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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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Dally Auston and Qari merge for “Economics”

Words by Aaron Navarro

Professor Auston and Professor Qari link up for this new lesson, which sets out to teach y’all some economics. And this is one class you don’t wanna miss. Over some straight-slapping production by Mulatto and CEO Beatz, the two do their absolute thing. Let’s hope for more joint lessons between the two. Take notes below.

Fans of Dally can catch the SaveMoney repper live and in concert on February 23rd at Chop Shop. Tickets are still available right here.

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Dally Auston drops ’99¢’ EP, talks delay of ‘Roses’ & future moves

What a twist. A few weeks ago Dally dropped what was believed to be the cover art for his long awaited Roses project, set to impact today. Instead, it looks like Dalí decided to give us a heretofore unmentioned extended play, the title a reference to one of his hottest visuals from a few years back.

Dally’s first project in three years decided to go without any features, leaving us with just eight tracks of the SaveMoney original showing us exactly how he’s been improving over the past few months. And make no mistake, 99¢ marks some of his best work and makes for a great start to Chicago’s 2017. Instead, Dally went everywhere for production, with sound work being done by That Dude Nate, 5heriff, Banks The Genius, Morimoto, and Home-Sick. Yeah, he really gets versatile on this one. We’ve been saying for awhile, don’t you dare sleep on this man. Now’s your chance to help yourself out if you have been.

Now, here’s hoping we won’t be waiting another three years for Roses. Regardless, we’ve got some pretty solid listening in the interim. We also caught up with Dally to discuss the delay of Roses, what he’s been working on, SaveMoney and his thoughts on the future. It’s required reading.

Check it below.

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Dally Auston drops cover art & release date for his long-awaited ‘Roses’ project


It’s been a long time coming — but it appears the journey is almost over. Almost. Dally Auston’s long-awaited, and oft-delayed album, Roses, is finally set to impact on January 20th, 2017. The release date is firm, and yes, SaveMoney’s secret weapon is finally ready to unveil his magnum opus.

Matter of fact, we put Roses on our most anticipated upcoming projects of 2014 list. Three years later, it’s go time. Above we have the official cover art courtesy of Dally’s camp. We have more details on the horizon, but for now, let’s just spread the word that 2017 is his year.

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