Windmill – [Luke Almighty] ft. [Lil Xelly]

Growing up around the city of Chicago has always given me an affinity for homegrown talents more so than anyone else in the music industry. I typically try to give Chi-town artists more chances to wow me when discovering new music because I want so badly to enjoy their offerings and support them. With beat smith Luke Almighty, it’s never been a challenge to get into his music because it’s always unique, eye-catching, and of course, it’s always fantastic. I’ve been listening to him for years, and he’s truly run the gamut of working with iconic Chicago talents such as Adot, Freako, Supa Bwe, and BigBodyFiji, among many others. He’s been on his grind for quite some time and he’s had the city in his grasp for a while, so I’m glad that I can say I have always been and will always continue to be in his corner rooting him on. Don’t just take it from me, though. Give any of his music a listen and understand why he’s been buzzing in the music scene for yourself. Not too long ago, Maryland star Lil Xelly put out a challenge on his social media pages calling on producers to craft …

Hurt Everybody EP – [Hurt Everybody]

I went to bed last night wishing to get teleported back to 2014, and when I woke up, it actually came true! Well, not actually, but the re-release of Chicago underground trio Hurt Everybody’s self-titled EP definitely made it feel like I was. The trio comprised of Supa Bwe, Qari, and Mulatto Beats seem to be back in effect in 2020 after a hiatus and the development of their solo careers, and what better way to officially announce their return than with dropping one of their fan-favorite projects on all streaming platforms (finally). Those uninitiated to Hurt Everybody could listen to this project in 2020 and easily believe it was made recently. There aren’t many independent acts in hip-hop who’s projects could age this well, but Hurt Everybody stays ahead of the curve by making music that seems to exist on its own timeline. Supa’s angsty vocals assert him as a propagator of punk’s infusion with hip-hop, and Qari contrasts this fiery energy with his level-headed execution of lyrically-packed bars. Mulatto’s production continues to keep a listener on their toes, whether he’s combining harp samples with gunshot sounds on “My Pack” or firing off explosive synths like they’re warning sirens …

Life Of The Party – [Lil Danze]

Lil Danze is a rapper out of Chicago who has appeared on our website a couple of times in the past, and this afternoon he is back with his brand new mixtape titled “Life Of The Party”. When you talk to certain key figures who are in the Chicago music community, a lot of them speak very highly on Lil Danze + his musical abilities, many people feel strongly about his talents and potential. This tape is a rather quick listen coming in at just five songs and fifteen minutes in length, but it offers a few different addicting sounds and a couple of solid features from fellow Chicago natives Supa Bwe + KAMI! Take some time out of your Wednesday to peep this new project below and if you like it then make sure you share it with a friend.

A Conversation With Pivot Gang’s MFnMelo

For MFnMelo, the adage that you’re only as good as who you surround yourself with seems to hit home in a way that’s different than most people’s interpretation. It’s more about looking out for everyone in his inner circle over himself, only feeling fulfilled if those around him do too. This value for looking out for his loved ones holds true so much for the Chicago rapper that it comes up as the central theme of his latest project, ‘Everybody Eats’–an impressive sophomore effort from the Pivot Gang member that positions his consistently strong flows and ear for melody at the fore. 2019 marked a busy year for MFnMelo, marked by both the releases of ‘Everybody Eats’ and Pivot Gang’s group project ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’. On both projects, Melo came into his own, distinguishing himself sonically while proving to be yet another powerful weapon in Pivot Gang’s homemade arsenal. With 2020 ahead of him, Melo stresses to only expect “more muhf**kin” in the near future. Find out exactly what to look out for from Melo and watch him break down the process of making ‘Everybody Eats’ in our new interview below: *interview by Mike Del Ro & Elliot …

Fly On The Wall – [Duffle Bag Buru]

If you are familiar with the Chicago music community or maybe if you read our Top 50 Chicago Projects list a couple of weeks back, then you know of the legend who is Duffle Bag Buru, and today the talented emcee is back with his brand new music video for “Fly On The Wall”. This record was not only the title track off of Buru’s latest body of work, this song was a fan favorite that his core fanbase have been waiting to see a visual for, and I believe it’s safe to say that this one lived up to the hype. I got to give some major credit to the video director Mooch, he helped bring Buru’s to life + together they made a memorable piece of art. You will see plenty of familiar faces in this visual such as fellow musical talents Ron$oCold and Supa Bwe, as well as some Lyrical Lemonade affiliates who you have been seeing for years now, so press play below & see what this one has to offer.

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 …

Gucci Polo – [Stix] x [Supa Bwe]

Stix and Supa Bwe are two Chicago legends who have been focal pieces in tons of timeless music to come out of the city this decade, and this afternoon they are back with the premiere of their brand new visual for “Gucci Polo”. This record itself was released just a couple months ago as the first (if I am not mistaken) release from Stix as an artist, and it has gained some great traction in recent months, so of course, they had to go above and beyond for the visual! They shot this video on beautiful Lake Michigan in Chicago along with some assistance from video director Todd Barrett, and when you pair that type of visual with these sonically pleasing artists, you simply can’t go wrong. This may be just the beginning for Stix in this new lane but I believe he is going to have much success, and if you need convincing of that point all you have to do is press play below!

Jaguar – [Supa Bwe]

Chicago OG Supa Bwe has been teasing his loyal fan base with his Jaguar EP for a minute now, and just yesterday he blessed us with the final product! This tape contains a total of eight records and a run time just over twenty minutes in length, and Supa packed quite a few different sounds + styles into it, everything from straight headbangers to euphoric sounding cuts. One thing that we know about Supa Bwe is that he is a groundbreaking talent when it comes to experimenting + finding different styles that are often imitated, an he wasn’t shy of giving us a plethora of unique flows on this project. I would go more in-depth with this tape but I am going to save it for our Top 50 Chicago Projects list that’s just around the corner, plus I need to sit with this one more because it’s just that good. Stream this brand new masterpiece via Spotify below! Happy (belated) birthday to Supa Bwe from all of us here at Lyrical Lemonade!

What I’ve Been On, Pt. 2 – [Jaymz V]

On his first project since being locked up for three years, the Chicago artist reunites with close friends and collaborators (Supa Bwe, Mick Jenkins, Qari) for a heartfelt return to form.

American Reject (White House Freestyle) – [Taylor Bennett] x [Supa Bwe]

Chicago superstars Taylor Bennett and Supa Bwe are two of the OG artists who we have been rocking with here at LL for years now, they have worked together countless times in the past but one of my favorite collab joints they have ever done just got a brand new visual, the intro and title track to Taylor’s fantastic project! Nine months into 2019 when I look back at all of the great new music that has come out of Chicago this year, Taylor Bennett’s The American Reject stands near the very top of the pack, this record here was a fan favorite (me included) on the tape so I was happy to see it great a witty & clever music video to help bring it to life. I loved this visual a ton for many reasons, but mainly because it was extremely unique & creative, you got to see the funny side of both Taylor and Supa and it was just flat out a feel-good watch for me. I could go on and on about this one but I’ll just let you get right into it, watch Supa Bwe transform into The Science Boy and Taylor Bennett do his best …