Borrowed Time – [Yung Honcho]

Yung Honcho’s mixtape Major Pain that we covered last month has already been huge for the upcoming Knoxville artist who is certainly the biggest thing musically in his part of Tennessee. He is back today with a visual off the project to the Will Major produced track “Borrowed Time” where Honcho laments over a downtrodden sample powered instrumental that gives him an ideal background to let his pain breathe. The visual to this track is particularly memorable as it blends both 3-D animations and performance scenes across Knoxville, with the animations coming courtesy of Trey Burnette and the the direction and editing from ZC Productions.

Get Refreshed: February ‘22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yung lean tik tok Okay so, usually (usually) I try and stay out of discourse like this. I did write a pretty lengthy piece nearly a year ago now on the topic of “gatekeeping” for Gum’s Halcyon.txt zine – which should be out sometime soon believe it or not. It sums up my thoughts about the matter pretty abstractly, but I wanted the article to highlight why gatekeeping occurs in the first place, which circumstances its occurrences are valid in, and most centrally here, the ways we can navigate around it. I’m only bringing this up now to say that… honestly… that’s as O P I N I O N A T E D as you’re gonna see me get for a while. And that was a year ago, even; I’ve become even more jaded towards the idea of participating in these types of discussions in any public sphere since then.  That being said, when it comes to the most formative artist of my life, I feel like I HAVE to say something. I recently tweeted out a response to the crowd …

Home – [breathe.]

Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the Sydney, Australian band breathe. The musical duo recently released their latest single titled “Home,” which is filled with chilling vocals and a peaceful instrumental to match. Sonically the record employs a signature touch of soul that makes the accompanying cinematic music video all the more sumptuous. Directed by breathe. and shot on a simple phone camera lens, the visual glimpses into the lives of friends from seventeen countries worldwide. Amid a specific time with closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Home” is an ambitious creation aimed at providing a sense of belonging that’s been lost in the midst of crisis.      “Home was written about the feeling of losing someone special, and in the aftermath needing to be connected with your people and places” – breathe.    

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 …

Tokyo Drifting – [Glass Animals] ft. [Denzel Curry]

By Danny Adams Until today, I wasn’t familiar with Glass Animals to be honest. After some research, I found out that they’re apparently a British group that makes a mixture of different musical genres ranging from psychedelic pop to alternative R&B, and many other types of music along the spectrum. Normally I don’t really write about electronic songs or the artists that create this type of music, but South Florida’s very own Denzel Curry is the reason I couldn’t resist. On the group’s latest single “Tokyo Drifting” which features the unbelievable emcee, I couldn’t believe my ears. The song starts out with computerized hip hop production that is reminiscent of Daft Punk, with spacey effects on the singer’s vocals. This part of the song was still entertaining, but I wasn’t blown away until Denzel came in. The beat switches to a more rap-friendly version right before he bursts into his verse with as much energy as ever before, spitting words faster than he may have ever spoken in his life. Although his verse is somewhat short, the number of lyrics he is able to deliver is extraordinary and I believe it was possible because I’m not sure that he ever …

Prettier In Pink – [Chris Moon]

Sitting down to write about the latest from an artist named Chris Moon, “Prettier In Pink,” I really have no idea what to say. Something about the gentle blend between autotune and such candid, mesmeric lyrics strikes a chord in me that I didn’t even know existed, and while the easy comparison here is Frank Ocean, I feel as though resorting to such doesn’t really give the art a chance to breathe. Rather, it’s the subtle humor and refreshing soul of “Prettier In Pink” that gives this song its allure. Considering the very opening lyrics that I’m sure I’ll be singing all day long, “I stay in pink / Like my name was Killa Cam,” Moon is able to grab the listener’s ear from the song’s first seconds, maintaining this attention throughout. From there, the energy of “Prettier In Pink” grows and morphs as the song progresses, and as a result, you simply can’t turn your head away, as Moon constantly seems to present something new and exciting with each successive line. Needless to say, I highly recommend that all of our readers out there give this one a listen. Chris Moon is an artist to keep an eye out for, …

Breathe EP – [RIZ LA VIE]

“Refreshing” is an understatement when it comes to describing the newest EP from RIZ LA VIE, Breathe. From the emotional honesty of the project to the undying sense of self-care and hope that each note exudes, few, if any, projects in recent memory have developed such a thoughtful artistic voice. VIE’s energy and oozing passion are galvanizing, and in regards to purpose, the project finds its magic in the concept of taking some time to sit back, remove oneself from the stresses of daily life, and learn to embrace introspection. Breathe. doesn’t just stop here, though. Furthering the magic in a more sonic sense, this EP weaves in and out of genres without any regard for artistic boundaries, and for that, it deserves appreciation. RIZ LA VIE refuses to adhere to any limits or expectations, making for a project just as focused and cohesive as it is ambitious and gleefully creative. With this in mind, the latest EP from the NYC native is right on target with his sky-high potential. RIZ LA VIE is a name that you’re going to be seeing everywhere quite soon, so be sure to get hip early by streaming Breathe. below!

breathe. – [KONG]

I’m a firm believer in the idea that hearing a song at the right time is just as important as the sound of the song itself, in some cases. There are countless songs that I haven’t liked upon my first few listens but ended up loving once they “clicked,” and similarly, there are plenty of songs that have clicked right away thanks to the right timing and the right listening experience. One song that clicked right off the bat for me is “breathe.” by an artist named KONG. Soulful and hypnotic as can be, I clicked play on “breathe.” earlier this morning, and upon listening to the first few seconds, I knew that this one had fallen perfectly into place. Between the soothing sound of the instrumental to KONG’s dense, reflective lyricism, this track seemingly helped me escape from the stresses of the day throughout its entire duration. Few songs that I’ve heard recently feel as refreshing as this one, and most notable is the fact that the vocals and the production don’t feel as though they’re layered in any way — rather, these elements of the song come together as one, making for an enjoyable and even therapeutic listen …

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here! — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

Breathe – [Serena Isioma]

“Refreshing” has become an over-used word in the world of music writing, but sometimes, there’s just no better fit to describe a song — such is the case with an artist by the name of Serena Isioma and her new single, “Breathe.” Refreshing as can be, this song exudes emotion using a soul-stricken set of guitar riffs and Isioma’s atmospheric vocals. It truly feels like the sun on a picture perfect day, and the title “Breathe” so seamlessly fits this feeling, as this offering balances a beautiful line between relaxed and emotional. Lyrically and sonically, all elements of this one are on the same page, shedding light on the mark of a brilliantly-talented artist. With this, after hearing just one song, it has become clear to me that Serena Isioma is certainly an act to watch out for in the future, so check out “Breathe” below and hear what I’m talking about for yourself!