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MMM – [Chow Lee] [Lonny Love]

Making their Lyrical Lemonade debuts today are Long Island, NY artists Chow Lee and Lonny Love who are putting an even more romantic spin on the current popular New York melodic sound popularized by superstars like A Boogie or Lil Tjay that has very much endeared itself to the entire city of New York and truthfully sits right next to drill music as being the city’s main current musical output, but Chow Lee and Lonny Love are less on the pain side of things in terms of subject matter, instead singing of their newfound lavishness and female muses, pushing their sound closer to r&b than the aforementioned new breed of hip-hop. Their single “MMM” brings back an almost old-school feel as far as their vocals and much of what they’re singing about is concerned, while also touching on issues felt by the younger generation like over indulgence in substances and social media courting. I am looking forward to hearing more from this pair soon and definitely recommend checking them out soon.

AP – [Pop Smoke]

It’s no secret that when Pop Smoke left us just over a year ago, there was a void that was left not just in New York City, but in the entire world of music. His posthumous album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon obviously stood the test of time and touched fans from all over, and it continues to do so as it remains at the top of the charts for an insane and historic amount of time. At such a young age, I don’t know if outsiders expected as much from him as he delivered, but that’s just one of the many reasons why his mark was made on this world. Just a couple of weeks back, he dropped off a song called “AP” which served as the lead single from the soundtrack of the film Boogie, an Eddie Huang-directed coming of age movie about an Asian American basketball phenom finding his way through life in the Big Apple. Luckily, this song doesn’t seem like a track that panders to a movie crowd considering it’s just another hit that Pop created before his unfortunate passing, and it was given a nice music video treatment as well. Transition …

Ferris Wheel – [Ben Beal] x [SwuM] x [Ben Belial]

Ever since hearing his song “State of Mind” in 2014, New York based artist Ben Beal has remained an artist I’ve kept up with. The sheer  lyricist’s bread and butter lies in hip-hop; specifically rapping over mellow lo-fi beats and 808 influenced trap. His versatility can also be demonstrated through his collaborations, having worked and/or performed with Wun Two, atlas, Sophie Meiers, FloFilz, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, MadeinTYO, PnB Rock & more. His latest effort, “Ferris Wheel,” is a jazzy lo-fi track with co-production from SwuM and Ben Belial. Comparing life to a fluctuant carnival ride, Beal reveals how he made a name for himself while crafting bedroom beats & songs in his basement. His ability to not only rap, but also vocalize on the hook creates a silky-smooth record that produces a natural head-bobbing effect for the listener. Stream “Ferris Wheel” by Ben Beal below!

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 …

45 – [Seddy Hendrinx] x [A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie]

Jacksonsville native Seddy Hendrinx recently dropped a bass-heavy banger titled “45” featuring fan-favorite A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Accompanied with a DakMagic visual, the track is off Hendrinx’s latest project Sayless, which features a heavyweight lineup consisting of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, G Herbo, Gunna, Jack Harlow and more. Hendrinx’s ability to interchange between high pitched singing and pure rapping creates an alley-oop esque collaboration with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who naturally mirrors Hendrinx’s versatility on his verse. The production is dominant on 808’s, while the melody maximizes bass to create a rapid upbeat record. Perfect for a Friday night or weekend, “45” is a feel-good song that’s suitable for the radio, club, or your upcoming (socially distanced) New Years party. Peep the music video for “45” below!

A Conversation w/ A$AP Ferg: ‘Floor Seats 2’, Being An Innovator in Rap, Hustlers vs. Artists & More

“We care about challenging the listeners ears. They may not like it right now, but in a year or so, they may end up developing a taste for it. We are planting seeds, and that’s something that I want to continue to do as far as being an innovator.” -A$AP Ferg In a world where it can be difficult to come up with fresh and current ideas, it can be hard when trying to be an innovator in your craft. Especially in the rap game–it seems as if everything has already been talked about, every beat has been rapped on, and every city has had their shine. Despite the landscape being far more focused on mimicking others, we always have a handful of artists who’s main goal is to stay as fresh as possible–delivering new flows, cadences and instrumentals for us all to learn to love. The year is 2011, and a brand new rap collective emerged from Harlem, NY which we all know and love now, known as A$AP Mob. A$AP Rocky, the first to blow from the group had all eyes on him, but there was a second member of the group that would follow right behind him, …

