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Watch The Cool Kids perform “TV Dinner” on Windy City Live

As we wait on The Cool Kids to unleash their long-awaited reunion album, Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe, the duo have been making their promo rounds — most recently appearing on Chicago’s great daytime show, Windy City Live.

Chuck and Mike dropped by for a quick interview as well as a performance of their new single “TV Dinner.” The single smacks, and this performance was v dope. Watch it below.

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The Cool Kids link with Asher Roth for “Wu Financial”

You need to diversify your bonds, people. And tonight you can do so thanks to longtime accomplices Chuck Inglish, Sir Michael Rocks and Asher Roth. These three have linked up many-a-times in the past for a number of collaborations, and now they’re back down with the awesomely titled “Wu Financial.”

See your financial planner below, and celebrate the return of this trio on a Chuck Inglish beat.

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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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The Cool Kids announce new comedy show ‘The Shit Show’

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Since announcing their reunion a few months back, The Cool Kids have been busy. Just last month, Chuck and Mikey performed in front of a sold out crowd at Thalia Hall in Chicago as part of our Red Bull Sound Select show. And on top of working on their new album, Special Grand Master Deluxe, the duo have also announced a new comedy series called The Shit Show.

Created in part with Chicago director Jimmy Regular, The Cool Kids’ new sketch comedy show should impact in the very near future. Yesterday, they took to Twitter to preview the series, which honestly looks amazing. We just have this sneak peek for now, but there’s surely more on the horizon. The Shit Show, coming soon.

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The Cool Kids reconnect for “Connect Four”

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Yes! YES! Now this is what the f*** I’m talking about. Happy Birthday to me. Indeed. Indeed. Back when The Cool Kids announced that they’d be reuniting, this was what I was hoping for. That classic Chuck and Mikey, but with that 2016 twist to it — and “Connect Four” is exactly that. Yeah Connect 4 might be a game, but “Connect Four” is not for play. This joint is too serious, and exactly what I’ve been waiting for.

By now you’ve surely heard that we’re doing a Cool Kids reunion show on December 14th at Thalia Hall, right? Well, if you don’t know…you know the rest. The Cool Kids, Payroll Giovanni and Femdot. It’s gonna be a night to remember. RSVP for $3 entry right here.

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[Listen to “Connect Four” here]

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