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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 …

A Conversation with DJ Premier: One Of The Best Yet

DJ Premier is a pioneer of hip-hop and an absolute living legend, he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his career and just about a month ago he released his latest masterpiece, a brand new Gang Starr album titled One Of The Best Yet. I grew up a huge fan of Gang Starr in my adolescent years as I am sure many of the people reading this did as well, so when I first head about this new album I was in complete shock, partially because their last album prior to this came out way back in 2003 and also because it has been nearly a decade since the passing of the legendary emcee Guru who made up of one half of the group. This was the first time in his career that DJ Premier had to piece together an album without Guru by his side helping him compose it, he had previously recorded verses that we anywhere from 10-20 years old and he somehow managed to craft it into a tremendous + memorable body of work. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to interview one of my idols and someone who I have studied like DJ Premier, …

Myself – [Matt Muse]

It’s been a real joy to witness the growth & development of Matt Muse over the last four years, he recently dropped his well received project Love & Nappyness and sold out Schubas in Chicago, and today he is back with a brand new visual for “Myself”. This is without a doubt a feel good & self love anthem so I was excited to see how Matt would approach this visual because I know he always plays a large part in directing his own videos, and man he SNAPPED and created easily his best music video to date because of the creative concept he executed perfectly. I am very happy with this release and this music video turned out better than anyone could have imaged, take a few minutes of your day to watch this brand new visual below and if you like it then go ahead & follow Matt Muse on Twitter here!

Q&A: Chicago rapper Matt Muse has nothing but love

The adage “you must love yourself before you can love others” can be interpreted in any number of ways, and for Chicago rapper Matt Muse, exploring love in all its forms has been a strong source of inspiration for his two most recent projects. Last year, Muse released ‘Nappy Talk’, a project he describes as being all about self-love. Muse builds himself up in layers of bravado on tracks like “Don’t Tweak”, letting off steam in the form of masterful flows over keys that seem to announce the arrival of an impending threat. But unlike some wordsmiths in his arena, Muse’s boasts come with substance, rooted in pride that goes deeper than just plain vanity. On ‘Love & Nappyness’, the follow-up to ‘Nappy Talk’, Muse lets listeners know just where that sense of pride stems from. He opens up about the role God, family, and his upbringing have all played in forming his self-perception and ultimately his voice as an artist. While coming across as softer than his previous releases, Muse proves that he’s just as, if not more, powerful with a pen when he’s at his most vulnerable. Read my latest conversation with Matt Muse to learn more about …

Watch Matt Muse’s brand new interview with Illanoize

Matt Muse is fresh off of the release of his brand new project Love & Nappyness so when I saw that he stopped by to catch up with the homies Bekoe and Pretty Riot for a brand new interview I had to tune in! Matt Muse spoke about plenty of topics in this interview including the creation of his brand new project, the time that he almost died while playing Pokemon Go, being a leader in the Chicago community, growing up on the south side on 81st, being influenced by Common & Kanye West, how he first got into making music, his parents being musical influences, instruments he has played, his recent performance on WGN, directing his own visuals, having a great family, pushing the love yourself narrative, how he thought of the title to his tape, why he picked an EP over full length, his headliner at Schubas in Chicago and more. Once again another great interview from Illanoize and an even better overall conversation with the hosts, check out this brand new interview below!

Myself – [Matt Muse] x [Joseph Chilliams]

Matt Muse is one of my favorite artists out of Chicago for so many reasons; he is doing great things in the community, he is a leader / educator for many young upcoming artists, he is a staple in Chicago, oh and he can rap circles around most of his competition. Today the Chicago native is back on our lemon filled pages with his brand new offering titled “Myself [Philautia II]” featuring vocalist Mon’Aerie and Pivot Gang’s own Joseph Chilliams! I have been listening to Matt’s music for some years now but this is by far his best release yet, you just can’t deny this soulful & love filled track, that finds Matt speaking on the things he needs to improve on. The Joseph Chilliams feature on the back end of this track brought that extra jolt of feel good energy & hilarious bars to make this one that much better, it makes me wonder if these two will do music again in the future. Regardless though, stream this brand new song below and if you like what you hear then share it with a friend!

Ain’t No – [Matt Muse]

Chicago leader Matt Muse announced earlier today that he will be releasing a brand new project titled Love & Nappyness, which is set to release on August 9th, and he also blessed us with a brand new music video for “Ain’t No”. One thing that has always stood out to me about Matt Muse is just how much weight has has behind every word, he speaks with such a motivating tone it will uplift you if you let it. Matt is not only one of the illest emcees to come out of the city, he helps pave the way for many young minds around Chicago, as he helps with Young Chicago Authors and is a educator himself at a local school, so it’s deeper than just music for him. You can’t deny the impact Matt is having on our community, and you also can’t deny that his music is FIRE, so press play below!

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Johari Noelle Q&A

Johari Noelle is one of the newer Chicago creatives that I have got in tune with in 2019, and when I heard that she was gearing up to release her new project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud, I figured why not bring her by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand interview? You can expect her to speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as the previously mentioned project, all of the talent that has come out of her high school HF, her strong relationship with her family, how Chicago has influenced her and her headlining show that will be taking place this week in Chicago at The Promontory. Learn a thing or two about Johari by reading this brand new interview below, and you can purchase tickets to see Johari live June 5th here.     Elliot: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself? Johari: My name is Johari Noelle I am a singer, song writer and actress from Chicago. I recently released two singles one of them is called “Show Me” and the other one is called “Too Much and I just released a new EP called …

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 …

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …