SEARCH FOR: TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS

A Conversation With WemmyMo:

When I first discovered WemmyMo’s music, it was a refreshing change of pace compared to a majority of what I was hearing, he brought an energetic + youthful approach to his music that was raw but you could see the potential that he possessed. I was extremely impressed when I first listened to Wemmy’s debut project Bittersweet, it was a sensational body of work that had plenty of ear-pleasing jams on it, which led me to eventually meeting him not so long after + I have been rooting for him ever since. Wemmy is still very young, so he has a ton of time to continue to grow + develop his sound, but in some years I could easily see him being one of the hottest artists in Chicago. Wemmy is well on his way to that already though, so I wanted to bring him by the LL office for a new ‘Conversation With’ segment, read/watch the interview & make sure you follow Wemmy on social media below! Follow Wemmy on Twitter here • Follow Wemmy on IG here   — EM: How was the quarantine for you? — EM: I first discovered your music when you dropped your debut …

Our 50 Favorite Joey Bada$$ Songs

Every once in a blue moon, an artist will come by in hip-hop that bridges the ever-dividing gap between the new and the old – someone who embodies the best of both, and someone that everyone can agree on. Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era crew were just that when they first came out. Employing a 90s-influenced style and a classic aesthetic that inspired a generation of artists in New York and beyond, Pro Era had the technical skill and “pure hip-hop” lyricism that one would expect from a 90s act, while they also possessed a sense for style, sound, and group comradery that resonated with current-day listeners. It was an incredible marriage of innovation and influence that came from a crew of artists talented and wise beyond their years, spearheaded by none other than Joey Bada$$: an artist now with several undeniable classics to his name, all the way from pure-as-it-gets hip-hop tracks to high-flying, radio-ready anthems. Frankly, Joey Bada$$ has done it all, and his still-growing contributions to hip-hop – aesthetically, lyrically, sonically, and otherwise – are not to be underestimated. Not often do we get a talent of Joey’s caliber that fans of any age can get behind, …

#LF95 – [Lupe Fiasco] [prod. Kaelin Ellis]

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite artist. Notoriously known for his sheer lyricism that only Harvard graduates can fully comprehend, Lupe is likely your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Lupe is a true lyricist, but this label alone is not sufficient enough to describe the thirty-eight-year-old unfettered music veteran. Some have even claimed that the musical work and career of Lupe Fiasco was simply ahead of its time, with an audience not yet prepared for the boldly unfiltered content he delivered. Nonetheless, Lupe’s resume is among the very best, with seven studio albums, one Grammy, (twelve nominations) 2006’s GQ man of the year, along with million-plus records sold and streamed. However, these accolades aren’t what matter most to Lupe; it is instead the lifelong respect/acknowledgment from his music peers that shaped and influenced him. For instance, in a joint Instagram live conversation with Joe Budden, Joe revealed Jay-Z himself once stated that he thinks Lupe Fiasco is the best rapper ever. Lupe also tweeted that Jay-Z wanted to sign him to Roc-A-Fella records. Moreover, when legendary emcee Nas was asked by N.O.R.E which rapper most reminds him of himself, Lupe was his answer. Most recently, Off-White CEO and fashion designer Virgil Abloh tweeted that …

Feelings Hurt – [Rockie Fresh] x [Casey Veggies] x [24hrs]

Lasy year Rockie Fresh dropped a dope new album titled Destination that was a favorite of mine and even landed on our Top 50 Chicago Projects Of The Year article at the end of the year, and this afternoon the Chicago native is back with a brand new music video for a fan favorite off of that album, with “Feelings Hurt” featuring Casey Veggies & 24hrs. This feel-good song needed a dope visual to match it, and that’s exactly what we got in large part thanks to music video director Nem Perez, he brought Rockie’s vision to life as they created a concept based all-around a kickback with his homies. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like it, make sure you hit the like button on YouTube to help it circulate & grow!

Maria – [Rockie Fresh]

Rockie Fresh has been keeping the content coming in 2020, and I certainly have no complaints about that, today the Chicago native is back with his brand new music video for “Maria”. This song was off of Rockie Fresh’s 2019 album Destination that was well received & even featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 piece, it was a fan favorite off of the twelve song tracklist so it felt right to see it get the proper music video that it deserved. Just like that previously mentioned project was, this music video was pieced together perfectly, it finds Rockie Fresh traveling around the beautiful city of Chicago with a love interest. This was a solid release in my book but that’s all you can expect from Rockie Fresh at this point, and I am sure it won’t be too long before he blesses us with more great content, watch this new visual below. Produced by Bizness Boi • video by Yakob

Naughty By Nature – [Mother Nature]

Chicago’s own Mother Nature are a duo that I have been a big fan of for a while now, they were even featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 list a couple of weeks ago, and today they are back with their brand new record titled “Naughty By Nature”. This release comes with some major news for Mother Nature, as they have officially signed to independent Chicago record label Closed Sessions! They will be joining a pretty stacked cast that includes the likes of Ajani Jones and Jack Larsen, but adding these two skilled emcees to the mix is only going to make them stronger as a collective. Straight up, Mother Nature is the best bar for bar duo in the city that I can think of, they seem to be lightyears ahead of their competition + receiving a backing for CS is only going to help them sharpen their skills. This record is the last release that is set to be apart of Closed Sessions forthcoming LP titled Our Latest Compilation that is set to drop on Monday, the newest installment of their compilation series that stretches back to 2010, so make sure that you are on the lookout …

You Promised – [Lexi]

A few days ago Chicago based singer Lexi released her anticipated new music video for “You Promised”, and it’s certainly not anything you want to miss out on. Lexi was recently featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 article because she truly dropped a great body of work last year with her EP With Love, Lexi and this song off of the tape was the one to me, it had that radio worthy type of sound to it that proved to me that Lexi will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Lexi has been progressing nicely as an artist over the past several years and she has put herself in a position to be a leader in Chicago’s music scene for years to come, and if she keeps making great music like it, that time is going to come sooner rather than later. Take a few minutes out of your Wednesday to watch this new music video, and if you enjoy it then make sure you subscribe to her YouTube, you just might be early to the next big artist from the city. Music video by Jam

Fly On The Wall – [Duffle Bag Buru]

If you are familiar with the Chicago music community or maybe if you read our Top 50 Chicago Projects list a couple of weeks back, then you know of the legend who is Duffle Bag Buru, and today the talented emcee is back with his brand new music video for “Fly On The Wall”. This record was not only the title track off of Buru’s latest body of work, this song was a fan favorite that his core fanbase have been waiting to see a visual for, and I believe it’s safe to say that this one lived up to the hype. I got to give some major credit to the video director Mooch, he helped bring Buru’s to life + together they made a memorable piece of art. You will see plenty of familiar faces in this visual such as fellow musical talents Ron$oCold and Supa Bwe, as well as some Lyrical Lemonade affiliates who you have been seeing for years now, so press play below & see what this one has to offer.

NeverMore – [Sydny August]

I apologize because I am a couple of weeks late to this release, but recently Chicago songstress Sydny August blessed her fanbase with a brand new EP titled “NeverMore”. This tape was the follow up to her UNI project that was featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 list, leaving her with two fantastic tapes in 2019, both having her classic slow-paced, melodic & radio hit type of smooth R&B jams. This EP finds Sydny August really exploring her past relationships and what might have gone wrong, speaking on the trials & tribulations for dealing with a heartbreak as well as bouncing back, making music that I am sure many people that can relate to. Sydny truly had an amazing year musically in 2019 and I only expect to see her have an even better year in 2020, but until we get more new material from her go ahead + stream her latest tape below.

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 …