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ST LGND 94 – [Jay Worthy & St. Ides]

There are very few artists out that have put in the work like the living legend that is Jay Worthy. The independent hustler has never let something like a pandemic slow down his growth, with real street rap seeming to be as popular as ever Worthy is at a very interesting turning point in his career. He has an established reputation as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and it’s well earned. P Worthy is a timeless artist, he has stayed true to himself and consistently brings a different level of storytelling to a new generation that often lacks to look back further than a decade when it comes to music that stands out. His sound is west coast rap at its finest, laidback music that hits best in a convertible playing as loud as possible. He recently dropped a mixtape in partnership with an iconic brand that further cements himself as one of the biggest hustlers in independent music. This is a must-listen for any reader’s craving the gritty nature of ’90s rap and Where Worthy excels most is as a storyteller though, both in his lyrics and in conversation. He’s a true student of the game, picking up knowledge …

Get Refreshed: The Importance of Astari, lei’s Hot Streak Continues, and Remembering The Month Of Uzi

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Bernard Vernon NOVAGANG (Feat. Funeral and Zee!): “HUNNID ROUND” Talk about the most obvious pairing to ever exist. Though the former is among the group’s longest-tenured members and the latter being recruited just this year, NOVAGANG’s very own Zee! and Funeral perform together like Magic and Kareem. Both these two have the ability to take on practically any style they’d like in a given moment, but the relentlessly brazen deliveries heard on tracks like “HUNNID ROUND” are perhaps where they shine brightest on a consistent basis. Every time these two take this particular approach, the resulting track always factors out to an experience that’s equal-parts intoxicating as it is poignant. Combined with exceptional production work from their collective’s now de-facto leader Stef, no track better exudes the group’s eternal mantra of “intensified simplicity” than what we have here. https://soundcloud.com/novaganghellsing/hundred   lei: “whatiswrongwithme?” Could someone please tell lei to just… miss? For once? I mean, we’re nearly 3 months into 2021, they’ve dropped almost 10 songs in this time, and not a single one hasn’t been a hit. What’s …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Blue – [Lil Xelly]

It’s been a few weeks since I last talked about Lil Xelly, but don’t get me wrong, my admiration for him hasn’t faltered even slightly. This might not seem like a lot of time has passed when thinking of other artists, but with Xelly releasing constant songs and visuals, it almost seems as if years have passed with the amount of music he has dropped since I last wrote about him. I’ve mentioned how he’s one of the premier workhorses in the music industry, but this is nothing new to fans who are familiar with his work. One of his most recent singles “Blue” just received a music video treatment, so I couldn’t help but talk about the record and cover the visual as well. GeeohhS, the producer who brought this instrumental to life, does so through lighthearted, mystifying melodies, tapping percussion, and consistently pungent drums that provide a quick and simplistic base for Xelly’s powerful voice to steal the show, as it normally does. As he spits the hook, his lines are unrushed and fluent as each and every word shines through and comes off easily interpreted, allowing you to truly ingest every bar he brings to life. Heading …

Favorite Ni**a – [REASON]

If you’re even remotely familiar with Rap music, you already know that TDE contains some of the most talented artists in the industry. Even if we’re not talking about the Kendricks, Schoolboy Qs, Ab-Souls, or Jay Rocks, their roster goes so much deeper than their world-renown talents, and REASON is one of the most underrated yet incredibly talented acts they have on their lineup. After his debut project New Beginnings dropped, this is abundantly clear, and although it featured some heavy hitters like Schoolboy, Soulo, Rapsody, Isaiah Rashad, and JID, REASON made sure that he wasn’t left in the dust for even a single offering. The project reached the #167 spot on this week’s Billboard Top 200 list and even though it might not be more towards the top where it should be, breaking onto this coveted list, in general, is an unbelievable feat in and of itself. In order to keep his momentum going, he decided to drop off a brand-new music video for one of the project’s most notable songs “Favorite Ni**a”, a track that I’m not going to go into detail about because you’ve most likely already heard it and if not, you’ll realize what you’ve been …

Wrong – [The Kid Laroi] ft. [Lil Mosey]

It’s no secret at all that The Kid Laroi, although he comes from a much different background than most Hip-Hop artists, is one of the most incredible young talents in the game right now. His voice is distinct and incredible, his flows are natural and inventive, and his charisma is simply at the forefront of every single song he creates. Add Lil Mosey, a natural hitmaker in his own right, to the mix, and you already know magic is going to be made. That’s why, when I saw these two talents team up for the song “Wrong” off of Laroi’s debut studio album F*ck Love, I was beyond anticipatory of the results. Well, this project has been in our laps for a decent amount of time now, and although I like re-listening to it a couple of times a week typically, a day rarely goes by where I don’t at least give “Wrong” a spin. Luckily, late last week, this banger was given new life in the form of a music video, and it surely doesn’t disappoint. I was surprised to find out that the infamous YouTuber Logan Paul directed this visual, but I have to give him props after …

