Melo Makes Music: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 24 Nov 2020

If you are from Chicago or are familiar with the Chicago music community, then the odds are that you definitely know about Melo Makes Music. Melo is a talent that has been a core piece of the music scene in the city for some years now, he has been getting better + better every single year and is currently gearing up to release his next project in the near future. In this interview, I spoke to Melo about several subjects such as the previously mentioned project, his musical influences, attending Columbia College, his music video for “Manifesto”, working with KOTA The Friend, being an independent artist, and more. Take a few minutes to watch this brand new interview below!

Shaping the Sound of COA

By Billy Bugara // 20 Nov 2020

There is no single album that quite matches the level of influence at a forward-thinking level in the realms of pop music this year than ericdoa’s COA. Being the most prominent instance of this coming paradigm shift for the genre, the all-encompassing impact that this album has as it stands today will ring true for the months and years to come as we enter this brand new era. Of course this status mostly results from the album’s star figure in Eric himself; not a single soul could possibly ignore the masterwork that he put in throughout each and every track without a single miss in sight. His energy was enigmatic; his delivery was entrancing; and his overall musicianship was exuberant and ever-so-perfected as he truly came into his own element as the tried and true pop phenom he was destined to be. But even Eric could only do so much on his end as a singular presence on the mic. The setting that surrounded him – both physically and inside the music as it came to be – played integral roles in crafting what would end up being this impactful and momentous musical experience. Simply put, if Eric was not …

Serena Isioma: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 17 Nov 2020

Serena Isioma is an artist out of Chicago who has quickly become one of my new favorite musicians in the world because of things such as the ear-pleasing music and the warm star-like personality, I believe it’s only a matter of time before Serena is a well-known superstar. Serena Isioma dropped an EP earlier this year titled Sensitive, and it’s without a doubt one of my favorite projects of the entire year, if you aren’t familiar with the music just yet, I suggest that you start there. Take some time out of your Tuesday to watch this brand new interview below, and be sure to follow Serena Isioma on Twitter here to keep up with the future releases!

Watch BFB Da Packman’s new interview on Carton Conversations

By Elliot Montanez // 12 Nov 2020

Flint, Michigan artist BFB Da Packman sat down with JB + GloUpJake for our most entertaining interview to date. The “Free Joe Exotic” rapper talks about soaking in-game, the importance of staying true to yourself, and more on the fourth episode of Carton Conversations. This is a rising series on our Lyrical Lemonade 2 channel, and we have plenty more exciting interviews to come, so you might as well get familiar with the series now. Take some time out of your Thursday to learn more about BFB Da Packman by pressing play below!

Umru: A Master Of Curation, and Why His Take On “movinglikeazombie” is More Than Just a Remix

By Billy Bugara // 12 Nov 2020

As we currently stand today, we have laid witness to what can only be described as pop music’s gradual progression into its most unfounded era yet — an era that has been defined by attitudes and approaches that are just as transfixed with facets of the past as they are with nuanced and forward-thinking attitudes. This surge towards a brand new future has come to fruition due in large part to that very dichotomy as it is, but more so because of the talent that its earliest progenitors showcased while defining those aspects. These now-solidified pop ideals have been and still are in the hands of a variety of camps across the grander music landscape, as this development has resulted in such acts as Dorian Electra, 100 Gecs, and the all-encompassing force of PC Music being the most shining examples of the succeeding sound of mainstream music to come moving towards the future. But with such a blatantly progressive nature infused in this new era’s overall methodology, it is extremely easy to see why developing scenes under this far more widely known cast of influence are springing up so quickly. And perhaps even more impressive is how this near-entirely teenage-based …

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

By Lee Mcintosh // 11 Nov 2020

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 …

Appleby: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 9 Nov 2020

Appleby is an artist who I first got familiar with through my brother Eric about five years ago, funny enough, the first time we met I had to drive him to get his car from a tow truck company. Since then, we have remained friends + I have become a huge fan of his music, so I knew at some point I wanted to bring him by the LL HQ for an interview on the couch. During his last visit to Chicago, we were able to schedule a time for him to come by, and it was a great conversation to say the bare minimum. Take some time out of your Monday to watch the latest episode of The Lemonade Stand below!

A$AP Twelvyy: The Epitome of Betting on Yourself

By Lee Mcintosh // 4 Nov 2020

“I just like to let the kids know that this shit is authentic and it’s real. The dreams always come with nightmares. I’ve been down bad before, so I know what it’s like to get up.” -A$AP Twelvyy The rate at just how fast the game moves can be mind blowing at times. It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was bragging about how much they wanted to be signed to major records, and now a lot of artists are preaching about independency. The art of making your own and owning your own art is something that is being highly praised right now–even to the point of some of the major artists are threatening to leave their labels and go down the independent trail. That’s not to disrespect the artists who are currently signed to major labels and are doing their thing. There are definitely some labels out there that will take care of their artists and mean the best to their artists that are on the label. However, there are also a lot of artists who are currently in bad record deals, receiving terrible splits, and overall not getting the push that they deserve from their label they …



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