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Jamila Woods on Messages From “Heavn” & The Creative Spirit of Chicago’s Artists

Some of the greatest artists in modern music started with careful build-ups. From Nas to Kendrick Lamar, these artists were tapped to play feature roles on others' songs. In time, they broke through with art that showed their individual gifts, visionary qualities, and ability to balance them at a full-length... Read more

Jamila Woods Stands Out. She Powerfully Blames Ego For Killing Romance (Audio)

Jamila Woods has been making noise for years. The Chicago, Illinois singer (and poet/writer) has been working with the likes of Donnie Trumpet & Social Experiment as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Now, the Closed Sessions artist helps light a path for her label-mate Kweku Collins in "Ego Killed... Read more

AZ, Freeway, Havoc & Kids These Days’ Macie Stewart Bolster A-Villa’s Message (Audio)

Chicago's A-Villa is a Closed Sessions producer coming up on the scene. Like anybody behind the boards, he's likely dreamed of big concepts, executed by lyrical giants. That dream is a reality on "Day In The Life." AZ Tha Visualiza, Havoc, Freeway, and Macie Stewart (Kids These Days) punctuate the... Read more

Various Artists – Closed Sessions Vol. 2 (Mixtape)

We've dropped a few joints from the Closed Sessions Vol. 2 mixtape over the last few weeks. Now you can listen to and download the whole thing which features songs from Blu, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Sir Michael Rocks, Raekwon and many more. Check it out below. Related: Download the... Read more

Raekwon – Keep It Politics (Audio and BTS Video)

Here's a new one from Raekwon and a behind the scenes video with The Chef discussing the making of the song, which was produced by DJ Babu from Dilated Peoples. This is part of MTV2's Closed Sessions series. Check out the song, Keep it Politics, and BTS video below. Related:... Read more

Freddie Gibbs put his spin on a classic Dr Dre beat (really Isaac Hayes) on his latest song Something New and did it real justice.

Check out the video showing a bit of the making of the song and click below for the download. Closed Sessions: Freddie Gibbs http://vimeo.com/14194755 Click here to download Something New. Also, check out a few other uses of the sample by Dr. Dre, as well as the original by Isaac... Read more