Behind The Track: C-Moski

We’re back again with the Lyrical Lemonade: Behind The Track feature. This week I decided to put the spotlight on C-Moski from Memphis, Tennessee. Moski always had an ear for music, however, he didn’t pursue his career as a producer until his thriving football career came to an end. Sometimes, it’s not what you know, but who you know. Thanks to Blac Youngsta and Ju his manager, Moski had the opportunity to become a part of Heavy Camp and produce three records on ‘Fu*k Everybody 2’ in 2018. Moski began to gain more recognition in 2021 after linking up with 1017 hottest artists on the rise, Pooh Shiesty. Moski is the face behind Pooh Shiesty’s smash Hit “Neighbors” featuring BIG30. This song received over 62 million views on Youtube and went on to become RIAA certified gold on May 27, 2021. The following year, “Neighbors” went platinum on January 18, 2022. I had the opportunity to learn more about C-Moski and his growth throughout the years. Check our interview out below. — Lyrical Lemonade: Where did you grow up? North Memphis, Douglass & Raleigh areas.  Lyrical Lemonade: Were you always involved with music growing up? Or was it something you …

Z Money: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Z Money is somebody that needs no introduction, he is a Chicago legend and today I am proud to release our latest Lemonade Stand interview featuring him! I spoke with Z Money about several subjects including his brand new album, his relationship with Valee, the moment that “Two 16’s” started to blow up, mentorship he’s received from Gucci Mane, the schools he attended, and much more. This was a solid conversation and a much-needed interview from Z Money, it’s been a minute since he’s publicly spoken, and this was the perfect time to do so. Watch this brand new interview below!

Stop Signs – [OG Stevo]

Being from Chicago, I know just how many local icons there are, and I take pride in trying to tap in with their music whenever I get the chance. This city has always had this magical buzz behind it, and I still don’t know if it’s in the air or the people that we are lucky enough to be around on a daily basis here, but regardless, the talent pool here is pretty much unmatched even if the rest of the country isn’t ready to accept that. Well, one emcee who has had the city’s heart for years is OG Stevo, and whether you’re from here or not, it’s probably a name you’ve come across a handful of times if you dive a bit deeper than the mainstream superstars that are household names at this point. Although Stevo might not be as well-known as some of these world-renown artists, he has been receiving some much-deserved recognition from major outlets, attracting attention from us here at Lyrical Lemonade, The Chicago Reader, Revolt TV, while also being played on city-wide radio staples like Power 92. I think this says so much more about his abilities, because not every independent artist gets this …

Victor Internet: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Victor Internet is one of the most talented and unique artists in Chicago, and a couple of months ago I was thrilled to bring him by the office for a new interview on The Lemonade Stand. I asked Victor about many topics including the different areas in Chicago he’s lived in, the time he spent living in Los Angeles, his latest project Blue 2000, artists he wants to work with, the impact his family has had on him, his friendship with the artist Heartgaze, what he’s currently working on and much more. Victor is a superstar in the making, if you aren’t familiar with him just yet, I highly suggest checking out this interview below!

Self-Conscious-[Tullis] x [Donnie Durag] x [Roddy]

“I’ve been trying to remain present, and not lose sight of the whole reason I do this. This one is for all of you when you doubt whether or not you’re great, YOU ARE!⁣” – Tullis Phoenix, Arizona native Tullis returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a brand new banger titled “Self-Conscious.” Featuring Flatbush, Brooklyn’s Donnie Durag, in my opinion this is undoubtedly Tullis’ best single release to date. Produced by Roddy, the song opens up immediately with a glorious melody sample moments before Tullis showcases his signature introspective flow. On Durag’s short yet excellent verse, Donnie takes a slightly more optimistic approach; making money off misfortune for instance. Alluding to his difficulties as an artist, Tullis’ sky-high ambition of “being the greatest there ever was” contrasts with his current social standing. The predicament and/or burden of being ‘underrated’ can mentally drain artists; especially  independent ones as they tirelessly push for placements to elevate their own discographic stature. Like any worthwhile endeavor, creative inspiration is hard to maintain without some form of earned recognition. Hence the ever-importance to always remain ‘self-conscious’ of one’s talent(s), which can never be denied no matter public opinion. Support the track and listen below!

under your weather-[dyl dion]

