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It is What it is – [Thundercat]

The day that I have personally been waiting for, for what seems like ages, has finally come. Of course, the event I’m talking about is the highly anticipated release of Thundercat’s fourth studio album entitled It is What it is. I’ve been paying extremely close attention to all the moves he’s been making leading up to this release and I’ve even written up most of the singles he dropped prior to the entire project, so I was waiting with bated breath for some time now. Considering I’ve always been a massive fan of his hyper-charged bass skills mixed with his ability to incorporate all different genres of music into one fully encompassed genre of his own, I was expecting nothing short of amazing from this album. I believe he totally delivered on this record for multiple reasons. He had fun with certain themes on fun-loving songs while diving deeper into more personal issues he has dealt with on others, always demonstrating his immense talent on the bass guitar. His emotions are in full effect, sometimes being portrayed in a lighthearted manner as if he’s laughing at how crazy he can get about someone he loves, while other times truly putting …

Fair Chance – [Thundercat] ft. [Ty Dolla $ign] & [Lil B]

Thundercat has been producing a heck of a rollout for his upcoming album It is What it is. After a single like “Black Qualls” that was a bit more serious but truly masterful, I never expected “Dragonball Durag”, an absolutely hilarious take on a love song with an even more entertaining visual. I guess these two singles should have had me expecting the unexpected, but his most recent release was even more unexpected than the others. Thundercat was very close with the late legend Mac Miller and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to most people. “Fair Chance”, the most recent single off of his album, is described to be a song dedicated to the loss of his dear friend. This is touching, to say the least, and he even recruited Ty Dolla $ign and the elusive Lil B to join him in paying homage to the deeply missed artist. As far as production goes, melancholy bass and complex, somewhat chaotically organized instruments come together with a sound as if raindrops are falling in the distance. Thundercat takes a very deep, introspective look inside as he talks about how he has trouble getting over the loss as well as the …

On The Way – [OG Louie The XIII] x [Azjah] x [Scotty]

LA producer and entrepreneur OG Louie The XIII’s latest work comes in collaboration with artists Scotty, who belongs to OG Music Group, and Compton artist Azjah. The EMPIRE label members banded together for their latest piece, “On The Way.” This immediate banger, sure to see large numbers, comes with the pair Azjah and Scotty complementing each other beautifully in an uptempo, melodic fashion as the premiere music video portrays high energy matched with LA vibes. Azjah and Scotty are depicted cruising through the LA streets, linking up with women, and posting up in a vibrant lounge, with all scenes perfectly accompanying the song’s theme. The video was shot by OG Films, also a part of the OG Music Group. The track-only lasts 2:41, but had me smiling and feeling the energy throughout its entirety. OG Louie The XIII has collaborated with artists such as Snoop Dogg and Sada Baby, as his familiarity and fame continue to rise. Don’t fall oblivious to this sure hit, as OG Louie The XIII continues to impress among the LA hip-hop community. Upcoming work from him includes collaborations with Jim Jones and Ty Dolla $ign (dates unannounced). Watch OG Louie The XIII – On The Way (feat. Azjah & …

Black Qualls- [Thundercat] ft. [Steve Lacy] & [Steve Arrington]

Thundercat is a one-off talent and pretty much the only artist in today’s music industry single-handedly keeping the funk genre alive and well. He does this of course with his own spin on the genre, but also bridges multiple generations and other genres together to create straight-up masterpieces. With the announcement of It is What it is, the follow up to his 2017 album Drunk, releasing on April 3rd, he decided to bless fans with a new single off of the upcoming project. “Black Qualls” sounds like it time-traveled straight out of the 70’s or 80’s with its overtly funk and even psychedelic vibe. The dense bass strums bring a specific groove to the single as other synths and harmonies bring the track to a whole new dimension. It starts out relatively quickly before slowing down, seemingly bridging the different paces together as the song picks up once again. Both Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington have opposing pitches, one being more tenor and the other more of a bass, but they accent each other through their differences immaculately. It’s also incredible to see new school and classic funk come together in one place, and even though the various styles are …

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 …

Roll Some Mo – [Lucky Daye] ft. [Wale] & [Ty Dolla $ign]

New Orleans native Lucky Daye burst onto the R&B scene this year with the release of his debut album Painted. Making a name for himself with some silky smooth crooning, the album garnered Lucky Daye four different Grammy nominations. Another one for the resume, Lucky Daye caps off an already special year with a remix of “Roll Some More” featuring two R&B mainstays. The effort, already nominated for best R&B song and best R&B performance gets an extra dose of R&B with the additions of Wale and Ty Dolla $Sign.  For the re-up, Daye’s more traditional output– driven by his buttery vocals– is sandwiched between the spoken word approach of Wale and Ty’s signature fluttering voice. This one is a refreshing spin on one of the best R&B songs of the year and a great reminder to add Painted into your year-end listening.

