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Most Wanted – [Jean Deaux]

Chicago’s own Jean Deaux returns to Lyrical Lemonade with a stunning new EP titled Most Wanted. With eight songs total, Deaux in my opinion has delivered her best work so far sonically. From the opener to the final track, the project flows seamlessly thanks to the well-timed transitions and A1 record mixing. Jean’s vocals sound as crisp as ever; her all-around skillset creates a versatile offering with R&B, hip-hop, and borderline trap influences. As for personal favorites, “Stay Down” is one of the most impressive songs I’ve heard all year; all musical aspects are executed with a quality of finesse as if to illustrate the unmatched flare of her artistry & persona. “ChopNScrew” featuring Ambré is another standout; it flows like a Pinkpantheress single with a slower tempo for a more mature (albeit enthralling) atmosphere. Not only is Jean Deaux the ‘most wanted,’ but after delivering an EP of this considerable quality, she’ll be among the most-listened to artists on my radar for the foreseeable future. Have a listen below!

Streets – [Jean Deaux]

Chicago never has any shortage of talent, and that’s why it’s so surprising that it doesn’t get nearly the amount of recognition that I feel it deserves. With so many different styles of music and a variety of different genres, there is always someone new peaking their head up above the water and showing you exactly why they deserve some time in the spotlight, and some of them have been doing so for years. One of these artists is Jean Deaux, a wildly underrated Chicagoan who has been doing her thing in the local scene for a minute, and yet the rest of the country has somehow taken her for granted, but this is something I simply won’t do. She is immensely talented and versatile, and that is abundantly clear throughout her very diverse catalog of music that she continues to expand upon as she moves on throughout her career. Luckily, she decided to drop a new song entitled “Streets” as well as an amazing self-directed music video that comes together for an amazing one-two punch that’s definitely going to strengthen her discography incredibly. As a simplistic percussion foundation creates a path for Jean to do her thing, tranquil synths …

MOJO – [G Milla] & [Eva Shaw]

I’m so happy that the position I’m in allows me to connect with so many different people. Whether they’re artists, managers, A&Rs, or others, I have some great conversations and get put on to even more amazing artists. Not too long ago, I had first heard of Eva Shaw because of her production work on Nate Husser and Jean Deaux’s unbelievable song “Sleep Like A Baby”, and after talking briefly on Instagram, she put me on to another amazing track that just came out. This time around, she created the instrumental for G Milla’s record “MOJO”, and while I wasn’t familiar with this artist prior to tuning in either, I was absolutely blown away with the results. Starting out, we hear what seems to be some sort of manipulated, uncharacteristic strings that are eventually met with piercing hats and claps before some of the bounciest, most thunderous 808s enter the scene and send your eardrums on a journey. While this is happening, G starts out with a hook that is unforgettable and captivating in the most amazing ways. He just begins with such energy and his delivery is the perfect balance of animation, enthusiasm, and swagger without coming off as …

Sleep Like A Baby – [Nate Husser] ft. [Jean Deaux] & [Eva Shaw]

Although I’m not entirely familiar with Montreal’s very own Nate Husser, I do know that he makes some absolutely incredible music and he has worked with a good amount of Chicago artists in the past, so he’s definitely an artist I try and keep on my radar. That’s why when I saw that he teamed up with Eva Shaw and Chicago’s very own Jean Deaux for an unbelievable new music video for their incredible song “Sleep Like A Baby”, I couldn’t help but talk about it. Directed by Gabrielle Laila-Tittley and Alexandre Pelletier, things start off fairly normal as Nate wakes up in bed next to two lovely ladies. After a bit of fun with them, it turns out that he was just dreaming of this situation and his reality wasn’t at all what he had hoped it would be. Soon enough, he wakes up in a crib with a baby doll’s body but his actual adult-sized head, giving us a very obscure yet creative turn of events that only get wilder as the visual continues. When Jean comes in, she acts as a weather woman for a brief second before things switch up and she ends up spray painting …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

Moody! – [Jean Deaux] ft. [Saba]

Although it’s a false claim, a lot of people only recognize Chicago for its vast drill music scene and fail to appreciate the rest of the multifaceted artists who hail from the beautiful city. There are so many different sounds and styles coming out of the city itself as well as surrounding areas, piecing together one of the most underrated places for music in my opinion. Everyone always looks at Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York as the main hubs for not only Rap but music in general, while Chicago is producing some of the most incredible artists in the entire industry. Now, I might be biased because I live so close to the windy city, but fans across the country would most likely agree with me and my opinion. A perfect example is Jean Deaux, who has been making moves in the scene for quite some time now. Her mixture of R&B, Neosoul, and Rap sounds piece seamlessly together, bringing a style of music to life as it has never existed before. Saba also pairs well into this category considering his lyrical abilities paired with some unbelievable production and a knack for rapping brings his music to new levels …

A Conversation With Myquale: A Diamond In The Rough

Myquale is an unbelievably talented artist who is based in Chicago that I have been a fan of for a few years now, so as I started to do more of these on-camera interviews here at Lyrical Lemonade, I knew I wanted to bring him in as a guest. One of my favorite projects to come out last year was Myquale’s tape XX Winters that he created along with the legend Thelonious Martin, it’s a solid body of work that I found myself playing on repeat over and over again for months, making him one of my favorite rising artists that resides here in the city. Myquale has an unreal amount of talent and potential, I see him continuing to thrive and prosper as an artist in the years to come, so if you’re unfamiliar with him now is a good time to get in tune. Listen to some of his music and read/watch our brand new interview with him below!   *Interview by Elliot Montanez + Mike Del Ro* EM: When did you first start creating music? Myquale: I’ve been rapping for play since I was a jit, maybe 7 or 8 years old. Rap was something that I …

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 …

Anytime – [Jean Deaux] ft. [Kehlani] [ROMderful]

Jean Deaux’s creativity seems to know no bounds, and on her ‘Empathy’ EP, the multi-faceted artist crafted a project that did her range of musical talents justice. However, Deaux’s talents are not just limited to music, and she reminds us of that now with her new self-directed video for “Anytime”. One of the most sensual moments off of ‘Empathy’, “Anytime” embodies Deaux in her element. She switches between singing classic RnB melodies to spitting fast-paced bars with an unbothered level of poise. The track also gets a major boost with a feature from Kehlani, who makes her mark on the song with a breezy verse before passing the mic back to Deaux. While it’s dope to hear these two artists on the same track, the accompanying video, which stars both of them, takes things to another level. Watch the new video for “Anytime” below:

Empathy – [Jean Deaux]

From singing smooth RnB vocals to rapping some of the coldest verses to directing cinematic music videos, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything Jean Deaux can’t do. And now the multi-faceted artist has returned with a new 7-track project. Empathy is the follow-up to Deaux’s 2018 release KRASH and features some of her most polished and cohesive work to date. The Chicago hometown favorite lets her voice drive this project, coming through with raspy, soulful vocals that soften the punch of the cutthroat raps that are scattered in between. Listeners might recognize Deaux’s name from her features with longtime collaborators like Smino and Saba, but she fully takes the spotlight for herself on Empathy. Deaux thrives off being an anomaly, singing out lullaby-like melodies one moment and delivering straight bars the next. The breadth of her talents is on full display on the song “Anytime”, one of the EP’s standout tracks; just when you’ve caught up with her flow, she calls in Kehlani to take the song to a new level. Deaux crafts memorable moments like these all throughout Empathy, keeping listeners hooked in all as she creates magic without breaking a sweat. Be sure to click play on this …