Still – [Maxo Kream]

En route to his forthcoming album and major label debut, Brandon Banks, all eyes are on Maxo Kream. As one of rap’s best storytellers, the world is awaiting the latest statement from the Houston mainstay, and today, he’s here to bless fans with an unbelievable new video for one of the project’s singles, “Still.” Backed by a knocking, ominous instrumental, Maxo’s machine-like flows and chilling lyricism make “Still” the kind of song that only yields one response: to click the replay button. Fitting this very energy, the music video here features Maxo and his father, the main subject of the album, holding down a warehouse as they continue to run their business amidst an inevitable rise to the top of the rap game. With this in mind, I find something new every time I listen to “Still,” and this stellar set of visuals only gives me more reason to revisit the song again and again until the album finally drops. JMP and Maxo Kream killed it, so be sure to show some love and click play on the video below! Directed by JMP Produced by ChaseTheMoney

Runnin’ Rich EP – [Valee]

Chicago’s own Valee just released a brand new EP titled Runnin’ Rich and it’s easily one of the best tapes to come out of Chicago so far this year. It’s a rather quick listen through coming in at seven tracks and just about fifteen minutes in length, but it’s chop filled with bouncy bangers that have great melodies & some solid features from G Herbo, Vic Mensa and King Louie. Valee has aways had a great ear for production and the instrumentals on this project certainly didn’t disappoint, much love to the producers TYMadeIt, Young God, NARCOWAVE, Rio Mac, ChaseTheMoney and even Valee himself. Along with the release of this EP Valee left a few words saying: “Debut album on the way”, but while we wait for that press play below. Art by Chris James

Bad Boys 3 – [Reese LAFLARE] ft. [Blaze Servin] [Ken Carson]

Reese LAFLARE is a gem. He’s an effortless trendsetter, a certified hitmaker, and someone whose coolness never fades. Today, we see this in the context of LAFLARE’s latest single, “Bad Boys 3,” alongside Blaze Servin and Ken Carson. Backed by a simplistic, haymaker-inducing instrumental from Pyrex and Chasethemoney, this hard-nosed offering keeps things simple while maximizing the force with which each artist delivers their lines. One beat after another, it’s wildly entertaining and easy to throw on repeat, making “Bad Boys 3” an unskippable slap that I’m sure I’ll be listening to well into the summer. In addition to the excitement of this new song, LAFLARE also included in the description that he has a new album on the way this summer, so don’t sleep. Prepare yourself by streaming “Bad Boys 3” below! Produced by Pyrex and Chasethemoney

You & Me Both – [Valee]

It’s been a few months since we have last heard from GOOD Music’s own Valee, but lucky for us he released a brand new track a few days ago titled “You & Me Both”. Whenever you see Valee and Chasethemoney link up you know that it’s going to be something special, once I heard this hypnotizing instrumental & then Valee jump on it with his signature flow I was hooked, it just might be the best song you will hear all day. Listen to this brand new joint below and if you like it then be sure to share it with a friend. Produced by Chasethemoney & JW Lucas

Activist – [Billyracxx]

Billyracxx has been featured on our pages a few times in the past, but it’s been a hot minute since his last appearance, but all of that nonsense is ending today as he is back with his brand new music video titled “Activist”. Billyracxx is one of the most interesting and unique artists out right now, he has a vibrant style that no one can imitate and this new visual is the perfect example of that. One of my favorite parts about this song was the insane instrumental that was handled by Chasethemoney, and Billyracxx ripped it to shreds & complimented it with a pleasing visual to put the cherry on top. Take a few minutes of your time to check out this brand new music video below and if you like it be sure to share it with a friend!

More Than Ever – [Lucki]

With Lucki’s impeccable Freewave 3 project making the rounds as an early contender for album of the year, it’s only right to acknowledge that Chicago’s own is one of the hottest artists in rap right now. He’s a storyteller for the ages and an artist wise beyond his years, so much so that it’s justifiable to say that Lucki’s possibilities for collaboration are limited simply by how skilled and unique he is. One name that always seems to get it right in pairings with the Freewave rapper, however, is Jake Osmun, whose back today to bless us with a brand new music video for “More Than Ever” produced by ChaseTheMoney. Rapidly-paced and fit to the general hard-nosed, tunnel-visioned sound of the instrumental, this music video takes Lucki’s untouchable creative vision and turns it into truly one of the best visual companions I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Between hypnotic effects, hazy scenes, and a constant emphasis on Lucki’s captivating character, “More Than Ever” paints Freewave 3 in a perfect way, and for that, we have to thank the director at hand. Jake Osmun snapped, and as always, him and Lucki are an unbeatable combo on the visual side of things. Watch …

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UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

Freewave 3 – [Lucki]

Chicago’s own Lucki has been teasing the release of his third edition of his Freewave series for a minute now, and just a few minutes ago he blessed his rapidly growing fan base with the project! The fans have been impatiently waiting this release for quite some time now, and Lucki didn’t hold back at all as he provided us with fifteen new records that will be in rotation for years to come. CHASETHEMONEY produced a good amount of this project and some of my personal favorite joints are the ones that he worked on, but believe me when I say that this project is sensational from top to bottom. The only feature on this tape comes from Earl Sweatshirt, which is awesome to see because Lucki fans know that Earl Sweatshirt has been one of his biggest inspirations for years now. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like what you hear be sure to share the music with a friend or loved one. From all of us here at Lyrical Lemonade, congratulations on this release Lucki!

Lil Jesus EP – [Pollari]

I have said it before and I will say again, the best part about following artists careers is that you get to witness massive growth over the years, and it’s been an honor to watch Pollari reach this point. Yesterday the Lyrical Lemonade favorite released his brand new EP titled “Lil Jesus”, which is by far his best work to date in my opinion because of all of the different sounds he experimented with. It features a couple of amazing records that fans were already familiar with like Battlescars featuring fellow LL favorite Lil Skies, but for the most part it’s brand new bass knocking jams with addicting melodies that anyone can enjoy. Stellar production is something that Pollari always seems to have and he really outdid himself this time around as he recruited producers ChaseTheMoney, Supahmario, Lukrative, Hollow, Deliverthecrush, callari, Taz Taylor and Sensei to help create this masterpiece of a project. Stream this awesome new tape via Soundcloud below and if you enjoy it be sure to keep up with Pollari by giving him a follow on Twitter here! From myself & the whole Lyrical Lemonade family congratulations on this release Pollari!