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial – [Roddy Ricch]

“This ain’t me trying to rap, it’s just me talking to you.” -Roddy Ricch via Apple Music Roddy Ricch has gotten a lot of great looks early on in his career. After the success of his smash hit “Die Young”–which he wrote after the passing of the late XXXTentacion, being selected for the 2019 XXL Freshman List, and now being nominated for THREE Grammys– one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Ballin’” on the Mustardalbum Perfect Ten, and two more for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his feature on the legend Nipsey Hussle’searly 2019 hit “Racks In The Middle”. Roddy has been going nowhere but up very fast–that being said, he’s headed into the year 2020 all gas and no breaks with the release of his debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. Being from Compton, CA, Roddy has had tons of hardships in his life–as many can infer with him being from one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Dealing with PTSD from being in the streets, being exposed to so many negative things at such young age, and not knowing which day is your last–Roddy effortlessly provides the world with a small amount of introspection into his …

Premiere: Physical – [Ash Leone]

So far, the start of this weekend has been a very exciting one for music. With so many new releases by some of our favorite names, it’s almost hard to keep up with all of the dope vibes that’ll be blessing our playlists. Just last night, Dave East dropped an unbelievable album with some really dope features from the likes of Nas, Rick Ross, Teyana Taylor, Ty Dolla $ign, Fabolous and Jacquees. After mulling over this project a couple of times, one more notable feature caught my attention that needs to be talked about. On the track “Daddy Knows”, Dave East enlisted help from up and coming singer/songwriter, Ash Leone.  If you don’t know the name yet, it’s about time you start getting familiar. Ash is a 23-year-old artist from the suburbs of Philadelphia, who ultimately ended up in LA, where she resides now, by way of Nashville. For the past couple of years, she has been writing and collaborating with some industry chart-toppers, but now has her sights set on becoming one herself. In addition to her appearance on the Dave East album, Ashley recently dropped her first single this week that is worth every bit of the hype …

Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’: A Visual and Audio Experience

“Stand up for my own. Even if I take this walk alone. I bow down to the king upon the throne. My life is His, I’m no longer my own” -Kanye West on “Closed on Sunday”, 2019 The ideology of change is something that most people do not cope well with, or accept so openly. People are afraid of those around them changing into someone they never thought they’d see. Some people are afraid of those around them changing to become better than they are doing. Also, people are afraid of change within themselves—in fear of being placed in unfamiliar territories within their life. One area in the culture that change can be extremely neglected and frowned upon can be the music industry. Kanye West happens an individual who has gone through many changes all throughout his life, musical career, and his overall legacy on this earth.  Retroactively speaking, Kanye started out as the kid in Roc-a-Fella who was just known as the beatmaker of the clique. What came afterwards happened to be one of the most impactful artists of this generation. Had he not wanted that change for himself, he would have painted himself in a box early on …

Purple Emoji – [Ty Dolla $ign] ft. [J. Cole]

If I’m being honest, my first introduction to Ty Dolla $ign was through the slew of legendary features that he’s blessed us with over the years. Not until recently have I really delved far into his solo output, but now, after doing so, I must say that Ty and his silky-smooth vocals is a gift to the music and something that we certainly shouldn’t take for granted. Today, the star himself forwards this idea with a magical new offering, “Purple Emoji,” alongside none other than J. Cole. Backed by an atmospheric, passionate instrumental, this song takes on the connectivity and widespread applicability of lasting love using the purple devil emoji — a sure sign and something I’m sure we all recognize as, in some way, a part of every relationship. Ty’s velvety vocals wash over the lush sound at hand, and just as I expected him to do, J. Cole lets loose a strong verse that adds the cherry on top to an already great song, both sonically and even visually, if we’re mentioning the standout music video here. Needless to say, “Purple Emoji” is an indicator of great music to come as we await Ty Dolla $ign’s forthcoming third …