If you’re up on what’s happening in hip-hop right now – specifically within the Chicago scene that’s becoming impossible to ignore – you’ve probably heard of Closed Sessions. The relatively new indie label based in the Windy City has been making waves for the past couple of years and is, at this point, a staple in Chicago and even beyond.
As they’re currently prepping their next release – Alex Wiley‘s Village Party mixtape, due out June 5th – they’ve been fielding a slew of questions about who they are and what exactly they do. In response, the CS crew put together an informational video featuring the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Raekwon, Dante Ross and a handful of Chicago artists to provide a bit of insight into their world. Watch above, and stay tuned for more.
“Closed Sessions seeks to be an independent hip-hop label for artists that have been working hard in their bedrooms, may have some releases out, but just aren’t ready to sign with a major label, moving to LA or New York. We want to be the label here that serves as a backbone for the hip-hop community and helps these artists develop their craft in a way that Rawkus did for artists in the ’90s, what Rostrum Records does for Pittsburgh right now, what Rhymesayers is doing in Minneapolis, Stones Throw on the west coast, etc. The list of great labels goes on, yet it doesn’t include anything in Chicago.” – Alex Fruchter, Closed Sessions Co-Owner