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Hard Times Don’t Last: A Conversation with Rap’s Newest Star 42 Dugg

Two decades ago rap music was beginning to transform from a counter-culture that at times made national headlines and even more hit records to one of the primary genres in America’s musical lexicon, and in a pop-culture sense was beginning to be seen by at least the youth as what was en vogue at the time. However, not all of our country received it that way and many criticized the genre for being too materialistic and braggadocious to even be truly considered to be art, but it is interesting that as these twenty-some years have passed, income inequality in our country has dramatically risen and has made it more difficult than ever to be a member of America’s working poor and lower-class in general and scarcely in this nation’s history have there been periods where upward mobility looks more impossible than it has in the past decade for those at the bottom of the totem pole. In my opinion, this is precisely why rap music, a style that like I said was considered to be too flashy to have any substance whatsoever, has become the new musical status quo for people both young and old with an influence that’s spread …

Get Me Lit – [P-Lo]

In the current state of music, artists find their own ways of getting into rapping. For Bay Area talent P-Lo, he got his start through producing. His uncharacteristic West Coast style of production caught the ear of some major names in the Rap world including Yo Gotti, Wiz Khalifa, E-40, and G-Eazy, among others who he created hits with. Although producing is what helped him get his foot in the door, he has since taken a liking to actual hopping on his songs and spitting some bars. It’s abundantly evident that this was a smart decision considering he already knows the ins and outs of the beats he’s on, so he can definitely elevate his talents and create all-out hits. Despite being locked in quarantine like the rest of us, he wanted to use his time effectively and productively, so he decided to drop off a new track entitled “Get Me Lit”. P-Lo uses speaker busting 808s, scratchy synths, and other West Coast reminiscent sounds to pave the way for this dance anthem. His voice is unique and juxtaposes the instrumental in such an interesting fashion. Although the beat is hyphy and bops all the way through, P’s delivery is …

Rising Atlanta sensation Baby Plug discusses his musical origins, unexpected collaboration with Lil Scrappy, and what sets him apart

For nearly fifteen years Atlanta has been the pre-imminent and most flourishing hotbed for trap music talent and innovation and as we head into the new decade many people were concerned that their flame would finally be burning out, but thanks to a host of new talent from a generation that was not expected to have nearly the impact as their respective predecessors it is clear that Atlanta will always be at the forefront of rap music. East Atlanta’s Baby Plug is a young artist who already has a lot to say and it is evident already that his work ethic and wisdom are far beyond his years. It is obvious from just one listen that Baby Plug is one of those rare talents who was put on this Earth to rap. His voice is effortlessly swaggy and this charisma has enabled him to climb the ranks of popularity rather quickly. With a mixtape and an EP under his belt now it is clear that Baby Plug is not just another rapper but rather is almost ordained to lead his section of New Atlanta to the promised land. Most recently Baby Plug released his collaborative EP with South Carolina producer …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

Rumors – [Lil Migo]

Memphis rapper Lil Migo has been making a considerable amount of noise in his city for the past year and has quickly asserted himself as one of the foremost artists rising out of their talent-rich scene, but Migo recently made headlines because of Yo Gotti’s attempt to sign him for five-hundred-thousand dollars over Instagram and while this generated an unbelievable amount of buzz for Lil Migo he still has not accepted the offer. His latest track “Rumors” is effectively a summation of Migo’s opinions on all of the matters and it is obvious that he is content with his current situation and is not necessarily ready to commit to a record deal just yet, although it is likely that the labels will begin to flock after Gotti’s very public offer. JuggOnTheBeat produced this slapping instrumental and it was open-ended enough to ensure that Migo can speak his mind, but nonetheless their beat provided the perfect backdrop for Migo’s commentary. Lil Migo is absurdly talented and seems to be a sure thing to blow up from where I sit, but nonetheless the next few months are shaping up to be very, very exciting for the Bluff City up and comer.

