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Just the Same – [Big Gigantic] [Vic Mensa] & [Mick Jenkins]

If I’m being completely honest, dance music hasn’t always been a genre that I find myself leaning towards listening to in my own free time, but as the years have gone on there are definitely some artists that I thoroughly enjoy and will tap in with every now and then. One duo that seems to be one of the most legendary dance tag teams in the entire history of the genre is Big Gigantic, a Colorado-based pair of incredibly talented musicians who have blended a variety of styles together to form an upbeat, energetic sound that is more individualistic to them than any other sounds I can think of. Although I may not necessarily listen to them religiously by any means, I saw a press release that was sent to my email regarding a new single entitled “Just the Same”, and while I was intrigued, I’d be lying if I said I would’ve opened it had I not seen the fact that both Vic Mensa and Mick Jenkins were included on this record. I’m glad I tuned in, though, because the instrumental is very reminiscent of the early, soulful sounds that Mick and Vic used to make when they first …

Multi-Talented Steelo Brim Reveals New Project Titled Eldorado Excursions

Steelo Brim is best known as the co-host of the MTV series Ridiculousness for over 10 years. The comedian, producer, writer, and actor has always juggled many roles throughout his career. However, the Chicago native decided to embark on his new journey as a musician. Brim began to cruise through the music industry as an A&R & publisher, working with legends such as Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, MikeWillMadeIt & more. On March 17, 2022, Brim’s dreams became reality. He released his debut 13-track project Eldorado Excursions with features from Dej Loaf, Vic Mensa, Fabulous, Buddy, and more. This project is me taking the vibe back to the backseat as I rode on a weekend to Franklin,” says Steelo.  Eldorado Excursions is the beginning of something spectacular for Steelo Brim. One of my favorite songs on this project was My Love ft. Buddy & Arin Ray. Produced by Rob Holladay, this track is an instant summer hit. Between the visuals and impressive punchline from every artist on this song, it’s no wonder why the video racked up 374,899 views in a short amount of time. Last week we had the opportunity to learn more about the multi-talented artist. Check out …

Nowhere To Run EP – [Amira Jazeera] & [Papi Beatz]

Chicago artist Amira Jazeera has made an appearance on the Lyrical Lemonade platform a handful of times now and has even been featured on our Lemonade Stand series in February of 2021. Since her interview, she has put in tons of hours perfecting her craft, working on her sound, and overall finding herself as an artist.  Dropping music is all about timing, and when the time is right, you just feel it. That being said, starting 2022 off on a great note, Amira is back and ready to show the world just how much work she’s been putting into her craft and the results of it. Today, she is back with a brand new Single EP, titled Nowhere To Run, alongside Papi Beatz. Showcasing multiple genres and musical styles in her music, Amira Jazeera takes her artistry to another level on her latest offering. In an Instagram post, Amira stated that “’Nowhere To Run’ is the process of breaking up with the one that you truly love. A feeling a lot of us have gone through”. While the subject matter of the song may be on the more sad side, the instrumentation is where this record gains a lot of its shine, …

Vino Valentino – [Vic Mensa]

Vic Mensa is a talent who used to mean so much to Chicago, and I only say used to because over the years, he has transcended local legend status and risen through the ranks to mean so much to the entire country, not just Chicago alone anymore. There was a time maybe a decade or so ago when the SAVEMONEY crew seemed like they had taken over the world and did so together as a cohesive unit, and even though these talented members have somewhat gone in separate directions to pursue individual successes, they still have the same fire within them that was so inspiring to see however many years ago. Vic was one of the emcees at the forefront of this movement, and although he has gone on to pursue various other ventures, I think that he had the world in the palm of his hands thanks to his prevalent nature when it comes to social justice, and it’s because of him that so many more people have a passion for correcting the dysfunction that can be seen on a daily basis in this country. While this narrative took the forefront of so many of his recent efforts, especially …

Unified – [KAMI] ft. [Joey Purp] & [Vic Mensa]

