On Me – [DCG Brothers]

I hope the music community has been paying close attention to what’s been going on in Chicago because we are having a massive amount of talented artists popping up left and right. There are several young acts who I believe have the potential to be superstars such as Serena Isioma and OG Stevo, but two of the acts that I am most excited about are DCG Bsavv and DCG Shun. These two brothers might as well be twins because they are so close in age, but they are two of the most energetic + superior rappers to come out of the city in recent memory. Their music videos are always top tier while their music never seems to disappoint, they are a promising young duo who I believe will be superstars someday soon. We also have the DCG Brothers performing at our Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash music festival in a few months here in Chicago, you can purchase tickets to that here.

A Beginner’s Guide To NYC Sample Drill

Sampling isn’t a new thing, and it surely isn’t new to hip-hop. In the 90s, during what some would consider the “golden age” of hip-hop, producers were flipping the soul records they grew up with into cutting edge rap records. But as time went on and hip-hop grew, the laws surrounding the use of other artists’ music for sampling grew increasingly restrictive, and the connections and money needed to successfully clear samples partially closed that window for smaller, independent artists. As a result, some producers even made it a point to make sample-free music, reflective of the general attitude toward the arduous process and legal implications of sample-clearing. There’s a new sound taking over New York right now, though, unconcerned with any of this. A wave of sample-based production is happening all over the city, pairing classic songs of all genres with NYC’s omnipresent drill sound – a lethal combination of hard-nosed drum patterns and soaring 808s with colorful arrays of samples, from rock songs to soul songs and everything in between. Artists are ignoring the “red tape” of sample clearance and releasing new music at breakneck speed, encouraging others to do the same. As a result, an entire world of sound …

February – [Jay2]

Earlier this year, Chicago native Jay2 dropped off a project entitled Send Heartss which was a 13 song, just over half-hour-long tape where Jay wore his heart on his sleeve and truly revealed himself to the world. With only two features (Bari and BOS), the brunt of the project was on the shoulders of Jay and while this might be a daunting task for some, he instead saw it as an opportunity to share his heart and soul with fans, and they definitely ate it up. Although we’re a few months removed from its release, Jay decided he wasn’t done having fun with the album and decided to continue its legacy with the release of an awesome new music video for his song “February” which featured production from the one and only Luke Almighty and it also happened to be one of my favorites off of the project. Recruiting Blue Butterflies to direct this miniature movie, the scene opens up as Jay is sitting at the dining room table eating a meal with a lovely lady who seems to be his significant other. While many couples enjoy their meals together, there seems to be this tension between them as he …

What Made U – [Ohana Bam]

I apologize in advance because I am about to completely cap on this. When I think about the coolest + richest people that I know, two people come to mind, the almighty Tamika Ponce, and the Chicago legend Ohana Bam. Really though, out of all of the people that I have met in my lifetime, Ohana Bam is without a doubt the most wealthy person that I have ever had the honor of meeting. He doesn’t even hesitate or try to hide his wealth either, he will flex the fact that he owns multiple properties on us peasants. I tried to call Bam before I wrote this post to get a clip for the Twitter post, but I got sent to his assistant’s intern, who penciled me in for 2024. Alright enough of that, take a few minutes out of your day to watch Ohana Bam’s brand new music video for “What Made U” below!

Enemies – [OddCouple] x [theMIND]

OddCouple is an OG in the Chicago music community, he has finally been steadily releasing content again after a few years hiatus, and today he is back with a brand new visual for his record called “Enemies” featuring theMIND. I am a huge fan of abstract visualizers like this one, they always bring a breath of fresh air to whatever song they are tied to, but this one felt so next level. I have watched this one closely about five times in a row now, it’s so visually pleasing, shout out to New Trash Crew for making this one possible. This upcoming album from OddCouple is one of my most anticipated Chicago projects of the year, it’s been a long time coming, but I believe it will be well worth the wait. Watch this brand new visual below, and if you like what you see/hear, give OddCouple a follow on Twitter! Directed By New Trash Crew

Detroit Flow – [FastMoney Ant]

