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BACKDOOR OPEN – [WORLD TOUR MAFIA]

Out of all the numerous crews and collectives in Detroit, World Tour Mafia has become of the most influential and recognizable at this point, as their members have all delivered a number of memorable solo projects, not to mention continually blessing both their city and the world beyond with memorable guest verses and indubitable shit talking skills. WTM Scoob, Milt, DaeMoney, Solid, Miles, and Re make up the tight-knit crew, possessing an obvious chemistry and mutually beneficial culture that enables them to flex on their naysayers and doubters as a group, pushing each others music faithfully along the way. Their latest group visual for their track “BACKDOOR OPEN” was produced by the rapidly ascending production duo of Lulrose and Lulboobie who each have produced a number of the midwest’s most memorable songs, and in Lulrose’s case has been the mastermind behind many beloved underground tracks for years but continually manages to work with all of the hottest up and comers, shaping their sound on their way to the top. From start to finish this track was loaded with wisdom, bragging, and Instagram captions and the confidence that they possess is contagious and I look forward to seeing and hearing each …

GTA – [DaeMoney] [Veeze] [Lucki]

I remember seeing Lucki say a few months ago that his favorite new wave in rap is the WhiteHouse Studio collective of sorts which features several different Detroit rap crews and large names, even including some of the top Flint talent on their posse-cut dominated collab tapes that often pit mainstream forces with everyone from first time artists to rappers who don’t take the music super seriously and even many of the people most poised to take the reins of the next generation. For this reason I was not surprised at all to see that Lucki and World Tour Mafia’s DaeMoney back on another track together after colliding on “Scotty Ppls” last year. On this latest track the pair is also joined by Veeze who has the potential to be either a bona-fide underground legend or a mainstream star depending on the route he chooses to take. This joint-effort is both a testament to Lucki’s impeccable taste as well as how quickly the Detroit wave is spreading, causing all sorts of unusual collaborations as so many artists that have pioneered other scenes immediately pay homage to the Michigan scene for its realness, humor, and unique bar-heavy style. “GTA” is hopefully …

TRUST! – [JPEGMAFIA]

It has been years since I had first heard some of JPEGMAFIA’s music, and ever since, I have been entranced. Not only is he one of the most creative producers in the entire industry, but he finds a new way to deliver vocals flawlessly while matching the inventiveness of his instrumentals unbelievably well. He might be known as a producer first and foremost, but I’m not one to forget his imaginative bars and intriguing cadences, so when I found out he dropped a new song entitled “TRUST!”, I was excited, to say the least. What got me even more pumped was finding out this is the first single off of an upcoming album as well as his announcement of a world tour that begins in October, so you already know I’m going to do whatever I can to be at his Chicago show. As far as this single is concerned, he utilizes some reverberating synths that are met by tapping percussive sounds and pungent drums that create a bright and energetic foundation. While he raps, he annunciates his lyrics so you can hear every single word he spits, and he has this mischievous quality behind his delivery that accentuates the …

On The Way: Bandplay discusses what he thinks the Nashville rap scene needs, his timeless sound, collaborations with Key Glock and Young Dolph, and why COVID-19 hasn’t slowed him down one bit.

The roots of American music lie firmly within the church, from arrangement and song structure to the actual vocalization and harmony that comes with a big choir or assembly and frankly it is Black churches that can be credited with much of this innovation that is certainly the backbone to entire genres like blues or even rock ‘n roll, but increasingly I have heard more and more rap producers claim that before they ever thought about downloading Fruity Loops they began their music-making journeys in the church and this is quite evident in the actual subsequent sound of the music although the instruments are completely different. Columbia, Tennessee native Bandplay whose “Let the Band Play” or “Ayo Bandplay,” more recently, beat tag has become synonymous with the Memphis rap sound that has been purveyed by Key Glock and Young Dolph and slowly but surely Band has transformed himself from being one of the most notable producers in his region to being the true architect of one of the most timeless sounds in rap music. Now when you picture Bandplay’s upbringing making music in the church and in school you are probably assuming he was a drummer from a young age …

A Conversation With TM88: The Origin of 808 Mafia, Working With Lil Uzi Vert on “P2”, Becoming a Producer Turned Artist and More

