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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 …

Premiere: chamber johan + Phases (video)-[Johan Lenox]

When you use the phrase generational talent, I believe the name Johan Lenox needs to be in any conversation that you might be having. The well established and well known artist is truly one of the most talented individuals in the music industry right now, and it’s about time that we took time to celebrate all of the genius that he possesses. I’ve witness this man take a song from 0-100 just by adding simple string elements to it and it’s the most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed ever. I’m so hype to be bringing this legend onto our page today and if you’re reading this, you should be too! For a majority of his life, Johan has been fixated on classical music. That is until he heard “My Dark Twisted Fantasy” for the first time at a house party while on Acid. It was at this moment when Johan’s interests and taste began to change although he’s managed to stick close to his classical roots. From then, the musician began dabbling with the possibility of crossing classical music with other genres. The Massachusetts native then was off to the races as he began the composer of Yeethoven in …

Racer – [Rockie Fresh] ft. [Vic Mensa]

While Rockie Fresh might not necessarily be a name that pops up as consistently as it once did, that doesn’t mean he isn’t still just as talented as he once was back in the day. I just remember when one of my homies put me onto him when Electric Highway first came out, and I’d bump that in my headphones almost every single day in my high school study hall. Although it has been years since that happened, actually closer to a decade than I’d like to admit, Rockie was one of my early favorites in the rap game and I have to credit him for changing my perspective of music in general. Even though I can’t go back in time and relive those moments that shaped me into the person I am today, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Rockie, and I will always continue to root him on and try to support him in any way possible. I might not listen to him as much as I used to, but every now and then when I see a new song or project of his come across my screen, I have to tune in and …

Shelter – [Vic Mensa] x [Chance The Rapper] x [Wyclef Jean]

Anyone who grew up a fan of or was involved in the Chicago music community over this past decade knows that Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper are an amazing duo when they make music together, some of my favorite songs of my life have been ones that they graced together. Unfortunately, it’s been a minute since they last released music together, but tonight that came to an end as they just released the brand new music video for “Shelter” featuring Wyclef Jean. Vic always has well thought out music videos to compliment his songs, and this one was certainly no exception. These three complimented each other so well sonically, but that’s to be expected when you have three legends grace a track together. This was a very special release overall, this is the type of record that anyone can enjoy, check it out for yourself below.

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Machiavelli – [Vic Mensa]

It’s been a minute since we’ve received some new music from Chicago native Vic Mensa, but all that came to an end as he just dropped an awesome new music video + song titled “Machiavelli”. Anybody who has been falling Vic’s career up until this point will likely be thrilled when they hear this song, at least I know I was because it’s easily one of my favorite Vic songs that I have ever heard. Vic reminded everybody just how great + pure of an emcee that he is, as he went for nearly three minutes straight, dishing out nothing but fire on this one. There appears to be a ton of symbolism within this music video, as you can see a casket being carried in one of the opening scenes + the ‘RIP Vic’ tee-short that Vic is wearing at the start and the candlelit memorial. Maybe he’s symbolizing the death of the old him or his old sound? Who knows, but I am sure we will find out in due time. You can watch this brand new visual below!

Wild Youngster- [Nez] ft. [Schoolboy Q]

Nez is an artist I had previously heard of but never really paid too much attention to considering he’s typically a producer for various genres that don’t often appeal to me personally. Not to say his music is bad in any sense whatsoever, but I just wasn’t familiar with him. Once I saw that he was making the transition from strictly producing to actually singing and that he recruited Schoolboy Q, one of my favorite mainstays in the rap world, I had to quit being ignorant and check him out. Let me tell you, I’ve been sleeping for way too long and I’m glad I finally woke up. “Wild Youngster” is a club anthem in every sense of the word. It has certain built up and slowed down moments meant to get people up and moving around, and I couldn’t help but bob my head while listening. It clearly has house-inspired production with enormous bass and pulsing percussion. Nez’s voice is echoing and drowned out in the best way possible, complimenting the futuristic sounds of the beat seamlessly. Schoolboy’s verses bring this song back down closer to Earth for typical rap fans like me, and his gritty voice grooves perfectly …

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 …