Mystery School

A couple of months back, I wrote about Mystery School, a Chicago based duo made up of Tony Reed Jr. and Owen Bones. After listening to their single, ‘Holographic’, there was no doubt in my mind that the two of these talented individuals would be back in 2019 with some new heat for their fans to indulge in; and that day has finally come. This weekend, their self titled album has finally dropped and it’s definitely worth a listen.  What caught my attention after first hearing Mystery School was their undeniable variety and versatility that Tony and Owen possessed. The two of these musicians on their own are great, but once you listen to them together on this album, you’ll understand what makes them so special as a duo. With 7 songs loaded up onto this project, there is definitely no shortage of flavor, groove and down right production genius throughout each track.  I could go on and on, but I’ll let you be the judge. I’ve added the Spotify link below for your listening pleasure, but don’t hesitate to check them out on all other streaming platforms. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow them on …

Brk Frm Nrml – [Planet Giza] ft. [Mick Jenkins]

“Let’s take a break from being normal,” Montreal trio, Planet Giza urges on the hook of their latest release, “Brk Frm Nrml”. Looking at the crazy feel of the appropriately-titled track, this one might as well start off from there, as the minutes to follow take fans through a unique environment of electric production and galvanizing flows. Considering that Planet Giza are former Kaytranada collaborators (see 2017’s “Domina”), I think the genius producer may have rubbed off on their sound because this release has the bounce reminiscent of a Kaytra track. Of course, this doesn’t mean that “Brk From Nrml” can be discounted as a carbon copy, though, as Planet Giza put their own flavor on it, using some eclectic sounds and layers that, when combined with their feathery vocals, result in a rich, textured listen. Capping things off, Mick Jenkins (a Kaytranada collaborator as well) gives the fluttering track some grit with his resonant voice, and quite honestly, I’ll never understand how, even with that voice, he still skates over light, bouncing production while always connecting. Needless to say, “Brk Frm Nrml” is a well-rounded effort, so be sure to check it out below! In the meantime, start building up anticipation for the group’s forthcoming record, Added Sugar, for which …

1 Minute Of Your Time… – [Katori Walker]

Here we are on the final day of the year, and I don’t think I’ve heard an offering pack a punch just as concisely and effectively as Katori Walker’s “1 Minute Of Your Time…” all 2018 long. Between the lyrical mastery of the song, the realness and storytelling of the visuals, and the perfectly fitting sonic direction to match, my introduction to Katori Walker has most definitely made me a fan of his, and if anything, it just makes me regret that I wasn’t hip to Walker earlier in the year. That said, the genius of “1 Minute Of Your Time…” arrives within the way that it illustrates the plight of Walker in various situations that he has had to encounter in life. With a striking lyrical and visual presence, each new set of scenery is sure to grab the undivided attention of the listener, showing the mark of a true storyteller and a lyricist whose prowess simply can’t be denied. I’m just going to let this offering speak for itself, but keep in mind that 2019 is going to be a huge year for Katori Walker. Show some love on “1 Minute Of Your Time…” below and follow the …


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 • …

Cruel (Peter CottonTale Remix)-Monica Martin

Chicago native Peter CottonTale is back today with a new tune following the success of his well received track, “Forever Always”. This time around, the social experiment producer has teamed up with the former PHOX lead vocalist, Monica Martin to remix her latest solo song “Cruel”. The best remixes are those that add their own artistic stamp to the song, while still staying true to what makes the original so great; and Peter CottonTale does just that. His instrumental work on this song is nothing shy of simplistic genius, but what else can you expect from him by now? Before hearing this remix I wasn’t very familiar with Monica Martin, but after hearing her soulful vocals paired with Peter CottonTale’s groovy bass, drum and piano addition, it’s easy to see why her following as a solo artist is growing more and more each day. If you’re sick of Christmas music and looking for an extremely dope joint to blast through your speaker system, this is the track for you! I’ve attached the Spotify link for your listening pleasure, but keep in mind that the song is available on all streaming platforms! Enjoy!

Sun – [Leslie Marie] ft. [Shantina Lynet]

Chicago singer Leslie Marie is making her debut on our platform tonight with her brand new offering titled “Sun” featuring Shantina Lynet. I randomly found this song while browsing through Soundcloud and once I saw the production credit from Banks The Genius I knew I should give it a spin, it seems as if whatever records he has his hands on turn to gold and sure enough that was the case here! Leslie Marie and Shantina Lynet used their soothing vocals to create this uplifting anthem, complimenting the soulful production by Banks The Genius and GØL perfectly. Listen to this brand new tune below and if you like it be sure to follow Leslie here!

On The Rvn – [Young Thug]

You know it’s gonna be a great week when you wake up to a surprise EP from Young Thug. After a delay due to his arrest earlier this month, the 6-track ‘On the Rvn’ has arrived as promised by the Atlanta rapper. This is textbook thugger, with bars that’ll have you doing a double take and verses that even the biggest Young Thug fan might not be able to decipher without a little RapGenius assistance. The gamut of his talents are on full display, giving listeners the different sides of his sound over a relatively short runtime. From the party-starting Thugger we all know and love, to the slow-jamming Jeffery, to the off-the-wall SEX, this EP serves as a reminder that Young Thug truly moves in his own lane. He brings in 6LACK and Jaden Smith, who both deliver strong features, and the project comes to a cinematic conclusion with the Elton John-sampling “High”. As Thug puts his spin on “Rocket Man”, his efforts pay off surprisingly well making for an epic final scene that only he could have pulled off. Tied together by an impressive and progressive roster of collaborators, ‘On the Run’ arrives to cap off the Atlanta legend’s …

Diving Board – [Stupid Genius]

It’s been a minute since we have heard from the Boston based duo Stupid Genius, but a few weeks ago the guys blessed us with a new track titled “Diving Board”. The instrumental that was provided by producer Spacedtime starting building up slowly but surely for about the first thirty seconds of this one, before Chaz King & Lil Rich jumped on the beat and absolutely snapped for over three minutes straight. Hopefully this release is a sign that the guys are going to continue to release more content, but as wait for that press play below on this new joint.

Lil Mosey breaks down the lyrics to ‘Noticed’ with Genius

Lil Mosey’s visual with Cole Bennett for Noticed was without a doubt one of the hottest videos of the summer and now, the 16-year-old Seattle-based rapper has taken to Genius to break down the lyrics. The Royce David-produced record serves as the anthem to Mosey’s come-up and the attention he has acquired through recent tracks such as Pull Up and, not to mention, his tour alongside YBN Cordae & Juice WRLD. Not only is the song catchy, but Mosey’s lyricism and vocals stand second-to-none in the new school of rappers and it’s evident in the acapella-type breakdown you’re about to witness. Having said that, do yourself a favor and peep the official lyrics & meaning for Noticed and be sure to watch the visual as well here. Via: Genius 

Watch Valee break down the lyrics to ‘Womp Womp’ with Genius

It goes without saying that Chicago’s own Valee reached the masses after hooking up with Jeremih for Womp Womp and of course, it was only right he went to Genius to break down the lyrics behind the track. Starting out with the story of recording the song with Jeremih in the studio and him being an early supporter, Valee explained the fiery ‘womp womp’ hook that is simply the sound of someone talking that you just don’t want to hear. In-between the legendary hook is Valee’s ridiculous flow & wordplay that is already said to be bitten by a number of acts, with the most resonance coming in his Two 16’s song with Z Money that was ultimately the first showcase for early Valee fans. Nonetheless, I’m going to leave the explaining to the lyrical talent known as Valee so without hesitation, press play on Genius’ breakdown of Womp Womp at the link below and let us know if you’ve still got the record on replay! Via: Genius