Trackstar – [Jay Wood]

Chicago native Jay Wood returns to Lyrical Lemonade with an exciting debut EP titled Trackstar, which marks his first official project. The EP features production from in-house Freesole producer Moses Mode and Namesake, with the latter most notably having worked with STL’s pinkcaravan! Wood tends to infuse relatable songwriting, smooth r&b hooks, and raw lyricism to create a differentiated, yet refreshing sound from his Midwest contemporaries. As a member of the south suburban collective Freesole, Wood’s resume already consists of opening for Ugly God, as well as Ravyn Lanae at the University of Missouri. He’s also traveled nationwide by performing with Sofar Sounds, while providing consistent support for the local Chicago rap scene in the process. On the track “CHAMPAGNE,” Wood flaunts a luxurious lifestyle over Namesake’s ominous, 808-heavy production. Conceptually, “TRACKSTAR” is the standout song on the tape. Wood writes about a situation-ship, where non-commitment consequentially results in the couple sabotaging the relationship altogether. “WE GOOD?” featuring Freesole’s S.O.S. displays Wood’s R&B capabilities, with passionate remarks emphasizing the importance of checking on a partner after falling out. The song also verifies the necessity of overcoming adversity in any stable, long-term relationship. On “ICEBREAKER,” Wood concludes the EP by shooting his shot at a potential partner, demonstrating his …

Till The Morning – [Jay Worthy] & [Shlohmo]

An artist who is constantly pushing the envelope by working with as many different talented producers as possible is Jay Worthy. His music has been well covered on Lyrical Lemonade but his most recent project might be one of the strongest, most creative to date. Already this year he has dropped an EP with Harry Fraud as well as another string of small projects with legends like The Alchemist, Cardo Got Wings, and Jake One. He recently dropped his latest collaboration with Shlohmo that is appropriately titled Till The Morning. A name that accurately reflects the work ethic Worthy possesses, he’ll continue hustling long after the sun has risen. Tapping into production from Shlohmo is something people might not be expecting from the Compton legend, but the pair blend together perfectly to make something that sounds different than any of their previous releases. Throughout this EP, Shlohmo “Mama Used to Say” is a great example of the west coast influenced production from Shlohmo elevating Worthy’s laidback delivery that he has become known for. “You Know” is one of the strongest records on the EP, Worthy sounds immaculate over a beat that centers around jazzy flute every single time. While each song on …

The Making of Timeless Music: A Conversation with Jay Worthy and Harry Fraud

When it comes to artists that have been able to build out catalogs with timeless music due to their acute knowledge of classic records far exceeds the average person, there aren’t many that have the depth of taste quite like Harry Fraud and Jay Worthy. Both artists definitely have similar influences throughout their music, the fact that it has taken this long for their paths to cross is actually surprising. They are both kindred souls that have an affinity for a certain time period that is insanely easy to picture once their project starts playing, an era that always hits smooth when the weather starts getting warmer. As restrictions begin to slowly lift, there’s no doubt  Eat When You’re Hungry Sleep When You’re Tired will be played in cars cruising slowly throughout the country. If you know anything about Jay Worthy, its that he is by far one of the most interesting characters in the industry. Hell, he is the uncle to the most talked about children in recent memory X Æ A-12. Worthy is a man with ties to nearly every big name to come out in the past decade, his genuine attitude and consistent output of timeless classics …

Two4one – [Jay Worthy]

When I tell you Jay Worthy is the most interesting man alive, you gotta believe me. The stories this man has acquired over the past 10 years coming up, having ties to pretty much every prominent name in rap and being behind the scenes building his empire as an independent force to be reckoned with. Whether it be touring with the likes of Grimes, Griselda, or IGOR, Jay Worthy has broke bread with the best of them and his past decade coming up is a masterclass in what remaining truly authentic and staying consistent can lead you to. Not many can do it as Jay has, but his most recent string of releases is a clear product of building solid connections over the years. Over the past few weeks, P Worthy has been dropping 2 singles per week that feature a collab between a favorite producer and artists to compliment Jay’s iconic west coast flows. With the final singles dropping a few weeks ago the EP titled Two4one has been packaged into an EP with two new singles to join the 6-tracks releases previously. The Compton native has an illustrious list of producers he has worked with in the past but …