SEARCH FOR: TOP 50 CHICAGO PROJECTS

Kill Bill – [Hatesonny]

Hatesonny is someone who I have been ranting + raving about here on our website and in conversations that I have been having with my music industry friends for about a year now. His project “Golden Child” was one of my personal favorite albums of last year, and it even earned a top 20 spot in my annual Top 50 Chicago Projects article. A couple of the standout records that were featured on that project were “Moon Child” and “Kill Bill”, and today we are receiving a music video for the latter of the two. I interviewed Hatesonny back in October of 2020 and at that point, his song “Kill Bill” maybe had about 10,000 streams on Spotify at the time. Today, that song has accumulated well over three million streams on Spotify between the fast + regular versions of the song. A massive part of this can be credited to the fast version of the track going viral on Tik-Tok, and opening the door for many people to see just how dope of an artist that Sonny is. A music video for this record was a necessity, and Sonny + his team came through with an excellent video if …

For The Fun – [Kiraly Payne]

One of my favorite things about the seven years that I have been with Lyrical Lemonade so far is the relationships that I have built with artists, especially from the Chicago/Chicagoland area. Kiraly Payne is someone who I met shortly after I started working for LL, he was a common attendee at our cyphers that we would host back in the day, and even then, I knew that he had superior rapping ability. When it comes to witty flows, unique rhyme patterns, and the mixture of melodic/straight-up rapping, not many can compete with Kiraly. Just a couple of days ago, Kiraly Payne released a new EP called “For The Fun”, and it has been on repeat in my rotation since its release. This was an all-around solid project that left me hungry for more music from him, but in the meantime, this EP will hold me over. It’s still only halfway through the year, but I would expect this EP to land on our Top 50 Chicago Projects article this year come December.

Bet On Me – [Goldenboymnny]

One name that I have been hearing about more and more over the past six months or so is Goldenboymnny, he’s a creative from Chicago that has been grinding + crafting his sound, and today is a big day for him as he just released his brand new project titled “Bet On Me”. This is a twelve-track tape that really puts Goldenboymnny’s range as an artist on full display, there’s something on this project that every hip-hop enthusiast can enjoy, especially if you like melodic rap or music that gives you those old school Soundcloud type of feels. I thoroughly enjoyed this project, it’s what I would consider a statement tape from Goldenboymnny, kicking down the door and letting us know that he is here to stay. There’s plenty of good music included in this project, but two of the standout tracks in my opinion are “She Lied” and “Bite The Bullet”. I have a good feeling once we get to December and I am preparing our Top 50 Chicago Projects of the year article, this one will be heavily in consideration, but don’t wait any longer, get familiar with this new music now. Stream this brand new project below …

Joyfriend drops five new songs!

Joyfriend is an alternative artist from the northwest suburbs of Chicago who I have become a massive fan of over the past five or six months. I first got familiar with Joyfriend through my older brother Eric, who suggested that I listened to his Dog Fight EP, and I enjoyed it so much that it even ended up landing a spot on our Top 50 Chicago projects year-end list. Since that point, I have had that project on repeat whether I am sitting at my desk here at the LL office or driving around the city, its replay value has only grown for me. Late last night, Joyfriend decided to bless us with two new EP’s, totaling five songs between the two. I have only run through the EPs a couple of times apiece, so I obviously have a lot more sitting to do with this music, but an instant standout to me has been the title track “The Princess Of December”. I have a good feeling about Joyfriend, I picture him continuing to grow as an artist and become one of the leaders in Chicago’s DIY/indie scene within the next year or two. Stream these amazing new records via …

WIT DAT – [10K Kobee] ft. [Lil Romo]

I might’ve first found out about Chicago’s very own 10K Kobee when he teamed up with the DCG brothers for his song “VLONE”, but ever since I heard that, I realized he’s much more than a one-hit-wonder. Another hitmaker in the city, Lil Romo, was also just put on my radar late last year when I helped contribute to Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020 where he came in at number 42 for his project King Without A Crown, an amazing album that truly showcased each and every skill that he has perfected, and while it was an awesome project without a doubt, he’s only just getting started. While I’m always here for fellow Chicagoans working together, I never imagined a 10K and Romo collab in my wildest dreams. Luckily, I don’t have to dream considering they made it a reality with their latest release “WIT DAT”. Over an intense, piano-driven beat full of sharp hats and thunderous drums, 10K delivers a hook that is somewhat simplistic but beyond catchy, leaving the flow stuck in your head first and foremost before even memorizing the lyrics. When he comes in for his verse, though, it almost sounds like his …

