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FSD Feature: Artist Collaboration: Ali 6 x Jugrnaut

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Words by Emily Dahlquist (@emdahlquist

Luckily for social media, I was able to catch Nikko Locander aka Ali 6 behind the scenes before his first limited collection release with Jugrnaut, one of Chicago’s streetwear hot spots. I got to chill in the place where Richie comes to life with a cat named Jordan, and Locander himself as he gave me some behind the scenes insight on the process of how an artist comes to collaborate with a streetwear fashion brand. The rare collection is available today, 4.8.16.

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Canis Major f/ IshDARR – Two Flights

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Words by Aaron Navarro (@aaronlarnavarro)

Produced by Canis Major

Canadian producer Canis Major hit up the 414 to get IshDARR for this one. And thank god he did, because Ish straight flexes over this instrumental. And the beat itself, an iconic Madvillainy “Accordian” sample floating effortlessly behind IshDARR’s verses? Well done Canis. Prepare yourself accordingly and peep their collaboration below.

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The Case of Chicago Artists and the XXL Freshman Cover — How Will We Fare This Year?

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Words by Quentin Yarolem (@QuentinYarolem)

XXL just released their list of potential 2016 freshmen candidates, and Chicago is represented very nicely. Of the roughly 150 candidates, 10% are repping the Chi. To put that into perspective, only two cities have more and that’s Atlanta with 15% and Brooklyn with 10.5%. If a Chicago artist is selected for the XXL freshmen class of 2016, they will join the ranks of Tink, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Chief Keef, Lil Bibby and Lupe Fiasco as the only Chicagoans to ever land on the cover.

Historically, Chicagoans have made up a very small portion of the XXL Freshman recipients. Only six of the total 74 freshmen have been from Chicago — but that number has been on the rise over the past few years. From 2007-2012 there was only one Chicagoan chosen to be on the XXL list (Lupe Fiasco). That’s one out of 51 total freshmen. A dismal 2%. From 2013 on however, there have been five of a total 33 which comes out to be roughly 15%.
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Review: Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan 3

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Review by Rohit Loomba (@poombster)

The Chi has been responsible for several music trends, whether it be House music, double-tempo rap, Drill music, or most recently, Bop. Bop is the result of the large coexistence of footworking and rap in Chicago. More uptempo and pop-inspired, Bop is meant to make people dance. This is where Sicko Mobb enters. Compromised of two longtime friends, Lil Trav and Lil Ceno, Sicko Mobb has carved their own lane out in the world of music, establishing themselves as the leaders in Bop. They recently released their 13-track mixtape Super Saiyan Volume 3, the latest addition to their mixtape discography.

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Review: Roosevelt The Titan – I Hate Being High EP

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Words by Rohit Loomba (@Poombster)

It’s rare that I review a project by an artist that I know very little about. Not having ever heard of Roosevelt the Titan before I decided to listen to his EP 9-track EP, I Hate Being HIGH, based on cover art that caught my attention for whatever reason. It wasn’t after having listened to the EP a few times that I learned who Titan was, and I certainly can say I want to know more. IHBH is the first real body of work that Titan is releasing, with only one of its tracks having been released prior to the remainder of the EP. The title isn’t referring to a physical drug-induced high but rather a perfect state of being in which one is always happy, an interesting notion that demonstrates the depth of Titan’s thought that is apparent in his music as well.

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