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Four of a Kind – [93FEETOFSMOKE] & [XLHC]

I seriously wish that there was some sort of way for me to retrace my steps and look at the series of events and artists that I have listened to who have been my gateway into discovering even more musicians along the way. I feel like there is a never-ending tree full of branches that probably lead back to only a select few artists, but through them, I found out about someone new I enjoyed who then continued the snowball effect into more and more emcees who I now am obsessed with. I know there is literally no way to definitively figure out this pipeline because my listening history is just way too convoluted and untraceable at points, so I guess all I can do now is be grateful for the wonderful artists that I enjoy every single day. One person who I was put onto through his work with various musicians is 93FEETOFSMOKE, an incredibly dexterous and skilled artist that I may have been late on, but I now listen to more religiously than almost anyone else. Not only do I love tuning into new releases of his, but he has since become one of these individuals who constantly …

Say Less – [Tef XL]

For the first time ever, TEF XL goes out of his signature 90s influenced rap and dabbles into a modern sonic fusion where soothing verses and catchy chorus display a unique and inspiring performance. “Say Less” opens with a sound so alien to TEF’s signature beats—a heavy instrumental bass—hooking the listener as the rapper spits his fire verses. The r&b sounds perfectly blend in with the rhythmics while an organic melody magically appears. With another story-driven music video, TEF XL’s portfolio of mesmerising visuals extends as his previous appearances have showcased the gritty on-screen presence. For “Say Less,” TEF XL gives the music some context as TEF XL walks the audience through scenes of his prior neighborhood – the streets of Duval County, Jacksonville (FL), while conversing with a detective.     

FINALLY – [Cochise]

Cochise is honestly not someone that has been on my radar for nearly as long as a lot of other artists that I frequently listen to, but from the moment I first heard him rap, I knew he was going to change the landscape of music. In fact, I remember the first verse I had ever heard from him which happened to be on the song “Right Now” with TyFontaine on Internet Money’s debut album B4 the Storm, and even though I’m sure I was late to the party then, I have made sure to not forego any other music from the Florida emcee. If you haven’t kept up with Cochise, you missed out on some massive accomplishments with the most recent being his selection for the 2022 XXL Freshman list, but that was before his album THE INSPECTION even dropped, so he was lining things up to really make a splash more than ever this year. On his album, there are 13 self-produced or co-produced songs that last almost 36 minutes long with insane features like Chief Keef and Young Nudy, but I am even more thrilled about the fact that this is only the beginning for the young …

Xlovclo Shares New Video For Latest Single “WTF”

Earlier this year, breakthrough artist Xlovclo released her single “WTF”. The unique record has generated a ton of buzz online, with country artist Lil Nas X playing the audio in a TikTok video and receiving co-signs from Kodi Shane, Doechii, and others. This afternoon, she returned with the @Capitol Spotlite directed video. At just one minute and thirty seconds, the DMV native appears to wake up in nature wearing a tasteful white dress, reciting her passionate lyrics. “Honestly the vibe was built off of my environment. The AC was broken so It was hot as hell in my room. I was getting really hyped tryna create new sounds. All that tension made me create a very emphatic piece of music.” Clo has already shown how diverse she is as an artist. With the release of this music video, her fans witnessed her creative vision brought to life. Just last week, Clo released a half-hour long video on how she creates her music. It was beautiful to see how hard Clo works to give her fans refreshing music. “My career taking off is truly nothing but a blessing. I’m thankful for everyone listening & I’m grateful that ALL types of people …

good grief – [aldn]

Out of all of the tastemakers and trendsetters in the newer generation of music, I think it is pretty safe to say that aldn is an absolute visionary. Considering he handles pretty much everything from vocals to production and almost everything else in between, he has his hands on everything in the trenches, and I think this is a major reason why he has been able to create such unique yet completely compelling sounds over the years. He is one of my personal favorites, and that comes without any sort of bias considering I don’t actually know him personally, but I just love to support great music and incredible talents, and I think he is the epitome of these things, which is definitely clear on his latest project good grief which just dropped yesterday. It seems as if aldn spoils us with so many different songs that seem to only get more creative and entertaining as time goes on, and whether he is showcasing a softer, more introspective sound or a much more grand, epic movement with pulsating drums and electric synths, he is in the driver’s seat and I’m just grateful to be a passenger in his car. This …

King Marie Interview: Rejuvenated, Realigned & Reborn

“This music feels like the most me. I love my first EP The Prelude and I think it’s a great project, but with 222, I can feel the growth of me. The amount of confidence I have instilled in myself over the past two years, 222 is a dedication to my arrival. I am present and I am here. I’m exactly who the fuck I say I am.” -King Marie More often than not, lots of artists glorify the amazing parts of being musical artists. The studio sessions, having fun traveling and doing shows, music video shoots, so on and so forth. However, there aren’t too many artists that show the opposite side of that lifestyle. Those days as an artist when you get knocked down and have to pick yourself back up. When you have identity issues or question if this lifestyle is even for you or not. Having tons of music and scrapping it because the timing wasn’t right. These are all things that people never consider when it comes to being an artist, but for King Marie, she went through all of that, and then some. Born and raised in Chicago, King Marie was brought up in a …

Hostile – [909Memphis]

Although I have been involved in music for years, whether that be including my time with Lyrical Lemonade or my previous experience as a fan, I have nothing but great things to say about the artists I have come to love and appreciate. The underground scene has always been something that has a special place in my heart because until I was put on to certain talents, I was pretty much limiting my admiration to mainstream emcees and nothing else. Once I finally tapped in with the SoundCloud scene and other up-and-comers, I realized that the boundaries that were put in place on some of the bigger musicians I enjoyed were nowhere to be seen in this mysterious and unique world, and my mind was absolutely blown by just how many different sounds certain artists were making. Without a doubt, 909Memphis was always an artist that I found myself returning to throughout the years because he just sounded like no one else I knew of, and that individuality never changed even for a second over the years. While it seems like there were certain moments throughout his career where he’d buzz more than other times, I think he is at …

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 …

Get Refreshed: The Bloodhounds Say Goodbye

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Main Cover by Brixton Yorker // Special Cover by ddertbag Editor’s Note I feel as though it’s important that I acknowledge why this week’s column is slightly different. This is a special edition of “Get Refreshed” where – aside from the below trio of notable releases I intended on highlighting before the present news hit – I take a backseat and let the people whose voices are most important to the week’s online music discourse be focused on and listened to as they deservingly should.  Those voices come in the form of past and present members of the integral, impactful, and illustrious online music collective called Bloodhounds — the aforementioned news surrounding the group being the sudden and shocking announcement of its conclusion this past Wednesday. As one will see by the end of this piece, the amount of space I’ve reserved for reflecting on and chronicling the legacy of the digicore-purveying collective is entirely appropriate given just how remarkable their legacy has been and forever will be in regards to the continuing era of online music.  Below these few …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …