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LL Presents: The Julian Lamadrid Q&A

Authenticity often gets lost in the constant shuffle of society, so whenever you stumble upon someone who still maintains that aspect of their character, it’s always refreshing. Today, on the pages of Lyrical Lemonade, I’m excited to bring to y’all an artist who embodies authenticity. If you haven’t heard of Julian Lamadrid, then today is your lucky day. After hearing his latest release for a song entitled, “Cigarette”, I hopped on the phone with him to get some insight about the song, but left all the more enamored with his overall story as an artist. When I asked him the simple question “Where are you from?” Julian laughed and proceeded to tell me that this specific part of his life is confusing yet interesting to say the least. Julian’s parents are from Mexico, but he was born in Dubai and went to British schools his entire life. The melting pot of culture that Julian has been a part of is most definitely prevalent in his music; which was always an interest of his. “I was always interested in music from a young age. In my mind, there was nothing more stylish than being a rock star. Growing up, I idolized …

YELL OH – [Trippie Redd] feat. [Young Thug]

If there’s one artist who we can definitively say is sitting on a plethora of unreleased music, it would be Trippie Redd. To have only been in the rap game since 2017, we already have six full-length bodies of work and an abundance of guest features that Trippie has released for us to digest. Coming off the major success of his first number one album A Love Letter To You 4, Trippie almost immediately teased the release of a deluxe version of the album that would come sometime in the near future, full of tracks that didn’t make the final cut. One track in particular was teased in a since deleted Instagram post was the Pierre Bourne-produced song “YELL OH”–now accompanied by a Young Thug feature. It’s been amazing to see the relationship between Trippie and Pierre Bourne begin to flourish once again because whenever these two come together, the magic that they create is beyond amazing. This time around, Trippie continues that dark and gritty vibe that he has been known for since the beginning of his career. The distorted bass and the stuttering effect on the dark piano on the production side really brings out that alternate ego side of Trippie …

Sensitive – [Serena Isioma]

  As an artist, staying static isn’t sustainable. Sure it may work for a bit, but in order to stick around and keep fans engaged, development is key. One artist who embodies such is Serena Isioma. With every new release, many of which we’ve covered for LL, Isioma shows fans a new side of her artistry, never losing track of the key elements that make her individualistic along the way. Today, pushing the ball yet again, the rising talent is here with her latest single, “Sensitive.” While the title of the song may hint otherwise, “Sensitive” is a hard-nosed track, building its foundation around a contrast between songwriting and sonics. On one hand, the confident, almost cautious lyrics touch on a pain point for Isioma, sure to resonate with all types of listeners. Meanwhile, playing the other side of things, the production maintains a constant, mesmeric groove, and brings this release full circle as a unique one, if not anything else. It’s been a privilege watching Serena Isioma grow thus far, and with releases like “Sensitive,” I’m sure this is only the beginning. Stream her latest at the Spotify link provided below!    

Nightmare – [Alex Banin]

Every once in awhile there’s that one song that sticks in your head after you’ve only heard it once or twice. Not in an annoying intrusive way, but in an organic way where the melody just organically makes its way through your ears and imprinted in your brain without you even realizing. Songwriter Alex Banin strikes that careful balance on her latest single, “Nightmare”. Banin’s songwriting and vocal abilities get their shine on this song over bubbly poppy production from vlush. Despite the lyrics centered on the memories of an ex lingering around, the song elicits this feeling of dancing through heartbreak. The song’s composition builds in intensity in a way that prevents it from getting repetitive, and the harmonic layers of Banin’s naturally raspy voice stack on top of each other, adding a level of emotional intensity that mirrors the production. Banin’s previous single, “Hollywood (No This Isn’t)”, embodied a more soulful RnB sound, and while “Nightmare” may be a poppier detour, both tracks fit together on an emotional level and suit the Chicago-based artist’s voice in a way that sets her apart. Get familiar with Alex Banin on her new single “Nightmare” below and keep up with her …

Dictator – [Rei Ami]

Rising pop sensation Rei Ami keeps building her buzz and notoriety higher and higher. Recently she released cinematic visuals for her newest single “Dictator.” The song itself is already amazing, as I’ve stated in previous articles Rei Ami has mastered the breakdown element in records or in other words she has two songs in one. The first half of “Dictator” is really hard edge pop and you can see that in the whole aesthetic in the first part of the video. You see the young songbird a burning house where she drags her victims to what seems like a darkroom for a basement. For the switch up we see her wake up in a bathtub in a for the more lighthearted pop part of the song. Director Alex Cook and Rei Ami were able to come together to create a visual that embodies the duality of the song perfectly. Some of those themes that are represented are ”having power” vs ”being powerless” or ”controlling” vs ”being controlled.” Watch Rei Ami’s new video for Dictator after the break!

