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 …

I Like Me Better – [Queen Key]

Just a couple of days ago Chicago native Queen Key released a brand new music video for “I Like Me Better” and it’s not anything you want to miss out on. This video gives an inside look at Queen Key’s ‘Camp Queen’ program that she does in Chicago where she provides children with free food, arts and crafts, face masks, creative writing, health care and much more. The song itself is a smooth and different pace than I have usually heard from Queen Key, it was more of a laid back and introspective joint that I thoroughly enjoyed. Watch this brand new music video below and if you like what you see, then go ahead and give her a follow on Twitter here!

Mean Girl – [Yung Baby Tate] ft. [Queen Key] [Asian Doll]

Yung Baby Tate has already led a busy summer, and by the looks of it, the Atlanta artist has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Today, Tate drops off a new video for her song “Mean Girl”, recently released on her ‘GIRLS Deluxe’ album. For the new visual, Tate takes the song’s title and interprets it quite literally, recreating scenes from the iconic movie that inspired the track. Tate casts herself in the role of Regina George, and she embodies all the attributes of the ruthless original mean girl in her presence both musically and visually. As Tate issues a verse full of brutal disses, she posts up in a hallway sporting her signature pink look. Queen Key makes her appearance with a quiet, yet just as cold verse, and Asian Doll closes the track with a relentless flow. With “Mean Girl”, hip-hop’s rising mean girls announce their arrival, making their presence known by putting their powers together and an equally energetic video to match.

Mean Girl – [Yung Baby Tate] ft. [Queen Key] [Asian Doll]

Back in February, Yung Baby Tate dropped ‘GIRLS’—an 11-song concept album showcasing the rising Atlanta artist’s versatility. It seems she had more in store, though, and she’s now released a deluxe version of the project featuring 4 additional tracks. “Mean Girl” is one of the standout additions on ‘GIRLS Deluxe’, much thanks to assists from Queen Key and Asian Doll. “Mean Girl” brings forth another side of the multi-faceted songwriter, this time centered on her most menacing persona yet. She spits a mix of aggressive bars and more lighthearted disses, adding her bubblegum shine to an otherwise ruthless song. Chicago’s own Queen Key talks her queen shit over Tate’s self-produced trap beat, and Asian Doll closes things out with her verse. Listen to “Mean Girl” below and catch Yung Baby Tate and Queen Key at Summer Smash this weekend!  

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 …

Deem Spencer: Low-Key Taking the Legacy of Queens Hip-Hop Into Soulful, Vulnerable, Experimental Directions

Hip-hop is a big tent, with room for all kinds of voices, vibes, looks and personalities, right? Or at least, it ought to be. Too often though, as in other genres, one success story spawns scores of imitators, and A&R reps, managers and promoters—not generally known for seeking out the most unique and unconventional voices out there—scramble to find the next version of that person who blew up a few months back. Duplication is rewarded, and deviation from the commercially proven is viewed as suspect. Likewise, in a crowded landscape marked by a perpetual jockeying for attention on IG and Twitter, it’s often the loudest voices, the most colorful characters and outsize personalities that win the day and, of course, grab that money. Sometimes they’re little more than personality, but they know how to get noticed. So where does that leave a rapper with a subtler, less flashy, more low-key approach? Ask Deem Spencer. A product of south side Jamaica, Queens—a stone’s throw from JFK Airport—Spencer is a far cry from the noisy jets that populate his neighborhood, and not exactly a sonic descendant of Jamaica’s most celebrated musical idols, 50 Cent and G-Unit, though he’s a lifelong fan. With …

LL Presents: The Matty Wood$ Q&A

Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here! — EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.   MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty …

Pump My Head Up – [Ohana Bam] x [Queen Key]

Chicago native Ohana Bam is certainly no stranger here on Lyrical Lemonade, and he recently connected with fellow Chicagoan Queen Key for a brand new record titled “Pump My Head Up”. A little known fact about these two artists is that they have known each other for years, and you could damn near tell by the chemistry that they had one his offering. They each laid a fire verse and contributed to the catchy hook, making for an all around good track that enjoy can enjoy. Take a few minutes of your day to stream this brand new song via Spotify below!

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …


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 • …