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Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

You Got It – [Vory]

If you tuned into Rich The Kid’s new album then it’s likely Vory already got your attention with his stellar guest spot on “Ring Ring.” I mean, his crisp, clean style is damn near impossible to ignore. In addition to the feature, the Kentucky native dropped off a video-assisted cut of his own with “You Got It.” Though leaning more towards the R&B side thanks to a whirring, hazy backdrop from J Gramm and Lewis Bell, Vory, again, showcases his clean sound that really pops out. More than just the stellar vocals though, he has the sharp pen to match. I love his phrasing as he puts his spin on a break-up cut; it’s easy to see why he’s written for artists like Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Beyonce and Jay. With the vocals, the pen, the resume, and the ability to take a song to take over a song with a guest spot, Vory destined for big things.  

Watch Rich The Kid’s brand new interview with BigBoyTV

Rich The Kid is fresh off of the release of his well received new album, so it’s only right that he stopped by the neighborhood for a brand new interview with Bog Boy! You will find Big and his team asking Rich about plenty of things such as what has changed in the last year for him, being close to having a child, what kind of father he is, naming his son, his brand new album, being selective of who he works with, having a unique beat selection, his relationship with J. Cole, Britney Spears, his upcoming tours, traveling overseas, his relationship, building a home studio, having the album of the year, being on billboards, his appreciation of riding horses and so much more. Check out this awesome new conversation below.

Rockstar – [Lil Shock]

It’s time we introduce you to Lil Shock as he makes his debut to the Lyrical Lemonade pages with his brand new anthem, “Rockstar.” I have to give a shout out to Fashionably Early because Kyle is actually the one who put me onto Shock in the first place. Since then, I’ve gotten to speak to the young rapper for a little bit and see what he has going on with his movement, and it turns out that Lil Shock only been making music for a couple of years now, studying different genres and eras of music to mold and refine his own sound. Some of his favorites are older rap, Lil Yachty, Rich The Kid, and Juice Wrld, who even gave Lil Shock an inspirational message to “never give up.” That said, ”Rockstar” is a hard-hitting single in which the Durham, North Carolina emcee explained to me that he wanted to make something that listeners could get hype to, but also have them feel some emotion — and looking at the ways in which this single is able to play both sides, Shock certainly achieved his goal. Stream Lil Shock’s emotional banger “Rockstar” below.

Baby On Baby – [DaBaby]

Charlotte, North Carolina’s DaBaby is one of the hottest emcees buzzing right now in rap, and today, his major label debut, Baby On Baby, is finally out. With all eyes on him, this is just the right project for the rising star to release, as it perfectly reflects the captivating person, both on and off the mic, that DaBaby is. Speaking to this, if you follow DaBaby on his Instagram, the one thing that stands out is his sense of humor. He’s really entertaining and funny but he’s just himself so it doesn’t seem forced. Those are the kind of traits that cause people to want to root for and get behind your movement, and you can be sure that these traits are infused into Baby On Baby, as it serves as a solid building block and follow up to his previous album, Blank Blank. The Queen City rapper is able to recruit Offset, Rich The Kid, Rich Homie Quan and his Interscope affiliate Stunn4Vegas for features. Some of my early favorites are “Goin Baby” and “Surge,” and I expect new and old fans to gravitate around those records the most off of the first couple of listens. Check out …

UnoTheActivist, Thouxanbanfauni, and the SoundCloud Age

In the age of the internet, the avenues in which we consume music are constantly changing. From DatPiff to Apple Music, artists and fans constantly chase one another around, assigning value to platforms using the metrics of social media and, often times, pure volume of music available. When people see new communities form, they flock, just as we have watched happen with SoundCloud in recent years. With this, eras of music are becoming increasingly defined by these avenues in which they’re experienced and therefore, remembered (Napster, being a prime example). We associate music with the platform we enjoyed it with, and not until the 2000s has this platform-defined nostalgia truly come to prominence — just look at social media and you can find a plethora of odes to the not-so-convenient methods of getting music that sites like Napster and Limewire once offered.  Adjacent is the fact that, in the age of digital streaming, the decision of which platforms are prominent and which platforms are left behind can often exhibit listener-induced trends in the ways we all consume and promote music. For SoundCloud, characterized by its accessibility and DIY spirit, it’s time to assess where we are on this curve, all …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …

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 • …

Splashin – [Rich The Kid]

Catapulting himself to the top echelon of music, Rich The Kid has had an enormous year in 2018. However, rather than rest on his laurels and ride out the remaining days of December, he’s decided to release more tracks and continue the full court pressure that brought him here in the first place. “Splashin” is his newest record, and, as expected, we’re more than excited to share this one and let you know that it’s an absolute heater. Rich gives his trademark flows over a playful, creeping beat, and, yes, there’s plenty of bass to spare, as booming 808s carry the rest of the weight. “Splashin” is the vibe we know and love Rich for, and we wouldn’t mind at all if he continued to drop tracks like this. Listen to this budding star finish his year on a strong note by streaming the new song below!

Lucki: A Testament To Growth

// Photography courtesy of @reemlovette At the core of any great artist exists the innate ability to reinvent oneself. Adjacent to reinvention exists adaptability, and setting the basis for both exists the concept of identity. Whether it be musically or individually, this solid foundation is what leads us to support the artists we know and love. Chicago-bred talent, Lucki, has been developing his creative identity since the 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap, at age 16. Defined by a backbone of atmospheric production and otherworldly, slow-burning instrumentals, his legacy remains embedded in the air of Chicago’s prosperous rap scene, taking shape as a perpetual smoke that never seems to fully air out. The fact of the matter is that Lucki challenges the course of direction that a rapper is meant to move toward. His career has seen creative highs of reinvention and sonic innovation just as well as mental lows, management changes, personal challenges, drug problems, and every other obstacle that you can think of. Lucki is a fighter at heart, and while he’s still able to see the light of day even through all of the crossfire, it should come as no surprise that the Chicago representative …