Kidz in the Hall
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|Kidz in the Hall|
|Origin||Chicago/New Jersey, United States|
|Labels||Rawkus Records (2006-2007)
Duck Down Records (2007-present)
|Associated acts||Donnis, Boot Camp Click, Just Blaze, Travis McCoy, Estelle Swaray, Masta Ace, Camp Lo, Black Milk, Chip tha Ripper, Bun B|
Group members Jabari Evans (Naledge) and Michael Aguilar (Double-0) met in 2000 during a talent show at the University of Pennsylvania. They began recording songs, making demos, and performing at local shows which eventually led to Double-0 and Naledge forming Kidz in the Hall. Double-0 made a connection with Just Blaze through a job he had at T-Mobile. Blaze then aligned himself with the duo and oversaw their debut School Was My Hustle. Kidz in the Hall signed a group deal with Rawkus Records, and released the album in 2006.
In early 2007, Kidz in the Hall created a song entitled "Work To Do It" in support of democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who has ties to Naledge's hometown of Chicago. They were among the first artists to support Obama in their music. The song features a sample from The Main Ingredient's version of the Isley Brothers original of the same name.
In November 2007, Kidz in the Hall were officially signed to Duck Down Records, an independent label started by founding members of the Boot Camp Clik. The duo's second album, The In Crowd, was released in May 2008, with the lead single "Drivin' Down the Block," which samples Masta Ace's song "Born to Roll" for the hook and contains an interpolation of Outkast's "Elevators (Me & You)" on the bridge. This song was featured on the game Midnight Club Los Angeles: Complete Edition from Rockstar Games. Many other tracks on the album use samples and interpolations of early 1990s hip hop, including their song "Snob Hop" featuring Camp Lo which uses the hook from Black Sheep's song "Flava of the Month" for the chorus. Their song "Blackout" was featured on the soundtrack of Madden '09. The group's most recent album Land of Make Believe was released on March 9, 2010 and features guests MC Lyte, Just Blaze, Chip tha Ripper, Donnis, Amanda Diva and co-production by Just Blaze and Picnic Tyme. The album was declared the most "commercially viable" album the group has made thus far and was well-received critically, receiving an XL rating in XXL Magazine.
Naledge is also planning to come out with a solo album in the near future. He was quoted by rap website Hiphopdx, "My solo album is still in the process of being put together. I’ve been busy with shows, but I have some tracks in the works," says the rising MC. "I got beats from 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Double-O, Pete Rock and [two or three from] Just Blaze. Just Blaze has been my ‘yes man,’ okaying tracks for the album."  Naledge has released solo work in the past, having dropped the mixtape Chicago Picasso on June 30, 2009.
In August 2010 the group has been selected to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago. The group's single "Jukebox" (from the album "Land of Make Believe") was chosen as Single of the Week on iTunes & was offered for free in that year.
In May 2014, their songs "Break it Down" and "Out to Lunch" were featured in the game Watch Dogs.
- Studio albums
- School Was My Hustle (2006), Rawkus Records
- The In Crowd (2008), Duck Down Records
- Land of Make Believe (2010), Duck Down Records
- Occasion (2011), Duck Down Records
- Extended plays
- Wishful Drinking (2013)
- Detention (2007), Major League Entertainment
- Geniuses Need Love Too (2008)
- "The Professional Leisure Tour" (2009) LRG 
- "Semester Abroad" (2011)
- Wheelz Fall Off ('06 'Til...) (2006), Rawkus Records
- Drivin' Down the Block (2008), Duck Down Records
- Love Hangover (2008)
- Take Over The World ft Colin Munroe and Just Blaze (2010)
- Jukebox (2010)
- Pour it Up (2011)
- Music videos
- "Wheelz Fall Off ('06 Til...)" (2006)
- "Drivin' Down The Block" (2008)
- "Love Hangover (feat. Estelle)" (2008)
- "I Got It Made (Reebok Classic)" (2009)
- "Jukebox" (2010)
- "Break It Down" (2011)
- "Occasion" (2011)
- "Pour it Up" (2012)
- Frederick, Brendan (2006-11-02). "Kidz in the Hall: School was my Hustle". xxlmag.com.
- Adaso, Henry (2007-12-11). "Kidz in the Hall Record Rap Anthem for Obama's Campaign". rap.about.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- XXL Staff (March 9, 2010). “”.
- Hiphopdx staff (2009). "He released a solo mixtape".
- Lollapalooza official website (2010). "".
- "That's That...: Kidz In The Hall - We At It Again". That's That. December 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
"Jukebox" Land Of Make Believe (2010)