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MOVE! – [Riela]

Riela is a Latin artist that I’ve been playing for the past week. Her new single move has been in heavy rotation for me the past couple of days and it should be in yours as well. This Miami raised in Los Angeles-based vocalist dropped an impressive six-track EP last October entitled “Tranquila y Tropical.” Riela’s Music palette is broad as her sounds span from reggaeton to upbeat traditional pop and r&b. Although most of her lyrics incorporate Spanish she throws in a little bit of Spanglish every now and then. In an interview she stated growing up she was inspired by the disco sounds in Miami and artists such as Ja Rule, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Selena, and Sade. I believe she will be one of the next Latinx and R&B artists to take the American mainstream by storm similar to what Rosalia and Kali Uchis have, she has that much potential. Stream Riela’s new single “Move” for yourself after the break.

BACK ON TRACK – [O2worldwide]

If you haven’t taken the time to get into the music of O2worldwide yet, you really have to question what you are doing with your life. The Oklahoma City-based collective consists of 16 members that all bring something beautiful to the table. It’s been 2 years since O2’s last full-length project was released and since that time, they have developed their sound as a whole. They have been teasing the release of their full-length project BACK ON TRACK for some time, with their fans waiting patiently for new music the group has finally released an album that is timed perfectly as brighter days look to bring us all back to the path we were on prior to this stupid pandemic struck a year ago. O2worldwide is comprised of members who almost all are fresh out of High School, while they are young their sound is timeless beyond their years. What stands out above all when listening to this album in its intended order is how the tracklist transitions seamlessly from song to song, the attention to detail that went into crafting the project is evident. Once you press play on the intro “TOO SOON”, you are locked in for a …

My Lena My Lena Oh Where Did You Go – [Atsen]

17-year-old Chicago by way of Nigeria rapper Atsen is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut today with his raw but impressive project entitled ‘My Lena My Lena Oh Where Did You Go’. One of my younger homies told me to listen to his music and I saved it to listen to at a later date. The project is only 7 tracks and 18 minutes long but it serves as a perfect sample platter of what Atsen is capable of musically. It’s a mix of traditional rap, alternative rap, hyper pop, and more, songs in his catalog like “Love” may lean towards an Xxxtentacion sound while others may lean to a sound that is similar to someone like Tom The Mail Man. Atsen told me via direct messages on Instagram that the new ep was entirely self-produced and most of the upcoming music will be as well. I’m really excited to see where Atsen can go with his sound, This past project was definitely more experimental. If you are looking for a more traditional sound then you should give his ‘ALONEANDINLOVE’ project a spin as well. Stream Atsen’s new project ‘My Lena My Lena Oh Where Did You Go’ after the break …

A Conversation w/ J.I the Prince of NY: Returning to Music After Quitting, Current Brooklyn Scene, “Painless 2” w/ Lil Durk & Nav and more.

“I really view myself higher than a prince to be honest. Sometimes I view myself as a king or a God when it comes to my music. I just know that I have more work to do to really get to that point and work harder towards the goals that I have.” -J.I the Prince of N.Y It’s safe to say that if you are a fan of hip hop, or even music in general, that you may have had those childhood dreams of becoming a superstar one day. You may be in your room rehearsing rap songs, or having daydreams of you performing on stage in front of a sea of fans reciting every lyric you spit. For some of us, those thoughts may not make it past that, but for others, that dream had the potential to turn into a reality. Being a young teen and dreaming of being famous and on TV is something that not many rappers can say that they have had the experience of living through. For the 18 year old Brooklyn-native J.I the Prince of N.Y, he turned that dream into a reality when he first appeared on Jermaine Durpi’s The Rap Game at …

Heartless – [The Weeknd]

Very seldom do we get an artist that can go ghost for weeks, months, sometimes years, and be able to come back with a single and shake up the entire industry. Out of the few that do this, The Weeknd is one of them–and he is back right before the years closing with a single “Heartless”. This week was the three year anniversary of his last full-length album Starboy, and the last we have seen of him since then was his EP in 2018 My Dear Melancholy, and his feature on “Lost in the Fire” with Gesaffelstein. Since then, he’s been relatively quiet in the realm of music due to the fact that he was filming a new movie with Adam Sandler. Alongside that, he had his breakup with Selena Gomez to deal with, and his on and off relationship with supermodel Bella Hadid. Amidst of everything going on, The Weeknd has been locked in and in album mode for a long time, and what we are witnessing is the very beginning of what he and fans call Chapter VI. Produced by mega producer Metro Boomin’ and day one collaborator Illangelo, The Weeknd sets the tone high on this one with an uptempo …

Cripple – [Lupe Fiasco]

A few days ago the Chicago legend Lupe Fiasco released a brand new music video for his song “Cripple” featuring Elena Pinderhughes that was off of his 2018 album Drogas Wave, and it’s something I strongly suggest you check out. The music video itself has a very old school feel to it in my opinion, I found a liking to the black and white theme and the glorious city views that were behind Lupe as he displayed his lyrical excellence, much love to the video director Vann Fulfs for helping him bring this song to life. I enjoyed this release and I hope that you will too, check it out below!

Tobi Lou: Chicago’s Rising Superhero

Tobi Lou is a lot of things: he is a unbelievably talented artist, a trend setter, a Chicagoan, a unique individual and a self proclaimed superhero. I don’t believe that’s far fetched either: the way that Tobi has built his career to this point, the positive + contagious energy he puts out, his extraordinary charisma, it’s something like a superhero. About a month or so ago I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Tobi Lou after his sensational set at Governors Ball in New York, and after being a huge fan & rooting for Tobi over the past couple of years, I had a bunch of questions I wanted to ask him! I have spoke to hundreds of artists in the past but this conversation that I had with Tobi Lou is one of my favorites for sure, he has a great energy & aura around him, he is undeniably himself and it’s only a matter of time before he is one of the biggest artists in the world. Take some time out of your day to learn about Tobi Lou below, and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter & Instagram! Visit Tobi Lou’s website here!   EM: …

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 …

I’m Good – [Symone Le’nae]

An artist that goes by Symone Le’nae is making her first appearance on our website this morning with her brand new offering titled “I’m Good”. This is a short track coming in at just under two minutes but it gives off a feel good feeling, where you will find Symone seemingly airing out a prior relationship, but she created an ear pleasing melody in the process. I don’t know too much information about the Bay Area talent but I do know that I liked what I heard and that I will be checking out the rest of her catalog and will be keeping up with her future releases. Listen to this brand new tune below and if you like it then be sure to give her a follow here.

TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS OF 2018

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 • …