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A Conversation With Ajani Jones

Ajani Jones is someone who I first got familiar with roughly five years ago when he was just a small artist making dope music in the city, since that point, he has grown a tremendous amount as an artist + as a person. He has become one of the top tier young talents that are gaining notoriety in Chicago, he is the kind of artist who makes music that I consider food for thought, he creates with tons of passion + he takes his craft incredibly serious. These qualities are on display whenever he drops a new project or single because, in the handful of years I’ve been listening to him, he hasn’t missed yet. I interviewed Ajani a couple of years ago, but now that I am doing more on-camera interviews here at the Lyrical Lemonade headquarters in Chicago, I wanted to bring him by for another conversation + catch up with him. I had a good time chopping it up with Ajani, it’s the perfect interview to read/watch if you are a fan of him and even if you don’t know his material at all. Listen to some of his music, watch some of these clips + learn …

Reckless-[cam jones.]

My favorite newcomer deserves a lot of recognition and it’s amazing to see that it’s beginning to take shape for him. A couple of weeks back, I wrote about an artist named cam jones.. His song, “No Strings” caught my attention and introduced me to one of the newest faces in the rap game. Ever since then, I’ve been immensely intrigued by his music and patiently waiting to see what he’d drop next. Today on our pages, I’m so hype to bring cam back onto our pages for the release of his brand new single titled, “Reckless”; a track that may have just solidified his presence as an artist who is hear to stay for the long haul.  After creating a respectable following on Tik-Tok and other social media platforms, cam jones. has had the ability to attract a plethora of fans from all over the country. His infectious energy and easy going personality serves a gateway for people to check out his music and once they do, those who listen become instantly hooked. For those who are interested in checking out cam’s music, I highly advise you to check out his latest song called “Reckless”. After this one, I’m …

Z – [Ajani Jones]

A couple of weeks back, I got the opportunity to sit down and chop it up with Chicago native Ajani Jones for an hour or two, it was a great conversation all around but towards the end, he told me he had a new song coming soon. Today, Ajani came through with that promise with his brand new track called “Z”. Ajani is without a doubt one of the best young emcees that Chicago has to offer, and he flexed his lyrical ability on this song, provided us with some stellar verses and an ear-pleasing hook. Listen to this soothing new song below and if you like what you hear, share it with a friend! Also, keep an eye out, because we might be having an interview with Ajani coming out sometime in the near future. Produced by Leale

No Strings-[cam jones.]

A song you NEED to hear today is “No Strings” by California artist, cam jones. If you haven’t heard of cam, then consider today to be your lucky day. I was put onto the up and comer not too long ago and ever since, I haven’t been able to stop listening. The 24-year-old Santa Maria, California native is operating at a level that people need to begin taking notice of and “No Strings” is just the beginning of that much deserved recognition. The offering that dropped a couple of months back is just too good to not feature on our pages today and after listening, ya’ll will definitely feel that way too. “No Strings” is a Hip-Hop track through and through, but it finds its inspiration rooted from the Latin Sphere. The culture combining piece is one that exudes an energy that cannot be denied. Produced by well known producer, ‘Falcons’, this track has everything you’d need in a jam that’s ready for the upcoming summer months. cam also enlisted help from co-producer Cobe Williams and vocalist Jorge Cardenas. The various incorporations take this thing to the next level. “No Strings” is a vibe that you have to check out. …

She Already Decided – [Smino]

Smino is a legend in my book and he is one of my favorite artists that I have listened to over the past decade, and yesterday he gave his massive fanbase a huge blessing with a brand new mixtape titled “She Already Decided”. I didn’t get a chance to listen to the project until today, but from what I was seeing from the feedback from social media and people that I trust, it was all positive so I came into this tape expecting something special. From the moment I pressed play on the first track, Smino had me on the edge of my seat, it set a tone for the tape and Smino didn’t let his foot off of the gas for the entire duration. Smino is so impressive to me in so many ways, but more than anything, the way that he switches his flows is spectacular, he seemingly has hundreds of different flows tucked away ready to go at any time. Those skills were displayed fully on this mixtape, as well as his ability to make great rap records as well as silky smooth R&B cuts, and he played around with the idea that some of his fans …

Out West- [Jackboys] & [Travis Scott] ft. [Young Thug]

Days before the new year, Travis Scott and his Jackboys collective took the music world by storm after dropping Jackboys, the full label-encompassing offering introducing some new names and cementing some rising stars within the group. Although it was relatively short in length, which was a bit of a letdown considering the hype that was built up behind it, they made every second count and truly made the project worth the wait. La Flame knows the influence and pull he has in the industry, so you know everyone that was included on this project he either vibed with, was friends with, or saw a promising talent that the rest of the world needed to hear. One of the biggest songs off of the album is undoubtedly “OUT WEST”, so I won’t go into much detail about the song itself considering you’ve probably heard it a thousand times at this point. I will mention, however, that any time Travis and Thug are on a track together, even going back to their “Mamacita” and “Skyfall” hits off of Days Before Rodeo, their chemistry is undeniable and always noteworthy. I bring this all up because thankfully they’re back with a brand-new music video …

Naughty By Nature – [Mother Nature]

Chicago’s own Mother Nature are a duo that I have been a big fan of for a while now, they were even featured on our Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019 list a couple of weeks ago, and today they are back with their brand new record titled “Naughty By Nature”. This release comes with some major news for Mother Nature, as they have officially signed to independent Chicago record label Closed Sessions! They will be joining a pretty stacked cast that includes the likes of Ajani Jones and Jack Larsen, but adding these two skilled emcees to the mix is only going to make them stronger as a collective. Straight up, Mother Nature is the best bar for bar duo in the city that I can think of, they seem to be lightyears ahead of their competition + receiving a backing for CS is only going to help them sharpen their skills. This record is the last release that is set to be apart of Closed Sessions forthcoming LP titled Our Latest Compilation that is set to drop on Monday, the newest installment of their compilation series that stretches back to 2010, so make sure that you are on the lookout …

Watch Jayaire Woods brand new interview with Illanoize

I had just posted about Jayaire Woods + his new song a couple of days back, and this afternoon he is returning to our pages with his brand new interview with the good people over at Illanoize Radio! Bekoe, Illinois Jones + Pretty Riot finally got the opportunity to chop it up with him, and Jayaire spoke about plenty of things such as when he first started in 2015, wanting to win a Grammy, signing to Quality Control when he was younger, touring with Lil Yachty early on in his career, growing up in Chicago, the first time he spoke with Coach K, his forthcoming album Life Is Grand, how he came out with the title, what his studio session looks like, maturing over the years and more. This is easily one of the best interviews I have ever watched Jayaire Woods apart of, if you know about Jayaire you need to check this out & if you are new to him get in tune with him by pressing play below.

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2019

Turning the page into the next decade, our fourth edition of the “Top 50 Chicago Projects of the Year” list marks a special occasion. From the first list until now, four years means more than just four years of picks. It tracks four years of growth from some of our favorite artists, and a chance to watch last year’s entries rise up the ranks and improve, one year after the next. This year, we’re welcoming several Chicago mainstays as well as a plethora of new faces. The constant between every pick? A strong representation of the talent in Chicago, solidifying the city as a front runner in the trend-setting landscape of hip-hop. If there’s any city presenting some of music’s premier faces, both old and new, it’s Chicago, just as we aim to capture on this list. That said, below is Lyrical Lemonade’s top 50 Chicago projects of 2019. Thank you to all of the artists working so hard to provide us with music, and here’s to a promising decade to come for Chicago music. From 2019 ’til infinity. Honorable Mentions: Chanelle Truvillion, Kiraly Payne — 50) Josi Green & Ausar – The Good & The Bad EP Josi Green …

A Conversation with DJ Premier: One Of The Best Yet

DJ Premier is a pioneer of hip-hop and an absolute living legend, he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his career and just about a month ago he released his latest masterpiece, a brand new Gang Starr album titled One Of The Best Yet. I grew up a huge fan of Gang Starr in my adolescent years as I am sure many of the people reading this did as well, so when I first head about this new album I was in complete shock, partially because their last album prior to this came out way back in 2003 and also because it has been nearly a decade since the passing of the legendary emcee Guru who made up of one half of the group. This was the first time in his career that DJ Premier had to piece together an album without Guru by his side helping him compose it, he had previously recorded verses that we anywhere from 10-20 years old and he somehow managed to craft it into a tremendous + memorable body of work. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to interview one of my idols and someone who I have studied like DJ Premier, …