Photo Credit: Sem Robert Music creation is not something that is often handled alone. By now, we are all aware of the many elements needed in order for a song to come to fruition. We have the many words and flows provided by the songwriter, the amazing mixes and mastering provided by the engineers, and we have the meat and potatoes of the song, the beats-provided by the producers. There has always been an ongoing debate over which role holds the most weight, and which role is more important than the other. A fair amount of those believe that all roles are equally as important, which is very true to a certain point. However, many believe that the overall feel and vibe of the song is carried from the production. Yes, lyrics are strong enough to speak volumes–but production is powerful to move mountains. One producer in mind that has made a strong footprint in the industry, and blown many speakers in the process, would be none other than the legendary TM88. Regardless if you have heard his voice, or even seen what he looks like–chances are, your favorite rapper has made a record to one of his beats. With …

A Conversation w/ Trippie Redd: Success of ‘A Love Letter To You 4’, Perfecting His Craft, New Album Ideas & More

Photo Credit: Aidan Cullen It goes without saying that within the music realm, time can move incredibly fast. With the release of new music every single Friday, it can often blow past us actually how long certain projects have been released and how long certain artists have been actively making music for. So much so, as we sometimes scroll through our personal libraries of music and select that one project from 2017 and go, “wait, that came out that long ago?”. For me, this was a real-life scenario, and the artist in mind was Trippie Redd. On my journey through memory lane, I ended up back at Trippie’s debut commercial mixtape A Love Letter To You, which was released in May of 2017–almost three years ago. Being exposed to his music around that time, it really does not seem like that long ago, but the way music is today, makes it seem like lightyears ago. From that project to present-day Trippie Redd, his career has been a roller coaster full of many ups and some downs as well. Nonetheless, Trippie has done enough = groundwork to solidify himself amongst not only the new school, but the previous generation of rappers as …

LL Presents: The Henry AZ Q&A

I first found out about Henry AZ about a year or so ago because he was uploading multiple freestyles that were going viral on the internet, and then seemingly not too long after, he signed a record deal with the LEGEND Juicy J! Whenever a GOAT like Juicy shows that he believes a young upcoming artist has some talent + potential, as a hip-hop head, it’s only right that you pay closer attention. Now is the perfect time for you to get familiar with Henry AZ because he just released a brand new project titled Roommates that has some solid music + some big times features from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Freddie Gibbs, Famous Dex and more. Take some time out of your Friday to read this brand new Q&A with Henry AZ below + while you’re at it make sure to stream this new tape via Spotify, and if you like what you hear then make sure to follow him on Instagram here!   EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.  Henry AZ: My real name is Henry Anzola and that’s really …

Lucki: A Testament To Growth

// Photography courtesy of @reemlovette At the core of any great artist exists the innate ability to reinvent oneself. Adjacent to reinvention exists adaptability, and setting the basis for both exists the concept of identity. Whether it be musically or individually, this solid foundation is what leads us to support the artists we know and love. Chicago-bred talent, Lucki, has been developing his creative identity since the 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap, at age 16. Defined by a backbone of atmospheric production and otherworldly, slow-burning instrumentals, his legacy remains embedded in the air of Chicago’s prosperous rap scene, taking shape as a perpetual smoke that never seems to fully air out. The fact of the matter is that Lucki challenges the course of direction that a rapper is meant to move toward. His career has seen creative highs of reinvention and sonic innovation just as well as mental lows, management changes, personal challenges, drug problems, and every other obstacle that you can think of. Lucki is a fighter at heart, and while he’s still able to see the light of day even through all of the crossfire, it should come as no surprise that the Chicago representative …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016

As we are only a few hours from entering the new year, we here at Lyrical Lemonade decided to put together a list of the best Chicago projects IN OUR OPINION! Each and every 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. I want to shine some light on our writers Lane Cowherd & Jacob Lusted really quick, they really helped me a ton on this Top 50 project, thank you guys for being dedicated & for all the assistance, I truly appreciate it! Also, I want to thank all the supporters out there. Lyrical Lemonade has grown tremendously in 2016, we have gained a few thousand followers on our Twitter in the past few months alone! So to all of our supporters, whether you just came across Lyrical Lemonade or if you have been showing love since day 1, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I promise we have some exciting stuff in store for the fans in 2017. To Cole & the rest of our writing team, let’s keep improving & getting better every …