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Get Refreshed: February ‘22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yung lean tik tok Okay so, usually (usually) I try and stay out of discourse like this. I did write a pretty lengthy piece nearly a year ago now on the topic of “gatekeeping” for Gum’s Halcyon.txt zine – which should be out sometime soon believe it or not. It sums up my thoughts about the matter pretty abstractly, but I wanted the article to highlight why gatekeeping occurs in the first place, which circumstances its occurrences are valid in, and most centrally here, the ways we can navigate around it. I’m only bringing this up now to say that… honestly… that’s as O P I N I O N A T E D as you’re gonna see me get for a while. And that was a year ago, even; I’ve become even more jaded towards the idea of participating in these types of discussions in any public sphere since then.  That being said, when it comes to the most formative artist of my life, I feel like I HAVE to say something. I recently tweeted out a response to the crowd …

strangers – [ericdoa]

Back when I first heard the term hyperpop, I was honestly confused with all of the different sounds that the subgenre encompassed, but all I knew was that there were a few artists included under this umbrella that instantly became some of my favorites. At the same time, it just so happened that these talents were also good friends, so it was easy to get into different musicians based on the fact that they were all making similar styles yet sounded completely different from one another. Glaive, midwxst, aldn, and ericdoa were some of my early favorites, and after getting more and more familiar with them, I realized that in all honesty, none of them could release a bad song if they tried. Out of all of these names, eric might just be my overall favorite because of all the different genres he mashes together at once, but the way he pulls off these different styles makes me realize just how impressive he is, and that’s thanks to some of the producers he frequently works with. At this point in time, I’ve seen eric perform live twice, and I’m hoping to up this number as soon as I can but …

All Or Nothing – [YMG]

Canadian rap group YMG or Young Money Getters, which consists of Kilo and Bully, are making their Lyrical Lemonade debut today with their new mixtape All or Nothing that opens with a solemn and reflective track titled “Word” that serves as a foreboding introduction to the project. This track bleeds into the more upbeat and harmonic track “Curse on A Verse” that starts to paint more of a menacing and treacherous picture. I also enjoyed the melodic track “No Love” where YMG skates over the upbeat instrumental powered by a spooky vocal sample. The project comes to a close with the other-worldly song “Molly & Lean” and wraps up the versatile new project from YMG.

IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF! – [EGOVERT]

Out of everyone in the industry, big or small, there is really no one I root harder for than EGOVERT. Not only is he an incredible musician on all fronts, but he is one of the most captivating and polarizing individuals on this earth, period. While he is known for creating some of the most dexterous, out of the box music that can be the soundtrack to a party just as easily as other songs can be the playlist for a good introspection, he is simply one of the most versatile artists in the entire world and it amazes me time and time again that people can go about their lives without knowing about him. Although he has been hyping up his project EGODEATH for quite some time, I know he wants it to be perfect. So, instead of making fans and listeners alike wait, he decided to appease our hunger with the release of the aforementioned project’s prelude entitled Ideas Are Bulletproof! Executively produced by Dustin Cavazos and Siddhartha with production from oakerdidit, crmsyn, cherryannbaby, and oddestoneyoung, these 5 songs run just about 17 minutes long and were written, recorded, and produced in 47 hours and 37 minutes. Although …

Gravity – [Marie Noreger]

“In the process of making my ep Gravity I painted a picture of emotional episodes that I feel like a lot of us can connect to. It starts with “Adore,” the opening track. “Adore” brings up the feeling of having an exposed heart.. being captured in between, fragile and naked.. basically falling in love. “On you” is the second track of the ep, which brings up the feeling of waiting, daydreaming of getting together again. The title really says it all, it´s on you, I´m here waiting on you. But it´s a hopeful kind of waiting. “Eager to feel” is tapping more into introspection, and “Bullshit in disguise” and “Soulfully high” is both songs about how I sometimes view the world. Bs in disguise Is almost like a reality check tbh, like “What dream should I wake up from?” That´s really how I can feel sometimes. The ep ends with the track “Gravity” which brings up a pure yet nostalgic feeling. Your person may not be there anymore but you’re still caring as if they were.. You cherish the moments you got together and the only reason for why you can, is because you found the love within. Even though …

