Myself – [Matt Muse] x [Joseph Chilliams]

Matt Muse is one of my favorite artists out of Chicago for so many reasons; he is doing great things in the community, he is a leader / educator for many young upcoming artists, he is a staple in Chicago, oh and he can rap circles around most of his competition. Today the Chicago native is back on our lemon filled pages with his brand new offering titled “Myself [Philautia II]” featuring vocalist Mon’Aerie and Pivot Gang’s own Joseph Chilliams! I have been listening to Matt’s music for some years now but this is by far his best release yet, you just can’t deny this soulful & love filled track, that finds Matt speaking on the things he needs to improve on. The Joseph Chilliams feature on the back end of this track brought that extra jolt of feel good energy & hilarious bars to make this one that much better, it makes me wonder if these two will do music again in the future. Regardless though, stream this brand new song below and if you like what you hear then share it with a friend!

Mortal Kombat – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Kari Faux]

The rise of Chicago’s own Pivot Gang has been a long time coming, and earlier this year, the crew came into full effect with their first project as a collective in five years. Today, they’ve returned with a new visual for “Mortal Kombat”, one of the standout tracks on ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’. Pivot takes a victory lap in this new video, cruising around palm tree-lined streets in a convertible and bringing the whole squad out with them. Director Cam Robert aka Contact cloaks Pivot Gang in black-and-white tones, adding a sinister, classic vibe that coincides with the song’s straightforward lyricism. Robert doesn’t need much to keep a viewer interested, utilizing camerawork that immediately reminded me of GOOD Music’s classic “Mercy” video and other details that let Pivot shine with minimal special effects. Saba holds the track down, fitting a handful of flows into one verse and squeezing in ridiculously clever one-liners that might need a listen or two to fully sink in. Joseph Chilliams comes through with his signature hip rolls, dancing for the camera as he delivers his verse packed with his untouchable sense of humor. As the song winds down, rising star Kari Faux steals the …

Bad Boys – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Smino]

Chicago collective Pivot Gang have been showcasing their respective talents individually for a few years now, but, with the announce of their new project, it’s time for them to come together on some rap Power Rangers, Megazord type shit. Along with announcing their debut album, You Can’t Sit With Us, Pivot unleashed their latest single, “Bad Boys,” which hosts Joesph Chilliams, Saba, MfnMelo, and a guest appearance from Smino, each adding their own distinct flavors to the effort while still maintaining a cohesive, unapologetic vibe to the gritty effort. With such a talented roster, one of the most fun things about this album is going to be picking a favorite verse in each song. Here, I have to give the nod to Joseph Chilliams who showcases his knack for clever, uproarious one-liners. The way he uses humor is one of Chilliams’ biggest assets and I suspect, it’ll make him a fan favorite when the album drops; but really, with the whole gang along for the ride, it’ll be a pick your poison situation. You Can’t Sit With Us is set to drop on April 19th but is vailable for pre-order on iTunes right now.  


While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. 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. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …

Blood – [Pivot Gang]

Pivot Gang’s story up to this point has already been a long one, yet the Chicago collective spearheaded by Saba is only starting to garner the attention they deserve. Their new crew cut, “Blood”, serves as a reminder of the range of talent in Pivot’s ranks and a family reunion just in time for Thanksgiving. ‘Chicago’s Most Charming Rapper’ Joseph Chilliams kicks off the track with his signature sense of humor, followed by MfnMelo’s laidback flow that switches up the pace of the song at just the right time. Frsh Waters, who’s emerged this year with a few promising tracks of his own, closes the song out and finishes his last verse with finesse. Saba holds things down on the hook, tying the gang together by proclaiming his loyalty to his family. It’s been a minute since Pivot dropped a group track, and hopefully “Blood” is a sign of more to come. Listen to “Blood” below, and if you’re in Chicago this weekend, see Pivot Gang in action at the 2nd annual John Walt Day this Saturday. produced by @daedaePIVOT & @squeakPIVOT

Sisko and Kasidy – [Kweku Collins] Ft. [Ajani Jones]

