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GLC unveils his newly designed ‘Welcome To Englewood’ sign

Congrats are in order to The ISM, as yesterday GLC unveiled the first-documented ‘Welcome To Englewood’ sign in his native neighborhood. But this isn’t just a sign — it’s a sign that GLC himself designed. It must be the ultimate honor to design such a monument for the neighborhood that birthed you, and yesterday GLC did just that. He was joined by camera crews from all the major new stations, as well as friends such as Mano, Phatal and The Plugged Fella to unveil the sign, which dons the colors of his former high school, Simeon. GL even has his name officially etched on the back, forever stamping him as a historic figure of the area.

With this move, GLC proves that community comes first. He also dedicated this sign to his mentor, the late, great Baba Kwesi. Check out pictures and video of the sign and its unveiling below, and be sure to check it out when you’re in Englewood.

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Chicago

Rich Gains drops “Balance” featuring GLC, Leon Thomas III & Nate Mercereau

Rich Gains, who is one-half of brilliant production outfit the Blended Babies, is readying his official debut, Gains, which drops on April 28th. You already know the album is going to be chock full of grade-A instrumentation and rich and luscious production, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You can listen for yourself below, as we have some brand new material from Gains — this one featuring the ISM, as well as Leon Thomas III and Nate Mercereau on the guitar.

It’s truly beautiful baby, and it’s great to hear GLC back with Rich, making some of that CathedraL goodness yet again. Listen to “Balance” below and get some damn balance in your life, people.

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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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Chicago

Watch GLC’s eye-opening video for “Nixon & Reagan (Working for Satan)”

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Tomorrow is one of the most important elections of our generation. In fact, it could be the most important. It’s imperative that you go out and vote — if anything — to decide what kind of country you want to live in. But is it as cut and dry as everyone is making it out to be? No, not at all. Scary times, indeed.

Back with new music is Chicago legend, GLC, who is making a big statement just hours before the new president of the United States is elected. Today he blesses us with the world premiere of his eye-opening “Nixon & Reagan (Working for Satan)” video. GLC has never been one to bite his tongue, and today he truly shakes the streets with his message.

The war on drugs was and still is a racist war waged against African Americans. The poor as well. It’s roots run deep, and are embedded into American culture through the prison-industrial complex, gentrification and mass incarceration. Yes, stricter sentences for non-violent drug crimes than those of their white counterparts.

In his “Nixon & Reagan (Working for Satan),” GLC breaks this down to the uninformed, and as a reminder to those who already know the evil’s that men do. Watch the poignant clip below, and be sure to get out and vote tomorrow.

More new music from GLC is coming soon, but today he has something very important to get off his chest.

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Chicago

GLC’s ‘Tator Chip Pimps’ Returns with “Lemon Cornbread Mackin”

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GLC’s hilarious animated series starring his alter-ego Tator Chip Pimps makes its triumphant return today — for the first time since September of 2012 — over four years to be exact.

Don’t call it a comeback, but the new episode is titled “Lemon Cornbread Mackin” and features Chip up to his old antics. It’s a must-watch. Now it’s time for some new GLC music in 2016. The ISM needs to grace us again.

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