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Behind the Music: Highlighting the Producers of Today’s Sound

By: Lee Mcintosh When it comes to creating great music, the artists are the ones who receive most of the recognition for the creation of the song. Their name is what’s attached to the song, their flows, their likeness, and even the features that the artist may have. However, the song making process all begins with one entity… the producer/s. No matter how creative the lyrics may be, how great the artist’s cadence sounds, the beat behind it all is a huge factor behind the overall appeal of the song, and that is what moves people and captures their attention as soon as they hit play. We are in a different era of music now. Technology has advanced to a point where producers and artists don’t have to be in the studio together anymore. This can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Often so, producers may send over a beat pack to an artist and then they select the songs they want and don’t want. From there, the studio session may be recorded or put on Instagram live, and the producer may be nowhere in sight. This may create confusion as to who actually made the …

CLASS CLOWN – [Luke Almighty]

It’s become nearly impossible to follow Chicago’s rising hip-hop scene without encountering a beat or two from producer Luke Almighty. Over the past few years, he has proven his knack for putting on new talent and boasts a roster of big voices both from the city and all over (Supa Bwe, Yung Bans, Warhol.ss) that continues to grow. Now, Almighty calls upon that roster for his own project. With features from many of his longtime collaborators and an appearance from Chicago legend Twista, ‘Class Clown’ gives the most cohesive look at the producer’s talent yet. Almighty put his name in the spotlight last summer with the release of his debut mixtape ‘Deliver Us From Evil’, and while that project offered a deep-dive into a sound he was already known for, ‘Class Clown’ expands upon his skills. Almighty proves he’s still in his bag when balancing hard 808s influenced by Chicago drill production and ambient synths on tracks like “Believe That”; Rappers KOMLA, KILLKAIN, and SANTIAGO trade verses on this song over rolling hi-hats and an eerie melody. While honing this sound, Almighty also experiments with more melodic elements and sampling, with songs like “Brand New” offering an upbeat change of …

Watch Yung Bans brand new interview with Hot 97

Yung Bans is fresh off of the release of his brand new project and while he was recently in New York on his press run he stopped by Hot 97 for a great conversation with Hip-Hop Mike and my brother Lil Jake even answered a few questions. Mike asked him plenty of great questions about a variety of topics including his brand new album Misunderstood, the process of picking which songs would make the project, his relationship with his fans, when he first started pursuing music, social media, learning from his time in jail, his relationship with God, adversities he has had to overcome, his team, his mother, the features on his new tape, how he got to this point in his life, dealing with negative people and so much more. Take a few minutes out of your day to watch this brand new interview below!

Shenanigans – [Jasiah] x [Yung Bans]

Jasiah and Yung Bans just unleashed a brand new music video for “Shenanigans” a few days back, and it’s without a doubt one of the best music videos you will see all day! Jasiah has stormed onto the scene more aggressively than most of his competition, having massive success in the past six months and releasing smash hit records with great visuals to match, and this new music video is exactly what this song needed! When you see two artists like Jasiah and Yung Bans connect you know it’s going to be special because they are two of the best new talents in the game, they did their thing on this track and I hope to see them work together again in the future. Take a few minutes out of your weekend to watch this brand new visual below!

Misunderstood – [Yung Bans]

The journey that Atlanta native Yung Bans has traveled over the past few years to get to this point is unlike anyone else, he has overcame advertises that are unimaginable, and although I won’t go in-depth about those any true Yung Bans fan knows he has came a long way to this release of his brand new debut album titled “MISUNDERSTOOD”. This project is a total of nineteen tracks in length and it contains some of the best material Yung Bans has released to date hands down, that’s what I was expecting though, this was a long time coming and I knew that Bans would have some serious heat tucked away for this special moment. Although Yung Bans was clearly the shining factor on this project, there are multiple star studded features from the likes of XXXTentacion, 03 Greedo, Young Thug, Gunna, YNW Melly, Lil Tjay, Slim Santana, Future, NAV and last but not least, Lil Durk! I enjoyed each and every single one of these records provided, but a couple of my favorites include the infectious track “I Don’t Even Crip” as well as HOT record “Ready Set Go”. Stream this brand new album via Spotify below and if you like …

On A Broke B*tch – [Yung Bans] Ft. [Ohgeesy] & [D Savage]

Lyrical Lemonade favorite Yung Bans released a brand new offering yesterday titled “On A Broke B*tch” featuring Ohgeesy & D Savage and it has already racked up over half a million streams on Soundcloud in less than a day! For good reason too, these three artists all fucking snapped on this one, and if you ask me that brought back that old Soundcloud feelings on this release if that makes sense. I hope to see all of these artists work with each other more in the future, and hopefully we get a music video to this song. Stream this brand new release below while we all wait for Yung Bans upcoming project Misunderstood that is set to drop later this year, and don’t forget to give Bans a follow on IG here! Produced by RONRON

Rockstar Forever – [Yung Bans]

Yung Bans has become a household name for many of the common followers of the Lyrical Lemonade, and is one of my most heavily rotated artists presently. Nevertheless, Bans continues to amaze with new, creative flows and styles unique to only himself – as portrayed in his new single “Rockstar Forever.” Bans’ animated lines and expressions are as unpredictable as they are enamoring, allowing for a new experience for listeners any time a new piece is released. His dubious lyricism and rhythm are accompanied by distinctive vocal tones that only he can seem to hit. Quirky lows mixed with adolescent highs mix perfectly with a pop-influenced instrumental that only he could polish. In “Rockstar Forever”, Bans proclaims how his rock-stardom is unique and can’t be touched, referencing how others unsuccessfully try to replicate the wave he’s created in hip-hop culture. “Haha jokes on you, n***as tryin’ copy my move.” His individuality expressed in his music is in my opinion what attracts the attention from the millions of followers he’s accumulated – and is what causes onlookers to attempt to duplicate. “Rockstar Forever” was posted on SoundCloud in late May, and is up to 74.9k streams to date. Stream “Rockstar Forever” …

Taylor Bennett Speaks on The American Reject, the Cover Art, TBE + more!

Taylor Bennett has been one of the biggest pieces in the puzzle that makes up Chicago’s music community. He has been rapping and creating music for damn near a decade and has become not only one of Chicago’s best rappers, but more importantly one of the brightest business minds that the city has to offer. The growth of his company Taylor Bennett Entertainment has been amazing to watch to say the least: he has built up a still small yet unbelievably talented roster with Bianca Shaw who has blossomed into one of the best talents that the city has to offer, as well as Zxxk who is one of the most talented producers & creatives in the game. When we look back ten years from now, these two will be far along in their careers under the guidance of Taylor & TBE. Next week Taylor is releasing his forthcoming album The American Reject, and when I saw him tease the cover I knew I had to bring him by the Lyrical Lemonade office to pick his brain about the project, the cover and so much more. As we gear up for the project that appears to be Taylor’s biggest and most …

Side by Side – [Yung Bans]

Yesterday evening Lyrical Lemonade favorite Yung Bans blessed his rapidly growing fanbase with a brand new visual for “Side By Side”. Yung Bans has been known to never disappoint when it comes to giving his fans the best videos possible, and this new one is just another one on his growing list of memorable visuals, shout out to the video director Savani for helping Bans make this one happen. Yung Bans is one of the artists that I am most excited to watch continue to grow in 2019, he is a massive artist now, but it’s only a matter of time before he is one of the biggest rappers in the world. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like what you hear be sure to give Yung Bans a follow on Twitter here!

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …