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Video: See Our Exclusive Interview with Kweku Collins and BoatHouse

posted by Oscar April 17, 2017

Today we’re able to share with you another one of the interviews we conducted down in Austin, TX during SXSW 2017: fast-rising rapper Kweku Collins and producer/DJ BoatHouse. The pair, both reps of Closed Sessions, sat down with us an exclusive interview to discuss their label’s influence, touring Europe, new music, and performing at the ATX mega festival. See that above.

Hit the jump to see the speed round, where the Closed Sessions members reveal the first album they ever bought, favorite music video of all time, and who they would pick from the label to back them up in a bar fight. Continue Reading

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Stream The New oddCouple LP, ‘Liberation’

posted by Oscar November 10, 2016

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oddCouple has delivered his new LP Liberation one day ahead of its scheduled release date. The project brings together 9 tracks with features from Mike Golden, Joey Purp, Kweku Collins, and GLC, joining previous releases off Liberation that included guest work from Mick Jenkins and WebsterX, as well as Jamila Woods.

Jack Red, Qari, Kweku Collins (3 times!!), Rich Jones, Siren, Kelechi, and Kipp Stone also contributed to the project released via Closed Sessions. Stream oddCouple’s debut LP below. Continue Reading

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Jamila Woods Drops Long Awaited Debut Album “HEAVN”

posted by JuicyJackie July 11, 2016

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Pursuit of Dopeness loves Jamila Woods… We’ve been waiting for this album for awhile now & we’re so excited it’s out for everyone to hear. Listening to this album feels completely magical. Woods writes odes to Chicago.. healing.. love & gives a voice to those in pain. Jamila reminds you how beautiful it is to be Black. Wood’s has made an album  completely full of beautiful songs. I’m completely in awe of this album. It’s raw, real and completely empowering. This album is so important for the culture right now. Wood’s is a true poet.. activist and beautiful musician.

“I won’t let you criticize my city like my skin.. it’s so pretty. If you don’t like it.. just leave it alone..”

-“LSD” ft. Chance The Rapper.

Jamila has stepped out & showed us she’s so much more than a guest on a song.

The album features from some of Chicago’s favorites such as NoName.. Chance The Rapper..Saba..Donnie Trumpet..& features production by Odd Couple ..Peter CottonTale & Nate Fox!

Jamila on “HEAVN” 
HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight.

Please listen to “HEAVN” Continue Reading

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Jamila Woods- “Heavn”

posted by JuicyJackie May 11, 2016

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  You might have just seen her on Jimmy Fallon with Chance The Rapper performing “Blessings.” When Jamila isn’t putting her beautiful touch on Chance’s songs she’s creating beautiful music of her own. The Closed Sessions artist just released “Heavn.” Jamila’s beautiful voice & lyrics over a Roots x J Dilla beat give you a real slice of heaven. “Heavn” speaks of an old real love.. Jamila connects with her roots bringing you a story and a trip through time. With the release of “Heavn” we’re getting excited for the songstress to release her solo album. We love listening to Jamila’s music & hear everything she’s working on.

Listen to “Heavn” here.

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Video: Windy City Live Shines A Light on Closed Sessions

posted by Oscar January 25, 2016

2016 has been very good for independent Chicago record label Closed Sessions and today it’s only getting better by being the focus of a segment on the beloved daytime Chi-Town TV show Windy City Live. The show interviewed CS leader Alexander Fruchter about the booming Chicago scene and how his label is contributing to its growth. Not only that, but we also got a performance by Closed Sessions stand-out Kweku Collins.

Peep the RTC interview above and look below for Kweku’s performance. Continue Reading

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Jamila Woods – “blk girl soldier”

posted by Oscar January 19, 2016

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In exclusive announcement on Billboard, Jamila Woods announced that she’s signed with local indie label/purveyors of cool, Closed Sessions. RTC/Alex Fruchter said of landing the rising Chicago star: “Jamila Woods is an incredibly talented artist that also stands for something… Her addition to Closed Sessions brings great new music to the table, but also a personality and energy that we can all benefit and learn from.”

