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On N’ On – [Vince Ash]

Just a couple of weeks ago, the homie put me onto an artist by the name of Vince Ash, and after doing a little digging, I realized that he was from Hammond, Indiana which isn’t far from Chicago at all. This surprised me because he was so close, yet I do feel like there are so many talents hailing from Indiana that are overshadowed by their big-city neighbor, but that doesn’t mean that Vince and any other artist should go unnoticed because he’s making some incredible music right across the border. Back in June of last year, Vince released his EP Vito which boasted 8 tracks that lasted just under 15 minutes long, and while this might be a relatively short project, it definitely seems to give you some much-welcomed insight into who he is as a person and all of the skills that he brings to the table. Although I want to give it some more run-throughs before I give an official thought on it, I can tell you without a doubt that it’s worth checking out, and even if you’re late to the party as I am, you don’t want to sleep any longer. When it comes to …

GFU – [Yak Gotti] [Yung Kayo] & [Sheck Wes]

Although it might be one of the more underrated labels in all of Rap music, Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records has a roster that could go toe to toe with any other label in existence. While artists like Gunna, Lil Keed, and Yak Gotti are obvious headliners, various other superstars have shown love to the label even if they’re not quite signed to it themselves. Most recently, Yak Gotti and YSL member Yung Kayo teamed up with New York’s very own energizer Sheck Wes in order to deliver an outrageous song called “GFU”, a brand-new single off of the upcoming album Slime Language 2. Taurus paved the way for this song through an absolutely remarkable yet uncharacteristic instrumental utilizing high-pitched, troublesome synths, a pitched down vocal sample, some clean percussion, and somewhat subdued drums that truly allow each and every artist to go absolutely insane as they’ve been known to do in the past. When Yak comes in, his words are just wild enough and his cadences are filled with enthusiasm just to the point where he can still keep his composure without reaching a tipping point and truly going insane. In the hook, they just pretty much chant …

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 …

Sauce ft. Vince Staples – [Reason]

Ahead of his forthcoming album ‘New Beginnings’ which is set to drop on October 9th TDE’s Reason releases another fast-paced single with “Sauce.” People continue to complain and antagonize Punch about releases from the TDE camp, but here we are we’ve gotten releases from SZA, Isiah Rashard, and now we have a Reason album on the way. This Bizness Boi and Nil$ produced single serves as an anthem for anyone who is grinding it out and waiting for their moment to shine. One thing that I respect about this record is that Reason and Vince don’t shy aware from their plight to where they once were to now. Director Omar Jones really details the daily life of Reason between Los Angeles to Carson. The way that theses videos are shot is so appealing to the eye as it reminds me of a fisheye lens and gives me Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas vibes. There’s a good balance between reality and hope which has been somewhat of a staple throughout Reason’s life and his music career. Watch Reason’s new video “Sauce” featuring Vince Staples for yourself after the break.

Runaway – [AI Bendr]

After first being introduced to the wonderful sonic world that AI Bendr has been creating not too long ago, I had no idea how interesting she is as a person even further than her music alone. The 17-year-old Ann Arbor artist is one of six siblings and attends the University of Michigan School of Music as a freshman. Beyond this, she was actually born in Australia and possesses triple citizenship in the US, Australia, and even Nigeria. I was also introduced to the fact that the AI in her name is actually pronounced “I”, so that should definitely help clear up any confusion moving forward, and you’re going to want to take note of this because you’re going to be seeing her name everywhere in the near future. Most recently, she decided to gift fans with a wonderful new song entitled “Runaway”, and her skills are once again at an all-time high. When first bringing this song to life, she mentioned how she was sitting on a beach with her ukulele after having a stressful day and imagined what it would be like to just run away and escape to an island, abandoning her anxieties with her sudden exit. In …

Risk Taker – [RarieDaSavage]

Of all of the innumerable talented young rappers in Atlanta I have to say that RarieDaSavage has emerged as truthfully my favorite of the bunch over the past several months, boasting a deep back catalog across platforms if you look hard enough, and having recently droped a mixtape titled Baby Goat and a self-titled EP which I reviewed for Lyrical Lemonade when it dropped a couple of months ago. Rarie is still just a teenager but has a wealth of life experience and tribulation under his belt which he masterfully turns into songs with gripping lyrics that often make you stare back into your own soul in a particularly unexpected way given that Rarie’s sound doesn’t necessarily scream emotional potency, but this camouflage of sorts makes Rarie all the more interesting to me. His obvious confidence and swagger and the rhythm in which he rides beats and seamlessly switches flows would easily convince many that Rarie is sitting on the next huge street/club smash hit in the city, which is likely true, but don’t for a second overlook how beautifully this man tells his stories for an artist as young as he is, without ever falling off pace or having to force lyrics. …

