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SICK! – [Earl Sweatshirt]

If you and your friends are true fans of music of any kind, it is an inevitable occurrence that the debate of your top 5 favorite artists will come up probably more than once in your lifetime. These discussions always get me going because considering I write about music on a daily basis, everyone always expects me to have an unarguable list that is bulletproof, but the simple fact is that this probably isn’t the case because these things are all subjective. At the same time, my opinion of the top 5 best artists out, as opposed to my personal favorite top 5, is definitely drastically different but I truly and firmly believe that Earl Sweatshirt fits into my list no matter what. Earl has been one of my all-time favorite artists for over a decade at this point, and while his more recent music has been much more experimental and has appealed to a more niche audience, I feel like it just shows his creativity way more than ever before. Additionally, Doris is one of my all-time favorite albums of all time and I believe that there isn’t a single second to skip on the project itself, so whenever …

pushin P – [Gunna] Ft. [Future] & [Young Thug]

Gunna has been in the music scene for a handful of years at this point, but it is truly amazing to sit back and think about how hard he was grinding to get to this point. For me personally, it really wasn’t until “Drip Too Hard” went absolutely insane when I first truly paid attention to him, and I haven’t looked back ever since. He is one of my favorite Atlanta emcees for more reasons than I can count, and his albums are always nothing less than a spectacle. WUNNA is a project that I still listen to weekly, and when I finally had to chance to see him perform live at the Summer Smash last summer, my expectations were completely exceeded. Unsurprisingly, when he dropped his latest album DS4EVER last week, I couldn’t go a day without hearing how great the project was, but I knew this fact from the first chance I had to listen. Out of all of the incredibly diverse and immaculate songs on the album, though, I think a personal and fan favorite is undeniably “pushin P” which has become a trend that has caught fire on social media. After looking up what this phrase …

Unified – [KAMI] ft. [Joey Purp] & [Vic Mensa]

If you’re a fan of Chicago music, there are a few artists and collectives that should be considered household names at this point, even if they’re not exactly at the top of the charts. About a decade or so ago, SAVEMONEY took the city by storm, and with so many unbelievable talents in this group, it was only a matter of time before they broke out and became nationally recognized. Artists like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa were obviously two talents who blew up more than anyone probably expected, but they didn’t leave their crewmates out to dry, bringing them along for tours, having them join in on albums, and making sure that everyone was receiving the attention that they rightfully deserved. Although it hasn’t been a thing for quite a few years, Leather Corduroys was undeniably my favorite local duo made up of KAMI and Joey Purp, and their project Season that came out back in 2014 is a tape that literally changed my perception of music as it was in that moment in time. One can only hope that there is a reconvening of the incredible tag team, but even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still friends …

.Thuggin – [Reno Shakur] x [Marcusonthebeat]

Atlanta and Project FILO artist Reno Shakur returns with one of his best singles yet titled “.Thuggin.” Co-produced by Reno himself and the reliable Marcusonthebeat, the duo have yet to miss on a collab so far. The track is off Reno’s forthcoming album By Any Means Necessary, which you can expect to contain plenty of fiery street lyricism. The surgical flow of Shakur couldn’t be more fitting for the contagiously head nodding, melodic beat provided by Marcus. It’s an instrumental so cold that it’d fit on extraordinary albums such as Freddie Gibb’s and Madlib’s Bandana, but unsurprisingly Reno deliverers to rightfully claim the beat as his. Listen to “.Thuggin” below!