Along with that news, Jamila also released her new CS track “blk girl soldier,” produced by Jus Cuz and Saba. Speaking on the inspiration for the song, Woods declared:

I drew inspiration from a protest chant I learned at a Black Youth Project 100 meeting in Chicago… I love how music and chants were used in the Civil Rights movement to help people keep marching… I’m interested in figuring out what freedom songs would sound like in 2016. My hope is that ‘blk girl soldier’ is a freedom song for black women today who are fighting the macro and microagressions of daily life in our city/country/world.

You almost don’t know who to congratulate here, Closed Sessions for continuing to grow and align themselves with some of the best artists in the Chi, or to Jamila for continuing to make waves and releasing the first piece of her forthcoming project. Let’s go with both. Check out “blk girl soldier”after the jump. Continue Reading

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DJ Rude One feat. Your Old Droog – “Mr. Goodbar”

posted by Oscar October 12, 2015

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DJ Rude One has finally returned with some new material after a 12-year hiatus. The latest from the Chicago Hip Hop vet is titled “Mr. Goodbar” featuring Your Old Droog and released under Closed Sessions.

Not only can you hear the long anticipated new track, but you can also see a short doc on the making of this number. Check all of that below. Continue Reading

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New Project: Kweku Collins – ‘Say It Here, While It’s Safe’ EP

posted by Oscar July 22, 2015

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Kweku Collins has been making waves recently in the buildup to today’s release of his second EP, Say It Here, While It’s Safe. The production on this is typically very bright and warm, with some Caribbean music undertones, and Collins’ vocals follow the same style to fantastic results.

The seven track EP comes to us via Closed Sessions, so you already know it’s dope. Check out Say It Here, While It’s Safe below. Continue Reading

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Kweku Collins – “Kings”

posted by Oscar July 14, 2015

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Kweku Collins lands back on our pages thanks to his release of new track “Kings.” This track is the latest cut from Kweku’s forthcoming Say It Here, While It Safe EP that is due out on July 21st via Closed Sessions.

The Closed Sessions cosign is pretty much a guarantee of dopeness; it’s like Hip Hop’s answer to Burger Records. Hear “Kings” after the jump. Continue Reading

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Alex Wiley – Top Of The World

posted by Alex December 10, 2014

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Alex Wiley is back with a super dope track called “Top Of The World” which released earlier today on Huffington PostRyan Kristobak from Huffington Posts makes a pretty accurate description of comparing this particular track to Something from Kid Cudi’s “Man On The Moon” series. Without doubt this track is one to listen to. Peep it below.  Continue Reading

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A-Villa – The Colosseum (Featuring Big K.R.I.T., Termanology, Inspectah Deck)

posted by Alex October 7, 2014

WOW! A-Villa completely snapped with this joint! The Chicago native brought together three lyrical warriors, Big K.R.I.T., Termanology, and Inspectah Deck to “The Colosseum”. It looks like the homie DJ Scend did some work on the track as well. Make sure to circle November 4th on your calendar, as Carry On Tradition will be dropping via Closed Sessions. “The Colosseum” was premiered on XXL. and got A-Villa’s commentary on the track.

I met K.R.I.T. at a meet & greet before a show he had in Chicago. I introduced myself, told him about my project, and gave him a beat CD. The next day, I got an email with his verse over this particular beat, which I never would’ve thought K.R.I.T. would pick. But it shows his versatility as an artist and his ability to stand out on any type of record.  I then sent it to Termanology, who I’m a fan of and knew he would kill it. But I didn’t anticipate him laying down one of my favorite verses on the album.  Then with Inspectah Deck, I had sent him a different beat and asked for that “Triumph” & “Above The Clouds” type of feel, which he definitely delivered on and made it easy to tie everything together. However, I had lost the scratches I had previously done before my turntables broke. So at the last minute, I had the homie DJ Scend re-do what I had lost. However, he added his own flavor to it and even improved upon what I had originally intended.

Overall, I’m really proud of this song and love everything about it…the concept, the intro, the beat, the beat switch up, the verses, the DJ cuts, and outro. It’s just a hard rap record and is the essence of Hip Hop…good beats & rhymes.