Potpourri – [Qari]

Saying Qari has had a busy 2018 would be an understatement, dropping his ‘No Time To Explain’ project and reuniting alongside Supa Bwe and Mullato Beats this summer as Hurt Everybody. In between, he’s also found time to gift listeners with a couple new singles, the latest of which comes today in the form of “Potpourri”. The Chicago native reflects on the time he’s spent with someone, contemplating the fleetness of the world around him in the process. Qari also reminds us of his skill as a clever lyricist, wrapping his bars up in double-entendres and mind-bending juxtapositions left for a listener to unravel layer by layer. Caught deep in thought, his raps get delivered in a subdued tone as if he were talking to himself. Producer SoL Ra accompanies these bars with a syrupy sample that drones on in a numbing haze, leaving room for Qari’s restless mind to run free.

Entropy – [Supa Bwe] feat. [Dounia]

Following an unstoppable run this summer touring his “Finally Dead” album, reuniting with his band Hurt Everybody, and collaborating with Chance the Rapper on “Wala Cam”, Supa Bwe isn’t prepared to end his streak yet. Today, the elusive Chicago-born artist dropped off a new track on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show titled “Entropy”. Supa throws a curveball with this track, and while the title might suggest his more wild side to reign supreme, he comes through with a more laidback vibe on this single. That isn’t to say Supa’s signature angst-ridden style gets left out, though, as his vocals get delivered in a mix of wailing and raw emotion. It feels like Supa is finding comfort in the midst of chaos on this track, as his lyrics draw from harsh realities he’s witnessed firsthand. Singer Dounia fits as a natural addition on this track, and the young NYC-based artist’s whispery vocals sit perfectly atop the lo-fi production by Shepard. Listen to Supa Bwe’s “Entropy” below, and keep an eye out for his ‘No Thanks’ project soon:

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Die Lit – [Playboi Carti]

Leave it to Playboi Carti to come out of nowhere and drop a project on our heads tonight. After suspected leaks flooded the internet last week, the Atlanta rockstar is back with his latest Die Lit project featuring a colossal list of just about everybody. 19 tracks deep, the album includes the Travis Scott-assisted single Love Hurts and a whole wack of new Carti hits with the likes of Lil Uzi, Nicki Minaj, Chief Keef, Skepta, Bryson Tiller, Young Thug & many more to be discovered throughout the tape. The production from Pi’erre Bourne, Buddah Bless, Maaly Raw, Art Dealer couldn’t be ignored either, and not to mention some of Carti’s own production alongside Pi’erre on a number of songs. This is truly a huge moment for Playboi Carti, and even though the classic Playboi Carti tape went up last April there is no doubting the 21-year-old has outdone himself on this collection of some of his best music to date. Enough talking about it though, jump into the Die Lit album below and let us know which track you’re rocking with most in the comments!

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2017

If you recall we released our “Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2016” list on the 31st last year, so it we had to bring it back this year due to the insane amount of talent that is coming out of Chicago. Each & every one of the artists included created something special this year for the world, but especially for the city, so it’s only right that we acknowledge their efforts. Please remember that this is in our opinion, & our opinions really don’t mean shit. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Jacob Lusted • Lane Cowherd • Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Jake Millan  • Miguel Alfaro This year has been a year of massive growth for Lyrical Lemonade as a whole: from getting our own HQ, to selling out shows in other cities, being featured in the Chicago Reader, working with some of our idols, growing our overall presence and much more. All of us here at LL would like to thank our supporters, whether …

Thank You (The Collection)- [Supa Bwe]

Supa Bwe has been featured on our pages a lot recently with the release of new singles, visuals, and most importantly- his debut album Finally Dead; but this time around we are not celebrating the release of something new but rather the resurgence of the classics. Notorious for taking down tunes from Soundcloud without notice, much of the music that has built Supa’s cult fan has not been readily accessible in one package-until now that is. Freddy wanted to express gratitude for all the support which propelled his album to debut at #3 on the Itunes charts, meaning all the old songs are finally back! The many phases Supa has embodied in just the last 4 years of his musical career are reflected in this private 142 track playlist, which features 7 and a half hours of music, including about 23 never before heard songs. These rare tracks include remnants of what was supposed to be the Down Comes The Spaceman EP, a track called “CPDK(Film A Cop)” which hits close to home on the racist power structures in our country, 3 nostalgic Hurt Everybody songs produced by Thelonius Martin which remind us what a powerful force the trio was for Chicago, 2 …

