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Maxo Kream: Unparalleled Integrity

It’s 8:30 PM on Wednesday night, just two days before the release of Maxo Kream’s major-label debut, Brandon Banks. Piling into a dim, luxurious room at Manhattan’s 40/40 club, fans and peers alike await Kream’s arrival. Conversation is light, but the overarching meaning of the moment makes the air feel dense. Now years in the making, Maxo Kream’s slow-burning ascent is reaching a new apex, and this small room of listeners is fortunate enough to become witness just days before the album’s official release. A few moments later, a thunderous presence makes his way down the hallway. Turning left, he enters the room, 4 glossy chains on neck and followed by a posse of friends. It’s Maxo Kream, the man of the night. With each step, his presence grows stronger as the heads begin to turn toward his direction. Kream’s face lights up to see the welcoming crowd of listeners, but his eyes maintain a focused glare under the soft lights. The closer and closer he moves to the center of attention, the more the moment begins to set in. Here, just minutes away from clicking play on his long-awaited new album, time seems to slow down. The message becomes …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

OFFIT – [G2]

Following his last release titled “Cream”, LA rapper G2 returns today with his latest EP, OFFIT. Working directly with Southside, G2 delivered a very promising project that could be considered his best release thus far. I had the privilege of speaking with G2 a few weeks before it dropped and he gave a clear vision as to what this project was intended to do. He stated that he “has been working on this project for about a year. I took this long because I really wanted it to be the best work I could make. Once I felt that, I decided it was time to let my fans hear the music.” Between G2’s infectious energy and desire for stardom, it only takes one listen through to understand him as an artist and the direction that he’s headed. Throughout OFFIT, G2 was “expressing himself, his environment, and what he was going through” during that specific season of life. With ten undeniable tracks, G2 is slowly accomplishing what he notions as “bringing a new sound of music to LA,” and now having a very solid full project under his belt, G2 said he plans to tour and step on stage multiple times throughout …

Yea Yea Yea – [Jbillz]

For those unfamiliar, the SossHouse imprint — headed under Interscope Records — is churning out some of the rap world’s brightest up-and-coming talent right now, and today, they’re back in the spotlight once again with “Yea Yea Yea” from an artist by the name of Jbillz. Confrontational and downright hard-nosed in energy, this offering displays the budding artist’s head-turning charisma as he lets loose a slew of street-induced bars. Furthering this ominous stature, the production from Pi’erre Bourne and Southside only adds to “Yea Yea Yea” and it’s fierce sound, factoring in a supply of knocking bass and hypnotic melodies to match. Resulting is a banger of an offering, and a perfect example of the stellar A&Ring that SossHouse is doing right now. Jbillz is certainly worthy of the hype, so check out the young artist’s latest haymaker at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments! Produced by Pi’erre Bourne & Southside

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …

Southside – [Chris Buxton] ft. [Lilpopout]

A familiar face returns to our pages today with the release of his new single titled “Southside”. This time around, Chris called on fellow artist Lilpopout to complete this incredibly catchy offering. Over the extremely relaxed instrumental, the two fabricate an exceptional atmosphere with their lyrics and vibrant vocals. When asked to describe what was running through his head when he created this track, Buxton stated that “this is an urban take on a suburban love story about growing with a girl from the roots of your career to when you blossom into all of your success. It’s about loving where you’re from and the people that you came with”. As Chris continues to please listeners around the world, you can definitely expect more noteworthy records from him in the near future. Follow Chris on Twitter and be sure to give “Southside” a listen below!

Room 25 – Noname

A lot has changed in the life of Noname since the release of 2016’s ‘Telephone’ cemented her as one of the most pivotal rappers out of Chicago. The success of her project, embarking on solo tours, and moving to LA have all escalated the anticipation for her next move, which arrives today in the form of ‘Room 25’. The formative experiences that have occurred since ‘Telephone’ materialize in one way or another on ‘Room 25’, and Noname’s quick to remind us of her prowess as a raw storyteller. While Noname usually thrives off anonymity, selective about what music she puts out and how much exposure her public persona garners, she knows how to let listeners in when she feels like it. When she does open the door, you’re greeted by a comforting intimacy and an off-beat sense of humor underscoring the personal struggles and social commentary that follow. I’ve only made my way through the entire album a couple times so far, but the rewind button has already gotten some heavy-use as I try and keep up with the Southside wordsmith’s stream of consciousness. As always, she keeps her circle of collaborators tight, calling in longtime friends and hometown heroes …

Watch No Jumper’s interview with G Herbo

G Herbo recently sat down with Adam22 for one of the notorious No Jumper podcasts that you definitely need to tune in for. Not only is the Chicago native fresh off his collab project SWERVO with Southside, Herbo has been seen working closely with the likes of Juice WRLD which he spoke on his relationship with him and Lil Bibby, the shift in Chicago’s music scene, his outlook on his music career and so much more packed into the one-hour discussion. Chances are you’ve already had the SWERVO project on repeat but if you haven’t, go stream that here after checking out G Herbo’s interview with No Jumper below! Via: No Jumper 

Watch G Herbo & Southside’s new interview with The Breakfast Club

G Herbo and Southside recently dropped a project titled “Swervo” last week and a few days back they stopped by The Breakfast Club to chop it up with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God! You will find the five of them speaking about plenty of subjects such as their previously mentioned new project, their thoughts on Kanye West, how Herbo is helping Chicago, Chance The Rapper, the music business, his child, donating to organizations that help with PTSD, building a multi media company in Chicago and so much more. Take a few minutes of your time to watch this brand new interview below!

Beam – [Rich Brian] Feat. [Playboi Carti]

Just from looking at the people involved in making this track, you should already know that this is gonna slap. With Murda and Southside handling the production, it is almost guaranteed that this song will be a hit, but Rich Brian and Carti both deliver impressive verses to compliment the production and really bring together this whole track. There is no doubt that you’ll be head banging to this track as soon as the bass drops so waste no more time and press play below.   Produced by Murda Beatz & Southside