There are some underground artists who are massive and have a huge fanbase of loyal listeners, but when I search for them on the internet, nothing comes up in terms of interviews, articles, or any other sort of publicity surrounding them. While I give those artists props for continuing to progress their careers, I love to learn about emcees who aren’t necessarily getting coverage from the nationally known publications out there. With all that being said, BIGBABYGUCCI is someone that I don’t have to search for too long in order to find information because it seems like every time he drops something new, there are ten more articles on him, and I think I learn more and more every single time. In fact, I found out that he was born exactly one day before me on August 13th, 1996, so while this is probably not relevant for most people reading this, it makes me feel more personally connected to my Leo brother, and that’s saying a lot because I have always been a massive fan from the jump. Well, enough of that rant, because I can’t wait to get to his brand-new song “No Smoke” which comes equipped with a …

PGF Nuk: The Lemonade Stand Interview

PGF Nuk is an artist out of Chicago who has been blowing up over the past couple of months, and just last week he came by the LL office in Chicago for a brand new interview! I asked PGF Nuk about plenty of topics such as his song “Whaddup”, working with Polo G, his mother’s impact on him, his favorite cereals, his upcoming album, growing up in Chicago, his future goals, and much more. After the interview, Nuk thanked me for how well the interview went, he said that most of his interviews feel like ‘interrogations’ unfortunately. I’m glad that we got to give him a solid interview that isn’t based on negativity, hopefully, that continues in his future interviews. Take some time out of your Friday to watch this brand new interview below!

Get Refreshed: Blogger’s Choice Vol.1

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. I Don’t Have The Stamina For This Blogging Shit Billy Bugara Hi. I’m back, and this time I brought my friends. So… I feel like this column could use a lot less Me every once in a while. I don’t treat blogging like a sport; I barely even blog at all. But even still, I know damn well that blogging isn’t really where I strive compared to others, and that’s okay! I have to write research papers every day… we are simply not the same. In all seriousness, I do want to explain what’s going on here before we jump into things. I am a person of platforming, a platforming person, if you will (it is my job for SoundCloud, after all). I just really enjoy turning the spotlight towards those who deserve it most. Most of the time – all of the time, really – I’m featuring musicians. But what about turning this spotlight towards other people who like to… spotlight musicians as well? Is this really ever done? Not often! Can it be done? Should it be done? Yes and yes! …

MAGIC – [Vince Staples] ft. [Mustard]

Out of any artists in the entire music industry that I can think of, I think that Vince Staples is one of the most likable individuals there is. Even if you don’t know him on a personal level, all of his entertaining and often comical interviews make you feel as if he’s a friend that you could talk about sports, pop culture, clothing, or any other topic at hand, and I think this goes such a long way with his music career as well. He just has this way about him where you don’t know if he’d roast you for real or from a friendly, joking aspect, and that has always drawn me into whatever he releases, whether it’s something music-related or not. I feel as though I personally haven’t heard too much from Vince on a music level in recent memory, and even though he just released his self-titled project last year, it seems like he is gearing up for something huge in his recently announced upcoming album Ramona Park Broke My Heart which is set to drop sometime in April. This is sure to be quite a spectacle, and in order to hype it up even more, Vince …

Twista: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Twista is a man that needs no introduction at this point, he’s one of Chicago’s most decorated musicians in history, so it was an honor to have him on our latest episode of The Lemonade Stand! I asked Twista about several subjects such as his early days growing up in Chicago, when he initially met Kanye West, almost getting signed to Roc-A-Fella, becoming a firearms instructor, his experience at Collins high school, his friendship with Do Or Die, being a helping hand to the younger Chicago artists, and so much more. This is easily one of my favorite interviews I’ve conducted to date, much love to Twista for giving me some time, check out this interview below!

Mavi: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Mavi is a Charlotte native who I first found out about a few years ago, and he has quickly become one of my favorite artists not only present-day but of all time. Mavi was in Chicago recently while on tour with Jack Harlow, so I had him stop by the Lyrical Lemonade office for an interview, and I am happy to now bring you a new episode of The Lemonade Stand! I spoke with Mavi about several topics including his time at Howard University, his project Let The Sun Talk, how he met Earl Sweatshirt, his experience on tour, being a fan of Chicago music, his early life in Charlotte and we also did a deep dive into some of his old tweets. This is one of my favorite interviews that I have ever done, Mavi is a great person and it was a fantastic conversation, check it out for yourself below!

Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss HBO Documentary Trailer

HBO announced they would be releasing a six-part series profiling different iconic artists in multiple genres. Juice WRLD was one of these artists, and the major film company took advantage of some exceptional behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews to portray the beloved artist in an intimate fashion. This trailer previews the episode, with brief clips giving viewers a glance at what’s to come. Emotion, pain and praise are common themes of the audio clips included, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, a powerful documentary is coming with the December 16 release of Into the Abyss on HBO Max. Watch the trailer on YouTube below!

Lil Bibby: Blueprint by Complex

One of Chicago’s most prominent names in hip-hop, Lil Bibby, was highlighted by Complex’s series titled Blueprint on October 27.  Blueprint and its production crew has done a fantastic job in profiling multiple characters within the hip-hop industry, and provides detailed information and interviews to see just exactly how some of the industry’s most popular names got to their level of stardom. Bibby starts with his childhood, explaining his home life and upbringing on the east side of Chicago. He transfers the narrative into what got him into hip-hop, which he attributes to the early 2010s drill scene and artists like Keef, Reese and Durk, whose success he felt he could match. He attributed his musical success to his genuineness and ear for music, which he then transferred into his life beyond making music and into the world of managing it. Bibby explains he has always known music and what garners attention, and he wanted to put that skillful ear to use in a larger focus in starting his label Grade A Productions. Signing artists like Juice WRLD and the Kid LaRoi, Bibby wants to continue to find artists that appeal to people across cultural borders and press further to find …

Get It Quick – [Highway]

One of the hardest parts about writing about new artists is not really knowing much about them. Considering these talents are still early on in their careers, there typically aren’t many interviews or articles written about them, so information can be sparse, but if nothing else, this just adds to their allure considering it gives me the opportunity to learn about them through their music first and foremost instead of other people’s opinions and experiences with them. Most recently, I was told about an artist who goes by the name of Highway, and even though I don’t have too much information with regards to him, I was blown away by the first song I heard, and I promise you it won’t be my last time tuning in whatsoever. It appears that Highway has been making moves in music for at least a few years, and after continuously progressing along in his career, it seems like he’s finally getting some moments in the spotlight that he seems to truly deserve. After doing a little more digging, it appears that he is from Seattle, a city not necessarily known nationally for its music scene, but he’s making a strong case as to …

Pollari: The Lemonade Stand Interview

Pollari is one of the best individuals that I have ever met in the music industry, he’s a great person who just so happens to make excellent music. I brought Pollari through the LL office a couple of months ago for a new interview where we discussed many things such as growing up in Atlanta, the three music videos he has shot with Cole Bennett, his relationship with Rick Rubin, potentially A&Ring in the future, his friendship with Lil Yachty, his Loverboy project, his upcoming music releases, his days owning clothing brands and more. Pollari is such a wonderful individual and a talented artist, this is one of my favorite interviews yet, check it out for yourself below!