Down Comes the Spaceman – [Supa Bwe] x [Saba]

I have been a huge fan of Supa Bwe since the Hurt Everybody EP, but man with each and every one of his new releases I’m really starting to believe that he’s going to become one of the best Chicago’s ever had. It’s so inspiring to see an artist bloom in front of your eyes, and at this point it looks like Supa is prepared to take the throne, all it takes it one listen of this new joint to be convinced. Supa Bwe connected with producer Money Montage who laced him with this flawless instrumental, and he took full advantage of what was in front of him and created one of if not the best song of his career. Fellow Chicagoan Saba jumped on the beat smoothly and laid a solid complimentary verse, which was basically the cherry on top of this all around great record. Stream this new tune below and keep an eye out for Supa’s upcoming project Finally Dead that’s set to drop on December 6th!

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Futura Bloom Q&A

I have been trying to bring in these guys for a conversation for quite some time now, so I am extremely happy to bring you our latest Q&A segment featuring Sly Luke and Ali For The Go. Formerly known as Lucas G and Ali from New Kingz, the artists that we have grown to love are back with a new identity. That’s right ladies and gentleman, they have entered a new chapter of their careers, so be sure to address them as Sly Luke and Ali For The Go from this point on. Lucky for us, they are dropping a brand new project this Friday so I had to bring them in for our latest Q&A segment. Learn a thing or two about the guys below while we continue to wait for the previously mentioned project, and while you’re at it give them a follow below! Ali • Luke — EM: When did you first start creating music? * SL: I first starting creating music around 5th or 6th grade. Just putting lyrics to what I already knew how to do musically with instruments and everything. ALI: Around the same time, when Apple first came out with Garage Band. Just cooking up with my …

I Stole This Beat From Drake + Lunch Break – [IsaiahG]

Photo by @andresrussell26 IsaiahG has been making some noise lately in Chicago with his multiple loosies that have dropped over the past year as well as his recent hit song featuring Saba, and today he is back with two brand new records, the first one being his freestyle track for “I Stole This Beat From Drake.”  He connected with producer/rapper Cameron Butler from North Carolina to lace him with this beat, and together they created something that you definitely want to hear! Check it out below & be sure to follow Cameron & Isaiah if you’re rocking with it! The second song is titled “Lunch Break,” which is the more laid back offering of the two. The instrumental on this one was handled by Mulatto, so you already know it’s going to be a hit, but if you needed anymore convincing there’s a raw sample at the start from “GANG” by Hurt Everybody. All in all, both of these songs were fantastic & you don’t want to miss out on either of them. Check them both out below & let me know which one you like more in the comments! P.S. for Isaiah fans, NO SPACE between Isaiah and G!

LL Presents: The ABHI Q&A

I first met Abhi damn near two years ago at a Leather Corduroys concert at Reggie’s Rock Club, and I discovered his music shortly afterwards. Not too long after that he started showing up to some of our Lyrical Lemonade Cyphers, and dropped one of the hardest & best verses at the Christmas Cypher, catch him at the 6:15 mark. I definitely rock with his music, and I believe you will too! Learn something about him in the conversation below, and then be sure to follow him here!     EM: First things first, give our readers that may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. AB: What’s good Elliot! For those of you who don’t know me I’m ABHI D, aka ABHI. My name actually came from when I used to dance in middle school. I was into that popping/locking Chris Brown type shit, it was corny as hell but at that time I swore I was nice with it. Basically people would chant Abhi or Abhi D every time I would dance and it got me hype as hell. So I just ran with it from there. I started rapping my junior/senior year of high school. At …