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Lady London releases “Lady Like: The Boss Tape” with 13 of her most celebrated freestyles

If you have been watching Lady London over the years, you know her craftmanship is finally receiving the recognition she deserves. As a poet since 2018, London grew to fame on social media by flipping and remixing a few of Hip Hop’s most revered tracks from artists like Foxy Brown, and Busta Rhymes. Hip-Hip icon Cardi B praised her bars in “Money Over,” and expressed that London is “the most slept on.” The song has accumulated over 500k views on Youtube thus far. As an artist, London’s versatility sets her apart from her peers. Being an artist is only one part of her puzzle. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Howard University and a Master of Science in Global Medicine from the University of Southern California. Her knowledge and hustle mentality help to develop her into the artist she is today. “There are multiple levels to me,” she explains. “I’m not one-dimensional. I really take my craft seriously. I consider rap to be an artform—not a trend. I’ve studied cadences, timing, breath control, double and triple entendres, and syllables. It almost breaks down to an exact science. I pay attention to verbiage, semantics, and diction. I’m …

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 …

Underwater-[Izzy Perri]

It’s Friday, which means I’m here to supply all of our listeners with the best vibes possible as the weekend begins. Hands down one of the most upbeat and fun tracks that you’ll hear is by an artist who goes by the name of Izzy Perri. His track, “Underwater” is the amazing offering that brings him to Lyrical Lemonade today and I couldn’t be happier to support it. After hearing “Underwater” and listening from start to finish, I vividly remember texting my friend and explaining how this was just an “honest and pleasant song” and after replaying it for like the 10th time, I still stand on that assertion that I made. This track is the perfect vibe to throw on during a nice sunny day…preferable after you’ve received the best news of your life. The lighthearted and dynamic production creates an ambiance that promotes a life of carefree energy and lack of worries. Izzy’s voice is something to witness as well as it adds a unique vibrance and element that rounds out the piece. This is a great one and I seriously cannot wait for you all to listen! I’ve attached the link down below, so give it a …

Unified – [KAMI] ft. [Joey Purp] & [Vic Mensa]

If you’re a fan of Chicago music, there are a few artists and collectives that should be considered household names at this point, even if they’re not exactly at the top of the charts. About a decade or so ago, SAVEMONEY took the city by storm, and with so many unbelievable talents in this group, it was only a matter of time before they broke out and became nationally recognized. Artists like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa were obviously two talents who blew up more than anyone probably expected, but they didn’t leave their crewmates out to dry, bringing them along for tours, having them join in on albums, and making sure that everyone was receiving the attention that they rightfully deserved. Although it hasn’t been a thing for quite a few years, Leather Corduroys was undeniably my favorite local duo made up of KAMI and Joey Purp, and their project Season that came out back in 2014 is a tape that literally changed my perception of music as it was in that moment in time. One can only hope that there is a reconvening of the incredible tag team, but even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still friends …

Grey Clouds – [Joker Øhunnit]

21-year-old Florida-born, Huntsville, AL-raised artist Joker Øhunnit, formerly known as OTL Klizzy, is making his debut in our pages today with his Niles Bryant directed visual for his song “Grey Clouds” that serves as a solid introduction to the young artist is you weren’t already familiar. He skates effortlessly over the subdued, sample-laden instrumental and proudly talks his shit, speaking apsirationally but in the context of all of the pain he has gone through to get here, but still focused on all the work yet to be done. His delivery is animated and matter-of-fact and he clearly put a lot of thought into the words he is speaking as so many of his artistic peers display little effort in that regard. I am excited to see where Joker Øhunnit goes from here in the rest of 2022 and hope he can be consistent with his musical output for the rest of the year.

