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 …

Watch Johari Noelle’s brand new interview with Illanoize

Johari Noelle is a super talented singer out of Chicago who I got in tune with earlier this year when I interviewed her around the release of her TYCSOL project, and when I saw that she stopped by Illanoize for a new interview I had to tune in. The three terrific hosts asked her about plenty of things including her ethnicity, having a twin sister, songwriting, her college experience, her song + video for “Too Much”, being on the show Kelly Rowland’s show Chasing Destiny, not being able to release music due to contractual agreements, the importance of having a solid fan base in your hometown, having the same real name + stage name, why she decided to place five songs on TYCSOL and much more. Get familiar with one of Chicago’s best upcoming singers by watching this brand new interview below!

The Talents To Come Out Of Homewood Flossmoor High School

Over the past five years of covering the Chicago music scene, interviewing artists, and making relationships with these creatives, I have noticed something that I believe is super intriguing: there have been so many talented individuals who went to Homewood Flossmoor High School at (or around) the same time. It’s not too often that you see this many extraordinary creatives come out of the same place at once — at least I have never heard of something like this before — but even more so, I think it’s a rarity for to have this type of talent come out of the same school especially in the same field. I believe that a big part of this should be credited to the opportunities that Homewood Flossmoor provides to their students, in all avenues, but especially in the music field. The school has engaged students in music industry classes, Jazz orchestra courses, holding rap contests (and giving out prizes to the winners), shooting music videos for their senior students at times, giving them their own radio show to practice freestyling + DJ’ing, and they even take their bands on extraordinary trips to places like Japan. It’s crazy to think about what can …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Johari Noelle Q&A

Johari Noelle is one of the newer Chicago creatives that I have got in tune with in 2019, and when I heard that she was gearing up to release her new project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud, I figured why not bring her by the Lyrical Lemonade office for a brand interview? You can expect her to speak about plenty of interesting subjects such as the previously mentioned project, all of the talent that has come out of her high school HF, her strong relationship with her family, how Chicago has influenced her and her headlining show that will be taking place this week in Chicago at The Promontory. Learn a thing or two about Johari by reading this brand new interview below, and you can purchase tickets to see Johari live June 5th here.     Elliot: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself? Johari: My name is Johari Noelle I am a singer, song writer and actress from Chicago. I recently released two singles one of them is called “Show Me” and the other one is called “Too Much and I just released a new EP called …

Too Much – [Johari Noelle]

Does it ever stop raining talent in Chicago? My guess is never, and today we have a mega talented artist that goes by Johari Noelle making her first (solo) appearance on our platform with her new music video for “Too Much”. I wasn’t too familiar with Johari before watching this visual but I am walking away from it stunned, she has an incredible voice and put together a fantastic abstract visual to match the track. I will definitely be staying in tune with her future releases moving forward, so be expecting to see her on our website more and more for the rest of 2019 and beyond. Take a few minutes of your Tuesday to get familiar with one of Chicago’s brightest upcoming talents, press play below and give her a follow on Twitter here!

Snow In July – [Femdot]

Chicago’s own Femdot is finding himself back on our platform this morning with his brand new music video for “Snow In July”. This one is coming off the tail end of Femdot’s recent show announcement for his headliner at Lincoln Hall on December 21st as well as his last music video release for “O’Something“, and it’s something that his growing fanbase was waiting for, as this song was a favorite off of his Delacreme 2 that dropped back in June. Fem joined forces with video director @leedox2 and they simply created magic together, making a cinematic visual that matched the energy of the track itself flawlessly. Take a few minutes of your time below to check out this new visual and be sure to grab your tickets for the previously mentioned concert here! Featuring Johari Noelle and CRL CRRLL Music Producer // CRL CRRL (@crlcrrll) Cover photo by Cole Schwartz

Delacreme 2 – [Femdot]

It’s been almost 5 years since Chicago lyricist Femdot released his massive femdelacreme project and now, he is back blessing our pages with a brand new project in Delacreme 2. 13 tracks deep, the album is an ideal display of Fem’s multi-faceted musical talents that tell’s a story from start-to-finish filled with emotion & infectious raps. With production coming from the likes of Charles Lauste & Gilly, the project also features a handful of names in Shawnee Dez, Sherren Olivia, CRLCRRLL, Johari Noelle & fellow Chicago native Jack Red on the vibrant record Listen & Stay Awhile. It goes without saying that if you’re a regular here you’re well aware of the up-and-coming emcee in Femdot and coming from someone who has been a fan since his memorable To(u) EP from November of 2016, this is quite arguably one of his best bodies of work to date. Don’t take my word for it though, make sure to let loose the Delacreme 2 album right now and catch the emerging emcee at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in August!