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Blue Verb & Cowboy ALLSTAR – [Vegyn]

For starters, having released a 71-track project called Text While Driving If You Want To Meet God, there’s a lot more to London-based producer Vegyn than just his credits on some of Frank Ocean’s recent work. Put simply, I don’t think there exists a single producer or creative, for that matter, that I can compare to the budding talent, as releases like his most recent two-part offering — “Blue Verb” and “Cowboy ALLSTAR” — solidify Vegyn as one-of-a-kind, to say the least. With this in mind, upon watching each of his two new music videos as well as spending some time with the songs, themselves, I must say that these two releases are striking for a very similar reason — they both present something that listeners probably aren’t sure how to digest. On one hand, “Blue Verb” lets loose an absolutely spectacular beat with two electrifying dancers to match, while on the other hand, “Cowboy Allstar” pairs a Michael Jackson impersonator with lively production and even some horse sounds along the way. Sure, it’s easy to pass off Vegyn’s work as “experimental,” but there’s something far more intriguing here than such a simple label. The masterful collision of music and visual work …

Dedication – [Jay2]

One of the best ways to be notified about new music from some of your favorite up-and-coming artists is subscribing to email newsletters. I woke up this morning to a scorching hot email in my inbox from the Zero Fatigue collective about the latest release from their arguably quietest member, Jay2. Packed with hard-hitting production and lyrical gymnastics, Jay2 makes his return all about “Dedication.” The Monte Booker produced single carries that electric bounce the Zero Fatigue collective has grown to surround themselves with and let me tell you, it hits as hard as ever. Jay2 opens the record with his signature crooning before jumping right into the thicket of the multi-layered Monte production. Sharing the ability to navigate through a minefield of drums and electric hums like his fellow collective members, Jay2 shows exactly why he is where he is. Boasting his elite level rapping, future aspirations, disregard for “stress and problems” and seamless comparisons to the likes of Eddy Guerrero, Samuel Jackson and Bobby Flay makes the latest record a name-drop affair. Jay2 places himself in lofty company and we couldn’t see him anywhere else. This is the young fresh prince of the “zero zero zero” collective’s first …

Sunkissed – [Shai Nowell] ft. [Nai Br.XX]

At least in my opinion, “timeless” music is that which is able to capture a specific feeling or moment in time. Naturally, our mind attaches a certain emotion and/or memory to songs or albums of “timeless” classification, and the result is an undying attachment to a given piece of art, regardless of when or where we hear it in life, whether that be two weeks from now or twenty years down the line. Here with a new release that I’m quickly beginning to see as timeless is Shai Nowell and his latest offering, “Sunkissed,” featuring Nai Br.XX. The reason that I’m so quick to pull the trigger on calling this one “timeless” is because of the intense feeling that “Sunkissed” is able to capture. Even after my first full run through the video, I not only found the song stuck in my head, but I also found myself hooked onto every second of the sun-soaked visuals, as they illustrate a feeling of pure bliss in the midst of the endless responsibilities and duties that we incur as we grow older. I, myself, am definitely a culprit when it comes to getting too involved with work to make time for life, …

A Conversation with HappyBirthdayCalvin • One Of Chicago’s Brightest Young Acts

HappyBirthdayCalvin is a kid out of Chicago who has been making some major noise in the music community, but especially here in the city, so of course I had to bring him through the office for a brand new interview for the site! HappyBirthdayCalvin will end up being one of the leaders in the Chicago music scene within the next few years, and I know that’s a bold statement for someone who just graduated high school, but trust me when I say he is a good person to the core but even more importantly he is musically inclined. Calvin’s record “No Friends” has been going crazy for a minute now, playing on radios all over the country, and not to mention that he just got Chicago legend G-Herbo on the remix of the track. Learn a thing or two about Calvin by reading this brand new interview below and don’t forget to stream his record below while you read, & also keep an eye out for his upcoming music releases! Follow Calvin on Twitter here!   — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. Calvin: …

Opps – [JayDaYoungan] x [Yungeen Ace]

Lousiana native JayDaYoungan and Jacksonville product Yungeen Ace collaborated last week on a catchy new single, “Opps” off their upcoming joint album Can’t Speak on it. The two are still quite young in the rap game, though they preach their experiences in the streets like seasoned veterans. The single is filled with danger, with stories of stick-toting and pressure from their opposition. “All of my n****s get straight to the business, we got the mops and they come with extensions, clear the whole street, we ain’t leavin’ a witness, hated by many, they say I’m a menace.” The aggressive duo show no signs of slowing down, and more signs of bangers still yet to come. Listen to “Opps” below!

