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FSD Feature: SKYWLKR – Detroit’s New Hope

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Words by Dhrupad Nag & Quenton Narcisse

I met Skyler Tait, more widely known SKYWLKR, at his house in Ferndale, Michigan off the famed 8 Mile Road for the first time in mid-January. He was at ease, getting ready before a set later in downtown Detroit. The house was cluttered and a bit claustrophobic, much in the way his beats can be. The former metal-head turned rap producer has quietly forged a niche sound and in the process helped define the sound of ascendant cult Detroit rapper Danny Brown.

In an era where super producers have become bigger than most rappers, SKYWLKR has created his own distinctively dark electro-industrial blunted soundscapes that stand out from most of his peers. His beats bang hard, with skittering percussive backdrops that allow rappers the space and freedom to experiment with the tempo and cadence of their deliveries. Though at times spacey and minimal, there is always a sense of urgency and obscurity that keeps his beats both compelling and propulsive.

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Mick Jenkins Talks New Album, Tour & More on Red Bull Sound Select Facebook Live Chat

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Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb

Earlier today, I sat down with Mick Jenkins at Chicago’s Fat Tiger Workshop for a one on one interview on behalf of Red Bull Sound Select. We talked about Mick’s forthcoming Quest For Love Tour, which kicks off September 29th in Seattle, Washington, and features Smino as direct support (Kweku Collins will be joining for select dates.) We also discussed Mick’s long-awaited new album The Healing Component, which is set to drop on September 23rd. Mick gave us some exclusive news as far as producers and guests on the album, and even shared his official tour t-shirt in collaboration with Fat Tiger that will be given to 100 lucky fans at each show.

This convo was all about the love (no Haterville over here) and there was a lot of love in the room today. It was a very informative and interesting sit down, so I highly suggest you sit down and watch it right now.

We’ll see you at the October 20th Chicago tour stop at Thalia Hall. You can RSVP right here.

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FSD Feature: Malcolm London is Chicago’s New Age Warrior

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Photo by Mark Zoleta

A Ted-talking, political activist, who writes poetry and makes music. Malcolm London does a lot, and now he’s preparing to do a whole lot more. After dropping his official first single, “Charlie,” Malcolm has been teasing his highly anticipated as-yet-to-be-titled debut mixtape. The yet unnamed tape is bound to make some waves in the music world, as Malcolm has promised a realistic mix of revolutionary and party tunes.

Check out FSD’s interview with him below, and be on the watch for Malcolm’s debut project, set to drop very, very soon.

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FSD Feature: Phor Talks ‘Lightning Bug’ Project, Reality TV Stardom & More

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Today, Chicago rapper, entertainer and storied ink artist Phor has released his latest project, Lightning Bug, a 13-track outing which sets out to make him one of the most respected talents in the Chicago industry. Late last year, Phor found success as a reality TV star, appearing on VH1’s ratings-shattering Black Ink Crew: Chicago. But Phor’s rap career long predates the show, and he’s ready to share his other other skill with the rest of the world.

On the day of Lightning Bug‘s release (you can stream below), we sat down with Phor to talk about his burgeoning music career, as well as how being a reality TV star has changed his life. And yes, he’s way deeper than the ink on your skin. Get to know Phor below.

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