Gone Fishing (album)

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Gone Fishing
Mixtape by
ReleasedMay 5, 2009
GenreMidwest hip hop
Alternative hip hop
ProducerJonathan "J.P." Keller, Chuck Inglish, Don Cannon
The Cool Kids chronology
The Bake Sale
Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing is the 2009 hip hop mixtape by Midwest rap duo The Cool Kids, and their second official mixtape after 2007's That's Stupid!. The album was executive produced by Jonathan "J.P." Keller and Chuck Inglish, while the album was mixed by Don Cannon.[1] The mixtape was released on May 5, 2009, as an appetizer for their forthcoming album When Fish Ride Bicycles.[2][3][4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Reader(favorable) link
Cokemachineglow(73%) link
Pitchfork Media(5.7/10) link

The mixtape was noted for its "electro banging beats and funny lyrics".[5] The Chicago Reader noted that "the songs are ambitious and fully formed, showing a lot of range without sacrificing accessibility".[6] According to FFWD's Garth Paulson, "The tape features the usual lackadaisical attitude, geeky references and early hip-hop idolization that rapidly sparks arguments over whether the Chicago duo are a breath of fresh air or willingly stale."[7] Village Voice's Zach Baron said of the mixtape: "Inglish's beats are exactly as bass-thick, synth-wide, sample-heavy, and ambling as the duo's throwback raps, which here are in fine form."[8] Pitchfork Media compared Gone Fishing unfavorably with The Bake Sale, suggesting it may be "a collection of castoffs that weren't good enough to make When Fish Ride Bicycles", but conceded that "Even when they're on autopilot, their icy flatness has style."[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Introduction to Ice Fishing
  2. Hammer Brothers
  3. Champions
  4. Gold Links
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Premium Blends (featuring Shorty K)
  7. Step Back
  8. Jump Rope (featuring Tennille)
  9. The Last Stretch (featuring Jahda)
  10. The Art of Noise (interlude)
  11. The Light Company
  12. Popcorn
  13. Wise Words by GLC - told by GLC
  14. Pennies (The Updated Rosters Remix) (featuring Ludacris & Bun B)
  15. Broadcast Live
  16. Taking A Break Interlude
  17. Tune Up
  18. Weekend Girls Interlude (featuring Ryan Leslie & The S.O.S. Band)
  19. Summer Vacation
  20. Words of Wisdom by GLC - told by GLC
  21. Knocked Down



  1. ^ Schadewald, Amber (2009) "Cool Kids offer freebie mix", City Pages, 5 May 2009
  2. ^ Jordan, Chad (2009-05-05). "The Cool Kids x Don Cannon – Gone Fishing (Mixtape)". Hypebeast. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  3. ^ "The Cool Kids & Don Cannon - Gone Fishing [Mixtape]", Okayplayer, 4 May 2009
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Joisah (2009) "Cool Kids Go Fishing On New Mixtape", Exclaim!, 5 May 2009
  5. ^ Schuermans, Katrien (2009) "Gratis mixtape van The Cool Kids", Cutting Edge, 6 May 2009
  6. ^ Raymer, Miles (2009) "Local Release Roundup: The Cool Kids' ambitious new mix tape, Lord Mantis's black hole metal, and more", Chicago Reader, 14 May 2009
  7. ^ Paulson, Garth (2009) "Hip hop mixtapes aplenty", FFWD, 21 May 2009
  8. ^ Baron, Zach (2009) "The Cool Kids Have Officially Gone Fishing", Village Voice, 4 May 2009
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (2009) "The Cool Kids - Gone Fishing", Pitchfork Media, 28 May 2009