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FSD Feature: Who is Drayco McCoy?

Words by Aaron Navarro

Drayco Mccoy is one of the rawest rappers in the Midwest, and I can give you two examples why. The first way is the obvious — his beats are heavy on bass and his flows are aggressive, raspy and in-your-face. The second way, you might find only from choppin’ it up with him. You can tell the youngin’ is starting to create a real path for himself, and is only looking up, only looking to improve. To Drayco, this is all just the start.

We caught up with the Naptown reppin’ 22-year-old at the FSD and Red Bull Sound Select show earlier this month. It was only his third time in Chicago, where Drayco was opening for headliners (and bonafide Chicago stars) G Herbo and Lil Bibby. From the Pacers to punk-rock, we got to learn a little bit more about what FullyAutomaticDrayco is about, and where he is going.

Check the video recap below, and peep the full conversation right under that.

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Watch my interview with G Herbo for Red Bull Sound Select

A few weeks back, we convened at the Metro for our 2017 kickoff with FSD & Red Bull Sound Select. Our headliners? G Herbo and Lil Bibby. The result? About a thousand more people showed up than could get in. So it goes without saying that the sold out event was crazy.

But this has been a long time coming, as almost exactly four years ago, we did G Herbo and Bibby’s first show ever, as they opened a RBSS show at the Double Door, along some other future Chicago legends including: Tink, and the entire SaveMoney crew.

So as we brought things full circle at the Metro, we thought it was only right to interview G Herbo and catch up on what he’s been up to, what he has coming up, and what it feels like going from opener to massive headliner. Watch the full clip below.

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FSD Feature: Alexander Fruchter recalls his 5 favorite Closed Sessions sessions

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Alex Fruchter. DJ RTC. Call him what you want, we just call him a Chicago industry legend. Label owner, journalist, DJ, promoter, professor, artist manager — he’s truly done it all. From his early days at HipHopCongress.org & SoundSlam.com in the early 2000s, to heading up the groundbreaking and game-changing Chicago-based blog, Ruby Hornet; Fruchter has put on for his hometown like no other.

A lifelong hip-hop fan, Fruchter had giant aspirations for his career and his city, and decided to leave Ruby Hornet in 2013 to focus on running his Closed Sessions record label full time. During his time at Ruby Hornet, he operated a well-run, carefully curated and successful site that shined a much-needed light on aspects of the Chicago rap scene that we’re getting enough attention. He later took this focus and turned it into a burgeoning record label alongside another Chicago icon, Soundscape Studios owner, Michael Kolar. The two first joined forces in the early days of Ruby Hornet to create a rather groundbreaking concept: bring artists to Chicago for a concert and studio session to create a one-off record, and in some cases an entire EP.

This unique formula worked — and I’ve never seen it duplicated anywhere — at least with any success. Artists such as Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Bump J, Mano and Rhymefest are all part of this fraternity, that has spanned close to 10 years. Since shifting into a full-fledged label, Closed Sessions has released critically acclaimed albums from Kweku Collins and Jamila Woods, and clocked 2016 as their most successful year to date. They just keep getting stronger. Improving is rare in this business, but they continue to grow better by the year — an impressive feat.

This Friday night (March 24th), the Closed Sessions family is throwing a major event at Chicago’s famed Metro, called An Evening with Closed Sessions, which will include performances from their entire roster: Kweku Collins, WebsterX, Kipp Stone, Boathouse, Oddcouple and other special guests, along with a DJ set from DJ RTC.

In celebration of this event, we sat down with Fruchter to take a look back at his five most memorable sessions for Closed Sessions. It’s an enjoyable walk down memory lane, to say the least. Buy tickets for Fridays how here, and check out the list below.

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