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You Can’t Sit With Us – [Pivot Gang]

beloved Chicago group Pivot Gang have been teasing at the release of their album for some time now, and late last night they finally blessed their growing fanbase with the final project titled “You Can’t Sit With Us”. After streaming through the thirteen track offering a couple of times through I was happy with what I was hearing, the guys displayed unreal amounts of chemistry and created a cohesive tape, but that’s what should be expected by these brilliant & accomplished emcees. All of the songs provided feature some sort of variation of the Pivot Gang squad along with some sprinkled in features here and there from the likes of Smino, Femdot, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Sylvan LaCue and last but not least, Benjamin Earl Turner. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like it be sure to support Pivot Gang by copping a ticket to catch Saba + the crew on tour here.

Watch Smino’s brand new interview with Tim Westwood TV

Smino and his right hand man Monte Booker recently sat down with the legend Tim Westwood for a brand new interview, and it’s not anything you want to miss out on. You will find them speaking on plenty of subjects such as his come up, his album NOIR, being born and raised in St. Louis, performing overseas, J. Cole, the Hoopti Tour, Nelly, moving to Chicago, breaking his foot on his first tour, his stellar visuals, the London scene, his relationship with T-Pain, auto tune, Coachella, his first album, Soundcloud, play-listing, attending the Dreamville bootcamp, his biggest fear being running out of passion and more. Check out this brand new interview below!

Bad Boys – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Smino]

Chicago collective Pivot Gang have been showcasing their respective talents individually for a few years now, but, with the announce of their new project, it’s time for them to come together on some rap Power Rangers, Megazord type shit. Along with announcing their debut album, You Can’t Sit With Us, Pivot unleashed their latest single, “Bad Boys,” which hosts Joesph Chilliams, Saba, MfnMelo, and a guest appearance from Smino, each adding their own distinct flavors to the effort while still maintaining a cohesive, unapologetic vibe to the gritty effort. With such a talented roster, one of the most fun things about this album is going to be picking a favorite verse in each song. Here, I have to give the nod to Joseph Chilliams who showcases his knack for clever, uproarious one-liners. The way he uses humor is one of Chilliams’ biggest assets and I suspect, it’ll make him a fan favorite when the album drops; but really, with the whole gang along for the ride, it’ll be a pick your poison situation. You Can’t Sit With Us is set to drop on April 19th but is vailable for pre-order on iTunes right now.  

Z4L – [Smino] ft. [Bari] [Jay2]

While Smino’s latest project, NOIR, held a plethora of unforgettable moments, sounds, and styles, perhaps one of the more slept-on elements of the project was the slew of features, all of which kept it close to home for Smino as he picked the perfect cast of characters possible. Today, we see this idea come to life as the new visuals for “Z4L” arrive alongside two of my favorite featured talents on NOIR, Bari and Jay2. First off, “Z4L” is one the best songs on NOIR simply thanks to its lush, electrifying energy as well as the clear chemistry between all three artists. It sounds less like a Smino song with two feature verses and more like a family gathering of sorts, as everyone involved shares the spotlight and contributes to a meaningful, captivating final product. Beyond this, the replay value on this one is extraordinary, making it the perfect song to receive an accompanying set of visuals. That said, along with some cameos from artists including Cousin Stizz and Buddy, this music video illustrates both the feeling and literal storyline of “Z4L” with seamless precision. Especially as we head into the warmer months of the spring, the splashes of color and mesmerizing effects are …

Watch Smino and Monte Booker’s New Freestyle With Kenny Beats

Just recently, one of rap’s premier hit-making producers, Kenny Beats, started up a new series on YouTube where he puts together a beat in just 10 minutes and allows many of his highly-talented music friends throw together a freestyle. For the first episode, Kenny invited JPEGMAFIA to the studio, but this time, he switched things up and brought none other than Smino and Monte Booker. Giving fans some insight into just how spontaneous and seemingly fun the creative process can be for Kenny Beats and his friends, this video is a must-watch for any fans of either Kenny, Smino, or Monte. All three have been turning heads and making some truly timeless music for quite some time now, so seeing them come together in the studio and have some fun with it is certainly an incredible sight to see. Needless to say, the latest episode of The Cave is yet another fantastic release to add to the musical contributions that Kenny Beats has been blessing us with as of late, so don’t sleep. Watch this one below and prepare yourself to watch Smino lay down an absolutely brilliant freestyle!

