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Over – [eGo Jaleel]

One thing that has always been best about Chicago, is that on top of the rising stars and superstars that the city has, we also have a ton of underground talent that has been going hard as well. Having the ability and the strength to keep grinding and pushing until it’s your turn is something that not many people can do, but for a lot of Chicago talent, it’s something that is instilled in a lot of artists. Chicago-native eGo Jaleel is one of those artists whose perseverance has been everything, and he still is creating and perfecting his craft as the years have gone by. With some of his biggest collaborations to date being with other Chicago acts such as Lucki, King Louie, and Chance the Rapper, Jaleel is comin’ in hot with his first release of 2022, titled “Over” While Jaleel has appeared on the Lyrical Lemonade platform a few times some years back, the 2022 version of himself is way more rejuvenated and ready for it all this time around. For those who may not be familiar with his work, eGo Jaleel was adopted by his grandparents at a very young age, due to his parents being …

Testimony – [Big Havi]

Considering there is such a plethora and variety of artists coming up in Atlanta, I’m not necessarily shocked when someone accidentally falls through my fingers and I’m unaware of their music. Big Havi is one of these artists, and although he is creating some of the most underrated music coming out of the city, I just somehow have never been introduced to his records until recently. I’m glad I have, though, because he’s undoubtedly telling some of the most truthful, as well as painful, stories in the entire music scene, and these stories capture your attention from the moment he begins to speak. Most recently, he put out an EP entitled No Pen No Pad Just Pain, and although I have to tune into it a few more times to fully take in all of the time and effort that went into it, one of the standout songs called “Testimony” just received a visual, so I had to spread the word and let everyone know to listen up. As far as the song is concerned, jazzy sounding guitar riffs are played before somewhat simple, undistracted hats enter the scene alongside calm yet powerful drums. Although the beat itself isn’t anything …

A Conversation With Kaelin Ellis: On The House EP, Soulection, Influences, Career Goals, & More

“I hope that what I’ve done has not only changed the landscape of music, but to become respected and bring back music –  to not only blend the old, but the new, and to inspire the next wave of musicians/producers years from now.” Kaelin Ellis Kaellin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer that has established himself among the top class of producers in the modern electronic / hip-hop beat scene. Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin was originally part of an online crew dubbed “Loaflab,” where he came in contact with fellow talented musicians and later Soulection connects Kaytranada, Sango, and Waldo. Ellis also has many production credits with other artists such as Deffie and K-Pop super-group “EXO.” Kaelin’s work ethic led to him earning a spot in having one of the top 10 songs of the week featured on USA Today. This year alone, Kaelin has netted a collaborative EP titled House with hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco, and a solo project titled MOMENTS. We had the chance to talk with Ellis about his creative process, influences, work with Lupe Fiasco and so much more. Be sure to read the full conversation below! – – – – – – – How long have …

LL Presents: The 99 Neighbors Q&A

Back in 2019, I became introduced to one of my favorite groups to ever exist. That sounds like an exaggeration, but ever since stumbling upon their music, I have been completely enamored by their art in every way. It’s extremely common to be inspired by music itself, but its another thing to be inspired by the people who are making it; But, that’s exactly what you get when talking about the Vermont, Collective, 99 Neighbors. Over the past year or so, the rising group has made immense strides; from the release of their debut album, “Television” all the way to inking a record deal under the Warner backed label, Nice Work, the group of talented individuals have been creating a unique and outstanding lane that only they can occupy. As a longtime supporter of 99 Neighbors, it was only right to get them on our page in a way that covers more ground than the classic write up. Last week, I had the chance to hop on a zoom call with the main vocalists of the group, Sam Paulino, Aidan Ostby, Hank “HANKNATIVE” Collins, and Connor “Swank” Stankevich. I was even able to get manager, Cal Rawlings on for a …

Been Cold – [Your Grandparents]

At the very core of any debut project is a proper introduction to its creators. It’s an opportunity for us to learn about our favorite artists and witness their creative vision in a format longer than a single, and furthermore, it’s a chance to delve deeper into our understanding of the direction in which the given artist is headed. Doing all this and more, a group by the name of Your Grandparents is here today with their debut EP, Been Cold. Before clicking play on this one, the word “been” in the title struck me for a moment. This is the first project from Your Grandparents, yet “been” arrives with a connotation of seniority and experience, so I had to see whether or not the project lived up to the hype. Spoiler alert: yes, yes it did — and then some. 7 tracks long, Been Cold feels less like a collection of songs than it does a full body of work, immediately indicating the immense thought and care that went into expanding the Your Grandparents vision. Beyond this, the structure of the project is quite impressive, as well, kicking things off with two lush, slower tracks while gradually building up energy throughout …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

LL Presents: The Mathaius Young Q&A

I had the opportunity to talk with Ohio-born rapper/producer Mathaius Young for a quick Q&A with Lyrical Lemonade. He currently resides in Indianapolis and is fresh off the release of his debut album “Take The Night Away” featuring several local artists including Lil West & Drayco McCoy. Be sure to get familiar with Mathaius below and don’t forget to check out his debut project right here. _ 1. First off, could you give a brief introduction to the readers who may not be familiar with you just yet? Mathaius Young, I’m 21 years old living in Indiana. I’m a producer and a rapper, that’s pretty much it. _ 2. When & why did you make the move from Ohio to Indiana? I moved to Indiana when I was 12 because I got caught skipping school and smoking weed. So my Mom made me move to my grandparents for the Summer, and then I got here and didn’t want to go back. I told my Mom I wanted to stay here for a year and just never ended up leaving. _ 3. You’re currently signed with Nomad Music Group, when did you make the decision to sign with them and who …