“I wanted people to hear every single word I had to say. I didn’t want there to be any confusion
This is my favorite blog post I’ve ever written… Working with artists to create new music, new ideas, and new contributions to Hip Hop culture is something I’ve always wanted to do as a writer and a DJ. So, while the first Closed Session happened in June with Curren$y, this EP has really been years and years in the making…
Closed Sessions Vol. 1 is available for free download. The free EP includes 9 original songs as well as 5 interludes, liner notes containing the story behind each track as well as individual artwork for each song, and links to each Closed Sessions video giving fans a look at the recording process.
We’re all very happy and eager to share the full EP, that could not have been done without everyone at RubyHornet, Closed Sessions, SoundScape, as well as the readers, artists, managers, promoters, and others who helped make connections happen. Please download the EP, digest the liner notes, go back and watch the videos, and most importantly… enjoy!
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
I really dug into Skyzoo’s material while making the first Brainiac Mixtape with Naledge. He put two Skyzoo tracks on the mix, I was more than impressed. I went back into Sky’s catalog and eagerly awaited the release of his debut LP, The Salvation. Shortly before the album’s release, I had the chance to interview Skyzoo and he told me that he heard about Closed Sessions, and our Dimes and Dozens party in which we bring out of town artists into Chicago and have them perform at our monthly event. He expressed interest in doing the same, and I was definitely with it. We organized a show for Skyzoo at The Darkroom, and setup a Closed Session for him the following day. Virgil and Ruben took Sky all around the city before his show, and when he hit SoundScape we could all tell that Chicago had made an impression on him. Rhymefest ended up just being at the studio during Skyzoo’s session, the two hit it off very quickly with help from this K-Salaam and Beatnik track, and the concept for “Crack The Code” was born. Skyzoo’s verse centers on the intricacies of Chicago, while Rhymefest raps about the nature of New York City. It’s an homage to two great homes for Hip Hop, and a pairing of two great emcees.
Download the song for free below, and look for the full Closed Sessions Vol. 1 to be released 3.2.10
We posted clips separately in the blog, now it’s all together in one neat RH TV post. Hit the jump to see live footage of Skyzoo, ADaD, and Chip Tha Ripper from the Dark Room 10.15.09 at Return of The Real.
Skyzoo took the stage at the Dark Room in Chicago on 10.15.09 as part of the RubyHornet event, The Return of The Real. Here he opens his set with his song “The Return Of The Real” (prod. by Just Blaze). The track is off Skyzoo’s debut album, The Salvation, which is in stores now. In case you missed’em, we also posted Chip Tha Ripper x Naledge performing “Fresh Academy”, as well as ADaD performing “Good”. See Skyzoo below.