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Theatrics – [Noah Sims]

Noah Sims is a young twenty three year old creative out of Chicago who seems wise beyond his years, we here at Lyrical Lemonade have been familiar with him for a minute now since he was a teenager and I just recently found myself wondering when we were going to receive some new material from him, and just on time he is back with a brand new offering titled “Theatrics”. I have grown to know Noah as a super dope producer but this new joint is a little different because it’s his first time releasing music as a singer/songwriter, and it’s actually very good! Up to this point, everything that Noah has learned musically is seemingly coming to light, and I only see him continuing to improve, get in tune with one of Chicago’s rising talents below!

In Due Time – [p-rallel]

Music writing has brought me a number of benefits as far as learning about a host of new songs and elements of culture, but my favorite two aspects that it has afforded me are a newfound knowledge on other cultures across the globe, as well as introducing me to new music that I have a limited prior knowledge of but greatly enjoy nonetheless. London’s p-rallel encompasses both of these things, and for those who are unfamiliar with his reputation or his work he is a producer and DJ who has a great notoriety within London’s party scene and also is a respected tour DJ with Northampton superstar Slowthai. His new project In Due Time is a brief three-track EP with a variety of distinct flavors. The opening cut “Tomorrow,” is a jazzy and laid-back tune driven by a distant saxophone alongside the subdued production but almost halfway in the track takes a more exciting turn with a sweet guitar riff and some more cosmic synths. This leads into the Lava La Rue featuring “99” that is much more in the club/dance vain and Lava La Rue comes onto this track perfectly and after the drop that leads into her hook, I couldn’t …

Bankroll – [88GLAM] ft. [Lil Keed]

What has been incredible to watch over the past few years is artists at the top of their game really bringing up talent and setting them up for success in a major way. Two of the most exciting talents to rise up in the past year are XO’s 88GLAM and YSL’s Lil Keed, which pretty much goes without saying at this point. It makes sense that as 88GLAM gears up for their third project, that they would join forces with Keed to show the world exactly what the future will be sounding like. 88GLAM have long been a favorite of mine, long before the artists formed the group their solo releases still get plays from me on the regular. Their sound has developed immensely over the years, their chemistry is otherworldly and that is evident when Derek Wise and 88camino trade verses back and forth effortlessly like they’re sparring. Keed fits in perfectly, using his roaring voice to give the track a different sound entirely. What’s amazing is to see Derek and 88camino branch out of Toronto, recording this song with Keed in Atlanta. This jump across the border is what takes Canadian artists from being beloved in their own …

Before I Knew It – [King Khali]

Atlanta-born/Texas-based rapper King Khali has just released a deeply personal new project entitled ‘Before I Knew It’. A chronicle of Khali’s life experiences moving to Texas and encounters with felony charges in his past, ‘Before I Knew It’ illustrates a rare example of a new voice tapping solely into his own reality to construct a fully-fleshed out conceptual album. Khali builds off previous aesthetics of his music to further prove that he thrives in the dark, crafting his most vivid bars over moodier production. Even on this album’s more upbeat moments, a layer of gloominess pervades, adding melodrama to the otherwise real stories Khali is telling. His voice hits with the force of a seasoned veteran, fueled by a bravado that refuses to be questioned and carries with it a weight of certainty that could only be borne out of authenticity. Khali’s ability to speak from personal experience has a genuineness to it that’s refreshing. Instead of following pre-paved formulas for success, Khali’s in the process of chartering his own, and ‘Before I Knew It’ is a promising sign that he’s well on his way. His efforts to incorporate more melodic moments end up paying off, leading to catchy, memorable …

Feet Of Clay – [Earl Sweatshirt]

Earl Sweatshirt is one of the most underrated and overlooked artists in this generation of music. His ability to use vivid imagery within his lyricism over unique samples that one may have never imagined could be turned into a rap song is uncanny and frankly, it’s impressive. His most recent EP Feet of Clay is no different. With mostly original production from the man himself along with some assistance from the Alchemist and Ovrkast, Earl creates a bit of a continuation to last year’s strong album Some Rap Songs. Soul samples and off the wall snippets from songs are used uncharacteristically and just when it seems like you may have lost the rhythm, Earl comes right back in for the rescue with his clever flow. The former Odd Future front runner has made such a transformation over the majority of this last decade, switching up from the tomfoolery that could be found within his music as well as running around California with the rest of the wild OF crew. As for now, he has this maturity within the way he speaks as well as the references and experience he brings to his songs, which is something that has been becoming …

Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’: A Visual and Audio Experience