Tighten Up – [Lil Keed]

Trapped on Cleveland 3, Lil Keed’s most recent album, completely lived up to the hype in my personal opinion. In all honesty, the first run through or two didn’t necessarily catch my attention, but that’s happened in the past with other albums, and I’m glad that it has grown on me because now I revisit it constantly at least once a day. Although some of the guest spots were absolutely insane, especially the features from Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Gunna, Thugger, and others, Keed managed to consistently steal the show with his diverse styles and dexterous deliveries. Although he’s been celebrating the success of the album, he’s not slowing down any time soon, and he’s continuing to support the project by releasing some music videos, most recently for his track “Tighten Up”. As the song starts up, the camera pans up to the sky as balloons obstruct the view. Soon after, we’re transported to a used car dealership lot, and Keed makes his first appearance. A filter is used on the screen during certain shots that give it the feel as if you’re watching a cheesy public access commercial, and I find this style somewhat humorous but also intelligently placed …

Bo Exotic – [Turbo]

It’s no secret that Internet Money has created a goldmine of talent over the past couple of years, but what’s even crazier is the fact that they’re just getting started. They’ve expanded their arsenal of talents beyond just Hip-Hop and Rap music into many other subgenres, some influenced by the aforementioned genres and some completely out of left field. When it comes to Country Music, I’m admittedly not a fan and I’m not ashamed to say that. Cut to Turbo, Internet Money’s Country Superstar who is still on the come up, but he’s undoubtedly going to be everywhere soon enough whether you’re a country fan or not. His most recent track “Bo Exotic” is the perfect example that backs up my theory, and it also received a brand-new visual to go along with it. Soft, divine strings play out in the distance as a smooth whistle takes the stage front and center, stealing the show prior to Turbo coming in and stealing the show right back. There is clearly a country accent that is noticeable within the lyrics he sings, but there’s also this pure, almost Pop-like vibe that pairs with a bit of the rasp in the back of …

Thrusting – [Internet Money] ft. [Swae Lee] & [Future]

Internet Money is the powerhouse in music that everyone in the music industry raves about and respects, but I’m not sure the general public or casual music listener knows about just how much they’re responsible for in terms of songs, styles, and breakout artists. They’ve pretty much created a sound that took the world by storm over the past few years and now the scene is flooded with some of the various styles they’ve created throughout this time. Although they’ve produced hits for absolute icons and legends, they also have their own in-house signees who I think are more promising than anyone else in the current climate of music. It’s also insane how they don’t just stop at Hip-Hop or Rap but rather expand their horizons and branch out into other genres to not only reach various audiences but to also challenge themselves to try new things and continue to invent new sounds and styles. If you’re at all familiar with Internet Money or music in general, then it shouldn’t come as a surprise in the slightest that their debut album B4 The Storm is just a week away. When I saw the tracklist, I almost passed out after seeing …

Five Excellent Beat Projects Pt. 3 – [Cookin’ Soul] x [Jazzinuf] x [Leavv] x [Hazy Year] x [Elijah Nang] x [Figub Brazlevič] 

Producers/beatmakers are often unfairly overlooked because of artists. Truth be told, producers are artists themselves, as every instrumental requires its own unique form of craftsmanship, and a precise vision to execute the idea. Without producers, your favorite hit single would simply not sound the same, yet alone exist! Comparable to the clientele work of an artisan or sculptor, when producers craft beats for artists, they must put themselves in another’s shoes to innovate. However, the music of production pioneers Nujabes and J. Dilla demonstrates that instrumentals are entirely separate and complete bodies of work. Applied rapping or vocals are not complements to production, but instead honorary elements that create an alternative version. Therefore, to an extent, the artist serves as a guest feature over the producer’s original creation. To effectively shed greater light to the creative brilliance of producers, I’ve chosen to start a monthly series titled “Five Excellent Beat Projects,” which will highlight five instrumental works that I consider exceptional. This is the third installment of the series. Cookin’ Soul – Carribean Bites – Despite being a Grammy award winning group, the Valencia, Spain based production duo (Big Size & DJ Zock) still somehow seem underrated. With production credits …