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Watch Chance The Rapper’s brand new interview with Zane Lowe

Chance The Rapper has been very active especially over these past few weeks with the release of his new album and his Big Store that he had set up downtown Chicago this past week, amidst this Zane Lowe dropped their brand new interview a few days ago and it’s a great conversation. You will find these two GOATs speaking on tons of topics such as his brand new album The Big Day, not eating vegetables, his wedding day & the theme of his album, the first time he saw his wife, being in the public eye, his daughter, the importance of family to him, Social Works, remaining an independent artist, his faith, his relationship with Kanye West, the features on his album, his song “5 Year Plan”, his favorite album of all time, aspiring for peace, working with Gucci Mane, things his dad taught him, one of his homies passing in front of him when he was 18, ownership, his goals, his records with Nicki Minaj, the idea of the ability to share the wrong things, his tour and more! Take thirty minutes out of your Monday to watch this brand new interview below.

The Big Day – [Chance The Rapper]

Just over two years and a couple months after his last project Coloring Book first debuted, Chicago superstar Chance The Rapper just blessed the world with his highly anticipated new album titled The Big Day. If you are a true Lyrical Lemonade fan who has been supporting since the beginning, then you know that we are all huge fans of Chance The Rapper, he inspired all of us here as well as millions of others around the globe, so you can only picture just how excited I was when I first pressed play on this new album. I was very pleased when I saw the track list had twenty two songs (with a few skits) on it, I took about two and a half hours out of my morning to listen to this a couple of times before I wrote this article, and where should I begin? My initial thoughts were that Chance made it a point to do something different with this project, which I would say he has done with every project, but this project was a little more left field than I expected it would be. That’s a positive thing though, Chance mixed it up and really …

Racks On Me – [Hoodrich Pablo Juan]

Atlanta star Hoodrich Pablo Juan is back with an exciting new visual for his song, “Racks On Me.” The catchy bop is the first song on the tracklist for his recently released project titled BLO: The Movie. Founded by Gucci Mane, the young artist has proven his legitimacy to the world after putting out a stream of bangers throughout the last few years. “Racks On Me,” is an undeniable summer banger, and the music video shot and directed by Ndoh exemplifies that. Pablo Juan pulls out the vitals to making the music video exciting: twerking, jacuzzis, and flexing. In short, the rapper is definitely living his best life at the moment. Watch the visual directed by Ndoh here: Words by Barry R

HARD SOFT – [KEY!]

Fresh off the release of his new album, ‘SO EMOTIONAL,’ KEY! is teasing new visuals for an exciting record called ‘Hard Soft’. The song is a conglomeration of the two sides of KEY!: the more aggressive side of the artist that makes bangers like “Remember Me“ featuring Rico Nasty; and the softer, more emotional side that spawns records like, ‘Love On Ice,’ the remix of which features 6LACK. On, ‘Hard Soft,’ KEY! raps in third person, questioning how he’s able to remain both tough and sentimental at the same time, noting that he’s, ‘Hard, soft in the middle.’ The production, courtesy of 14GOLDS, is spacey and woozy, with a reverberating flute, hard hitting 808, and classic trap drums creating the a perfect platform for KEY! to flex over. Throughout the new song he boasts his wealth, while his flows are somewhat reminiscent of fellow Atlanta legend Gucci Mane, but still remain distinctly unique. Check out this song below and the new album, ‘SO EMOTIONAL,’ and be on the lookout for visuals to this song: Words by Barry R

Proud Of You – [Gucci Mane] X [Kenny Beats]

Gucci Mane celebrates his sobriety on Kenny Beats-laced, “Proud Of You.” The days of drugged-out Gucci are no more: he’s back, sober, and better than ever on his new single, “Proud Of You.” The production from Kenny Beats features a blurry synth melody over his signature hard-hitting 808s, providing the perfect backdrop for Gucci to drop some lyrical bombs. His flow is concise and settled, and hidden gems such as, “My pinky ring sunk the Titanic,” flex his wealth, but the message of the song centers around him celebrating his newfound sobriety. No lean in Mountain Dew, Guwop. We’re so proud of you. Words by Barry R

Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

Millions – [Z Money] feat. [Gucci Mane] and [Hoodrich Pablo Juan]

Z Money links up with Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Gucci Mane to release his newest track, “Millions.” On Instagram this morning, Z Money announced the release of the new song and a happy born day nod to label-boss, Gucci Mane. The song is dripping with swag from the moment you press play. Z Money leads in the track with his soft-spoken voice whipping up an almost haunting set of bars that relish his luxurious lifestyle. Gucci Mane and Hoodrich Pablo Juan follow suit, each deliver their own money-laced verses furthering the song’s flex-happy theme. It would be an injustice to listen to this song any other way than loud. Make sure to follow each emcee on social media and spread the word about Z Money’s new record!

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Watch iLoveMakonnen’s New Interview With Real 92.3 LA

Fresh off the release of his new single, “Spendin”, featuring Gucci Mane, Atlanta-bred crooner iLoveMakonnen is back in the headlines today with a brand new interview alongside Real 92.3 LA. It’s been quite some time since we last received the benefits of a press run from the star artist, but thankfully, it looks as though Makonnen is going to be doing his rounds in the months to come, as the Real 92.3 LA interview arrives just weeks after Makonnen’s last interview, which you can check out here. That said, the latest live update with Makonnen runs over a plethora of topics including Drake and OVO, Soulja Boy, Lil Peep, coming out of the closet, new music, and much, much more. If you liked “Spendin“, I definitely recommend checking this one out in order to keep on track with where Makonnen is at now, so click play at the link provided below!