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 …

Watch Chance The Rapper’s brand new interview with Zane Lowe

Chance The Rapper has been very active especially over these past few weeks with the release of his new album and his Big Store that he had set up downtown Chicago this past week, amidst this Zane Lowe dropped their brand new interview a few days ago and it’s a great conversation. You will find these two GOATs speaking on tons of topics such as his brand new album The Big Day, not eating vegetables, his wedding day & the theme of his album, the first time he saw his wife, being in the public eye, his daughter, the importance of family to him, Social Works, remaining an independent artist, his faith, his relationship with Kanye West, the features on his album, his song “5 Year Plan”, his favorite album of all time, aspiring for peace, working with Gucci Mane, things his dad taught him, one of his homies passing in front of him when he was 18, ownership, his goals, his records with Nicki Minaj, the idea of the ability to share the wrong things, his tour and more! Take thirty minutes out of your Monday to watch this brand new interview below.

Off Tha Strength – [Cheeno Ghee]

North Carolina emcee Cheeno Ghee is one of the best rappers in the state and puts that on display with her single entitled “Off Tha Strength.” I’m going to keep saying that 2019 is the year of women in rap because every day it seems as if we unearth a hidden gem. Cheeno isn’t gimmicky and doesn’t really use sex to push her narrative across. Although I love all sorts of varying styles that women emcees have to offer I feel as if the average listeners don’t get a chance to hear the ones showcasing bars and witty wordplay. For new listeners a comparison I can make for Cheeno and her music actually comes from her home state of North Carolina in Rapsody. There’s still so much room to grow as Ghee only has a few singles and one EP in ‘Child’ that was released on September 2018 on streaming services. As she continues to polish and grow her sound Cheeno could be on the national radar and pinned as one of the top lyricists if she continues to puts the work in. Check out Cheeno Ghee’s fresh offering “Off Tha Strength” for yourself below.

Premiere: Fake Pods (Music Video)-[99 Neighbors]

Man oh man! As you know, nothing brings me more joy than being able to highlight some of the sickest talent on our pages! For those of you who were looking for something to change the whole trajectory of your Tuesday, look no further. Lyrical Lemonade regulars, 99 Neighbors just dropped a brand new track that is set to make some serious noise! Before I get into the song though, I want to make sure I also take the time to congratulate the creative team for some big things that have gone down. Just yesterday, the members of 99 Neighbors inked a label deal with Nice Work and Warner Records which is a partnership headed by Chance The Rapper’s manager, Pat Corcoran. I would say I was surprised by this news, but it was truly inevitable. Ever since hearing their music, I knew that 99 Neighbors had a bright future ahead of them. When you look at the group, all you see is a whole lot passion, a whole lot of hard work and a whole lot of love. This accomplishment is so well deserved and I’m so hype for all of the things they’re going to cook up for …

Highlights of Bonnaroo 2019

I have attended Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee three times now in the past five years and it has quickly grown into one of my favorite festival experiences! The first time that I attended Bonnaroo (2014) I had just turned eighteen years old and took the trip down with my brother to see Chance The Rapper the first time he graced the stage there (at 3am if I’m not mistaken) and we also got to see Kanye West perform in front of nearly 90,000 attendees. The second time I got the opportunity to go to Bonnaroo was in 2017 when Chance performed in front of 80,000 people, I took the trip last minute and took a car full of his merchandise down there with my roommate & co-worker at the time (we worked in his merch department at the time for more context). The experience I had that year was just as wonderful as my first time, I was a little bit more experienced with my surroundings and was able to soak in the environment a little bit more. As the event went on I got to see first hand how diverse the festival was with their crowd, …

The Lost Boy – [YBN Cordae]

