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 …

White Skies – [Shawnee Dez]

Chicago songbird Shawnee Dez has been making a name for herself over the past couple of years, she continues to get better and better with each release, and this afternoon she is back with a beautiful new offering titled “White Skies”. I have been a big fan of Shawnee for awhile now and am very familiar with her talents, and this is by far her best release to date in my opinion, the way her smooth vocals melted with the ear pleasing production was flawless. I would be expecting to hear some more new material from Shawnee in the near future as she continues to rise, keep a close eye on her because I believe she is just a year or two away from being one of the leaders in Chicago’s music community. Stream Shawnee’s brand new release below and if you enjoy it then go ahead and follow her on Twitter here! Produced by Eddie Burns

Your Love – [Femdot]

On the one year anniversary of his well received project Delacreme 2, Chicago’s own Femdot decided to bless his growing fan base with a short music video for his record off of that tape titled “Your Love”. This one is only a minute in length but he and the director Eman Henry managed to make it a touching & well put together visual regardless, and if I had to guess I would say to be expecting to see this artist / director combo more in the future. Watch this brand new visual below and if you like it then make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel and give him a follow on Twitter here! featuring Shawnee Dez & Sherren Olivia photo by Nick Moczalla

Happy December – [Femdot]

There isn’t many Chicago artists that have had a better year than recently DePaul graduate Femdot, and he is putting the cherry on top of 2018 this afternoon with his brand new offering titled “Happy December” featuring Shawnee Dez! If you have been following Femdot’s career up to this point you know that this is common for Fem to drop these type of loosies, as he dropped “happyoctober” last year and “happynovember” a couple years back, but this new joint is my favorite of the three by far. Femdot has been one of the best story tellers & lyricists coming out of the city for a minute now and this new song furthermore backs that statement, he glided over the soulful Charles Lauste production as he reflected on how he got to this point. It’s been amazing to watch Femdot grow as an artist but he’s just getting started, take a few minutes to listen to this new record below! If you’re in Chicago grab tix to see Femdot @ Lincoln Hall here!

CMYH – [L.A. VanGogh]

L.A. VanGogh has been on a roll of releasing quality music, and tonight he is back with his latest offering titled “Coughing Makes You Higher” or simply  “CMYH” for short. I have really enjoyed his last few releases but this new record is my favorite of them all, the melody that he created on this song is undeniably catchy, the way he complimented the sensational vocals was nothing less than impressive, this is my favorite song from him to date. Take a few minutes of your time to check out this brand new jam below, and if you’re in Chicago by a ticket to see L.A. VanGogh perform at Lincoln Hall on December 21st with Femdot and Shawnee Dez here.

Cause – [L.A. VanGogh]

L.A. VanGogh has been releasing a good amount of music lately, and today he is back with his brand new release titled “Cause”! L.A. VanGogh is one of the most interesting new acts out in my opinion, I wasn’t too familiar with him not too long ago but I have taken some time to take a good look at his catalog and he definitely has some potential, and this new joint just be my favorite of the bunch. It sounds kind of weird as I type it but the tone of his voice has a very unique & addictive quality about it, plus this man understands how to structure a song, this one is an overall solid listen. Check it out for yourself by pressing play below! If you’re in Chicago come see L.A. VanGogh live at Lincoln Hall on December 21st with Shawnee Dez & Femdot, purchase tickets here!

Femdot live at Lincoln Hall December 21st!

Chicago native Femdot is a favorite here at Lyrical Lemonade, and to cap off his stellar 2018 he recently announced that he will be headlining Lincoln Hall (Chicago) on December 21st along side L.A. VanGogh and Shawnee Dez! You can purchase tickets to attend the event here but don’t wait too long, as the early bird tickets are moving fast! wow. welcome to #delacremelive with my friends. lincoln hall. december 21st. limited $7 early bird tickets. got cool surprises planned. i wanna see you there. — femdot. (@femdotdotcom) November 1, 2018

Shea Butter Baby – [Matt Muse] Ft. [Shawnee Dez]

Matt Muse is certainly no stranger here on our website, and this afternoon he is returning with his brand new record titled “Shea Butter Baby” featuring the super talented Shawnee Dez. The instrumental one this one is extremely unique & has a catchy melody that you will fall in love with instantly, before the young Chicago native jumped on the beat with some stellar verses & a soulful hook to tie it all in. Check out this this brand new offering below and if you like it be sure to keep up with Matt Muse by giving him a follow on Soundcloud here!

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!

70V – [J-Hop] & [Charles Lauste]

J-Hop and Charles Lauste are making their way back onto our platform this morning with the premiere of his brand new project titled “70V”. This project is a total of nine tracks in length (assuming you count the bonus) and it offers not only some great rhymes & insight from Hop, but it also contains some of the most flawless production thanks to Charles Lauste. There is some solid features on this tape from the likes of Sherren Olivia, Shawnee Dez & Will Edwards, who all complimented Hop perfectly with their great contributions. From top to bottom this is truly one of the best projects I have heard so far in 2017, it felt more like I was watching a good movie rather than listening to a mixtape. Aside from a couple singles he put out, this was basically my introduction to Hop and I must say, he earned himself a life long fan and I will be making it a point to check out his future releases moving forward.