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, …

Pyramids – [Ajani Jones] x [Kweku Collins]

Chicago native and Closed Sessions signee Ajani Jones is certainly no stranger to our pages, but today he is making his first appearance on our brand new website with his new visual for “Pyramids” featuring Kweku Collins. This record was off of Ajani’s “Cocoons EP” that dropped back in March, which was one of my favorite Chicago projects to drop this year and my favorite track off of it was “Pyramids” so I was more than excited when I saw that they created a video for it. Ajani Jones and Kweku Collins connected with Flow Motion Media who were the masterminds behind the camera, and after the first watch through I believe it’s safe to say that they pocked the right people for the job. Produced by Sebastian Kamae

ET – [Kweku Collins]

It has been well over a month since we last heard from Kweku Collins in the form of an Ajani Jones-collab titled Sisko and Kasidy, so it will be no surprise when this one in ET is given a warm reception. Backed by melodious acoustics and synths, the Evanston, Illinois native dazzled as usual with floaty autotune lyricism that literally sounds like it could have been recorded on a space trip. Ever since his project Grey from last year, the Closed Sessions affiliate continues to build the momentum and if you are lucky enough to catch him & Joseph Chilliams on their ‘Tour One’ kicking off in October, you’d best capitalize on that opportunity. Before doing that though, be sure to let loose ET streaming now and let us know if you’re feeling the latest from Kweku!

Sisko and Kasidy – [Kweku Collins] x [Ajani Jones]

Chicago’s Closed Sessions label has built up an immensely talented roster of artists over the years, and this latest offering from Kweku Collins and Ajani Jones is a testament to that. On “Sisko and Kasidy”, the two artists trade heavily distorted, auto-tuned bars that quickly transport a listener deep into outer space. Kweku’s versatility shines once again on this track, curating a sound that can’t be exactly compared to anyone’s but his own. His vocals feel less like the leading force and more like a part of the entire production as the song progresses, leaving us with nothing but harmonized mumbles by the time the song ends. Ajani Jones feels like a natural addition to this track, delivering the same cold, melodic flows that marked his standout “Cocoons” project which dropped back in March. This is no doubt a strong duo and hopefully, we get more collaborations from these two in the future.

Bloom – [Ajani Jones]

One of my favorite upcoming artists in the city right now is Ajani Jones, who is finding himself back on our platform tonight with the premiere of his brand new visual for “Bloom”! He connected with Stripmall Productions who was the man behind the camera for this one, and it doesn’t take much more than one watch through to see that he clearly picked the right man for the job. Watch this brand new visual below and if you like it be sure to follow Ajani on Twitter here! produced by Sherpa Music & Sebastian Kamae