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Myself – [Matt Muse] x [Joseph Chilliams]

Matt Muse is one of my favorite artists out of Chicago for so many reasons; he is doing great things in the community, he is a leader / educator for many young upcoming artists, he is a staple in Chicago, oh and he can rap circles around most of his competition. Today the Chicago native is back on our lemon filled pages with his brand new offering titled “Myself [Philautia II]” featuring vocalist Mon’Aerie and Pivot Gang’s own Joseph Chilliams! I have been listening to Matt’s music for some years now but this is by far his best release yet, you just can’t deny this soulful & love filled track, that finds Matt speaking on the things he needs to improve on. The Joseph Chilliams feature on the back end of this track brought that extra jolt of feel good energy & hilarious bars to make this one that much better, it makes me wonder if these two will do music again in the future. Regardless though, stream this brand new song below and if you like what you hear then share it with a friend!

Houdini & SoHo Freestyle – [Pivot Gang]

Late last night we got blessed with not one, but TWO brand new records from Chicago’s own Pivot Gang, and they aren’t anything you should miss out on. The first offering titled “Houdini” features theMIND and they created a pleasing record that starts off with a pretty slow-tempo and continually builds up slowly but surely throughout the entire track, with a handful impressive contributions that flow together flawlessly. The second record “SoHo Freestyle” is my favorite of the two because of the soulful & damn near anthem like production, and simply because all the emcees that graced the beat tore it apart! Pivot Gang as a collective have been having a tremendous year so far and it’s continuing with these two releases, stream them both below and see which one you like more.

Why Ya – [Charles Lauste]

Charles Lauste is a dope producer and DJ out of Chicago who has been making some noise with his GRWYF homies Femdot, Ohana Bam & 5thOfHen, who are all making their way back on our website today with their brand new music video for “Why Ya”. There have been a few crews in Chicago that have been showing out and accomplishing some great achievements, most notably the amazing Pivot Gang project from earlier this year, but the Get Rich With Your Friends movement is one that I have a very good feeling about for the years to come. They have all been building up their own brands and have been perfecting their crafts in their own right, it’s so dope to see every time that they come back together to collab it gets better & better, and this new joint might be their best yet! Take a few minutes out of your Tuesday to watch this brand new music video, and if you like what you see/hear then follow the guys on Twitter below! Bam • Chi • Fem • Hen produced by 5thOfHen

Mortal Kombat – [Pivot Gang] ft. [Kari Faux]

The rise of Chicago’s own Pivot Gang has been a long time coming, and earlier this year, the crew came into full effect with their first project as a collective in five years. Today, they’ve returned with a new visual for “Mortal Kombat”, one of the standout tracks on ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’. Pivot takes a victory lap in this new video, cruising around palm tree-lined streets in a convertible and bringing the whole squad out with them. Director Cam Robert aka Contact cloaks Pivot Gang in black-and-white tones, adding a sinister, classic vibe that coincides with the song’s straightforward lyricism. Robert doesn’t need much to keep a viewer interested, utilizing camerawork that immediately reminded me of GOOD Music’s classic “Mercy” video and other details that let Pivot shine with minimal special effects. Saba holds the track down, fitting a handful of flows into one verse and squeezing in ridiculously clever one-liners that might need a listen or two to fully sink in. Joseph Chilliams comes through with his signature hip rolls, dancing for the camera as he delivers his verse packed with his untouchable sense of humor. As the song winds down, rising star Kari Faux steals the …

Above Ground – [The O’My’s]

A few days back Chicago duo The O’My’s released a sensational new EP titled Above Ground, and it’s a project that you’re going to want in your rotation this summer! It’s a rather quick listen through coming in at just six songs in length, but the tape flows so smoothly together that you hardly even notice the songs change because the transitions are so seamless, it just feels more like an experience. That’s what I have grown to expect from these guys though, they create extraordinary and timeless music so I expected more of the same, and this tape is flawless if you ask me. The lone feature on this project comes from the Pivot Gang leader Frsh Waters on the record “Mood”, which was arguably my favorite track on the tape. Stream Above Ground for yourself below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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 • …