Over the past couple of years, it seems like as more and more artists come up, everyone seems to kind of stick together and root each other on. Whether you’re from one of the coasts, the South, or the Midwest, people seem to draw influences and inspiration from one another to both pay homage and add something new to their arsenal of aptitudes. While Michigan seems to be having its moment in the spotlight, as they very well should be, it seems like artists from all over are giving them the respect they deserve and I’m all here for it. Although it has been out for a few weeks, at this point, I was just put onto FastMoney Ant and his latest release “Detroit Flow”, which obviously pays homage to one of the biggest music cities out right now. I was honestly somewhat shocked that I had never heard of Ant until now considering he’s from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, but you can bet your life savings that he’s going to stay on my radar moving forward after hearing this hit. Opening up with an obvious Michigan-stylized instrumental, the church bells and rattling percussion place you right in the …

Joyfriend: The Lemonade Stand Interview

The Lemonade Stand is one of the two interview series that we have here at Lyrical Lemonade, it takes place right here in our headquarters and I have had the honor of speaking with many talented musicians through this series. The latest episode is featuring alternative artist Joyfriend, he’s become one of my favorite new acts from the Chicagoland area, so I had him stop by the office a couple of months ago to discuss his journey so far. I spoke with Joyfriend about a variety of topics such as growing up in Park Ridge, his influences, his experience at Maine South High School, his amazing Dog Fight EP, the role that his siblings played in his life, and much more. When it comes to the alternative/DIY artist in the scene, there’s no one that I am more excited for than Joyfriend, he’s extremely talented and I am having a great time watching him develop. Watch this brand new interview below, and if you aren’t already, give Joyfriend a follow on Instagram here!

Come Alive – [Taylor Bennett] ft. [TheHxliday]

Over the past handful of years, few artists in Chicago have remained at the top of their game as Taylor Bennett has. While many people might’ve come for his music because they had to hear what Chance’s little brother sounded like, they stayed for years and years because it was clear that talent was a common theme in the Bennett family and Taylor was giving Chance a run for his money more often than not. Just before the weekend, Taylor dropped off an unexpected yet much-appreciated collaboration with Baltimore native TheHxliday called “Come Alive”, and while I never really thought of these two talents sharing a record together, they did an absolutely remarkable job. Although I was bumping the track all weekend, when I saw that they decided to team up with Goood Dylan to direct a music video in the city that Taylor and I both call home, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. Although Goood Dylan is a relatively new director and editor on my radar, I have realized that he uses lots of specific, unique animations that are somewhat similar to fellow videographer Lonewolf, yet Dylan puts his own spin on these intriguing edits. After …

With Dat – [TheHxliday] ft. [Polo G]

I’ve been a fan of TheHxliday for quite some time, at this point, yet as of late, I’ve found myself pretty much completely consumed with his discography. He has similar qualities to living legends such as Lil Uzi with overtones of emotion and pain that are more so along the lines of a Juice WRLD or XXXtentacion, and although this combination might come off as strange or out of the box, TheHxliday makes it work in some of the most remarkable ways I could’ve ever even imagined. Last week, I was beyond excited to write about his latest single “Wit Dat” not only because it was a great song, but also because it featured Polo G, one of my favorite Chicago artists out right now. While I don’t think anyone saw this collaboration coming and I was even more intrigued to see what it would sound like, they both killed their parts and brought an insane record to life. Just when I thought the fun was over, the dynamic duo teamed up once again to bring an awesome music video to life directed by Kevin Mares and Dogfood Media. Right off the bat, TheHxliday and his girl are hanging out …

Bet On Me – [Goldenboymnny]

One name that I have been hearing about more and more over the past six months or so is Goldenboymnny, he’s a creative from Chicago that has been grinding + crafting his sound, and today is a big day for him as he just released his brand new project titled “Bet On Me”. This is a twelve-track tape that really puts Goldenboymnny’s range as an artist on full display, there’s something on this project that every hip-hop enthusiast can enjoy, especially if you like melodic rap or music that gives you those old school Soundcloud type of feels. I thoroughly enjoyed this project, it’s what I would consider a statement tape from Goldenboymnny, kicking down the door and letting us know that he is here to stay. There’s plenty of good music included in this project, but two of the standout tracks in my opinion are “She Lied” and “Bite The Bullet”. I have a good feeling once we get to December and I am preparing our Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year article, this one will be heavily in consideration, but don’t wait any longer, get familiar with this new music now. Stream this brand new project below …