A Conversation with Dora Jar

My entire life has been marked by individuals who have left me better than they found me. Whether it was at the age of 14 or 24, I’ve found myself meeting a plethora of people who have inspired me beyond anything I could truly comprehend. It’s these relationships and encounters that have made me the people loving person that I am today and for that I will always be eternally grateful. This morning, I have the honor to introduce the Lyrical Lemonade family to a person who deserves to be cherished in every way and an artist who is bound to change the world. Dora Jar is a super star and that is a conviction that I will hold on to until the end. I came across her music in 2020 and since then, whenever anyone asks me who my favorite artist is, I can only truthfully say that it’s her. From her angelic voice to her unique personality, this New Yorkian was born to stand out and she’s doing just that each and every day. A truly captivating individual who doubles as a musical genius, Dora arrives on our page this morning for our conversation that we had last …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

223 – [Double-007]

Double-007’s name has been ringing out from the streets of North Memphis for the past several months and he is one of many young rappers coming out of the M that has an incredibly bright future and already is putting together complex flows and creating complex punchlines and wordplay that would make you think he is a much more seasoned veteran in the music making process than he actually is. He recently unloaded a new mixtape titled 223 that is fourteen-tracks in length and shows off a lot of the sides to Double-007’s artistry and includes him rapping on a bevy of beats from the most menacing, slimey instrumentals to straight up club-bangers. “Perk Talk” is a particularly interesting instrumental to me with an almost hollow quality to the percussion that doesn’t hit nearly as deeply as some other Memphis 808’s but the instrumental made up for this lack of thump with its up-tempo nature that let 007 snap bar after bar. “Yeap” is a track where 007 takes a simple instrumental composed of a simple piano scale and skittering drums that he is able to walk-over, delivering bar after bar like they are the .223 bullets that he raps about …

VLONE – [10K Kobee] ft. [DCG Shun] & [DCG Bsavv]

Over the past few months, I’ve become almost obsessed with. The music that the DCG brothers have been releasing. They’ve been grinding like crazy, and have introduced me to some other prominent young talents in the City that I was previously unaware of, but I’m beyond appreciative when I tune in. Most recently, 10K Kobee, an 18-year-old emcee from the Windy City recruited Shun and Bsavv to join him on his song “VLONE” as well as the music video that comes with the single, and I was blown away by not only how well 10K fit in with the chemistry that the brothers naturally possess, but also his own individualistic style as well. As far as the production is concerned, this beat is extremely bass-heavy, being driven by speaker busting 808s and some piercing percussion that doesn’t even really contain a melody, keeping things somewhat bare-bones while also allowing the three rappers’ unbelievable personalities to shine through. As 10K comes in for the hook, he divides his lines up fairly regularly as his ad-libs echo some of his lyrics in the background. His words are fairly heavily emphasized, making sure you don’t miss a single lyric he spits, and his …

The Rascals Interview: The Beauty of Creating Full-Circle Moments

We are currently in the era of music where lots of the artists that are out now have all been making music for various amounts of time in their life. Some artists have been writing raps since they were in middle school, some artists may have had a musical background as an adolescent, and some maybe even have just started making music literally months before becoming discovered. No matter the case, there’s a beauty in all of it. However, the artists that come up with the musical background potentially have some of the longest-spanning careers, and in result, may even have more “war stories” to tell. The ever-so-talented producer/songwriter duo known as The Rascals have been deep routed in music for much longer than we may have thought, and it truly shows in their art. Leon Thomas III and Khris Riddick-Tynes (also known as The Rascals) have been instilled in the music industry since they were very young, and have been a duo for seven years already. Many people may recognize Leon Thomas as he played the character Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon show Victorious alongside Victoria Justice and superstar Ariana Grande. Since then, he has been making tons of moves …