Turn Myself In – [Lil Durk]

Well, it’s been a few weeks since one of our favorites and Englewood’s own Lil Durk has been incarcerated. As fans, there’s only so much we can do outside of merely expressing our sympathies and support of Durkio. “Turn Myself In” is the latest single from Durk, in which he proclaims his final plea before he would turn himself into authorities. The cover tells a story, with an image of diamond-crusted Cuban link handcuffs locked around his wrists. He expresses his frustrations, crying out to God for help and preaching how support was lost when he was most in need. “Yeah yeah yeah God can you hear me, yeah yeah yeah n****s ain’t really with me.” Durk would go on hours later to turn himself into police, as he stated on both his Twitter and Instagram pages. The song’s melodic cries of reflection express his regrets, explain his decisions, and communicate some final messages before his incarceration. The track brings a bittersweet feel, with the sound itself being a smooth piece, but the overall vibe being somewhat somber upon Durkio’s recent lock-up. Stream “Turn Myself In” below!

Wildboy – [Calboy]

The rise of Chicago artist Calboy over the past couple of years has been amazing to watch as a fan, and just a week ago he released an awesome new project titled “Wildboy”, and it’s a must listen for any hip-hop fan. I have been listening to this tape front to back for a few days straight, Calboy blessed us with some fantastic music and some solid features from the likes of Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Yo Gotti, Polo G, Meek Mill and Young Thug. This is one of the best projects to come out of Chicago this year, be expecting to see this one on our Top 50 list at the end of the year. Stream this solid new tape via Spotify below and if you like what you hear then go ahead and give Calboy a follow on Twitter here.

Sydny August: One Of Chicago’s Gems is Continuing to Thrive

Sydny August is one artist out of Chicago that we have been covering since damn near the beginning, and if you are a hardcore & long time LL supporter you may remember way back when we first did a Q&A with Sydny in November of 2016, but today she is back as the feature of a brand new interview piece! Obviously Sydny has grown since the last time we sat down for a interview, at the time she was barely out of high school and was just getting started in her music career, and now she has become one of Chicago’s best young singers & is well on her way to a degree in English Creative Writing at University Of Kansas. About a month ago Sydny released her latest project titled Uni (You and I), and it is easily one of my favorite tapes to come out of the city this year, so I recently sat down with her to catch up with everything she has been doing and get a closer look at the idea that became this project. Stream her brand new project via Spotify  + watch her new visual below while you read through the interview, and …

Home Body (Remix) – [Lil Durk] ft. [Teyana Taylor] [Melii]

Lil Durk’s latest single gets a sultry remix with the assistance of Teyana Taylor and emerging crossover rapper-singer Melii. The remix to Durk’s “Home Body” which was released off of his latest project, Signed To The Streets 3, originally featured Gunna and TK Kravitz, but now Teyana leads in the sexy new remix with her trademark sultry vocals that play cleverly against the subtle bass and kick drums in the song’s production. Durk’s original verse is placed in between Taylor and Melii providing an ear-perking contrast between the sultry vocals of the newly added verses. Melii closes the remix out with a slightly more upbeat flow that finds its lane between the grit that Durk provided and the softness of Teyana’s harmonies. The reimagining of the original album cut proves itself to be a compelling addition to the Only The Family label-boss’ discography. If you’re feeling the new remix of Lil Durk’s “Home Body” make sure to show him some love by following on Twitter and Instagram.

Bad Habits – [NAV]

I have been a fan of NAV for a couple years now so I am happy to bring our audience his brand new album titled “Bad Habits”! One of the first things that I noticed about this tape is how long it is, coming in at twenty four tracks it’s a pretty lengthy listen but trust me when I saw that it’s worth it. There are quite a few star studded features that are included on this album from the likes of Meek Mill, The Weekend, Young Thug, Gunna, 88GLAM, Lil Durk and last but certainly not least, Future. Of course though, NAV was the main shining factor throughout this entire tape, making for what will be considered one of his classics when it’s all said and done. Stream this brand new album via Soundcloud below and if you like what you hear be sure to share it with a friend.

Let It Rain – [Park Hill] feat. [OTF Ikey]

Only The Family Involved members Park Hill and OTF Ikey join forces today in their latest music video for “Let It Rain.” The introspective rap ballad comes from the second volume of the Only The Family Involved collaborative project released in late December of last year, and taking the music world by storm, it can certainly be said that this crew is ready for a prosperous 2019. That said, the new visuals open up with scenes of Park Hill speaking on the pain and struggles caused by street life. With a cameo from label founder, Lil Durk, Park Hill and OTF Ikey delve into their soul to deliver a powerful performance, and as a result, the DIY style of the video brings forth a personal aspect that really hits home. With “Let It Rain” as the North Star, make sure to keep a look out for more visuals from the Only The Family label mates in the near future. In the meantime, watch the new video from Park Hill and OTF Ikey below and make sure to leave us your thoughts in the comment section!

Habits – [Lil Durk]

Lil Durk has a fantastic year in 2018 and he is starting the new year off on a good note with the release of his sobering new music video for “Habits”. This record was a fan favorite off of Lil Durk’s well received Signed To The Streets 3 album so it’s amazing to see it get the proper visual that it deserved, and I must say that Lil Durk & video director Laka Films went above & beyond here! The record itself has a precious message attached to it about being careful about developing harmful habits, he displayed how different negative habits can trouble you, great job to everyone involved. Take a few minutes out of your day to check out this brand new music video below!


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 • …

Lil Durk Presents: Only the Family Involved, Vol. 2

The transition to rising rap mogul was seamless for Lil Durk. Today, proving this, the Chicago born artist has returned to our pages with the release of the second installment of his Only the Family mixtape series. The new mixtape is an exciting follow up to the previous volume featuring elevated bars and hooks from members of Only the Family; OTF Ikey, Doodie Lo, King Von, Park Hill, and Booka600. Additionally, the new compilation mixtape features top quality verses from each member of the Of the Family team, showcasing their individual talent as well as their chemistry on collaborative tracks. Clearly, the diverse collective is set to have a big 2019, closing out this year with a strong compilation to get things moving for the coming months. Listen to the new project from Lil Durk below and tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

Trappin’ Hard – [OTF Ikey]

Chicago native and Lil Durk signee, OTF Ikey shares a new music video for his song, “Trappin’ Hard.” This is the second single from the highly anticipated follow up to Only The Family Involved Vol. 1. The follow up mixtape, Only The Family Involved Vol. 2, is set to feature heavy amounts of OTF Ikey who through his new song displays his future hit-making ability. The new video transitions through various shots of Ikey; from sitting on a throne atop of his work to shots of him and his boys. OTF Ikey is clearly a star in the making and is only getting started. Keep your eye on the Chicago native and the entire Only The Family label as they release their collaborative mixtape follow up next week. Watch the new video from OTF Ikey below and be sure to leave us your thoughts in the comment section!