RAMBO – [Woes]

I never have to look very far or dig very deep at all when looking at the music industry that was formed decades ago here in Chicago, and while it makes my job that much easier, it also can make it difficult to decide what I want to write about next. One of the more local artists that I heard about recently is Woes, a 26-year-old emcee from the city who has definitely been making waves but considering this movement has been thanks to mostly singles at this point, I think it is time that he drops a new project soon. Luckily, this is the case, and although his work has been predominantly on his own with the exception of a few guest verses over the years including an insane contribution from Ric Wilson on his record “School Zone” which dropped last year, he seems to fair just fine without too much assistance from anyone else. Although he’s new to my radar, Woes thoroughly impressed me with his latest release “RAMBO” which was produced by Goodboy, and it turns out that this record is expected to be featured on his upcoming EP DON’T BLINK which is set to release on …

Trip – [Yung Lean]

As I get further into the world of hyperpop, I realize more and more how artists seem to gain inspiration from Swedish trendsetters like Yung Lean, Bladee, and Drain Gang. While Lean is someone that has been a massive fan of for years, I feel like my admiration for his artistry has grown as I have gotten older, because I went from being a teenager who just liked how obscure his sound was to an adult who truly understood the artistic integrity and innovative styles he has nurtured into what they have become today. While it’s crazy to think that he saw a surge in fandom because of a Gen Z platform like TikTok, I am never going to be mad that one of my favorite underground emcees is receiving more love, even if it is just for some trend that is here today and gone tomorrow. I have been patiently waiting for a follow-up to his 2020 hit album Starz, which is my personal favorite project from the Swedish icon, and when I saw that he finally broke his hiatus with the release of his song “Trip” as well as a Gus Reichwald-directed music video, I stopped in my …

Why R U Back?-[Sylo Nozra]

Sylo Nozra’s music is like fine wine; it just continues to get better with age. I’ve been carefully tracking his music since the moment I heard about him in 2017 and it is safe to say that I have never found myself disappointed. Today, the Canadian sensation returns to our pages in amazing fashion for the release of his latest song and visualizer called, “Why R U Back?”. From a song standpoint, Sylo has created a ballad that is an ode to the relationship woes that many of us find ourselves in. He sings about some of the most authentic and real feelings while being able to craft a bop that will have you bobbing your head while driving to any destination. The production is extremely clean which makes room for Sylo to woo everyone with his stellar vocals and breathtaking harmonies. The Visual is the perfect compliment to the song as it shows Sylo and a love interest crossing down the road as the song is being played. The ambience that is created by this song is truly second to none. The video is just a vibe and it’s one that you have to sit back and just enjoy. …

PREMIERE: Woes – [Joël]

Canadian crooner, Joëlwas last featured back in May with “Vent (Stripped),” which showcased his soft, smooth vocals. His latest effort, “Woes,” the second track off his forthcoming EP GRUNGE GOSPEL (SIDE B), show as a different side of the multi-faceted artist. Joël trades in the stripped-down, light feel of “Vent” for a grungier, more frenzied energy. With a stark, string-laden backdrop laced with some knifing drums setting the stage, Joël (fittingly) tackles the “dark cloud” of doubt looming over him with a determined, confident delivery. Whether something softer like “Vent” or more frenetic like “Woes,” The T-dot native can deliver an authentic, emotionally-charged performance that really draws you into his world. If you dig “Woes,” be sure to check out GRUNGE GOSPEL (SIDE B) when it drops on May 22nd! [soundcloud url=”” params=”color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”300″ iframe=”true” /]

Wool – [Juto]

If Juto’s ‘Velvet’ EP was the romanticist fantasy one imagines before shooting their shot, ‘Wool’ feels like the unforgiving reality one lives out as a result. On his new 7-track project, the alternative RnB songwriter continues to deliver guitar-driven ballads about matters of the heart, sunken in clever lyricism and soothing vocal melodies that carry with them a similar warmth as the fabric referenced by the EP’s title. Striking a unique balance of genres, Juto blends elements of RnB, funk, and alternative to craft a hazy sound that hits hard on first impact and leaves a smooth lasting impression. His vocals act as the force that holds his stylistic experiments down, alternating between soft crooning and angst-ridden shrilling in his tone. Juto comes off as lighthearted in his songwriting, maintaining some sense of humor even as he confronts his woes. Altogether, ‘Wool’ offers an even more comprehensive look at the songwriter’s versatile talent, packaging it in a set of easygoing, diverse new songs that flow together seamlessly. Listen below:

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …

Woes – [The Bishops]

Today we check in on some stunning, rising talent from the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas. The Bishops make their Lyrical Lemonade debut fresh off the release of their single, Woes, properly paired with a simple yet resounding music video. The trio consists of siblings Cara, Chris, and Troy Bishop, a family who has been music since quite literally day 1. With a huge draw in the local Austin scene, The Bishops have played festivals as notable as Euphoria Music Festival, and Austin City Limits. Playing nearly every major venue in Austin, The Bishops are teetering at their tipping point with the release of Woes. The trippy beat is brought to life in unison with a video full of green smoke, destruction, and obscure objects. Keep an eye out for The Bishops as they continue their climb to the top. Catch a vibe to Woes below: Directed and Edited by Ceci Sariol & Sarah Montgomery words by Max R

Love Me Right – [Amber Mark]

A few days ago, the supremely talented Amber Mark gifted fans with the music video for her latest single “Love Me Right,” which is set to appear on her forthcoming EP Conexão. The 23-year-old New York singer displays a level of poise that defies her age, as she effortlessly glides over the piano-centered track. The vibrant, lavish visuals give strength to Mark’s soulful vocals. The frustration and sea of emotions are palpable and really drive the song home. Mark’s confidence on “Love Me Right” is infectious, and she adds her own sexy flair to the familiar themes of relationships woes and lack of communication that make her music that much more compelling. The gorgeous music video undoubtedly does the song justice and seems to point to big things for the sophisticated singer-songwriter in 2018 and beyond. Check out the music video for “Love Me Right” below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Words by Luke Hinz  

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …

Lowlife – [Lucki Eck$]

Riding the success of his most recent mixtape, X, Lucki brings us the visual for the self produced single, Lowlife.  The video was shot by Jake Osmun and premiered via Complex earlier this week.  Throughout the video, Lucki is accompanied by fellow 197 crew members as he tells stories of the woes of a low life.  The Max B inspired track is self-produced; Lucki recently tweeted that he will be releasing an entirely self produced EP entitled @ Midnight. Be on the look out for that, but for now check out the video below.