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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

Cursed – [Frais]

This afternoon we have an artist that goes by the moniker of Frais is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his brand new mixtape titled “Cursed”. I got word from my homie Jake that I should check out this project so today I made sure to take out thirty minutes in order to give it my upmost attention, and after running though the track list a couple of times through, and he really put together a great collection of songs here. He provided hard hitting records such as “Bandos” and the outro featuring Lil Gnar & Germ, but he also switched it up a bit in tracks like “Dying” that had a slower tempo & a introspective vibe. I have been noticing a ton of new talent coming out of Charlotte like DaBaby & RonSoCold to name a couple, but Frais is looking to be one of the new leaders of his community in the near future, keep an eye out for him and press play below!

The Big Day – [Chance The Rapper]

Just over two years and a couple months after his last project Coloring Book first debuted, Chicago superstar Chance The Rapper just blessed the world with his highly anticipated new album titled The Big Day. If you are a true Lyrical Lemonade fan who has been supporting since the beginning, then you know that we are all huge fans of Chance The Rapper, he inspired all of us here as well as millions of others around the globe, so you can only picture just how excited I was when I first pressed play on this new album. I was very pleased when I saw the track list had twenty two songs (with a few skits) on it, I took about two and a half hours out of my morning to listen to this a couple of times before I wrote this article, and where should I begin? My initial thoughts were that Chance made it a point to do something different with this project, which I would say he has done with every project, but this project was a little more left field than I expected it would be. That’s a positive thing though, Chance mixed it up and really …

Watch Nas on The Drink Champs

I have been finding myself gravitating to the new Nas album The Lost Tapes 2 since it’s release not too long ago, and considering that recent release it only made since when I saw that he stopped by The Drink Champs for a great conversation with N.O.R.E and DJ EFN. These hip-hop gurus spoke about tons of topics including the first time Nas & N.O.R.E met, when Illmatic dropped, putting Queens on the map, working with Kanye West, his vivid storytelling, their collab record “Body In The Trunk”, Wu-Tang Clan, phones calls & studio sessions he had with Biggie, his conversation with Prince, being a leader in the hip-hop community, touring with Mary J. Blige, back when he claimed “hip-hop is dead” & how he didn’t get the point off correctly, major record labels, giving people their roses while they can still smell them, building a hip-hop museum in the Bronx, being a fan of Lil Durk & Da Baby, being a huge fan of Rakim, Lupe Fiasco reminding him of himself and so much more. When it comes to masterminds in hip-hop but even more in business, they don’t come any better than Nas, press play below & pick …

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: …

HBS – [Lil Keed]

Lil Keed is a favorite here at Lyrical Lemonade so it was only a matter of time before we shot a visual for the young rising star, and today we just released his brand new music video for “HBS”. It’s no secret that LL’s own Cole Bennett is one of, if not the best music video director in the entire game, so coming into this one you are probably expecting something extraordinary & that’s exactly what they gave us! The visual itself feels like a super interesting and trippy walk through a cartoon of sorts, at times you will see Lil Keed as a literal baby in a picture frame, at other times you will find him in a classroom reading to a group of children. This may be the first time that Lil Keed and Cole have connected for a music video, but if I had to guess I would say that this won’t be the last, press play below!

Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Addiction – [BIG K.R.I.T.] feat. [Lil Wayne] & [Saweetie]

After breaking out from Def Jam and putting in the hard work to reestablish himself independently,  Big K.R.I.T. has really settled into the indie life nicely and is his having an incredibly consistent 2019. In January he dropped off his TDT compilation and now, he has his sights set on a summer takeover, already 2 for 2 on singles from his August-bound album K.R.I.T. iz Here. Following the vehement “K.R.I.T. Here” the southern spitter returns with a different approach with the booty-call ready single, “Addiction.” Setting the stage for the salacious cut, Saweetie delivers a sultry, catchy hook that blends with a hypnotic backdrop from Rico Love & Don Corleone to create a sleek, late-night aura. Krizzle does a great job of matching the energy, but still carrying that southern “bite” with his stalwart, charismatic delivery.  Speaking of charisma, who better to delivery some clever, x-rated bars (while still impressing with a remarkably dexterous flow) than Weezy F. Baby? Nobody, making him the perfect guest on a track that should draw a bigger, different audience to K.R.I.T.’s work just in time for the album.

I Like It – [Teenear] ft. [Lil Baby]

Ready for a new summer anthem? Teenear’s most recent release, “I Like It,” is easily the funkiest single of the season. Fusing together Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop, the artist teamed up with Atlanta star Lil Baby. The unlikely duo ends up being a perfect collaboration on the lively and upbeat instrumental to create a memorable song for us to bop, too. The Miami singer displays her abilities to compete with some of the best singers in the game, while Lil Baby steps out of his comfort zone, showing off his musical adaptability. If you have yet to hear this track, make sure to listen and follow Teenear. Words by Barry R

Die A Legend – [Polo G]

In my limited inventory of writing I have for this website, Polo G has found his way into two of my pieces. And yes, Polo is from Chicago and gains great traction and support from consistent site viewers – though that is not why I am writing this article today. The reason is because his latest project Die A Legend, (which released last Friday, June 7th) is just that – legendary. Even the first time I listened through, I instantly knew this project would be one of my favorites of the year. I made it through the entire album without skipping, stopping, or changing a song once. And then I listened again, and again, and again. I’ve now listened to its entirety roughly a half dozen times and that doesn’t include the individual tracks I’ve picked out to listen to on spontaneous occasion. It includes the steam-rolling hits like “Pop Out,” “Finer Things,” “Battle Cry,” and “Pop Out Again (feat. Lil Baby and Gunna),” which have already made their way atop the charts – some even prior to the album releasing. And then mixes in masterpieces like the two-minute firestorm that is “Lost Files,” and brilliant interpersonal storytelling in “Chosen 1.” My …