If you’re a fan of Chicago music, there are a few artists and collectives that should be considered household names at this point, even if they’re not exactly at the top of the charts. About a decade or so ago, SAVEMONEY took the city by storm, and with so many unbelievable talents in this group, it was only a matter of time before they broke out and became nationally recognized. Artists like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa were obviously two talents who blew up more than anyone probably expected, but they didn’t leave their crewmates out to dry, bringing them along for tours, having them join in on albums, and making sure that everyone was receiving the attention that they rightfully deserved. Although it hasn’t been a thing for quite a few years, Leather Corduroys was undeniably my favorite local duo made up of KAMI and Joey Purp, and their project Season that came out back in 2014 is a tape that literally changed my perception of music as it was in that moment in time. One can only hope that there is a reconvening of the incredible tag team, but even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still friends …

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 …

“What You Taught Us” – [Vic Mensa]

It goes without saying that when the culture loses a legend, the world seems to be at a standstill for quite some time. It shouldn’t be new news to find out that the fashion visionary and legend Virgil Abloh passed away unexpectedly just the other day, and I’m personally still in shock and at a loss for words. The crossover between music and fashion has always been abundantly obvious, so when I hear artists not only wear but talk about a brand or garment, it makes me feel closer to that brand, even if I can’t afford a piece which is the case more often than not. Virgil touched so many lives with not only his designs and collaborations, but his genuine personality and creativity, and I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn’t devastated by this unfortunate loss. The rest of the music world agrees if you’ve been on social media recently, and artists are processing their grief in different ways, but Vic Mensa had a special relationship with him considering they’re both Chicago icons, so he decided to put out a song entitled “”What You Taught Us”” in order to honor the late superstar. …

Vic Mensa: The Lemonade Stand Interview

About a week ago I had Chicago’s own Vic Mensa come by the LL office for a brand new interview and today I am happy to give you a new episode of The Lemonade Stand. I asked Vic about plenty of topics such as his old band Kids These Days, how SAVEMONEY formed, his new single with BJ The Chicago Kid, his experience at Whitney Young, his love for graffiti, working with Kanye West + Wyclef Jean, the 8th year anniversary of Innanetape, signing to Jay-Z, growing up in Hyde Park, what he’s currently working on and much more. Take some time out of your day to watch this brand new interview below!

The Taste – [Vic Mensa] ft. [BJ The Chicago Kid] & [Papi Beatz]

If you know anything about me, you know that Chicago is my home and I love everything about this city from the nightlife to the sports teams to the people who live here. While it might be underappreciated by the rest of the world, I will always call this place home no matter where life takes me, and that’s something I’m so proud of. Of course, you can’t mention the city without mentioning the incredible music scene here, and while some artists get more love than others, I always love seeing multiple talents come together and create with one another. While this is nothing new for artists in Chicago, the most recent collaboration comes from Vic Mensa and BJ the Chicago Kid on their song “The Taste”, and man is this a perfect ode to the Windy City. Complete with an instrumental brought to life by Papi Beatz, we hear soulful guitar strums before thumping drums and upbeat percussion come into the picture, bringing the tempo to a quicker pace that is perfect for these two artists. It begins to take full effect before the percussive elements come into play while Vic passionately sings about some of his favorite landmarks …

Victory – [Vic Mensa]

For those of you who are somehow not familiar with everything that Vic Mensa does, you should honestly look into all of the different lanes he has a hand in. Whether he is making music, acting, spreading awareness of social injustices, or a mixture of it all, he is spreading himself thin enough in order to make an impact in every single industry he’s a part of. While his career now might look drastically different from what we might’ve imagined it would be about a decade ago, he has made such a splash in so many different facets of life that I can’t help but applaud him. After releasing his latest project The I Tape not too long ago, Vic decided to continue his hot streak with the release of his latest video “Victory”, and the concept behind it was definitely very intriguing. Directed by The Times, there is a message that starts out the video by saying how 5 exclusive I Tapes were hidden all throughout Chicago and whoever found these tapes and won the scavenger hunt was going to be picked up by Vic himself. Not only is this concept intriguing and other rappers should take notes, but …