Lingo Starr – [Tobi Lou]

I have raved about Tobi Lou’s talent plenty of times on our website, but Tobi Lou hit a huge accomplishment this week that only makes me root harder for him, he earned his first gold record for his record “Buff Baby”! Not too long after this was announced, Tobi Lou decided to reward his cult-like fanbase with some brand new music in the form of a three-track EP titled “Lingo Starr”. I’d be lying if I said that I was expecting a new surprise EP from Tobi Lou, but shit, I AM HERE FOR IT. After listening to this EP about ten times back to back, it’s clear that it’s yet another solid body of work from the young legend. Check out this brand new tape below and if you enjoy it then make sure you give Tobi Lou a follow on Twitter here!

Neither Here Nor There – [Tobi Lou]

Tobi Lou is one of my favorite artists that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to over the past decade, he makes some of the most ear-pleasing music + his infectious energy can just make you happy through your speakers, and today the young legend is back with a new track titled “Neither Here Nor There”. I can’t begin to explain my excitement when I saw that he dropped his new record, I rushed to his Spotify and the very moment I pressed play, I just felt pure joy as I listened to this beautiful piece of art. Tobi Lou is a fucking national treasure in my book, he is going to be one of the biggest artists from Chicago when it’s all said and done, mark my words on that. Stream this amazing new joint below, and if you like what you hear, then share it with a friend!

Interview: Inside Kota the Friend’s ‘Everything’

Kota the Friend details the process behind his new album ‘Everything’, the impact of fatherhood on his life, and offers advice to artists trying to make it work on their own in our latest interview.

A Conversation With Chicago Native Wastedju

WastedJu is an artist from Chicago that I first got familiar with probably about five or six years ago when I discovered his music on Soundcloud, I was instantly a fan of his music, his unique voice and the way that he approached his music. Over the years we have developed a friendship and I have covered his content here on our website every chance that I could, and it’s been awesome to watch his growth as an artist. He has evolved to a point where I feel like he has major potential to be a future pop star. While I was at an event during the super hectic NBA All-Star Weekend that took place a couple of months ago here in Chicago, I ran into WastedJu after not seeing him for a minute because he moved to LA, and we got a chance to catch up and I told him to slide by the LL office soon. Sure enough, a week later I had him come by the office to shoot a new interview that we are finally releasing today, which is only fitting because he just dropped a new song titled “One Night”. Take a few minutes out …

Skin Care Tutorial 2020 – [Tobi Lou]

I apologize because I am about a week late to this, but not too long ago Chicago native Tobi Lou released a new music video for “Skin Care Tutorial 2020” and it’s doing some serious numbers! In just about a weeks time, this visual has already accumulated nearly 300,000 views which is no ordinary feat for most artists, but with Tobi + his cult-like fanbase, it’s just another solid week. Tobi Lou is one of the most unique artists in the music community right now regardless of the genre, his music can range anywhere from fun-loving + happy tracks, to hard-knocking bangers all the way over to sadder + more introspective cuts. This man can truly do it all, he has displayed this to us time and time again & he continues to have success, think about it though, what other rappers in the world do you think could make an ear-pleasing jam about their skincare routine, because I can’t think of any. Although we are in a weird time right now with all that’s been going on in the world, it’s dope that we can still have music like this that can take us away from all the other …

This Is Your Demise – [Liltrxptendo] x [Femdot] x [Zaephoria]

Liltrxptendo is a multitalented teenager who I had the privilege of being on a tour with (along with Tobi Lou + femdot) in the fall of last year where I spent a ton of time with him, I was familiar with him beforehand but this experience made me appreciate him as an artist so much, and today Liltrxptendo is back on our website with his brand new release titled “This Is Your Demise” featuring Femdot + Zaephoria. Chicago gem Femdot started off this joint with a jaw-dropping verse that set the tempo, and the young legend Liltrxptendo stepped up to the plate + matched that with easily his hardest verse I have heard from him to date, before Zaephoria ended the track with some slowed up, damn near chopped & screwed sounding vocals. This was an all-around solid offering, everything from the production to all three contributions were on point, I am sure you can see these guys working together more in the future. Stream this awesome new track via Spotify below! Produced by Jack Marlow

Hot Tub Dream Machine – [Tobi Lou]

In my lifetime I have witnessed plenty of memorable duos; Stephen Curry + Klay Thompson, Brian Urlacher + Lance Briggs, Guru + DJ Premier, peanut butter and jelly, lemons + water but one of my modern-day favorite duos is Tobi Lou and Glassface. When Tobi Lou dropped this song a couple of weeks ago I was completely obsessed with the track, I found myself listening to it over and over again for hours at a time, but the only thing that can make a Tobi Lou song better is a well pieced together visual from the homie Glassface. Tobi Lou is not only one of the best artists out of Chicago, but he is also one of the best new artists in the world in my opinion, and I see a very bright future for him. I highly suggest you watch this new music video below, especially if you aren’t familiar with Tobi Lou just yet because there’s a good chance that he becomes your new favorite artist.

A Conversation With Kye Colors: Kansas City’s Potential Superstar

Kye Colors is a creative out of Kansas City, Missouri who I have been familiar with for almost three years now, I am a big fan of his material so when he was recently in Chicago for a performance, I invited him to the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters for a brand new visual/written interview for our website! Kye Colors is just barely out of his teenage years but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how good that his music is, he sounds like a seasoned veteran in the game but he’s truly just getting started. Kye Colors has the perfect mix of rapping skills & singing abilities within his style, not to mention that he produces all of his own instrumentals, this kid is a talent that you need to keep an eye on. Take some of your time to read/watch our new interview with Kye Colors, and if you enjoy his sound & style then follow him on socials below! Follow Kye Colors on Twitter and Instagram! *interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* — EM: What made you want to start rapping? Kye: — EM: What’s your usual process like when you are making songs? Kye: I …

Hot Tub Time Machine – [Tobi Lou]

In case you have been living under a rock, Tobi Lou is not only one of the best rappers out of Chicago, but in my opinion, he is one of the best artists in the world. Tobi Lou can make some of the most ear-pleasing music seemingly effortlessly, I swear that every time I hear a new Tobi record I think to myself “How can he possibly top this one”, and sure enough the next release is somehow even better! There’s just something about the energy that Tobi puts into his tracks that is contagious, it’s like you can’t help but not like it, and this track is the perfect example of that. Tobi Lou had one of the best Chicago projects of the year in 2019, and I got a good feeling he will do similar damage in 2020, assuming he releases another full length that is.


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 …