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Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

D Appointment – [Sha Summers]

Virginia born emcee Sha Summers conducts a lyrical exercise with his new track “Dick Appointment.” I’m not going to lie the main reason I clicked on this song was that I thought the title was funny. To my surprise my first time listening to Sha I was impressed with his witty and clever wordplay. I haven’t seen any eps or albums released from Summers recently so maybe this is the start of a roll out for whats to come in 2019. If you are on social media a good bit Sha Summers voice might sound familiar to you. Last year he made a parody video of Doja Cat’s viral hit “Moo!” with a video entitled “Ima Bird.” The Brooklyn based rapper was able to accumulate 30 million views in total off of the snippet. Let’s hope that those fans have that same energy as they dive into Sha’s discography and future work. Stream “Dick Appointment” below.

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. 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. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …

LL Presents: The Awto Q&A

Awto is one of the few people that I have came across in my submissions, and really liked their music. In fact, he’s definitely the first artist I met through submissions to get a Lyrical Lemonade Q&A! He has a pretty good following at this point in his career, but from the sounds of his music, I expect him to grow a bigger fan base some time very soon. His music is what some would consider the “new wave,” but to me it’s just well put together & sonically pleasing. Don’t sleep on this man, learn a thing or two about him below!   EM: First things first, give a brief introduction of yourself for our readers why may not be familiar with you awto: Greetings. I am AWTO, Amari Will Take Over. — EM: Where are you from? awto: Im from Maryland — EM: When did you first start creating music? awto: I first started creating music when i was 16. i had put out a song on a joey badass type and it got 1000 in one day lol thats when i was like man i can really do this. and i didn’t start taking it serious until i was 18. — EM: What is your …

LL Presents: The Meech Q&A

Meech is a Chicago native who I recently came across about a month ago when my homie put me on, and I quickly noticed the skill he possess. Hailing from the east side of the city, Meech offers a unique sound that is extremely refreshing. Take a few minutes to get to know him below, then check out his music catalog here.     EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself MC: Hello readers who prolly never heard of me, my name is Demetrius but my mama and my friends call me Meech. I’m a artist/producer/songwriter from the Eastside of Chicago. I’m apart of this collective called Sober Gold, where me and my friends make really cool things. Imma keep it brief cause I don’t wanna keep talking and ruin the Q&A and shit lol — EM: When did you start creating music? MC: I started making music when I was 13, my pops gave me this old old OLD school drum machine, I had a mic connected to the stereo, and I had some cassette tapes. Bro, how I set that shit up to record I do not …