Last week I was on a panel and Greg Corner of Kill Hannah and he asked me about the Chicago battle scene. I haven’t really kept up with it in a minute, but it got thinking about Chicago’s strong history of battle emcees. I decided to reach out to Prime, ne of our city’s resident battle historians for an update, as well as a top 5 list of Chicago’s best battle emcees. Prime runs down the list, which contains a couple locks as well as a surprise nod.
Check out Prime’s List.
Last week we released “Crack The Code” a Closed Sessions joint featuring Skyzoo and Rhymefest. Today we bring you the story behind the song, in this new Closed Sessions documentary. Check it out below to see how a chance meeting between Skyzoo and Rhymefest turned into a homage to America’s first and second cities set to music by K-Salaam and Beatnick.
Closed Sessions Vol. 1 will be available for free download 3.2.10 at www.ClosedSessions.com
“Yeah I gotta cold heart, Crucial Conflict man”
Rhymefest has pretty much finished work on his sophomore album, El Che. With the new LP wrapped up, Fest has teamed up with DJ RTC for The Warm Up, a mixtape to get fans ready for El Che. Last night RTC went to Che’s crib to go through some music. One song that came up was “What You Might Miss”. Check it out and look for the mixtape coming soon.