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WOKEUPTHINKINBOUT / HIDDEN VOICES – [Aaron May]

Houston based artist Aaron May returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an excellent two-song pack titled “WOLEUPTHINKINBOUT / HIDDEN VOICES.” With a new project on the way, these two expressive tracks couldn’t be more perfect to build excitement. Sonically both songs showcase May’s versatile rap and R&B skillset; his vocals are equally immense to his bars. “WOKEUPTHINKINBOUT” in particular has plenty of reply value as a result of the addictive hook, which is layered with a modernly melodic instrumental. “Hidden Voices” maintains a similar relaxed vibe with a drum-dominant beat, but it’s a bit more lyrical content wise. Witht the new year in full swing, Aaron May has certainly captured my attention by releasing a preview of his best work to date. Have a listen below!

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 …

New Balance – [Zouli]

Few artists put out their first song and receive raving reviews mainly just because it usually takes someone new quite some time to practice and perfect their sound before they know exactly what strengths to play to and exploit, but for the rare individual or two, it just seems to be in their blood and come naturally to them. When I was put onto Zouli last week, the homie had nothing but great things to say about him and I knew I had to tap in with his music sooner rather than later. Considering he’s still extremely new to the world of music, I didn’t know what to expect, and after reading his Spotify bio, I definitely felt a lot more acquainted with him. Hailing from Montreal, one of the most under the radar yet talent-filled cities in the entire world, Zouli might only be 20 years old, but he has worked hard to ensure his sound is unique and new, not copying anyone even though he is influenced by talents like Juice WRLD, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and others. Being overwhelmed by the success of his first release, he decided to take a bit of a break and …

Daydream Review – [Daydream Review]

I’m always looking for something new to write about here on our website because I always want to push music to listeners that actually deserves to be heard, and it’s even better when an artist is actually putting a new spin on a creative and unique sound. For Daydream Review, he is an artist who I just found out about literally today, and after doing some digging, I was captivated by his story. Using music as an outlet for his own creativity, Daydream is actually an architect by day, and even though this is a very tough and intensive profession, he finds time to not only make music but make GOOD music. I’m admittedly a few months late to his self-titled EP Daydream Review, but once it was put on my radar, I couldn’t let it go by the wayside for even another second. Now, I do have to admit that this isn’t the typical style of music I listen to, and it’s definitely not something I typically write about, but being a Chicago artist with so much talent waiting to be discovered is more than enough gas I need in my tank to talk about this EP. With just …

Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss HBO Documentary Trailer

HBO announced they would be releasing a six-part series profiling different iconic artists in multiple genres. Juice WRLD was one of these artists, and the major film company took advantage of some exceptional behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews to portray the beloved artist in an intimate fashion. This trailer previews the episode, with brief clips giving viewers a glance at what’s to come. Emotion, pain and praise are common themes of the audio clips included, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, a powerful documentary is coming with the December 16 release of Into the Abyss on HBO Max. Watch the trailer on YouTube below!

AUTOTONE – [Matty Wood$]

There’s a certain feeling when you listen to a project through its entirety, realizing just how good it is as you proceed throughout. That’s the exact feeling I got with AUTOTONE, the latest mastery from St. Louis native, Matty Wood$, a.k.a. the “Backwoods Bandit.” Starting from the top, Wood$ shows off his sound which has found a niche in the industry; harmonious layered autotune softly laid over masterful keys, winds and 808s. With “Here we go again” leading off, listeners get a taste of the melodic nature of his voice, and groovy keys match the tone to give a tremendous preview of the rest of the project. Songs like “Elektra,” and “The Ballad of Tony Tone, Pt. 2,” give glimpses into catchy one-liners-turned-hooks that can’t help but melt to their respective instrumentals. I promise you, “This the sound that money make, 20 thumbin’ through the cake,” won’t leave your head. Moving down the tracklist is a fantastic run of four songs that seemed to impress me more and more as the album proceeded. The hooks drew me in, and the layered beats and vocal tracks flawlessly mended on “Mean Choppa” and “Sticky Icky,” with a slower, reverb-heavy masterpiece in “Dirty.” …

Fall From Grace – [Kevin Kazi]

After a long wait we finally have a new Kevin Kazi project which he has been teasing for well over a year now and is by far the most comprehensive and creatively mature release we have been treated to by Kazi yet. Fall From Grace is comprised of a variety of sounds and melodies that are all very much within Kevin’s wheelhouse and he proves to be one of the most versatile artists in the underground from start to finish. He has tracks like “Nun of Dem!” that are raucous cuts sure to ignite moshpits to “Iridescent” which is a spellbinding and goosebump inducing song that has been glued in my head since he first previewed the song. Kevin’s songwriting is another impressive aspect of the release and I am taken aback by his vocabulary and effortless manner that he blends his lines together. I am very, very glad that this project is out and truly believe that it will go down as one of the most underrated releasees of 2021 and I can’t wait to see what visuals Kevin has paired with the release.

Dead & Gone – [Joey Fatts] ft. [Dave East]

Joey Fatts recently teamed up with New York icon Dave East, for his lead single, “Dead & Gone,” previewing his upcoming project releasing September 24th, Joey The Album. The track features two raw, uncut and unfiltered artists who pair up to form a tough, but poetic four minutes of artistry that will only leave the listener wanting to hear more. Joey spits about the music industry and the grim realities that come with it; fame, two-faced relationships, greed, and jealousy – but also about how he’s overcome, and that his goals and mindset are on preserving the future and not dwelling on the past. “My daughter need it all before I’m dead & gone, gon’ give this sh*t my all before I’m dead & gone.” Dave East, whose popularity has steady risen among new listeners, and remained constant among old, continues to go to war with every verse he touches. His raw abilities are gravitating, and his raspy, new-old-school flow will leave listeners entranced. He talks words of success and themes of feeling untouchable, “I took plenty drunken advice, then fell in love with this life, I am not coming down, this sh*t like I’m stuck on a flight.” The music …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

No Regrets – [Prince Coop]

If you go through my almost 1,000 articles over the past couple of years, you’ll quickly see that I have no shortage of love for the amazing artists putting on for Chicago. While I might write about huge names like Chance the Rapper, Kanye, Lil Durk, G Herbo, and others, I’m always on the hunt for up-and-coming acts that have been making waves on a more local level, and when the homie told me about the young talent, Prince Coop, I’ve been following along with his blossoming career ever since. Even though. He’s still in high school, he uses his youthfulness to his advantage in all of his records, and as he gears up for his upcoming EP Endless Summer that’s expected to drop in September, he decided to give us a sneak preview of what we can expect with the project’s first Datboigetro-produced single “No Regrets” as well as an amazing Alex DeGuzman-directed music video that I couldn’t help but write about. When it begins, Coop and his friends are hanging out on the front steps of his school debating their music tastes before the security guard comes out and politely asks them to leave. When this happens, Coop …