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Watch Pivot Gang’s brand new interview on Power 105.1

Chicago’s own Pivot Gang are fresh off of the release of their amazing new project You Can’t Sit With Us, and they recently sat down with Nyla Symone at Power 105.1 to talk about everything they have been up to! You will find her asking them about everything such as their brand new album, how they got to this point, the Chicago music scene, their studio rules, the relationship they have amongst each other, what they would say they each bring to the table, trying to make a Pivot tape for years, Saba’s set at Dreamville Fest, being an inspiration to many artists across the globe, learning from creating this tape and more. Get to know one of Chicago’s dopest collectives by pressing play below!

You Can’t Sit With Us – [Pivot Gang]

beloved Chicago group Pivot Gang have been teasing at the release of their album for some time now, and late last night they finally blessed their growing fanbase with the final project titled “You Can’t Sit With Us”. After streaming through the thirteen track offering a couple of times through I was happy with what I was hearing, the guys displayed unreal amounts of chemistry and created a cohesive tape, but that’s what should be expected by these brilliant & accomplished emcees. All of the songs provided feature some sort of variation of the Pivot Gang squad along with some sprinkled in features here and there from the likes of Smino, Femdot, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Sylvan LaCue and last but not least, Benjamin Earl Turner. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like it be sure to support Pivot Gang by copping a ticket to catch Saba + the crew on tour here.

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.  

Studio Ground Rules – [Pivot Gang]

You’ve just been invited to a Pivot Gang studio session. Not sure what to do? Don’t trip—the Chicago crew’s latest cut comes with step-by-step instructions on how to not act a fool when in their presence. “Studio Ground Rules” is the latest posse cut to come from Chicago’s own Pivot Gang, and the squad offers up more of their signature charm, humor, and straight-forward rap style that fans have come to expect by now. They initiate a listener to how they like to run things in their dojo, stressing that they have little tolerance for bullshit once they’re locked in. Saba kicks things off by reminding us of just how creative he could get with one word, turning “hood” into a dozen different metaphors as if it’s nothing to him until he then passes the ball to Frsh Waters, who’s been giving us flashes of lyrical excellence since his return to the rap game last year. Waters’ contribution here is no exception either, as he holds his own with a verse that puts any doubts about his skills to rest. MFnMelo closes up the track with his unfazed, steady flow that’s as warm as it is intimidating, and the final …

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 • …

Where It’s At – [Saba]

As the credits roll on 2018, Saba caps off the year with his 6th straight week of new music. “Where It’s At” is the latest in a series of new singles this month from the Westside Chicago rapper, and it features in-house production from PIVOT Gang’s DaeDaePivot and Saba himself — a formula for success, if you’ve been paying attention to recent releases. As he raps about finding peace of mind, it’s clear he’s come a long way following the release of his acclaimed album, Care For Me. In contrast to the darker, emotional tone of the project, “Where It’s At” and the rest of the singles Saba dropped this month have kept things more upbeat—indicative of the massively successful year he’s had so far. Care For Me has been popping up all over year-end lists, even coming in at #1 on DJBooth’s 50 Best Hip-Hop and R&B albums of 2018. Needless to say, the accolades are well deserved: the hometown hero triumphed through tragedy this year all while delivering more of the poetic storytelling and raw lyricism fans have come to love throughout his career. Take a victory lap with Saba on “Where It’s At” below:

Excited – [Saba]

Saba keeps the weekly drop streak going this Friday with yet another new song titled “Excited”. On the heels of last week’s Pivot Gang crew-cut “Blood” and the 2nd annual John Walt Day show, the West-side Chicago native’s work ethic seems to really be kicking into gear right now to end the year with a bang. On “Excited, Saba puts his flows on cruise control, navigating the beat with slick cadences that seem to come automatically for him. Always one to incorporate whatever’s going on in his life directly into his lyrics, he raps about the lifestyle of being on tour and being in a relationship and ties everything together into a warm, melodic hook. Frequent collaborators Daoud and DaeDaePIVOT handle the production alongside Saba himself, adding warm textures to his bars through soft horn sections and a steady bounce. Listen to “Excited” below, and be on the lookout for a possible new release next week from Saba as well:

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

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 

Karen’s Song – [Joseph Chilliams] ft. [Sen Morimoto] & [KAINA]

Pivot Gang affiliate and Chicago artist Joseph Chilliams has been teasing his forthcoming EP, “The Plastics”, for a minute now, and he has just announced the project will be dropping June 19th. Along with the announcement comes a new single and music video from Chilliams titled “Karen’s Song”. The same knack for ambient, laidback vibes that fueled 2017’s “Henry Church” project also echoes on this track, as Chilliams quickly finds his zen. He navigates the track through graceful melodies and flows that recount the feeling of daydreaming about someone back in high school. Two of the city’s most promising musicians and frequent collaborators Sen Morimoto and KAINA lend their skills to the track as well, turning the already dreamy track into a full-blown lullaby. In line with the EP’s title, “Karen’s Song” is full of samples and references to Mean Girls—a finishing touch that works together all too well. The accompanying video directed by Zoe Rain sets Chilliams in a fantasy rainforest, an apt visual to go with the daydream Chilliams depicts in his verses. Peep the new video for Joseph Chilliams’ “Karen’s Song” now, and stay tuned for “The Plastics” EP this week.