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Better Float – [Highway] & [Xjay]

The pacific northwest region of the country might not necessarily be commonly known as a place that breeds talented hip-hop artists, but if you give any city in the world enough of a chance, you’re bound to find musicians who are seriously skilled and deserve as much attention as other celebrated cities are used to receiving. A few years ago, Seattle’s Lil Mosey took the scene by storm with his bubbly, easygoing personality and beyond catchy songs. Even though his buzz may have calmed down a bit since, Portland’s Yeat was undeniably one of the biggest success stories over the past year or two, and he is only continuing to rise up the ranks of the industry. Although these are just two names out of countless artists, one person who I have had on my radar for a handful of months is Highway, another Seattle bred emcee who is trying to make a case as to why he deserves a spot at the table, and after a few unignorable moves throughout his young career already including work with producers like Jetsonmade, Nick Mira, and many more, and this is only the beginning of what is sure to be an eye-opening …

Dancing with the Devil – [Babyface Ray] ft. [Landstrip Chip] & [Pusha T]

At least once or twice a week, I feel like I have the luxury and the pleasure of writing about yet another magnificent Michigan rap release, and I haven’t even begun to think about growing tired of this trend. I am simply dumbfounded by just how insanely talented each and every emcee is in this region, whether I’m listening to straight lyrical geniuses like Babyface Ray, Icewear Vezzo, and Rio Da Yung OG or more uncharacteristic spitters like BabyTron or Teejayx6. Simply put, there is never even close to a shortage of remarkable music coming from the northern music hub, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the sounds that have been brought to life over the past couple of years. Out of everyone, one of my favorite artists is undeniably Babyface Ray, and while I don’t think this is an unpopular opinion for most, I still think he is grossly underrated based on the amount of indescribably amazing content he has put out for fans. This is just the beginning it seems, though, because my excitement went through the roof once I found out that he has a brand-new album entitled Face dropping in two short weeks on January …

I’s On Him-[Jay Violet]

If you want a wavy and vibey song to jam out to this week, then I’ve got the perfect joint for you. Today, an artist named Jay Violet is making his debut appearance on Lyrical Lemonade for his phenomenal song called, “I’s On Him”.  As someone who is vocal about their faith, I’m always looking for great sounding Christian music and I’m so hype to be able to write about a song that perfectly fits that mold. As soon as you press play on this song, you will immediately notice the dynamic production, which truly sets the stage for Jay Violet to pour his heart and soul out on the beat in a real and authentic way. According to Jay himself, this song is doing numbers on Spotify with no signs of slowing down; This seems to be a testament to hoe good this offering is in its entirety. This track is just an all around good time and it connects on all angles. I really enjoyed this piece by Jay Violet and I’m hype to hear more from him. I’ve attached the Spotify link down below, so tap in with this one and let us know if you’re vibing.

My Favorite Projects of 2021

2021 has very much been an up and down year for most, but it’s undeniably been a phenomenal year for music. In fact, I enjoyed listening to so many releases that I’d forgotten some even released this year. Not only has there been plenty of stylistic/genre variety, but also artists of all types (small, emerging, mainstream) actively releasing their art. To showcase my appreciation, I decided to put together a list of my favorite projects; (in no particular order) all of which remain in my rotation heading into the new year. I hope you discover an album, EP or mixtape that you might have missed! Last but not least, this list is also a token of gratitude to each and every person that has read a Lyrical Lemonade piece of mine. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year. – – – – – Issa Gold: Tempus (album) Genres: Introspective hip-hop, Conscious rap Favorite track: Cold Summer   Amaria – Bittersweet (EP) Genres: R&B Favorite track: Lose Control   Richie Quake – Voyager (EP) Genres: R&B, Indie Favorite Track: Sensitive   Jean Deaux – Most Wanted (EP) Genres: Hip-Hop, Modern R&B, Electro-Trap Favorite track: Stay Down Marlon Craft – How We Intended (album) Genres: Hip-Hop, Jazz …

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 …

Young N Dumb – [Polo G]

