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The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Full Weekend Recap

Preface Yes, this article is super long and tedious, my bad…. Forewarning, if you’ve already read my other recaps for each individual day, skip to the end for a few words of admiration to the LL family, from me! Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash Through My Eyes: Saturday Recap

Preface Every year, the Summer Smash seems to get bigger, better, and more insane than ever before, and 2022 is definitely no exception. Unfortunately, I missed the first year or two because of one reason or another, so 2021 was actually my first time experiencing this event live and in person. At the same time, though, I had been to various other concerts hosted by LL dating all the way back to Lil Uzi Vert’s first-ever Chicago performance way back in April of 2016, so I know how we throw down at live events, and I also know just how loyal, supportive, and turnt up our fans get every chance they get. 2022 had some curveballs thrown at the team including a detrimental storm that almost paused the entire festival, but thanks to the consistently hard-working and ride-or-die group of individuals who put this fest together, the show went on without a hitch! I just want to clarify that this article is solely based on my own experience and not from the point of view of anybody else. I know this isn’t the typical article I may normally write, but I figured it would be a good stroll down memory …

Watch femdot’s new interview with On The Radar

femdot is just days removed from his two-month journey on tour with fellow Chicago emcee Saba, a pivotal (no pun intended) experience that was extremely valuable for him. While he was in New York during the tour, fem was able to squeeze in a little time to stop by On The Radar Radio for a new interview + freestyle with the host Gabe! You will find fem speaking on many things including the Chicago music scene, attending DePaul University, his project “Not For Sale”, the impact Rockie Fresh had on him, Delacreme Scholars and more. This was a solid interview, much love to Gabe + the good people at On The Radar, take some time to check out this conversation below!

Watch femdot’s new freestyle on AMPD

femdot has been on the ‘Back Home’ tour with Saba for the past month, he’s a busy man but he made some time to stop to see the gold folks at AMPD and give us a new freestyle over Jay-Z’s “Dear Summer” instrumental. Anyone who even slightly knows fem knows that freestyling and pure rapping is his bread and butter, so you don’t even need to press play before you know he killed this one! Rumor has it that this is the first of a few new freestyles that are going to be coming from the Chicago leader, so if you aren’t already, give him a follow on Twitter to keep up with him!

The Top 5 Greatest Cookies of All Time

It’s 9:40 PM in Chicago Illinois – May 6th, 2022   I am in the living room of the Lyrical Lemonade office with Ausar, OG Stevo, Chris Patrick, and Justin Alvarez. I just got back from two weeks of touring with femdot on the ‘Back Home’ tour, and one question that arose in the green room multiple times was: What’s the best cookie of all time? We had plenty of passionate and spirited debates about this on the road: Frsh Waters loves butter cookies, femdot is a fan of snickerdoodle, and Amindi is a fan of the frosted animal crackers. After many days of thinking about this in my head, I bought this question up to Ausar, OG Stevo, and Chris Patrick. So here we are – now 9:50 on a Friday night at the Lyrical Lemonade office, ranking our top 5 cookies. _____   First things first – Chris Patrick is the WILDCARD of this debate. For starters, he started his list from 5 to 1, which I think we can all agree is weird. He was extremely passionate about these things called Vienna cookies, must be a New Jersey thing because none of us from the midwest has …

*self titled* – [The Aether]

The Aether is a producer from Seattle who I have been a massive fan of for some years now, I first found him on Soundcloud about 5 years ago, and I have been obsessed with his production ever since. Just recently The Aether released a new self-titled project, and we have had it in rotation all day here at the Lyrical Lemonade office. The Aether is one of those rare producers who you listen to and can’t help but wonder “how do more people not know about him yet”, but I assure you, he is well on his way. The Aether has been getting placement on albums and even had one of his beats used on femdot’s COLORS performance. This beat tape is the perfect thing to play in your headphones, or in the background as you settle in tonight. Stream it below and if you enjoy the music, be sure to share it with a friend!

Black Iverson – [Guapdad 4000]

If you’re not already familiar with COLORSxSTUDIOS’ series of live performances, you seriously have some catching up to do. For the past few years, they have brought in so many different artists, ranging from superstars like Gunna, Freddie Gibbs, and JID to more local emcees with immense talent such as Dreamer Isioma and Femdot. What I love about this series is that it showcases the artists in such a barebone yet equally vibrant, captivating manner, and these spitters are able to showcase their music in a way unlike ever before. Most recently, they invited Guapdad 4000 onto the series, and although his performance of his new single “Black Iverson” was immaculate, I also found out that this was part of the media company’s collaboration with the NBA 2K franchise, making this release even more incredible. Produced by Kyle S. Fischer, the instrumental is lighthearted and easygoing with hints of mischief and innocent trouble, setting the perfect base for Guapdad’s typically calm, cool, and collected flows. His delivery is very reminiscent of the sound we have all come to know and love as he just lets the tempo carry his words without trying to speed up his lines too quickly or …

The 2022 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

June 17th-19th in Chicago at Douglass Park Tickets available at: www.thesummersmash.com   Performers in alphabetical order: 2 Chainz 347Aidan AG Club Autumn! Corbin BabySantana Babytron BabyxSosa BIA Bktharula Chase B (DJ set) CP D Savage DCG Brothers Destroy Lonely DJ Scheme (DJ set) Dreamer Isioma Dreezy Elijah Wallace Famous Dex Fedd The God Femdot First Class Bee Flo Milli G Herbo GloUpJake (DJ set) Homicide Gang IAYZE KaiDontTrap Kali Kankan Katie Got Bandz Kelo of Dopeness Ken Car$on Key Glock Lancey Foux Lil Skies Lil Tecca Lil Tracy Lucki Nardo Wick Noza Jordan Ohgeesy Playboi Carti *** Pollari Polo G Post Malone *** Pouya & Fat Nick Rico Nasty Roy French Sheck Wes Sid Shane Ski Mask The Slump God Slump6s $not Sojabrat Sonny Supa BWE Tink Trippie Redd Tyla Yaweh Warhol.SS Wiz Khalifa Yeat Young Thug & Gunna (Joint set) *** Yung Bans ZacFTP & Friends (DJ set) Zach Bia (DJ set) ZZZ & TBA Special Guest Performances  

Mueen/Pray – [femdot.]

femdot is lightyears ahead of a great majority of rappers in this day and age, he’s a rare breed that can rap with the best of them while also creating unforgettable melodies, he’s one of the rarest artists that I have known in my entire life. Every now and then, fem will drop a record that just proves that no one can rap with him, and the outro on his latest project was just that. “Mueen/Pray” is one of the single best records to come out of Chicago last year, and today femdot decided to bless his growing fanbase with a new visual for the song. Any femdot fan knows that video director Jon LeVert is fem’s right-hand man when it comes to the visuals, and with the release of this new joint, their catalog of work together is only getting stronger. Check out this brand new visual below and be sure to check out Saba’s tour dates to see fem perform in a city near you!

Watch femdot’s new interview on The Lemonade Stand

femdot has steadily grown over the years and now he is at a point where he is undoubtedly one of the best musicians out of Chicago, not only that, he is a close friend of everyone at Lyrical Lemonade and we recently had him in for a brand new interview! I spoke with fem about plenty of subjects including his latest project Not For Sale, his upcoming headliner at The Bottom Lounge, Delacreme Scholars, how all of his projects are aligned with each other, growing up on the north side of Chicago + Glenwood, the first song he made at six years old and we even talked about some old photos + videos of him. This was a great conversation, get more familiar with fem by watching this brand new interview below!