through samples and sounds until something struck a chord. A unique beat, Kenny offered a bouncy, violent instrumental that Joe could lay his unique anti-genre delivery over. The final product would turn out to be a beautiful piece that certainly can’t be tagged under any traditional music theme, and demands music listeners of all types give …

Who You Know – [Big Solo] feat. [Teejayx6]

Just a few months ago, DMV native Big Solo was recently celebrating his release from prison in his music video for the song “Back At It“. Feeling fully rejuvenated and better than ever, Big Solo is ready to bring that flame and really show the industry what he’s truly capable of. After doing a bid and coming back out into the real world, I’m sure it’s a feeling that could never be explained, but one thing is for sure that the feeling of being free to do whatever you want unapologetically is something that I personally believe is the motive behind this record. Making an appearance on the Lyrical Lemonade site today, Big Solo is dropping off his latest offering “Who You Know, featuring the Detroit star Teejayx6. Normally when someone starts their sentence off with “Who you know”, you know that whatever is following is going to be a reference to themself and something fly that they do. Feeling on top of the world after being released from prison, Big Solo let this record be the statement of him flexing and feeling amazing about it, without a shame. Mirroring that Detroit sound that is ever so popular right now …