Get Money (Take Money)- [Pouya] ft. [Boobie Lootaveli]

With less than a week since Pouya and Boobie Lootaveli dropped their hyphy song “Bitch, Park Backwards”, the duo is back with a similarly groovy track called “Get Money (Take Money)”. The dynamic is very reminiscent of their first release of the year, as they recruit Spock once again to produce this banger. He creates a Bouncy instrumental with high-pitched, West Coast-inspired synths and club-like bass, paving the way for the two wordsmiths to both brag and talk about struggles that each of them faces in their daily lives. Boobie handles the hook and although it’s very simplistic, the repetition and delivery of the lyrics are so catchy that they’re inevitably going to linger in my head for at least the duration for the day, if not longer. His flow is smooth and sounds so natural and effortless, which is vital for a suave beat of this nature considering I’ve heard others try and force verses on similar beats, ultimately leading to failing results. Pouya once again proves that he can body any verse over any beat he is given to work with. Although the themes he discusses are a bit bleaker than the production would suggest, he mentions topics …

OBE – [Travis Bickle]

It’s clear that Travis Bickle doesn’t think like the rest of us. With treasured songs including “Best Friend Shows Me Love” and “Joan of Arc” to attest, the Atlanta-bred talent embodies a left-of-center, genre-agnostic style of music, quite unlike anything you’ve heard. Every time he releases a new song, it becomes a moment in and of itself, propelled by a sense for sound that feels more like an experience than anything else. Today, the man himself has done it again, releasing perhaps one of his best records to date in “OBE.” Just over 3 minutes in length, “OBE” is a rollercoaster of a song, showered in dramatic changes, decadent melodies, and a hint of unpredictability. In today’s day and age, we often hear conversations about Spotify-centric music and artists who boast impressive play counts, but aren’t really pushing the ball forward. Consequently, they don’t stick around for long, while the inventive, eclectic approaches of artists like Bickle seem to sustain. “OBE” is proof of such, and will undoubtedly be thrown in heavy rotation for the months to come. Because quite frankly, no one is doing it quite like Travis Bickle right now. Check out “OBE” on SoundCloud below!

Yo Mama Bad Bad – [Wemmymo]

Wemmymo embodies exactly what most young artists are; full of energy + emotion, honest, witty, experimental and straight-up hilarious with some of their ideas. This is the case with young Wemmy’s latest record titled “Yo Mama Bad Bad”, and just from glancing at the title I am sure you can tell what this one is about, it’s a funny ode to some of his homies moms who are in fact, “bad bad”. This record is essentially two minutes of Wemmy rapping playfully about the trials & tribulations he goes through when he is in one of these situations, and he ends it off with one of his classic skits that are sure to make you laugh. This new release is the latest offering of Wemmy’s new series he calls ‘Mo-Music Mondays”, so let this tune hold you over for the next seven days until his next drop, and follow Wemmymo on Twitter here to keep up with his future releases. produced by LV3

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 …

Jewelry – [Your Old Droog]

Your Old Droog has seemingly done the impossible with his newest project Jewelry that features a host of features from many of rap’s most unreachable and unattainable, including three appearances from the elusive Mach-Hommy and a guest verse from the legendary MF DOOM. Droog has become somewhat of a lightning rod for controversy over the past several years, boasting a great number of twitter feuds with both journalists and casual fans alike, but while he has come off as slightly irrational, or at the very least intolerant (in the least chaotic sense imaginable) Jewelry is another well-manicured and precisely executed project from one of rap’s most pure. Jewelry opens with a call in a foreign tongue from Mach-Hommy on “Shamash,” and this immediately sets a dramatic and unabashedly genuine tone. The following track “Jew Tang” (definitely watch this video) is a tribute to Droog’s ethnic makeup and it is honestly wonderful to see a depiction of Jewish practices and faith within a rap video that doesn’t minimize this group to strictly monetary comparisons, as many rappers have done for years now. “Jew Tang” finishes with an impassioned outro from Matisyahu who supplied a captivated singing stretch to bring the track to a close. Droog has …