Over the past few years, Polo G has gone from being a local legend to a world-renown superstar and being here to experience his rise to fame is nothing short of inspiring. He is always one to think outside the box, never delivering songs that he doesn’t put every last ounce of himself and his talents into, and because of this, he has had a run in the music industry that is unrivaled by almost anyone in the current day and age of music. Earlier this year, Polo dropped his highly anticipated album Hall of Fame which is one of the best projects to come out of the city all year long, but at the same time, I feel like fans took it for granted because it definitely deserves to be talked about a lot more than it was initially. Nonetheless, Polo Capalot knew exactly what kind of gold mine he was sitting on, and that led to him releasing Hall of Fame 2.0, a deluxe version of the original album that provided us with 14 more songs that included features from talents like Lil Baby, NLE Choppa, Lil Tjay, Moneybagg Yo, and more, and I couldn’t have been more …

La Pharmacia – [Bizzy Crook]

It has been a great year for CLB producer Bizzy Crook. From working on Drake’s” Pipe Down” to now being nominated for a grammy. It’s safe to say his hard work is finally paying off. Last Friday, Bizzy Crook released his new album La Pharamacia, produced by Foreign Teck. The 10 track song list, reflects the growth Crook has experienced in the last two years of his life and him honing in on being an entrepreneur. From providing hospitals with PPE-related supplies during a pandemic to encouraging his fans to make smart moves and think of generational wealth/financial freedom. He is currently preparing to own his very first pharmacy in Miami. “The new album is titled “La Pharmacia”. It was really inspired by Jay-Z’s The Blueprint. We all come from the dirt, but I wanted financial freedom and longevity. Getting money in the streets is cool, but you always know it’s not a forever thing. I figured what better way to sell drugs, other than to own a pharmacy? I bought into a few pharmacies in NY and saw more money than I ever saw in the streets, clean. I’m currently in the process of buying on my own pharmacy …

Rambo- [Joyner Lucas] ft. [Lil Durk]

Joyner Lucas is someone I haven’t quite gotten familiar with myself over the years, but I’m rapidly realizing that this needs to change, and I figured it’s better late than never. I guess I just didn’t realize all of the accomplishments he has achieved throughout. His career thus far, being nominated for 2 Grammys, collaborating with artists like J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Tjay, and Lil Baby, as well as a myriad of other achievements that can’t be overshadowed any longer. Nonetheless, Joyner is definitely blazing a trail of his own and growing a fanbase that is as loyal as they come, so my ignorance stops here, and I am beyond excited to dive into his seasoned and impressive discography, without a doubt. What did it for me was his song “Rambo” featuring Lil Durk, and considering Lil Durk is always a draw for me personally, this was a record I simply couldn’t ignore even if I wanted to. I’m definitely glad I tuned into this hit because it shows so many different wonderful styles and talents from the two hitmakers, and it’s an undeniable banger in every sense of the word. This one contains production that features masterful …

TO & FROM – [GRINDHARD E]

Michigan music is unstoppable right now with talent crawling out of every corner of the state, not just Detroit which is obviously the originator, but other cities around the state are also differentiating themselves from the Motor City, perhaps most notably Flint, a city ironically known for its dirty water, that produces nothing but comedians in the booth. From artists like YN Jay whose sarcasm is obvious and his delivery is beyond playful, or the more serious and menacing Rio Da Yung OG who is known for his wicked sense of humor and unpredictable wordplay, Flint is filled with big personalities, and perhaps none I have heard so far are as big as Lil E. Grindhard E is amassing a sizable cult-following across his area and the internet, following a similar blueprint to his peers, flooding the internet with music and using his sense of humor to offset the wicked things he has really done, while personifying him in such a manner that is impossible not to love. Like many others, my introduction to Grindhard E was his incredibly ignorant track “Dog and a Stick” where E explains that he is riding with some “Dog and a stick like a …

Tournaments – [Jay Critch]

Off his latest project release titled, Critch Tape, the 23-year old rising star Jay Critch dropped a video produced by ‘FlybyNick’ and ‘Beechinhour’ last weekend to match his highly successful track, “Tournaments.” The visual portrays the Booklyn native in a luxury living space edited with creative transition work and vibrant effects, as he confidently spits in the distinctive tone that has garnered him so much recent success. This unmistakable style is a new-era favorite with a traditional feel, which makes, “Tournaments,” and its accompanied new music video a must-watch. Watch it on YouTube below! @jaycritch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAX6ldsn6LY