Watch Mod Sun’s brand new interview with No Jumper

Mod Sun is someone that we have been fans of here at LL for some years now, and 2019 has been a massive year for him, so when I saw that he sat down with Adam22 for a brand new interview, I couldn’t wait to dive in. The two of them spoke about several topics including being sober for almost 200 days, the negative impacts that social media has, being vulnerable + being afraid of death, his family, writing books & poetry, attending therapy & AA, learning from the past, having a three-month stint with lean, having major public relationships, being in the music community for over a decade, momentarily starting a label with Irv Gotti and so much more. This was a fantastic interview that helped me learn a ton about Mod Sun, do yourself a favor and watch this brand new interview below!

Pose Remix – [Yo Gotti] x [Lil Uzi Vert] x [Megan Thee Stallion]

If you’re a fan of hard 808’s and catchy verses that are sure to get stuck in your head, Yo Gotti gifts us with the perfect song for you. “Pose (Rremix)” is a revamped version of the origin song released in August. Gotti had already recruited Lil Uzi Vert to hop on the original, and they kept their parts the same as the previous version. I’d be lying if I said I was a bit let down that they didn’t do something new or experimental on this hit, but Megan Thee Stallion dropped in to lay down a fresh verse and bring an insane amount of confidence and fierceness to the track. The hook, performed by Gotti, basically repeats the word “pose” over and over before he moves on and gives instructions for different positions as if he’s photographing someone. Uzi’s part has some incredible flows and switches up quite a bit, which keeps it entertaining considering I had only heard the original a few times prior to this. All in all, this song is simple but there’s no denying it goes super hard and if I was forced to pick who stole the show, I’d have to give props …

Watch Irv Gotti’s interview on Cannon’s Class

Irv Gotti is a true model of the type of career artists should strive for, he’s made his name as both a dope emcee + ahead of the game executive + businessman, so it’s only right to give him your utmost attention whenever he sits down for an interview. This time around he chopped it up with Nick Cannon to speak about the making of his show Tales, Jay-Z, the first time that he met DMX, the record “Super Ugly”, the Murder Inc days, the Wu-Tang documentary, legendary moments he had with Lyor Cohen, Def Jam, things he has learned from Dr. Dre, the greatness of P. Diddy, the fantastic albums that Drake has created, 50 Cent, his father, and he spoke about what he considers his biggest “win” in the career. I love the platform that Nick has built up with Cannon’s Class, I highly suggest that you subscribe to his channel because you never know who he will have on as a guest next!

Wildboy – [Calboy]

The rise of Chicago artist Calboy over the past couple of years has been amazing to watch as a fan, and just a week ago he released an awesome new project titled “Wildboy”, and it’s a must listen for any hip-hop fan. I have been listening to this tape front to back for a few days straight, Calboy blessed us with some fantastic music and some solid features from the likes of Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, Meek Mill and Young Thug. This is one of the best projects to come out of Chicago this year, be expecting to see this one on our Top 50 list at the end of the year. Stream this solid new tape via Spotify below and if you like what you hear then go ahead and give Calboy a follow on Twitter here.

Plug Walk (Remix) – [Rich The Kid] Ft. [Gucci Mane] [YG] & [2 Chainz]

If you thought for a second that Rich The Kid’s colossal Plug Walk record couldn’t get any bigger, he is back today after enlisting some of hip-hop’s finest in Gucci Mane, YG & 2 Chainz for the remix. Kicking off with an icy alternate verse from the Rich Forever CEO, the likes of Guwop and company blessed the remaining spots with ecstatic verses before the spacey instrumental rides out from who-else but TheLabCook. Rich certainly isn’t a stranger to being apart of hit-worthy remixes as you may remember him dropping a verse on Lil Xan’s Betrayed remix that also included Yo Gotti back in March, but not only is this a massive remix but quite possibly the biggest of the year so far. Having said that, let loose the Plug Walk remix below and stay tuned for more from Rich The Kid as we get settled into the Summer heat.