Dragonfly – [Ajani Jones]

Chicago talent Ajani Jones is a creative who I have been ranting about on these pages for damn near three years now, and I am very excited to be bringing you his brand new project titled Dragonfly. Ajani has been perfecting his craft over the past few years and has had a ton of people watching his next move, myself included, and let me be the first to tell you that he did a great fucking job on this one. He furthermore proved that he is unlike any artist with this tape, thinking of a unique concept/idea and executing it perfectly, creating a fantastic project full start to finish. Ajani is one of those guys that I would keep an eye on if I were you, he has the potential to be one of Chicago’s leaders in this music community in a few years, and this new tape is just another step in the right direction for him. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you enjoy what he put together then go ahead and follow him on Twitter here. features from Iris Temple, Jack Red & Shao Doja

Lucid – [Ajani Jones]

The path that Ajani Jones has traveled to get to this point is an interesting one to say the least, I have watched him grind his ass off the past three years to get to where he is at, and today he is back with a menacing new music video for “Lucid”. This is the second single off of Ajani’s forthcoming project titled Dragonfly that is set to drop in the near future, and this video has me even more exciting for the release of the debut album! The song itself definitely has a damn near creepy sound to it, it feels like something that you could hear in a scary movie, and that’s exactly the type of vibe they brought to the visual aspects of this one. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like it then go ahead and follow Ajani on Twitter here. Directed by Flow Motion

Pluto – [Ajani Jones]

Is it just me or does this man Ajani Jones keep outdoing himself? I’m not complaining though, in fact I am applauding at what he accomplished up to this point, and the Chicago kid is back today with his new offering titled “Pluto”. When I first fell in love with Ajani’s music a few years back on his Eternal Bliss tape it was because of his extraordinary song crafting abilities & his on point story telling skills, and in a weird way this record made me reflect on just how far he has come musically in just a couple of dozen months, it’s like he’s the same grounded individual but his talent has blossomed immensely. This is the first record off of Ajani’s forthcoming full length project titled Dragonfly that is set to drop on July 16th, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. Don’t sleep on this one, press play below. produced by BanksTheGenius Additional Vocals provided by: Anna Agosta Additional Production provided by: Quinn Cochran & Solosam

Under The Weather – [Ajani Jones]

One of my favorite artists out of Chicago is the mega talented Ajani Jones, who is back on our lemon filled pages this afternoon with his brand new offering titled “Under The Weather”. I love Ajani’s music in general, but the only thing that can make his music better is his right hand homie Boathouse on the beat, and that’s exactly what we got here. This is a slow tempo and more introspective joint that finds Ajani treating the beat like a therapist, airing out issues and concerns he has had on his mind, and it’s a 10/10 if you ask me. Along with the release of this joint, Ajani left us with a couple words saying: RIP Nipsey Hussle

muddy water – [Banks The Genius]

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you’ve already encountered Banks The Genius if you frequent the pages of Lyrical Lemonade. In addition to releasing his own music, the Chicago native has engineered and/or produced tracks for some LL favorites like J-Hop, Ajani Jones, Femdot, Iris Temple and more. This time, it’s all him, though, releasing a dope instrumental track entitled “muddy water.” A fitting name for the track, “muddy water” has a strong blues influence with a smoky guitar riff serving as the backbone of the cut. Though the strings drive the effort, Banks’ drums are so crisp–a testament to his engineering chop–and they really help give the effort some kick. Whether on his own or helping out his fellow Windy City artists, I’m sure we’ll see Banks The Genius back again soon! Stream “muddy water” at the link below!  

One Punch – [BoatHouse] x [Ajani Jones]

Closed Sessions artists BoatHouse and Ajani Jones have been teasing the release for their collab project “One Punch” for a minute now, and late last night they released the five track effort and it’s even better than I expected. Ajani Jones has been one of my favorite Chicago rappers for a couple of years now but he has really evolved as an artist from the sounds of all of his new material I have heard, and this project is the perfect showcase of his raw skills. Ajani wasn’t the only shining factor on here though, BoatHouse cooked up five of the best instrumentals I have heard all year, each of them having their own unique, anthem like quality to them. Take a few minutes of your day to stream this brand new tape below and if you like it be sure to share it with a friend! Mixed and Mastered by BoatHouse and Michael Kolar

Apex – [Ajani Jones] x [BoatHouse]

Closed Sessions affiliates Ajani Jones and BoatHouse just blessed the city with a brand new record titled “Apex”, and you better believe that it’s bumping at max volume at the LL office right now.  When I saw these two artists teasing the release of this record a couple of weeks back I expecting it to be a banger, but man I didn’t see anything this massive coming, it’s truly the best song I have heard all week. The sensational production by Boathouse was so sharp, crisp and hard hitting that it’s impossible to not nod your head to it, especially after Ajani laid down his astronomical verses. Stream this brand new tune below and if you like it keep an eye out for ONE PUNCH that drops on the 29th of this month!


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 • …

Futurama – [BoatHouse] x [Ajani Jones]

Closed Sessions affiliates and Chicago natives BoatHouse and Ajani Jones connected for a brand new record titled “Futurama”, and it’s not anything you want to miss out on. BoatHouse is one of the best young producers (and DJ’s) in the city and Ajani Jones has been a favorite here at Lyrical Lemonade for some time now so I had big expectations for this one, and they certainly did not disappoint with this new offering, BoatHouse paved the way for Ajani to absolutely snap on the beat for three minutes straight! Check out this brand new joint below and if you’re rocking with it be sure to follow BoatHouse on Twitter here!

Sisko and Kasidy – [Kweku Collins] Ft. [Ajani Jones]

Closed Sessions affiliate Kweku Collins is finding himself back on our website this afternoon with his brand new music video for “Sisko and Kasidy” featuring Ajani Jones. Kweku has always been a unique artist and this new visual did a fantastic job at bringing his one of a kind energy to life, it’s not often you see a music video that more like a short film but it’s only makes sense considering it was directed by the always great Jon LeVert. Check out this brand new music video below and be on the look out for Kweku Collins upcoming tour with Joseph Chilliams, you can peep the dates for that here! Tour ONE with Joseph Chilliams  10/25 – Detroit, The Shelter 10/26 – Chicago, Lincoln Hall 10/27 – Toronto, Adelaide Hall 11/01 – Boston, Middle East Upstairs 11/02 – Philadelphia, The Foundry 11/03 – New York, SOB’s 11/04 – Washington DC, Union Stage 11/07 – Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle 11/08 – Atlanta, Aisle 5 11/09 – Nashville, The High Watt 11/15 – Austin, Barbacuda 11/16 – Houston, House of Blues 11/17 – Dallas, Three Links 11/24 – Denver, Marquis Theater 11/28 – Portland, Holocene 11/29 – Seattle, Neumos 11/30 – Vancouver, …