In the swarm of new hip-hop that has dropped this summer, YBN Cordae appears unfazed by the pressures of success. “This is lyrical exercise, told my idols to step aside”, he raps in the opening verse of his debut album The Lost Boy—a bold statement setting the tone before the 21-year-old rapper pulls the curtains back on his autobiographical new project. Since winning over the rap community’s attention last year with his track “Old N*ggas” (a methodical response to J. Cole’s “1985”), Cordae’s been on the fast track to becoming a household hip-hop name. Functioning as a beacon of hope for those who have lost faith in the lyrical abilities of rap’s new wave and dispelling stereotypes that young rappers lack substance, the hip-hop world’s invested a lot of stock in Cordae in a short period of time, most recently being christened on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class list. In return, he has delivered an album straight from the heart, packed with carefully crafted 16’s dispersed across a 45-minute runtime. Following suit with hip-hop’s most memorable debuts, Cordae looks no further than within himself to form the lyrical content that drives The Lost Boy. He channels a form of honest introspection …

The Big Day – [Chance The Rapper]

Just over two years and a couple months after his last project Coloring Book first debuted, Chicago superstar Chance The Rapper just blessed the world with his highly anticipated new album titled The Big Day. If you are a true Lyrical Lemonade fan who has been supporting since the beginning, then you know that we are all huge fans of Chance The Rapper, he inspired all of us here as well as millions of others around the globe, so you can only picture just how excited I was when I first pressed play on this new album. I was very pleased when I saw the track list had twenty two songs (with a few skits) on it, I took about two and a half hours out of my morning to listen to this a couple of times before I wrote this article, and where should I begin? My initial thoughts were that Chance made it a point to do something different with this project, which I would say he has done with every project, but this project was a little more left field than I expected it would be. That’s a positive thing though, Chance mixed it up and really …

Watch YBN Cordae’s brand new interview with Hot 97

YBN Cordae is one of my favorite new young artists in the game because of the great music he makes, but also because of the great head that he has on his shoulders, so when saw he stopped by Hot 97 to chop it up with Nessa I was glued to my screen. You will find the two of them speaking about plenty of interesting subjects such as performing in London, places he wants to travel to and perform, his album The Lost Boy, being an old soul,  studying artists like Jay-Z, his YBN crew, meeting each other on xbox, being raised in the DMV, working with Meek Mill and Pusha T, how he first connected with Chance The Rapper, performing at the BET Awards with HER, supporting Colin Kaepernick, Dr. Dre and so much more. Check out this amazing new interview below!

Tobi Lou: Chicago’s Rising Superhero

Tobi Lou is a lot of things: he is a unbelievably talented artist, a trend setter, a Chicagoan, a unique individual and a self proclaimed superhero. I don’t believe that’s far fetched either: the way that Tobi has built his career to this point, the positive + contagious energy he puts out, his extraordinary charisma, it’s something like a superhero. About a month or so ago I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Tobi Lou after his sensational set at Governors Ball in New York, and after being a huge fan & rooting for Tobi over the past couple of years, I had a bunch of questions I wanted to ask him! I have spoke to hundreds of artists in the past but this conversation that I had with Tobi Lou is one of my favorites for sure, he has a great energy & aura around him, he is undeniably himself and it’s only a matter of time before he is one of the biggest artists in the world. Take some time out of your day to learn about Tobi Lou below, and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter & Instagram! Visit Tobi Lou’s website here!   EM: …

Watch YBN Cordae’s brand new interview with 16BARS

YBN Cordae is one of the most talented young artists in the hip-hop community without a doubt, but he is wise beyond his years and trly drops gems when he speaks, so when I saw he sat down with the great interviewer Steph with 16BARS. You will find her asking Cordae about plenty of interesting questions such as his brand new project “The Lost Boy”, the meaning behind the title, touring the world with Juice WRLD, paying homage to the Texas legend Scarface, working with Chance The Rapper on “Bad Idea”, Jay-Z, Kanye’s song “Last Call”, being a student of hip-hop, being included on the Freshmen cover, his 10 year plan, being unapologetically himself, A$AP Rocky, the best advice he has received and more. Check out this awesome new interview below!