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first order of business – [Baby Keem]

I know I’ve pretty much posted every music video and accompanying release of Baby Keem’s since he released the melodic blue last week, but the simple truth is the fact that I’m not even close to tired of this album, and I don’t think fans are either. It’s my personal favorite album of the year so far, and while I don’t think that’s a controversial opinion, at this point, his music videos are only bringing this project to new heights due to their creativity and abstract nature, so until I’m forced to stop writing about his releases, I’m going to keep covering them for as long as I can. While I have trouble pinpointing exactly what my favorite song on the album is, I was blown away by his song “first order of business” because it’s finally a song in hip-hop that doesn’t flex about his own personal riches and wealth, but it speaks on how he wants to use his fortune to take care of his family and the ones that mean the most to him, and that’s the endearing part of music that doesn’t get enough attention whatsoever. Luckily, we actually received a Dave Free-directed music video that …

Get Refreshed: The Bloodhounds Say Goodbye

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Main Cover by Brixton Yorker // Special Cover by ddertbag Editor’s Note I feel as though it’s important that I acknowledge why this week’s column is slightly different. This is a special edition of “Get Refreshed” where – aside from the below trio of notable releases I intended on highlighting before the present news hit – I take a backseat and let the people whose voices are most important to the week’s online music discourse be focused on and listened to as they deservingly should.  Those voices come in the form of past and present members of the integral, impactful, and illustrious online music collective called Bloodhounds — the aforementioned news surrounding the group being the sudden and shocking announcement of its conclusion this past Wednesday. As one will see by the end of this piece, the amount of space I’ve reserved for reflecting on and chronicling the legacy of the digicore-purveying collective is entirely appropriate given just how remarkable their legacy has been and forever will be in regards to the continuing era of online music.  Below these few …

Get Refreshed: Twikipedia and SEBii’s Trip To Eagleland, A Year Since Exeter, and Saturn’s Guide to SoundCloud

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Twikipedia + SEBii: “hotel” Occasions like these remind me that nothing ever truly grows “stale” in music, no matter what the hardcore skeptics and critics of the world may think otherwise. Both the art and the craft of basing entire hip-hop tracks around video games – while always being present and developing – have taken on prominent and exciting new forms over the past decade. MCs and producers alike from scenes that stretch from South Florida to the Kanto Region ushered in this wholly entertaining era as the 2010s entered its waning years, and though this particular approach had its moment for quite some time, it certainly isn’t at the level of supply that it once was.  Now if anyone from today’s crop of superstars-in-the-making were to give this approach a welcomed return-to-form, could we have chosen a more obvious pairing than Twikipedia and SEBii? I seriously believe there could have been no one better to take up this task than these two given their track record of video game-centric bars and aesthetics alike; the shared …

Goofiez – [Mother Nature] & [BoatHouse] ft. [Valee]

I’ve mentioned it copiously in the past, but I just always love it when the city of Chicago comes together to create. We have some of the most talented and captivating individuals in the entire world, so when artists come together to put their own unique spins on a song, you always know it’s going to be something crazy. Recently, super duo Mother Nature and hitmaker BoatHouse announced that they were going to be releasing a new project in the near future entitled SZNZ and they’ve even given us a sneak peek of the tape by dropping a couple of singles, so the anticipation for this record couldn’t be any higher. While I’ve been consistently bumping songs like “Momentz” and “Cloudz” since they released in anticipation of the forthcoming project, I was beyond pleasantly surprised to hear that they decided to drop another single called “Goofiez” with one of my personal favorite Chicago emcees Valee, and the results are just remarkable. Obviously, BoatHouse takes care of the production with some strong, thumping drums, eardrum piercing hats and claps, and some intense, almost sinister synths that create the foundation for an emphatic and assertive banger. In the hook, it sounds like …

Cloudz – [Mother Nature] & [BoatHouse] ft. [Sir Michael Rocks]

It seems like recently I’ve been writing about a lot more Chicago artists than normal, and I’m not mad at that even slightly. I love supporting my city because I know how talented so many individuals here are and I want the rest of the country to experience this as well. As far as major influencers in the Chicago music scene go, independent label Closed Sessions has been a force in the industry for quite a few years, and they’ve signed some of the most talented artists inside of the city and out which means that anyone on their radar has to be on your radar as well. Most recently, dynamic duo Mother Nature decided to team up with fellow Closed Sessions signee BoatHouse to announce a collaborative project called SZNZ that’s due out in April, and I couldn’t be more excited. In order to build some buzz around this upcoming release, they teamed up with Chicago icon Sir Michael Rocks on their brand-new single “Cloudz”, and the results simply speak for themselves. BoatHouse is simply a hitmaker in every sense of the label with this record being no different. Within the beat, he utilizes some ambient, spacey synths or …

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 …

1Take w femdot.