Too Easy (Remix) – [Gunna] ft. [Future] & [Roddy Ricch]

2021 was an awesome year for music, and even if other facets of life were difficult, the songs and albums we were blessed with helped to ease some of this stress. Although we’re only a week into the new year, it seems like things are getting off to a hot start thanks to some of the biggest artists in the music business releasing amazing songs and even better cohesive albums. Today, The Weeknd obviously dropped his album which is going to be a chart-topper without a doubt, but Gunna also came to play by releasing his undeniably amazing album DS4EVER, a project that gives us 19 songs spanning just about 55 minutes long with features from talents like Young Thug, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, G Herbo, and many more. I definitely still need to take some time to dive into the deep end with regards to this album, but I figured the perfect place to start would be his brand-new visual for the remix of his song “Too Easy” with a great new verse courtesy of Roddy Ricch. The original track has been in my rotation pretty much daily since it was released, but this remix is awesome and the …

Twelve Twenty Five – [SoFaygo]

The holiday season is a time of giving and celebration, so no matter what form that comes in, I always appreciate when this seeps into music and we benefit from a new release of some sort. Aside from this, SoFaygo has become an artist I simply can’t get enough of throughout this year, and even with so many great releases from him and the natural success that came his way following these drops, I still can’t believe that he’s just getting started. With inclusions on some of the biggest albums of the year as well as some remarkable solo releases that he can add to his resume, Faygo is here to stay, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. On Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised to wake up and find out that he dropped a brand-new song on SoundCloud called “Twelve Twenty Five” that was produced by a slew of hitmakers like Bakkwoods, the homie Zetra, Mochila, Ronny J, SethInTheKitchen, Jakik, and Swaidy. While this might sound like a lot of names, it was completely necessary because this song seems to contain three different portions that all show off a different style that Faygo absolutely kills. In the first …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

We Up – [Chris Webby] feat. [DMX]

Hailing out of Connecticut, Chris Webby is an artist that has had quite the career, to say the least. Dropping nine mixtapes, 5 albums, and three EP’s, Chris is no stranger to “the grind don’t stop”, as he has shown time and time again that there is no sleeping when you want to be the best. Being the wordsmith that he is, there is no doubt in mind that he would be inspired by other great wordsmiths as well. The late-great, New York legend DMX is someone whom Chris looked up to for years, and he felt honored to be able to collaborate with him on a record. Dropping off his visuals, here is “We Up”, featuring none other than DMX himself. Posthumous verses are always things that a lot of people are touchy on and people always question whether it was approved or not, or whether it makes sense. For Chris, the DMX verse used here fits ever so perfectly, and the video even encompasses the vibe that DMX once gave off during the Ruff Rider days. In fact, everyone can be seen in the visuals all riding dirt bikes and ATVs, popping wheelies, and wearing blacked-out Rudd Riders …

Scraps – [BONES] & [Lyson]

It should be no secret to you that BONES is probably the most prominent underground legend in the entire landscape of music, but if that’s new to you, you probably have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, he is never one to slow down or put his foot on the breaks, and this year more than ever seems to prove that. In 2021 alone, BONES has released 5 full-length albums throughout the year, and with the fact that we’re still a month out from the new year, he might not even be done. Instead of lingering in the uncertainty of what the rest of the year will bring for the Michigan star, I want to focus on the present, and that’s because he just dropped off another full-length album entitled Scraps, but the outcome is anything but a collection of loosies. Teaming up with TeamSESH producer Lyson on this release, he is able to give BONES a plethora of different sounds that bring out his aptitudes and let his skills shine more than ever. I just feel like working with an in-house producer that you have so much chemistry with always yields the best results, and this project …

2010 – [Earl Sweatshirt]

To me, Earl Sweatshirt is so much more than a rapper. I first got into him over a decade ago when he was running with the Odd Future crew, and while everyone in that legendary group brought something unique to the table, Earl was just moving so much more differently than anyone else in the entire industry, let alone OFWGKTA. Since then, he has ventured off on his own, releasing more and more albums that seem to get more inventive each time, and while Doris is still a top 5 favorite project of mine, I think Earl has so much more left in the tank. His experimental sound is nothing short of captivating, but the way he uses his words lets you know just how intelligent, creative, and all-around legendary that the LA-based emcee truly is. Simply put, you might not understand everything Earl puts out, but he creates his music in such an abstract way that I can have an extremely different takeaway than you might have, and that’s nothing short of magical, in my opinion. Despite the fact that he has been featured on so many different songs since his last project FEET OF CLAY released back in …