Alexander (DJ RTC) Fruchter was born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He has been a mainstay in Chicago’s hip-hop community as a DJ, journalist and label owner for close to 20 years. Fruchter is the founder of the significant underground hip-hop blog rubyhornet, an accomplished DJ and an Associate Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. He is also the founder of the indie hip-hop label Closed Sessions, and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2016. He is a graduate of Indiana University and currently lives in Humboldt Park.