Classick Studios is a staple in Chicago’s music community and it has been for years now, one new thing that the good people over there have been working on is ‘1Take’, a new live performance-based video that takes place right on their rooftop. Classick Studios have released a few episodes prior featuring talents such as MFnMelo, Mother Nature + Ohana Bam, but their latest episode featured Lyrical Lemonade favorite, femdot! This live performance finds fem performing one of his new songs, “Back Home”, which turned out great both sonically + visually. I believe that this new platform from Classick Studios will be huge one day, so you might as well get in tune with it now while it’s at the beginning stages. Watch this new performance below and be sure to follow fem on Instagram to keep up with his career!

Solar System – [Famous Dex] ft. [Trippie Redd]

Famous Dex has been an icon in the Chicago music scene for quite a few years, at this point, and although it’s been a minute since he might’ve gained nationwide recognition for songs like “Drip From My Walk”, “Pick It Up”, or “Japan”, that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s still one of the hardest working artists in the industry. Earlier this month, he released his second studio album entitled Diana after his mother who unfortunately passed away a few years ago after her fight with breast cancer, but I can say with the utmost certainty that she’s looking down from above and smiling at all of Dex’s success. One of the standout tracks on the album is undoubtedly “Solar System” which features Trippie Redd, and although you have most likely heard it by now, I figured I’ll cover some of the basics before getting into the brand-new music video. Ambient synths begin right off the bat before intergalactic noises and a percussion-heavy instrumental begin to take shape, transporting us to another universe that only Dex and Trippie can create with their unbelievably creative minds. Trippie only takes the various hooks in this track, offering up some smooth, …

Without You – [Raff Alpha] x [Leroy Torawno]

Raff Alpha is a hip-hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. Being a dual artist and producer, Raff’s signature sound is traditional boom bap and soul. Having performed numerous shows, Raff has opened up for Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Curren$y, R.A. The Rugged Man, Method Man, Redman, Styles P, Dead Prez, Jay Rock, Joyner Lucas, and more. In many ways, Alpha is the epitome of the phrase ‘your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,’ despite owning an underdog status throughout his career. Entirely independent, Raff is a part of the creative talent agency “Project FILO,” while also being the founder of his own record label “Omega Academy.” Including mixtapes, Raff has an impressive six projects in his discography: The Soul Goods, Alpha’s Rhyme Book, Positive Pain, Never Surrender, The Alpha Male EP, and his latest album, Archangel Gabriel, released in 2018. In my opinion, Archangel Gabriel is Raff’s best release to date. While the album is very much a spiritual project, Raff’s traditional old school flows remain. Raff considers this body of work to be his most personal, visualizing each track as separate messages from God. The final track, “Momma Tonya’s Prayer,” is a recorded prayer from Alpha’s mother. Despite the year following being a quiet one for Raff, the Baltimore …

Portalz – [Mother Nature]

Chicago natives Mother Nature have been gearing up all year with singles + visuals + content for this very moment, as they have just released their brand new project titled “Portalz”. The two emcees who make up Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H and Klevah Knox, have always stuck out to me since I first heard their music a few years ago. They were super raw, very gifted lyrically, had meaningful subject matter, were good live performers, and were just dope individuals overall. The one thing that I thought they needed when I first heard them was some structure, and with teaming up with a good manager as well as indie Chicago label Closed Sessions, they got just that. So with this backing that they now have, I was so excited to see what they did with it, and like I touched on earlier, all of the content they put out up to this point to support the project was awesome, so this was the moment of truth for them if you will. This tape has ten records on the tracklist + is a pretty quick listen coming in at twenty minutes, and they packed this project with some great songs as well …