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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

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 …

Dex Meets Dexter – [Famous Dex]

Throughout the past few years, Chicago’s own Famous Dex has shown us time and time again why he is one of the premier hitmakers in rap right now with a seemingly endless supply of anthems to offer. But now, the time is right and the stocks are indefinitely rising, so Dex is finally here to bless us with the release of his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter. In its purest form, this project offers us 14 songs and 35 minutes of Famous Dex at his absolute best. His inimitable energy and constant, upbeat personality never cease to entertain, and in essence, this album is a collection of versatile styles and ranging anthems that truly provides the clear definition of “infectious”. Dex Meets Dexter also takes to features from Drax Project, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, and Diplo – all of which add to its diverse display of bangers with well-fitted energy. That being said, listen to the incredible debut from this Lyrical Lemonade favorite below and let us know what our favorite track is in the comments!

LL Presents: The Luke Almighty Q&A

Luke Almighty is one of the best producers coming out of the city, you just don’t know it yet. Even I was unaware until a few months ago, but then I started realizing that every time I heard a song that he worked on, it was always a banger. He has been responsible for lacing artists such as Adot, Freako, Duffle Bag Buru, Pollari, Supa Bwe, Roo$ki, Monster Mike, Warhol and more with some of the best instrumentals that they have rapped on. Although you might not be familiar with the young creative just yet, I assure you that he is only a couple years away from being considered one of the best producers from Chicago. Take a few minutes of your time to learn a thing or two about him below, and be sure to keep up with his movement by giving him a follow here!     — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. LA: So I’m From Aurora, Illinois. Born and raised. Since I was young I was also really into Music. My parents always made sure I knew who I was listening …

LL Presents: The Rob Hicks Q&A

Rob Hicks is a rapper who hails from Milwaukee who I just recently came across, which isn’t too outrageous considering he only has two songs on his soundcloud, the oldest being from two months ago. One thing that he does very well is that he utilizes his voice as almost an instrument, he ranges it from high to low & soft to aggressive in what seems like a bat of an eye. Take a few minutes out of your time to learn something about him below, then make sure you give him a follow here!   EM: To start off, give a brief introduction of yourself to our readers who may not be familiar with you. RH: My name is Robert Hicks , but most people know me as Rob Hicks. I’m a recording artist out of Racine, WI . I pretty much have been exposed to music my entire life. I’m not really a social person, people always tell me how quiet I am in person, and then they expect the same with my music, but they get the opposite when they listen. That’s pretty much it , I don’t really have a life, I just focus on my craft. — EM: When did you first …

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 …

LL Presents: The Craw The Sage Q&A

Another week, another new Q&A with an upcoming emcee. This time around, I chopped it up with Craw The Sage. I first met Craw through our mutual homie, Rhino, and I have been rocking with his music ever since. Peep the music video below, read the Q&A under that, and after you learn a little something about him be sure to give him a follow here!   EM: Before we get started, give our readers that may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself CS: My real name is Eric Boyd Crawford, I go by the alias Craw the Sage. Craw is simply half of my last name and a sage (n.) as defined by google is a profoundly wise man, especially one who features in ancient history or legend. I started rapping about five years ago when I was a freshman in college. I started taking rap seriously around the end of my sophomore year and my style began developing from there.  — EM: Who are your top five influences musically? CS: My top 5 influences would have to be: 2 Pac for being a revolutionary and embodying that warrior spirit, Mos Def for his lyricism, Lupe for his ability to …

LL Presents: The Cook Up Cam Q&A

I first met Cook Up Cam when he Dj’ed our Lyrical Lemonade Christmas Cypher, and I have been a fan of him ever since. He is one of the main up & coming DJ’s/producers in Illinois right now, so I had to have him included in our new edition of our Q&A segment. Learn a little bit about him below, then be sure to give him a follow here! (Photo credit • michaelbussey.com)   EM: Before we get into the questions, give a brief introduction of yourself to our readers that may not be familiar with you. CC: Hey Elliot! My name is Cam. I go by the name CookUpCam that was given to me by my chef skills and talent at the Cooking Dance. Back in the day circa 2009 before Lil B was a huge cultural icon, I played his music, did the cooking dance and adopted the positive “based” lifestyle. I started making beats in middle school and grew into a producer in high school when I joined the group Chinza//Fly (producers of ASAP Ferg’s Work). When I hit college I left the group and started DJing and throwing art gallery parties and producing music for local rappers. I founded the ELVTD …