Snapshot: Chief Keef + The xx cover FADER’s Aug./Sept. Issue

Chicago’s dreadlocked Hip-Hop starchild Chief Keef is one of the coverboys for The FADER‘s Aug./Sept. issue, sharing the honor with English rockers The xx.

This seems like quite an unlikely pairing, but FADER explains the selections thusly:

On a basic level, they’re not similar musicians; Keef is a rapper, The xx is a rock band. But both have pushed the limits of their form. The xx, whose first album reconsidered the love song and rethought the idea of the drummer, grapple with how to continue evolving with such high pressure and high standards. Keef, still a young artist, is surfing his bravado and—along with a crew of friends, fellow rappers and supporters, and, as the story shows, many of the city of Chicago’s workers—is finding that a lot of loud noise can be an excellent stand-in for something to say.

The issue hits newsstands August 21st.