Take A Second – [Rockie Fresh]

Rockie Fresh had one of the best years of his entire career in 2019 and that’s saying something considering all that he has accomplished over the past decade, once you listen to his latest album Destination you can just tell that he’s on a new level, and today he is back with a music video premiere for one of the best songs off of that project, “Take A Second”. This record itself was really a reflective type of joint where Rockie ponders about everything he has been through & the blessing he has received during his career, celebrating what he has done up to this point but also reminding himself that he has way more to go. This music video follows Rockie Fresh around some familiar places & people that some of you may recognize, following him from the studio to the club as he travels in some of the top tier vehicles on the streets, simply living his life. I am positive that Rockie Fresh will be following up his fantastic year with an even better one moving forward in 2020, but don’t take my word for it because that’s for you to judge, so take some time to …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Destination – [Rockie Fresh]

One release that I have been looking forward to all year just got released, as Chicago native Rockie Fresh just put out his brand new album titled “Destination”, his first album since 2016. Rockie Fresh has been one of my favorite artists in the city’s music community for years now and I have been patiently waiting for this release because due to the singles + rollout, I’ve been thinking that this could potentially be one of his best if not his best project to date, and after listening to the final product multiple times through it’s safe to say that is the case here. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the tracks provided on this album but my favorite one is probably the intro record “King’s Back” because of the energy & emphasis that Rockie put into that song, although a close second has to be the melodic jam that is “2 Late”. Stream this brand new album below to get in tune with one of the most talented Chicago OG’s below, I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Round Here – [Rockie Fresh]

Rockie Fresh is a Chicago legend that we have been huge fans over here at LL for nearly a decade now, and just a couple days ago he dropped a brand new music video for his track titled “Round Here”. I have been loving all of the content that Rockie Fresh has been providing thus far into 2019, and I don’t see him slowing down in the least, he’s going to continue to finish strong. Rumor has it that Rockie Fresh is gearing up to release a new project before the year’s end, and with the backing with the good people at Rostrum Records, I predict that it will be Rockie’s best body of work to date. Watch this brand new music video on YouTube below!

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 …

Watch Femdot on the NoOneCares Podcast

I apologize because I am admittedly a few weeks late to this article, but while he was in Denver on tour with Tobi Lou, Chicago native femdot chopped it up with the NoOneCares podcast for an interview & the final product was amazing! The amazing host Devin asked femdot about a ton of topics such as how tour life has been going for him, his new project 94 Camry Music, being a storyteller, the Myspace days, his ‘brick by brick’ mentality, the idea of college, graduating from DePaul + what he wants to do with his degree, the importance of individuals like Power 92’s DJ HotRod, his hip-hop influences, what it was like working with Rockie Fresh, wanting to be a professor in the future, Tobi Lou, the talent coming out of Chicago, speaking things into existence, giving out scholarships at his alma mater and so much more. This is one of the best interviews femdot has ever done, so any true fan of him would be crazy to not check this one out, press play below!

Round Here – [Rockie Fresh]

Chicago emcee Rockie Fresh has been having a solid year so far in 2019, and today he is returning with his latest offering titled “Round Here”. The first thing that caught my attention on this track was the firey production that was provided by Mathius Young before Rockie jumped on the beat and simply does what he always does, blessing us with an ear-pleasing song that’s sure to get stuck in your rest for at least the rest of the day. Rockie Fresh has been making some major moves this year, I’ve enjoyed seeing him collab with fellow Chicagoans Tobi Lou and Femdot, but I am even more excited to be receiving some solo material from the HF graduate. Stream this brand new release via Soundcloud below!

Coming Up – [Femdot] x [Rockie Fresh]

Windy City’s own Femdot has been releasing new music every Tuesday as part of his ‘transmission Tuesdays’ experiment and his latest offering is titled “Coming Up” featuring Rockie Fresh. Femdot said it best himself in this tweet, but this release is a little more special because Rockie Fresh was and still is a role model for Femdot, the first ever concert he attended was a Rockie Fresh one + not to mention that they went to the same high school (not at the same time though). This one was a long time coming so I expected it to be good, but sheeeeesh they went above and beyond, each providing impressive contributions to the track + displaying their lyrical ability. What else can you expect though when two of Chicago’s finest team up over a menacing beat like this, I would guess that this won’t be the last time we see these two team up, but for now run up their latest release below! Produced by renzellwav

Must Be Remix – [Rockie Fresh] x [Chris Brown] x [Jon Z]

Chicago’s own Rockie Fresh has had a mega successful career up to now, and one of his biggest songs yet was his track “Must Be” featuring Chris Brown, and we just got blessed with the new remix to the song that includes Latin sensation Jon Z! Rockie has always been on point with his decisions and with who he chooses to work with, so it’s clear that he has a plan behind this joint, and I believe that a big part of that is growing his international fan base. I am extremely excited for Rockie Fresh, he has been one of my favorite artists out of Chicago since I was in early high school, and the rest of 2019 is looking to be HUGE for him. Enough speaking about the song though, check it out!

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Johari Noelle Q&A

Johari Noelle is one of the newer Chicago creatives that I have got in tune with in 2019, and when I heard that she was gearing up to release her new project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud, I figured why not bring her by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand interview? You can expect her to speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as the previously mentioned project, all of the talent that has come out of her high school HF, her strong relationship with her family, how Chicago has influenced her and her headlining show that will be taking place this week in Chicago at The Promontory. Learn a thing or two about Johari by reading this brand new interview below, and you can purchase tickets to see Johari live June 5th here.     Elliot: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself? Johari: My name is Johari Noelle I am a singer, song writer and actress from Chicago. I recently released two singles one of them is called “Show Me” and the other one is called “Too Much and I just released a new EP called …