“‘under your weather’ is about how things are temporary and sometimes don’t last as long as we think they will. I think that a lot of the song is me reassuring myself that whatever is happening now, whether it’s good or bad, is not here to last forever. To me, this can be hopeful, or a reminder to cherish what is happening in the moment. I think that the line, “not mad about the clouds floating over my head” is me basically saying how no matter what is changing in my life, whether it’s good or bad, the best thing I can do is welcome these changes. I think the reason for this line and a lot of lines in the song is for me to be reminded that I shouldn’t be afraid of the future, because there is no stopping what is meant to happen” – dyl dion Wilmington, North Carolina artist dyl dion makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with a cloudy bedroom banger titled “under your weather.” At just seventeen years of age, I am highly impressed with dion’s maturity from a personal and musical standpoint. Very much thriving in the bedroom indie pop category, dyl’s vocals seamlessly …

Get Refreshed: May ’22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. On Sidia… and Dolly’s Midas Touch I’d like to introduce everyone to the world’s best A&R. You’ve probably never heard her name before, just hear me out. It’s d0llywood1. Yes, this obscure, unheard-of A&R doesn’t work for a major label, nor is she even working in this little thing called the “music industry” whatsoever. She’s actually just like all of you out there – an admirer of modern underground music; a proponent of the future; a real music listener, if you will. Many of your favorite artists working today were originally discovered by her, and just because you’ve never heard her name before, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate her for this very fact alone. In all seriousness, Dolly is not just the best damn rapper and all-around performer for her age. She’s truly the best A&R who’s not really an A&R. From Lei, to Kyenn, to pretty much everyone in SillyTeam who wasn’t popping before the collective started, she’s co-signed some of the most talented acts in the grander Internet music landscape before practically anyone else did before. Much like being a “Paul …

Behind The Track: Featuring Menace

This year at Lyrical Lemonade, I’m starting a feature section titled Behind The Track, specifically to shine a light on producers. A producer oversees all aspects of the creation of a song or album. The choice of song, choice of musicians, instruments, and vocalist(s) and how it all comes together. Your favorite artist makes dope music but without an amazing producer, your favorite song might not be so great after all. In this industry, the artist always receives credit for producing records that the world wants to listen to. However, as you start to learn more about the music business, you begin to understand how important having a dope producer is. Behind the track was created to give acknowledgment to producers that are behind our favorite songs. Whether the song might be big or small, producers deserve just as much credit as an artist. The first producer I had the opportunity to learn more about is Adnan Khan aka Menace from Manchester, England. Menace is the face behind the 2016 mega multi-platinum smash hit ‘Panda’ by Designer. This record sold over 20 million copies and collected over 7 billion + streams and counting. The beat was so popular that artists …

Cocky Humble – [Marlon Craft] x [Numonics] x [Sly5thAve] x [Jean Bleu]

Hell’s Kitchen hero Marlon Craft returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a personality driven single titled “Cocky Humble.” Accompanied by a Jacob Carlson directed visual, the song contains all-star production from Numonics, Sly5thAve and Jean Bleu. Serving as the second single off his upcoming album While We’re Here, Craft once more delivers in the highest quality while somehow continuing to elevate in quantity. With a catchy hook, Marlon showcases his ability to ‘craft’ a smooth cut without sacrificing any lyrical prowess. Very much aware of his talents, Craft’s character is juxtaposed between humility and assertion. Rather than opting to boast on social media, his ability and self-assurance is constantly reflected through his music. Such is the dichotomous nature of “Cocky Humble;” no matter his standing, Marlon Craft (and Klay Thompson) will always be a force to be reckoned with. Watch the official music video below!

Gelato & OJ – [Trees] & [Scoob&Sydney]

I have been such a huge proponent of the Michigan rap scene for a couple of years now because all of these artists bring such a new and unique approach to rap music. Even though they’re often not as animated or energized as other emcees from different regions may be, I think the way they’re able to stand out and steal the show in such a nonchalant fashion speaks volumes about their music-making abilities. Considering my admiration for Detroit runs so deep, I love finding out about new artists, and Scoob&Sydney is the most recent local phenom that came across my radar. After working together on their popular tape 44808, Scoob and hitmaker Trees have definitely proven that they’re a dynamic duo, so when they team up in the studio, you know that hits are about to be made. I mean, even though Trees only started producing about a year ago, he has a very business-forward approach, only releasing music with his name attached to it which has gone very far for his young but blossoming career. As for Scoob, he has been gaining traction in his own lane as well, receiving recognition from some major outlets like Lyrical Lemonade …