Diaspora – [GoldLink]

Right before I dosed off to sleep last night I saw that GoldLink had just released a new project, so it only made sense to stay up a bit longer and dive into the tape, and that lead me to writing this article about this new tape Diaspora. I truly got excited after first looking at the fourteen song track list and seeing features from Ari PenSmith, Khalid, Maleek Berry, Lil Nei, Bibi Bourelly, Pusha T, Jay Prince, Jackson Wang, WSTRN, WizKid, Tyler The Creator. I love GoldLink”s music but I also enjoy plenty of the artists I saw featured as well, so I was interested and eager to see what this one was all about so I took about an hour out to listen closely, but sleeping on it and then running through it again twice more. After a handful of plays through this album I commend GoldLink for this fantastic piece of art, it’s easily one of the best albums of 2019 so far, and I see it making plenty of year end lists and reviews, but even more so being regarded as a special & important tape in his discography. I plan on spending a lot more time …

A Conversation with Omar Apollo, the Soul, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop Showman Who’s One of the Most Refreshingly Real Rising Stars Around

Preternaturally gifted, singing, dancing artists with effortless charisma who seem destined for pop stardom simply do not just come around every day. And ones who don’t feel corny, canned or prepackaged? Ones who defy genres and deftly maneuver between R&B and hip-hop, funk and acoustic pop-rock? Ones who haven’t come up with the promotional force of a giant corporation (e.g. Disney) or a network talent competition behind them, but rather emerged organically through Soundcloud connections, from a truly hardscrabble, blue collar, midwestern, immigrant background? Well, now we’re talking about something that happens with the frequency of a total solar eclipse. But that’s all a fair description of what we’ve witnessed for the better part of two years in Omar Apollo, the first generation Mexican-American showman from small-town Indiana who through great, often remarkably vulnerable songs featuring irresistible melodies and earworm beats; electric live performances; affecting if largely modest videos and no-bullshit charm, has only seen his profile rise. The buzz began as far back as 2017, but with the April release of his second EP Friends and a sold-out tour to go along with it, it’s turned into a low roar.   By all rights, Omar should have canceled lunch …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Johari Noelle Q&A

Johari Noelle is one of the newer Chicago creatives that I have got in tune with in 2019, and when I heard that she was gearing up to release her new project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud, I figured why not bring her by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand interview? You can expect her to speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as the previously mentioned project, all of the talent that has come out of her high school HF, her strong relationship with her family, how Chicago has influenced her and her headlining show that will be taking place this week in Chicago at The Promontory. Learn a thing or two about Johari by reading this brand new interview below, and you can purchase tickets to see Johari live June 5th here.     Elliot: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself? Johari: My name is Johari Noelle I am a singer, song writer and actress from Chicago. I recently released two singles one of them is called “Show Me” and the other one is called “Too Much and I just released a new EP called …

Taylor Bennett Speaks on The American Reject, the Cover Art, TBE + more!

Taylor Bennett has been one of the biggest pieces in the puzzle that makes up Chicago’s music community. He has been rapping and creating music for damn near a decade and has become not only one of Chicago’s best rappers, but more importantly one of the brightest business minds that the city has to offer. The growth of his company Taylor Bennett Entertainment has been amazing to watch to say the least: he has built up a still small yet unbelievably talented roster with Bianca Shaw who has blossomed into one of the best talents that the city has to offer, as well as Zxxk who is one of the most talented producers & creatives in the game. When we look back ten years from now, these two will be far along in their careers under the guidance of Taylor & TBE. Next week Taylor is releasing his forthcoming album The American Reject, and when I saw him tease the cover I knew I had to bring him by the Lyrical Lemonade office to pick his brain about the project, the cover and so much more. As we gear up for the project that appears to be Taylor’s biggest and most …

Real Thing (Demo) – [Diamond Cafe]

Over the past few months, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly interested in an artist named Diamond Cafe, but not until now, when I sat down to write about Cafe’s newest release, “Real Thing (Demo),” did I realize that I can’t quite put this fascination into words. I suppose the best way to put it is that Cafe’s music just feels right; it possesses an exhilarating twang, an almost Michael Jackson-esque style of animation and groove, and more than anything else, an absolutely incredible vocal talent to lead the charge. Needless to say, the latest demo perfectly attests to the wonderous, weird world of Cafe’s music. Supported by a funky instrumental, this song seemingly fuses the worlds of soul and funk into one, off-the-wall combination that you simply can’t help but love. “Real Thing” is relaxed and emotional, but it’s also effortlessly charismatic, using Cafe’s unorthodox vocal style as a source of fuel. With this, there’s an innate charm to Diamond Cafe, and as eclectic as the music may be, I always find myself coming back, indicating that there’s something truly exciting to behold here. Be sure to check out “Real Thing (Demo)” for yourself below and let us know what you think …