Blood On My Hands – [AUGUST 08] feat. [Smino]

88rising’s after hours vocalist, AUGUST 08, shares a new video for his previously released single, “Blood On My Hands,” featuring St. Louis’ own, Smino. The eerie new video reflects the darker tone of the song that is highlighted with a strobe medley of ominous shots. AUGUST 08 is at the center of the new video, emotionally distraught by his actions of infidelity that reflect the song’s bloody theme. This has been AUGUST’s first video release since sharing the visuals for his previous single, “Spiral,” in mid November of last year. Hopefully this new content from AUGUST acts as a precursor for a new project on the horizon, being that his last album came in early May of 2018. If you’re digging the new bounce-riddled, after hours ballad share the video with a friend and show some love to AUGUST 08 by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

Blood On My Hands – [AUGUST 08] ft. [Smino]

Last week, 88rising announced the star-studded Higher Brothers album with a brand new single. This week, it’s another 88rising artist, AUGUST 08 in the limelight with his first offering of 2019, “Blood On My Hands.” Starting off slow and building tension along the way, the Los Angeles native beckons you in slowly, spacing out his hypnotic crooning before the electronic-twinged beat kicks in with some hypnotic, tribal-esque drums. Smino, who, despite his unique style, seemingly fits any beat, quickly joins in, using his whurring delivery as the perfect accentuation to the tracks bounce. Loading the front half of the song with the build-up (and the Smino feature), AUGUST 08 rounds out the effort focused less on a lyrical-oriented deliver, instead choosing to use his voice more of an instrument that layers atop and tucks into an already dense backdrop. That said, the progression, as well as the way in which August 08 incorporates space in the song’s unique structure, makes this a very engaging, unconventional experience, and certainly one that you won’t be able to forget. “Blood On My Hands” is perfect for a late night drive, so check this one out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Interstellar – [Monte Booker] ft. [Bari]

Stained with St. Louis soul and an endlessly captivating voice, Bari is one of my favorite artists coming out of STL’s flourishing music scene right now. Ever since his guest spot on Smino’s “Z4L” and “Summer Salt“, I haven’t been able to stop delving into the world of the budding star, and today, marking one of 2019’s most exciting collaborations to date, Bari is here on Lyrical Lemonade alongside Monte Booker with a brand new single entitled “Interstellar”. While I certainly didn’t see this joining of forces coming, it makes perfect sense that the eclectic, complex worlds of Booker’s otherworldly production and Bari’s southern charm would mix at one point or another. Bari’s effortless deliveries and STL-induced hymns are the result of a strong sense of artistic identity that few artists achieve in such a cohesive fashion, and likewise, Booker’s eccentric production style is as individualistic as it gets (mainly because he’s on an entirely different level than the rest of the game). Resulting from this collaboration, we receive a starry-eyed new single that perfectly soundtracks the beauty of both artists involved, and for that, we need to appreciate this one. Tracks like “Interstellar” don’t come around every day, especially with a …

Watch Noname, Smino + Saba on The Tonight Show

Last year Noname recently one of my favorite albums of the year with Room 25, and a couple of days back she performed live on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon along side her frequent collaborators Smino and Saba! Noname is certainly no stranger to the limelight as she has performed on television a couple times prior to this, and sure enough Noname, her band and her team did a magnificent job at giving us a memorable + special moment for Chicago. Take a few minutes of your day to check out this awesome live performances below!

LL Presents: The Wemmymo Q&A

If you recall, when we released our third annual Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year list a couple of weeks back, there was a newcomer featured by the name of Wemmymo, who released a stellar new project titled Bittersweet in 2018. Admittedly, I was a couple months late to hearing Wemmy’s project after its initial release, but after the homie Femdot recommended that I give it a listen, I finally got around to it; now, Wemmy has been in my headphones every day since. I recently brought the Uptown, Chicago native through the Lyrical Lemonade office to chop it up and speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as Bittersweet, his inspirations, Chicago and so much more in our latest Q&A! Wemmy has an enormous amount of potential and he’s still in his teenage years, so I am fully expecting to see him continue to ascend as an artist and eventually become a major leader in the city. Take a few minutes of your time to learn about Wemmymo by listening to his project, watching his brand new music video, and checking out the Q&A below, and be sure to keep up with him by following Wemmy on Twitter here. …