“Stand up for my own. Even if I take this walk alone. I bow down to the king upon the throne. My life is His, I’m no longer my own” -Kanye West on “Closed on Sunday”, 2019 The ideology of change is something that most people do not cope well with, or accept so openly. People are afraid of those around them changing into someone they never thought they’d see. Some people are afraid of those around them changing to become better than they are doing. Also, people are afraid of change within themselves—in fear of being placed in unfamiliar territories within their life. One area in the culture that change can be extremely neglected and frowned upon can be the music industry. Kanye West happens an individual who has gone through many changes all throughout his life, musical career, and his overall legacy on this earth.  Retroactively speaking, Kanye started out as the kid in Roc-a-Fella who was just known as the beatmaker of the clique. What came afterwards happened to be one of the most impactful artists of this generation. Had he not wanted that change for himself, he would have painted himself in a box early on …

Protect My He(art) – [Kiraly Payne] prod. [5HERIFF]

A week after teasing his new project with the single “By My Side”, Chicago artist Kiraly Payne has released his ‘Protect My He(art)’ EP in full. As a rapper whose style has constantly evolved over his past few years in the context of Chicago’s independent hip-hop scene, ‘Protect My He(art)’ marks the most deliberate shift in his music yet, materialized by the embedding of more fleshed out melodies and experimental production completely done by 5HERiFF while still coming through with a fair share of impressive rapping to satisfy Payne’s core hip-hop listeners. Opening with the scene-setting “Hop In”, Payne makes it clear from the jump what he’s set out to accomplish with this EP. Filled with verses that largely relate to the EP title’s dual-meaning, Payne finds inspiration in his relationships, his own self-improvement, and the honing of his craft. Producer 5HERiFF (WARHOL.SS, Lucki) pushes the EP forward with his use of electronic elements and bright melodies that Payne’s able to match with his own vibrant energy. Listeners familiar with 5HERiFF’s more dark, trap-based production might be thrown for a loop when hearing this EP for the first time, but it seems the producer’s versatility thrives when paired with Payne …

Runnin’ – [UMI] ft. [Yeek]

UMI and Yeek are both in the midst of their own respectively impressive come-ups right now, both honing their own sounds carved from bases in the west-coast and South Florida indie scenes and since crossing over into broader streams. Now, they’ve linked-up on a track for the second time this year with the release of “Runnin’”: a slow-churning, understated song that feels readymade for a sentimental late-night drive or an especially reflective day of just laying in bed. “Runnin’” comes as the latest installment in a series of solid singles from UMI, preceded by the funk-leaning “Love Affair” and the language-traversing “Sukidakara”. Mood wise, “Runnin’” fits in a similar space, meshing emotive keys, lo-fi percussion, and UMI’s levitating harmonies to bring about an overall dizzying sensation that’s immersive to listen to. Yeek’s monotonous rasp functions as the support beam for UMI’s vocals on this duet and the two artists strike a distinct balance that makes it clear why they decide to collaborate so often. Together, they each conjure up some of their best work yet, uniting the moodier, dreamier sides of their own styles to make a track that gives the impression of weightlessness. Listen to UMI and Yeek’s “Runnin’” …

Q&A: Kiraly Payne talks new EP, ‘PROTECT MT he(ART)’

With the release of his new EP, ‘PROTECT MY he(ART)’, coming later this month, Chicago-based artist Kiraly Payne will have initiated the next phase of his music career. The EP not only marks an evolution in the versatile rapper’s sound, but it also represents a shift in his overall mindset when it comes to the creative process, ceding his own ego and the notion of proving himself to anyone. Instead, he’s in pursuit of a greater goal, as he puts it, “to make the best music possible”. This next step for Kiraly has been motivated by his experiences in the Chicago hip-hop scene for the past few years. He only wants to see himself and his friends blow up, and doing that, he’s realized, requires the building of community and collaboration. Listen to Kiraly Payne’s new single “By My Side”, read about his forthcoming EP, and the Chicago hip-hop collective he’s starting in our latest interview below: Photos by @kayodidthat — MDR: Tell me a bit about where you’re from. KP: I’m from like Oak park, but we moved to Bolingbrook when I was six. Is there like a music scene there at all? I mean, yeah, but to be …

Brown Lotus – [Satchy]

Front to back, Satchy’s new album, Brown Lotus, feels like a dream. The emotions are strongly-saturated without getting overly-excited, and the sense of storytelling seems to waft through accounts of vulnerability without any fear as to what the rest of the world thinks. The album almost feels like an escape in this way, but that’s not to say that Satchy is dodging anything at all. Rather, with Brown Lotus, the budding talent dives head-first into his deepest emotions, coming out with a palette of genres, tastes, and feelings that refuse to be anything other than genuine. It is under this theme of authenticity that the album operates — sonically, lyrically, and otherwise. While the songwriting creates a surface-level familiarity with Satchy’s sentimental, love-bound thoughts, it’s the production that adds a layer and brings things full circle. Armed with the fervor of his voice, a guitar, and a band of ambitious musicians, the budding talent wades through his heart and mind with lawless sonic ambition, hopping from funk to low-fi, alternative to soul, and everything in between. These leaps of faith are brought full-circle with the album’s ending note — a 6-minute jazz epic, fittingly titled “Brown Lotus.” Speaking volumes to the rhythms …