Screwed Up – [Nevaeh Jolie] Ft. [A Boogie wit da Hoodie]

Nevaeh Jolie is an artist who I recently got familiar with a few weeks ago, and I instantly saw that she had everything it takes to become a star in the music industry, so I was intrigued to see what was to come. Today, Nevaeh Jolie is making her debut on our website with the premiere of her brand new music video for “Screwed Up” featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie, it’s a solid visual that you don’t want to sleep on. As soon as you press play, if you are a knowledgable fan of hip-hop’s history, you will notice a familiar melody that she sampled on this record before he came onto the beat with her luscious vocals after A Boogie kicked it off. These two artists complemented each other as well as possible, the chemistry was undeniable and it left me hoping to see them work together more in the future. The visual itself was aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, much love to the video director Walu for making this one possible. Check out this brand new visual + read my Q&A with Nevaeh Jolie below! EM: What was it like growing up in New Jersey? Nevaeh: When I first …

Pop Shit – [REASON] ft. [Schoolboy Q]

Prior to hearing a few random singles from TDE’s rising star REASON, I had totally been sleeping on him. Not only him, but I was sleeping on a lot of the other under the radar artists at Top Dawg Entertainment that weren’t a part of the Black Hippy supergroup. After realizing how evidently talented he was in many different facets through songs like “Trapped in” featuring Ab-Soul and Boogie as well as “Flick it Up”, also featuring Soulo, I knew I had to wake up and give him a solid shot because I had absolutely no reason not to. I finally tuned into his debut album There You Have it almost two years after its release and it totally blew my expectations out of the water. His artistry and skill are as clear as day and I’m not sure why I expected otherwise considering TDE isn’t going to waste their time on wack rappers. This intrigued me to listen to some of the other members of the label’s extensive roster, and I had the same exact experience with them as I did with REASON. TDE has been proving their dominance time and time again and this year, big things are …

Handsome -[Dave East]

Dave East has been one of my favorite rappers since his highly regarded 2016 Kairi Chanel mixtape. The Harlem, New York emcee’s rapid semi-aggressive flow is what earned him a cosign from all-time great Nas, among multiple features such as “The Hated” and “Godfather 4.” However, before his illustrious rap career launched, East was on a mission to make it to the NBA, having been AAU teammates with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasely, followed by a division 1 NCAA scholarship. I highly recommend reading Dave East’s interview with basketball magazine SlamOnline, as it highlights what could have been the emcee’s profession. What makes East a special artist is that he receives head nods from both old and new school judges, having a working formula to satisfy all rap listeners. The perfect illustration of East catering to the style of hip-hop’s pioneers is through his phenomenal collaborative album Beloved with The Lox legend Styles P. Moreover, the opening track “They wanna Kill You” on East’s debut album Survival is produced by DJ Premier. On the flip side, East makes sure to remain relevant with the modern rap sound, having collaborated with Lil Baby, Gunna, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Offset, 2 Chainz, MoneyBagg Yo, Lil Durk …

Rapper Weed – [SiR] feat. [Boogie]

As many of you are aware this week has brought new music from the incredibly stacked roster of Top Dawg Entertainment. In celebration of “TDE Fan Appreciation Week,” the California based label has released new singles from some of its quieter roster-mates such as Ab-Soul, Zacari, Isaiah Rashad and now, SiR. The soulful R&B singer-songwriter, who consistently implements his West Coast roots into his tender style, returns with his new single, “Rapper Weed,” featuring Boogie. To no surprise, the self-produced track embodies the ever so fixating draw of SiR’s music and his ability to serenade listeners with the skill of an R&B savant while simultaneously remaining gritty around the edges. The California laced style of production sets up a relaxing and simultaneously bop-inducing energy that is effortlessly glided upon by SiR’s layered crooning. His unique style and delivery is a direct transport to the breezy aurora of Los Angeles, painting a clear picture of a sunset cruise on the 405. Fellow West Coast rap artist, Boogie, enters the later part of the record by delving into the conversations surrounding his weed smoke and the repetitive scenarios that continuously present themselves now that “we ain’t even getting high no more.” Listen …