Closed Sessions affiliate Kweku Collins is finding himself back on our website this afternoon with his brand new music video for “Sisko and Kasidy” featuring Ajani Jones. Kweku has always been a unique artist and this new visual did a fantastic job at bringing his one of a kind energy to life, it’s not often you see a music video that more like a short film but it’s only makes sense considering it was directed by the always great Jon LeVert. Check out this brand new music video below and be on the look out for Kweku Collins upcoming tour with Joseph Chilliams, you can peep the dates for that here! Tour ONE with Joseph Chilliams  10/25 – Detroit, The Shelter 10/26 – Chicago, Lincoln Hall 10/27 – Toronto, Adelaide Hall 11/01 – Boston, Middle East Upstairs 11/02 – Philadelphia, The Foundry 11/03 – New York, SOB’s 11/04 – Washington DC, Union Stage 11/07 – Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle 11/08 – Atlanta, Aisle 5 11/09 – Nashville, The High Watt 11/15 – Austin, Barbacuda 11/16 – Houston, House of Blues 11/17 – Dallas, Three Links 11/24 – Denver, Marquis Theater 11/28 – Portland, Holocene 11/29 – Seattle, Neumos 11/30 – Vancouver, …

Watch Joseph Chilliams perform “Burn Book” on Fox 32

West side Chicago native & PIVOT front runner Joseph Chilliams is making his return to our website this afternoon with his brand new live performance on Fox 32! Joseph first caught the attention of many listeners last year with his “Henry Church” project, and a few months back he dropped a Mean Girls based tape titled “The Plastics” so it only made sense that he would perform on television on the anniversary of the hit movie. Shout out to Mauricio and the good people over at Fox 32 for giving Joseph this dope opportunity to share his talent, check out this awesome new live performance below!

ET – [Kweku Collins]

It has been well over a month since we last heard from Kweku Collins in the form of an Ajani Jones-collab titled Sisko and Kasidy, so it will be no surprise when this one in ET is given a warm reception. Backed by melodious acoustics and synths, the Evanston, Illinois native dazzled as usual with floaty autotune lyricism that literally sounds like it could have been recorded on a space trip. Ever since his project Grey from last year, the Closed Sessions affiliate continues to build the momentum and if you are lucky enough to catch him & Joseph Chilliams on their ‘Tour One’ kicking off in October, you’d best capitalize on that opportunity. Before doing that though, be sure to let loose ET streaming now and let us know if you’re feeling the latest from Kweku!

Mamby On The Beach 2018 Recap

A couple weeks ago Mamby On The Beach 2018 in Chicago took place at Oakwood Beach & it will surely be a stand out moment for many when they look back on this summer. There was dozens upon dozens of fantastic acts over the two day festival, but I want to take a few minutes to talk about a few of my personal favorite highlights from the weekend below!   Ric Wilson If you have attended a Ric Wilson show in the past you know that he never puts on a half ass performance, and his set at Mamby was certainly no exception. Out of all of the sets I watched at this years fest I believe Ric had the strongest interaction with his crowd, making everyone feel comfortable & involved like he does at every show, & yes the soul train was in full effect. To put the cherry on top of this all around great set, Ric brought out Closed Sessions affiliate Kweku Collins to perform their hit “Sinner”!     Common Obviously being the headliner of the fest there was a ton of anticipation for Common’s set, being a rap legend from Chicago it just felt like …

The Plastics EP – [Joseph Chilliams]

Just days after dropping the video for “Karen’s Song”, Joseph Chilliams releases his new EP “The Plastics” today which includes two previously released singles along with two new songs. The project and its tracks’ titles all reference the movie Mean Girls, as the PIVOT Gang member offers his reimagining of the film in true Chilliams style. Like always, the Chicago rapper puts his sharp sense of humor on full display, offering bars like “I love you like Pusha T love cook crack, especially when you say my hair looks sexy when it’s pushed back”. Sen Morimoto is featured heavily throughout, and the Chicago musician offers his dreamy, dynamic production for Chilliams to float over. Behind the laughable bars, “The Plastics” serves as a reminder of Chilliams’ sheer talent as a lyricist, as he blurs elements of the Mean Girls storyline with his own storytelling in a hazy whirlwind of flows. Stream the EP below and also keep an eye out for Joseph Chilliams’ set at Mamby on the Beach this weekend: Cover Art: @bahannahcupcake