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Watch Smino and Monte Booker’s New Freestyle With Kenny Beats

Just recently, one of rap’s premier hit-making producers, Kenny Beats, started up a new series on YouTube where he puts together a beat in just 10 minutes and allows many of his highly-talented music friends throw together a freestyle. For the first episode, Kenny invited JPEGMAFIA to the studio, but this time, he switched things up and brought none other than Smino and Monte Booker. Giving fans some insight into just how spontaneous and seemingly fun the creative process can be for Kenny Beats and his friends, this video is a must-watch for any fans of either Kenny, Smino, or Monte. All three have been turning heads and making some truly timeless music for quite some time now, so seeing them come together in the studio and have some fun with it is certainly an incredible sight to see. Needless to say, the latest episode of The Cave is yet another fantastic release to add to the musical contributions that Kenny Beats has been blessing us with as of late, so don’t sleep. Watch this one below and prepare yourself to watch Smino lay down an absolutely brilliant freestyle!

Blood On My Hands – [AUGUST 08] feat. [Smino]

88rising’s after hours vocalist, AUGUST 08, shares a new video for his previously released single, “Blood On My Hands,” featuring St. Louis’ own, Smino. The eerie new video reflects the darker tone of the song that is highlighted with a strobe medley of ominous shots. AUGUST 08 is at the center of the new video, emotionally distraught by his actions of infidelity that reflect the song’s bloody theme. This has been AUGUST’s first video release since sharing the visuals for his previous single, “Spiral,” in mid November of last year. Hopefully this new content from AUGUST acts as a precursor for a new project on the horizon, being that his last album came in early May of 2018. If you’re digging the new bounce-riddled, after hours ballad share the video with a friend and show some love to AUGUST 08 by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

Blood On My Hands – [AUGUST 08] ft. [Smino]

Last week, 88rising announced the star-studded Higher Brothers album with a brand new single. This week, it’s another 88rising artist, AUGUST 08 in the limelight with his first offering of 2019, “Blood On My Hands.” Starting off slow and building tension along the way, the Los Angeles native beckons you in slowly, spacing out his hypnotic crooning before the electronic-twinged beat kicks in with some hypnotic, tribal-esque drums. Smino, who, despite his unique style, seemingly fits any beat, quickly joins in, using his whurring delivery as the perfect accentuation to the tracks bounce. Loading the front half of the song with the build-up (and the Smino feature), AUGUST 08 rounds out the effort focused less on a lyrical-oriented deliver, instead choosing to use his voice more of an instrument that layers atop and tucks into an already dense backdrop. That said, the progression, as well as the way in which August 08 incorporates space in the song’s unique structure, makes this a very engaging, unconventional experience, and certainly one that you won’t be able to forget. “Blood On My Hands” is perfect for a late night drive, so check this one out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Interstellar – [Monte Booker] ft. [Bari]

Stained with St. Louis soul and an endlessly captivating voice, Bari is one of my favorite artists coming out of STL’s flourishing music scene right now. Ever since his guest spot on Smino’s “Z4L” and “Summer Salt“, I haven’t been able to stop delving into the world of the budding star, and today, marking one of 2019’s most exciting collaborations to date, Bari is here on Lyrical Lemonade alongside Monte Booker with a brand new single entitled “Interstellar”. While I certainly didn’t see this joining of forces coming, it makes perfect sense that the eclectic, complex worlds of Booker’s otherworldly production and Bari’s southern charm would mix at one point or another. Bari’s effortless deliveries and STL-induced hymns are the result of a strong sense of artistic identity that few artists achieve in such a cohesive fashion, and likewise, Booker’s eccentric production style is as individualistic as it gets (mainly because he’s on an entirely different level than the rest of the game). Resulting from this collaboration, we receive a starry-eyed new single that perfectly soundtracks the beauty of both artists involved, and for that, we need to appreciate this one. Tracks like “Interstellar” don’t come around every day, especially with a …

Watch Noname, Smino + Saba on The Tonight Show

Last year Noname recently one of my favorite albums of the year with Room 25, and a couple of days back she performed live on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon along side her frequent collaborators Smino and Saba! Noname is certainly no stranger to the limelight as she has performed on television a couple times prior to this, and sure enough Noname, her band and her team did a magnificent job at giving us a memorable + special moment for Chicago. Take a few minutes of your day to check out this awesome live performances below!

LL Presents: The Wemmymo Q&A

If you recall, when we released our third annual Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year list a couple of weeks back, there was a newcomer featured by the name of Wemmymo, who released a stellar new project titled Bittersweet in 2018. Admittedly, I was a couple months late to hearing Wemmy’s project after its initial release, but after the homie Femdot recommended that I give it a listen, I finally got around to it; now, Wemmy has been in my headphones every day since. I recently brought the Uptown, Chicago native through the Lyrical Lemonade office to chop it up and speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as Bittersweet, his inspirations, Chicago and so much more in our latest Q&A! Wemmy has an enormous amount of potential and he’s still in his teenage years, so I am fully expecting to see him continue to ascend as an artist and eventually become a major leader in the city. Take a few minutes of your time to learn about Wemmymo by listening to his project, watching his brand new music video, and checking out the Q&A below, and be sure to keep up with him by following Wemmy on Twitter here. …

Deadass – [Kemba]

Freshly signed to Republic Records, running with the likes of Smino (see “Exhale”), and set to embark on a nationwide tour with Pell and Brasstracks, Kemba is poised to make some noise this year and there’s no question about it. Today, that noise begins with “Deadass” — an assertive, self-produced effort that showcases the Bronx emcee’s distinct sound in a refreshing way that will surely impress listeners. Right off the bat, Kemba’s deep vocals grab you, but it’s the flow that is the selling point of the cut. Despite his rumbling voice, his flow is noticeably fluid, as each line seems to fall into the next, giving the track some serious momentum. Adding fuel to the fire, the combination of the vocals and the flow — booming but smooth — hammer home the tracks underhandedly-brash attitude, and with this, “Deadass” is definitely a uniquely-flavored effort. With the major label resources at his disposal, it should be fun to watch Kemba’s rise. This rising talent needs to be on your radar for 2019, so be sure to show him some love and check out the new song below!      

Watch Noname perform “Ace” on Jimmy Fallon with Saba & Smino

Noname’s Room 25 may have dropped last summer, but the Chicago poet and rapper is certainly not done basking in the light that her sophomore album has brought into the world. Following up her special homecoming New Year’s shows, Noname brought Room 25 to the Tonight Show stage last night to perform “Ace”. Flanked by Smino and Saba, the whole squad showed out and delivered a breathtaking live rendition of the track, striking me as one of those performances that gives you a renewed appreciation for the song. Smino’s melodies sound even more buttery while Noname attacks the mic possessed with a mix of bliss and gall, and once Saba comes in with his verse, the crowd immediately meets him with applause. This one is a gem, so be sure to watch the three artists perform “Ace” below:

All Over Again – [Miles]

We aim to showcase underground artists here on our website for the most part, and we definitely try to put on for the midwest and it’s many budding scenes, as St. Louis emcee Miles is making his LL debut with his new record titled “All Over Again”. St. Louis has been producing a ton of talent lately, Smino and J-Hop being two of my personal favorite, and Miles is a product of that environment & is adding to that wave. He can rap his ass off when he chooses too but his REB like vocal abilities seem to be his strength, that or his overall song structure. Enough typing about it though, check it out for yourself below!

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 • …