Xxotic 2.0 – [Why Cue]

New York native Why Cue is quickly racking up streams on his newest album Xxotic 2.0, a 12-track project that release December 31. The versatile artist has been featured all over the hip-hop industry, as his first album Xxotic accumulated millions of streams, and the video to his single “Good Drank” featured on Worldstarhiphop in 2021 is at over 320,000 views. This album is a puzzle, in which all 12 pieces contribute their own style and image. The project open up with a bang in “Fanta,” which features him lighting the fuse for the rest of the tracks. It’s a hell of an attention getter, and drew listeners in from the jump, as it has the highest stream count among all tracks with over 18K listens already. “N***** be broke in real life, but they all flexin’ for the camera.” This theme of money-motivation reigns prevalent throughout the album’s entirety, especially in songs like “Rewards” and “Fashionably Late,” which match the same energy given off by the first track with heavy instrumentals and well-layered vocals. Songs like “Gelato,” “Overseas” and “Knots,” brought out the best in Why Cue, with beats that allow his voice to flawlessly float as he displays power and …

SK8 Baller (Deluxe) – [FlashyWes]

I wish I had found FlashyWes’s original SK8 Baller project early enough to write about it in the first place but lucky for me he is back with a deluxe version to the tape with four new tracks that are equally if not more enjoyable than the original. The Detroit rapper who I first heard after first listening to his features alongside fellow Motor City artist Shaudy Kash, is one of the slickest lyricists in a city full of them and never fails to amaze me in his ability to pull references out of a hat and warp them into double entendres simultaneously. The title of the project is ironic to me because it truly feels that Wes is skating over each unique instrumental as he glides from bar to bar. The only feature comes from Lac Deuce on the song “Dark Side” that is powered by a triumphant trumpet melody that sounds like it is straight out of a Bankroll Fresh song where he and Wes go back and forth not missing a beat between them, both respectively killing their verses. I am really eager to hear more from FlashyWes and he is one of my favorite younger acts in what …

On a Tee – [Spotemgottem] ft. [Icewear Vezzo]

Although I am lucky enough to call the wonderful city of Chicago my home and I love the diverse and remarkable music scene here, there are definitely a few other parts of the country that hold a special place in my heart. I may not have a personal connection to most of these places, but just understanding and experiencing the fruitful and dynamic styles of music these artists are bringing to life just makes me so excited for the future of hip-hop, and I think it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the music world catches on to just how magnificently talented these emcees are. Florida is one state that I have been following closely for years at this point, and the complex landscape and spectrum of sounds are just incredible. Michigan is another place that I am captivated by because although they’re creating a style of rap that is new and still gaining traction, these artists are truly trailblazers and trendsetters who are making some of the most inventive songs in the entire history of hip-hop. These two places can be very different from one another, but there are also some key similarities that bring them …

Dog Talk – [Ot7 Quanny]

Philly emcee Ot7 Quanny kicks off the new year with his new anthem and visuals entitled “Dog Talk.” North Philadelphia is one of the roughest areas in the city, naturally, that brings a lot of obstacles and hardships for a rapper like Ot7 Quanny. Coming from that area has molded Quanny’s sound, personality, and movement to what it is today. With this record Quanny states via email that the premise is “a statement to everyone that’s wronged him in the past.” I think with street rappers when you have actual stories to narrate along with the typical money and cars people can relate to you more. Not to say you have to come from those same streets or areas but when you have a story to tell people are more prone to gravitate to your music in the long run. If you’re a music listener that enjoys Babyface Ray, EST Gee, and Icewrar Vezzo then you should give Ot7 Quanny a chance. Watch the video for Ot7 Quanny’s single “Dog Talk” for yourself after the break.

Dear November – [Bigbodyfiji]

There are certain local legends that have had immense moments in the light throughout the years, but so many of these artists seem to go by the wayside and can’t generate the hype they once were able to when they began their musical endeavors. It can be fun to go back and reminisce on such an interesting moment in time when they were so well known, but it also can be sad knowing that all of their potential was unleashed, and they couldn’t live up to the hype. Nonetheless, one talent who took the city by storm years ago was Bigbodyfiji, a unique and inventive talent with an out-of-the-box skillset that had fans flocking his way for every release. Even though he has maybe slowed down in terms of his output over the years, one thing that I’m beyond happy to see is that even during brief hiatuses, Fiji’s fanbase is as solid as ever, and it is going to continue to be this way for years to come, making him one of the most unusual cases considering pretty much any other artist in his situation would have to start from square one after spacing out release the way he …