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

Andrew Barber

3. DJ Babu featuring Vic Mensa and Sir Michael Rocks – “So Stupid” | Closed Sessions Vol. 2 | 2011

This is a special song because it represents everything we did these documentaries for: creating combinations that we wanted to see happen as fans of hip hop. DJ Babu is one of my mentors and a big influence on me. He’s also produced more CS songs than any other producer. To put him on a song with Vic Mensa, who was starting to break out with Kids These Days, and Sir Michael Rocks who was becoming a young elder statesman and just starting his solo career, was just something dope for Chicago Hip Hop (and me personally).

I remember when I pitched Babu on coming back to Chicago for another party and session. He wanted to work with Mikey Rocks. I was telling him about this new kid he had to hear, Vic Mensa. I sent Babu a bunch of records. When I picked him up from the hotel and we’re driving to the studio, he still hadn’t had a chance to listen to Vic. I played some of Vic’s Straight Up EP on the way over and he just gave me that look like, ‘yup. This will work.’ One of my favorite sessions and finished songs. Plus if you watch the documentary close, you’ll see Nico Segal, Thelonious Martin, Stix, Chance The Rapper, VIPJ and others hanging out at the studio. It was just a fun day with some of my favorite people in hip hop.

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