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FSD & Red Bull Sound Select Partner For New Monthly Playlist ‘The Forecast’

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As you’ve likely seen and heard by now, FSD and Red Bull Sound Select have been working closely together for years. And today, we further solidify our relationship by announcing our monthly Soundcloud playlist series, The Forecast. We kick things off this afternoon with Volume 1 of the series, which features the best music to drop within the past month.

Now, this monthly playlist won’t just consist of music from Chicago, or even the Midwest, but we figured it was only right to kick off the series by starting at home. That said, Volume 1 includes music from the local Chi scene, and features the latest tunes from Smino, Saba, Lil Durk, Ric Wilson, White Gzus, Saint Millie, Warhol.ss, Femdot, Appleby, Kweku Collins, Chief Keef and many others.

For later installments, we’ll be spreading our wings to cover the rest of the country, so stay tuned each and every month. This is only the beginning — trust that. So shout out to your FSD & RBSS  meteorologists…we have the weather report below.

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FSD Feature: Rockie Fresh / The Fake Shore Drive Interview

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Interview and video by Holiday Kirk (@HolidayKirk)

Does Rockie Fresh believe in fate? Though I did not ask the question directly, I’m left wondering this in the wake of our time together. When I met Rockie in the green room of Lincoln Hall, he possessed the preternatural calm of someone who knows his future is already written for him. As weed smoke curled and washed away in the air conditioned room he described stunning, one in a million events in his life with the same tone and cadence you might use to describe the Pop Tart you ate this morning.

Meeting Rick Ross and P. Diddy on the same weekend, buying out Best Buy with Ed Sheeran, receiving a Chris Brown hook through email — Rockie Fresh described it all in a calm, measured tone of voice that only occasionally rose above normal tones, and in more candid moments let a warm grin creep through his face. In our time together, Rockie brought me up to speed on his life, career, and the random speed he seems to be traveling through both.

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FSD Feature: Wave Chapelle & the Search of the Almighty ‘W’

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It’s no secret that the Midwest is having a moment right now. Actually, the Midwest has always had a moment, it just wasn’t properly documented or accredited. Hey, it happens. Most of the press and power players are on the coasts, so they tend to think of the middle of the map as strictly flyover states.

But that notion is dead. The Midwest residents aren’t just consumers, they’re creators. They’re innovators. We just needed some help from the internet to get our point across. It has leveled the playing field, so to speak. This change has opened the doors for many markets within the region to breakthrough and get their messaging heard, and there’s no better example right now than Milwaukee.

The 414 has had a burgeoning music market for years, but other than Coo Coo Cal, most of their top artists had to flee the city to succeed. But now that’s simply not the case. Enter Wave Chapelle, the rising Mil City repper who is poised to breakthrough with his highly anticipated album, W. So on the eve of its release (April 29th, 2016), we caught up with Wave Chapelle to chat about W‘s impending breakthrough, the 414 scene, and what it’s like to spearhead a movement from the city. Their time is now.

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600Breezy Breaks Silence on Drake’s Infamous ‘Gang Sign’ Picture

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Late last year, a photo of Drake went viral, featuring the Toronto rapper in a Las Vegas club alongside 600Breezy, embracing an unknown counterpart with a handshake that many suspected to represent Chicago’s Black Disciple gang. Numerous media outlets picked up on the controversial story, including Mediatakeout, who accused Drake of being a BD.

Said MTO:

According to multiple sources on the Internet, Drake – the BEIGE CANADIAN THAT WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE . . . is now an affiliate of the Black DISCIPLES of Chicago. A photo of Drake with one of Chicago’s top gangsters 600 BREEZY started circling the net last night. And Drake was spotted giving the GD handshake.

Typically only BDs and their affiliates are allowed to give the handshake.

Well, we recently sat down with 600Breezy for a rather in-depth interview where we discussed a number of interesting and controversial topics — one of them being his infamous picture with Drake. So was there any truth to this rumor? Our man on the scene, Holiday Kirk, finally got Breezy to break his silence and clarify the photo:

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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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