All 2 U – [Ohana Bam]

Chicago is a city that is just busting at the seams with talent and potential, and that’s one of the countless reasons why I’m so proud to be from here. Every day, I hear about a new talent popping up as well as other local talents making moves and taking their careers to the next level, so I couldn’t be more excited to wake up every day and see what the next big thing in music in the Windy City is going to be. While there are limitless artists in the city that have the potential to make it into the eye of the mainstream, I feel like Ohana Bam is an artist at the top of this list. He has been consistently chipping away over the years and this constant grind has led to some major opportunities. Most recently, Ohana decided to team up with director and close friend of Lyrical Lemonade Michael Delro for a brand-new music video for his song “All 2 U”. Just like Ohana, Michael has built as sturdy of a foundation as possible, working with almost any local emcee or singer you can imagine, and he has this special ability of bringing a specific …

Hit the Gas Pt. 2 (Beatbox Freestyle) – [‘LGado]

‘LGado has become a bit of a staple in the Chicago music scene over the past few years, and somehow he’s a relatively new name to me personally. I was first put onto him during the latter half of last year when I was given the task of covering his project Killa Season for our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020 list, and I’m beyond grateful that I was given this responsibility because it opened my eyes to another insanely talented artist from my favorite city in the world. In order to follow up a big year like 2020, ‘LGado decided to drop off his first single of the new year called “Hit the Gas Pt. 2 (Beatbox Freestyle)”, and the results are absolutely awesome. Although I’m not entirely sure who produced this hit, they did an amazing job with the utilization of beyond pungent, mischievous 808s, an intense piano melody, and some calmed, spread out percussion that all comes together for a fairly relaxed, unhurried instrumental that ‘LGado absolutely rips to shreds. He’s sort of like the Yin to the beat’s Yang, because while the production is fairly light and forgiving, ‘LGado is anything but, using his deep voice …

888 – [8matiklogan]

8matiklogan had a pretty solid year in 2020 despite all of the adversities that year brought us, he even landed a spot on our Top 50 Chicago Projects list, and he’s already kicking off the new year with a new project called 888. This project is eleven tracks in length and the run time is just over thirty minutes long, and the lone feature comes from Logan’s homie FLEX. Anyone who has been following Logan’s carer for the past several years knows that his sound has evolved from what it used to be to a more modern-day style, and I believe this project has some of his best music yet in that newfound approach. This is a super solid project in my opinion, what a fantastic way to start 2021 for Logan, let’s stay tuned to see where he takes it from here.

Onna Come Up (Remix) – [Lil Eazzyy] ft. [G Herbo]

Whenever an artist releases a singular song that literally hoists them into the spotlight and skyrockets their career, it’s most likely a track that is played all over the radio all around the country. While admittedly I haven’t listened to the radio in quite some time, I can only assume that Lil Eazzyy’s break out song “Onna Come Up” has been on repeat because that’s how it is for me even on the aux cord in my car. There’s just something about this song that is aggressive, inspiring, hard-hitting, hopeful and motivating all at the same time, and while it might have overtones of Chicago Drill sounds, Eazzyy makes sure to differentiate himself from many of the Chicago legends that originated this style of music. In fact, it’s evident that he’s not nearly a singular artist when listening to his unbelievable EP Underrated, which landed at #8 on our top 50 Chicago projects of 2020 list and could have even arguably been higher up depending on who you ask. While Eazzyy has drawn comparisons to Chicago artists like Polo G and G Herbo, he has clearly made a beyond sturdy case as to why he is a completely different kind …

Who To Blame + AKA – [Cdot Honcho]

It’s been an amazing experience to watch the growth of Chicago native Cdot Honcho over the past handful of years, he has grown tremendously and is rapping better than he ever has before. Today, Cdot is back on our website with his brand new two in one music video for “Who To Blame” and “AKA”. Last year Cdot released an outstanding project called H5, which landed pretty high on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020 list, and he just recently announced that the deluxe of that project will be dropping this Friday! It appears as if these two records here will be apart of that deluxe, and if the rest of the songs are as good as these two, then expect the new version to be much better than the already good original. Get familiar with one of Chicago’s finest by pressing play below!