Brooklyn rapper AKAI SOLO dropped a plethora of new music last year, and the East Coast MC culminated his busy year with a project from his collective MAD MOON titled ‘MAD SPACE’. With beats by producer Iblss and co-production by $hay Buttah, the 16-track endeavor cements the rising wordsmith’s signature sound and enshrines in with the jazz-influenced experimental hip-hop scene that’s been steadily incubating in the Empire City. The somewhat ominous presence of AKAI SOLO’s voice serves as a constant standout characteristic of this project, and his clear intonation behind hyper, raw flows adds weight to every single bar on the record. Mostly offering listeners an autobiographical account of his environment and approach towards music, ‘MAD SPACE’ announces SOLO’s arrival as this madman whose mind moves at a million miles per hour and manifests in the form of rap verses that seem like they could go on forever. This style hits especially hard when paired with the heavy sample chops and lo-fi distortion that reverberates on every track. One effective example of this deadly combination comes through on the song “Chopped Cheese” which features menacing horns that sound like the score to a suspenseful heist movie—a fitting beat for a …

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 …

Uncle Iroh – [Tobi Lou]

Tobi Lou is truly a gift from the musical gods, he supplies his fans with extremely hot songs one after another, and today he is back with his latest offering titled “Uncle Iroh”. I first heard this song when Tobi released a teaser video to it yesterday and it had me geeked to hear the final product, and it’s everything I imagined and better! Tobi is a unique and creative individual whose music doesn’t sound like anything else you have ever heard before, he experiments with sounds & flows to perfect his craft, and a solid example of that is displayed on this new track. This song is unbelievably addicting, he kicked many memorable bars + even paid homage to Drake on a bar that’s sure to grab your attention, but aside from that this release as a whole is a 10/10 in my book. Stream this awesome new release via YouTube below & if you like it then go ahead + subscribe to Tobi’s channel.

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Theme Music – [tobi lou]

It seems tobi lou is feeling some type of way about completely selling out his nationwide headlining tour. After wrapping up his ‘Happy and Extra Sad’ tour with a homecoming show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, he’s taken a moment to flex on fans with the release of his new music video for “Theme Music”. tobi release ‘Live On Ice’ this summer, his biggest and most well-received project to date. In the video for “Theme Music”, tobi takes a victory lap of sorts, whipping around on an ATV and taking the ‘Live On Ice’ theme to a whole new level. He comes across just as enigmatic and charismatic in this video as he does in his music, cheerfully dancing around on the ice while rocking his now-signature Britney Spears satchel. While tobi just wrapped up his USA tour, he’s gearing up for an extra set of dates in Europe starting next week. Check out his upcoming European tour via his website, and watch the music video for “Theme Music” below:

Watch Femdot on the NoOneCares Podcast

I apologize because I am admittedly a few weeks late to this article, but while he was in Denver on tour with Tobi Lou, Chicago native femdot chopped it up with the NoOneCares podcast for an interview & the final product was amazing! The amazing host Devin asked femdot about a ton of topics such as how tour life has been going for him, his new project 94 Camry Music, being a storyteller, the Myspace days, his ‘brick by brick’ mentality, the idea of college, graduating from DePaul + what he wants to do with his degree, the importance of individuals like Power 92’s DJ HotRod, his hip-hop influences, what it was like working with Rockie Fresh, wanting to be a professor in the future, Tobi Lou, the talent coming out of Chicago, speaking things into existence, giving out scholarships at his alma mater and so much more. This is one of the best interviews femdot has ever done, so any true fan of him would be crazy to not check this one out, press play below!

Round Here – [Rockie Fresh]

Chicago emcee Rockie Fresh has been having a solid year so far in 2019, and today he is returning with his latest offering titled “Round Here”. The first thing that caught my attention on this track was the firey production that was provided by Mathius Young before Rockie jumped on the beat and simply does what he always does, blessing us with an ear-pleasing song that’s sure to get stuck in your rest for at least the rest of the day. Rockie Fresh has been making some major moves this year, I’ve enjoyed seeing him collab with fellow Chicagoans Tobi Lou and Femdot, but I am even more excited to be receiving some solo material from the HF graduate. Stream this brand new release via Soundcloud below!

Dilla Back – [Femdot]

Femdot is one of the hottest new rising rappers out of Chicago’s thriving music community, and this afternoon he is back with a brand new offering titled “Dilla Back”. This new joint has a silky smooth feel to it with a taste of an old school R&B as well, match that with femdot’s impeccable rhyming abilities & the gorgeous backing vocals & we have a hit on our hands. The replay value that this track has is unbelievable, I have ran through it again and again for at least twenty minutes straight, and I have a good feeling that you will find a liking to it too. Stream this brand new record below and if you are located in cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, Kansas City + more be sure to visit Tobi Lou’s website to get tickets to catch femdot opening for him on tour this fall! Photo by Grif

Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Premiere: Spiral – [Facer]

With collaborations ranging from the likes of Lil Yachty and Young Thug all the way to commercials for Kylie Jenner and Target, it goes without saying that Glassface is quite a prominent name in the visual art world. In fact, I’m sure that a lot of our readers have come across Glassface’s work with none other than LL favorite tobi lou! One fact that may be lesser known about the top-tier visual artist, however, is that Glassface is also a producer, singer, and songwriter under the name Facer. Today, we have the pleasure to premiere the latest release from the multi-faceted creative, “Spiral.” First things first, I must say that despite Glassface’s prowess as a visual artist, he’s a hell of a musician, as well. Facer isn’t some half-serious side project; rather, it’s a remarkably impressive outlet of creativity that defies the boundaries of genre, pushing the sonic needle forward in the process. With “Spiral,” Facer puts this on full display, blending mesmeric production with ethereal vocal runs to maintain a uniquely alluring sound. Only adding to the otherworldy magic here, the complementary visuals bring “Spiral” to the next level. Of course, being that the artist otherwise known as Glassface is …