Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

Don’t Care – [Tatiana Hazel]

Pop is an underrated, underappreciated genre. Pop is typically associated with those drawn-out singles that would somehow always play on the radio whenever you so much as stepped foot into a car, so we can thank modern radio for shaping the common thought about Pop music. However, when you allow yourself to branch through the tall grass of catchy radio Pop singles, you just might stumble upon a promise land of beautiful music. The Mexican-American bilingual Pop artist Tatiana Hazel is that satisfying first sip of water after a long journey through the depths of the Pop world. Her newest single “Don’t Care” juxtaposes common rhetoric behind a past relationship by offering a more positive perspective: just because you’re moving on does not mean that you can’t cherish the memories. Tatiana shared: “In the lyric ‘Sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I would’ve stayed’ I ask myself what would have happened in an alternate reality if I chose that person over me.  In the chorus, ‘I don’t care if you don’t, I promise that I won’t forget about you’ I ultimately realize that I need to move on, but moving on doesn’t mean forgetting the time spent with that person.” …


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 • …

Lyrical Lemonade Presents: The Tatiana Hazel Q&A

Chicago artist Tatiana Hazel is one of the best young acts out, so I knew I had to bring her in for our latest Q&A segment! I first discovered Tatiana’s music roughly a year ago and I have considered myself a fan ever since, she has put out some of the best music from Chicago in that time in my opinion with her sensational TOXIC EP. I believe that in the next few years she is going to blossom into a star before our very eyes not only with her ear pleasing music, but her impressive fashion endeavors as well. Learn a thing or two about Tatiana Hazel below while you stream her EP, and if you like it be sure to keep up with her by giving her a follow on Twitter here!     — Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself. A:  I am Tatiana Hazel, a Mexican-American artist from Chicago. I have been writing songs and playing guitar since I was about 11 years old and started releasing original songs on my youtube channel when I was 13. After building a following …

Si o No – [Tatiana Hazel]

Chicago native Tatiana Hazel is making her second appearance on Lyrical Lemonade this afternoon with her brand new offering titled “Si o No”. Tatiana is one of the most talented artists that I have listened to so far this year, although this might be her second time featured she has been on my radar for a minute, and I see some big thing in store for her in the future. This new track is a mix of english and spanish, something that she can do both of & you will find a lot in her music, which I believe will only make her more marketable & be able to have more people gravitate toward her. Stream this brand new record below and if you like it be sure to give her a follow on Spotify. Produced by Papi Beatz & Stefan Ponce

Toxic EP – [Tatiana Hazel]

I apologize because I am a few weeks late on this post, but if there is one project that I would say is seriously in consideration for the best from Chicago this year it’s Tatiana Hazel’s brand new EP titled “Toxic”. This project has a total of seven songs on it, and believe me when I say that every single one of them is impressive, she truly proved to me with this EP that she has star potential. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire tape and I am eager to hear what she has coming next, I am sure she will make her way back to our pages soon so stay tuned! Take a few minutes of your time to stream this amazing new tape below via Soundcloud, and if you like it be sure to let me know in the comments section!

Sleepless – [Melo Makes Music] Ft. [Taylor Bennett]

(Photo by Evan Brown) Melo Makes Music unleashed a brand new record a couple of days back titled “Sleepless” featuring Taylor Bennett, and it’s truly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in recent memory. The excellent production on this track was handled by Martin $ky, but Melo really took it to the next level with his vocal performance, and the solid contribution from Taylor was the cherry on top. Along with the release of this track, Melo left us with a message saying “this for my city. Special thank you to Van Isaacson & Tatiana Hazel. MORE MUSIC COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK!” Give it a spin below while we wait for the new music, and if you like it be sure to give Melo a follow on Twitter here.

Evicted – [Melo] Ft. [Kweku Collins]

Melo returns to our pages today with his brand new offering titled “Evicted” featuring Closed Sessions own Kweku Collins as well as some background vocals from Tatiana Hazel. This is the second record we have received off of Melo’s forthcoming sophomore project “Nomads,” the first being when he dropped “Murphy’s Law” back in 2015. The spacey instrumental on this track is provided by Martin $ky, who continues to impress with every beat he releases. At it’s core, “Evicted” really illustrates how negative life situations can be made into positive outcomes, a message he is going to push extremely hard in his upcoming mixtape. If you’re unfamiliar with Melo and his work, this song would be a great place to start, hit play below. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

THE CAGE – [Ju.]

Wasted youth rapper and front man Ju is known for giving us music that is so much more than your typical rap music nowadays. “THE CAGE,” produced by orgenA and Tatiana Hazel, is a very deep song. The lyricism is beautiful; Ju shares his thoughts about being in a cage we are all stuck in. At the rate he’s going he’s sure to be out of this cage soon. Ju’s able to give us a lot more than a typical verse and shows us he can do amazing things with his voice. Be sure to check out Ju’s new track below! [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=00aabb&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]