COOL KIDS (Chicago) - Bringing '88 back! Tickets
9:00pm, Fri 29 February, 2008
Oxford Art Factory, NSW
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Hailing from Chicago, the Cool Kids (MCs Mikey and Chuck) have risen from underground sensations to the stars of the hip hop scene, heralded across the globe for their golden-age hip hop sound that captures all the swagger of the late 80s in a completely fresh way.
“…full of energy and immediately watchable” – New Yorker on their live show.
“…simultaneously retro and forward-looking hip-hop” – Pitchfork
“the Cool Kids have gone from an underground sensation to the hottest ticket at New York's CMJ festival” – Rolling Stone Magazine
Cool Kids’ style contrasts starkly to the current sounds of disposable, over-produced hip-hop. Rhyming precisely over sparse, bass-heavy beats – it’s almost as if Run DMC and N.E.R.D got together for their ultimate-fun side-project. Team this with a killer live show and an aesthetic straight out of Do The Right Thing, it’s obvious the Cool Kids are set to take over.
Their first tracks, I Rock and ’88, gained them a frenzied hype thanks to taste-making music blogs and had everyone craving their spaced-out beats and Chicago-style raps. Straight up, they signed a deal with respected DJ A-trak (Kanye West’s DJ) on his label Fool’s Gold which boasts Flosstradamus and Kid Sister on the roster.
Next, the release, Gold and a Pager, saw the Cool Kids win new fans and land a verse from ‘the greatest rapper in the world’ Lil Wayne and then hook up the US national support for MIA (by her request!).
Fader Magazine put them on their CMJ festival show alongside SantoGold, which only fuelled the Cool Kids’ fire. The show brought the house down and had the CEO of Warner trying to buy them a beer, but they didn’t let it go to their heads.
Now they’re set to release their next EP The Bake Sale via Chocolate Industries and have the music scene eager for more of their RUN-DMC throwback tracks that embodies everything great about the 80s while bringing something new.
Support Acts: K1, Peace out, Hoops, Kato and Sleater Brockman