User:The Cool Kiids
|The Cool Kids|
Alternative hip hop|
Midwest hip hop
|Labels||Chocolate Ind., C.A.K.E., XL|
The Cool Kids is an alternative hip hop group from England. The duo consists of Michael "Mikey Rocks" Allen (originally from Gravesend, Kent) and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll (originally from London, England). Self-described as "the new black version of the Beastie Boys," The Cool Kids are known for their faux American accent and persona of American midwest rappers. Their music has been released primarily to the independent Chocolate Industries via their own label C.A.K.E. Recordings. Allen and Ingersoll have collaborated with several other musical artists and made appearances in numerous media, such as Asher Roth, Kenna, The Bloody Beetroots, Drake, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and Maroon 5.
The members of The Cool Kids met in 2005 when Allen found a beat on MySpace that Ingersoll had produced. Inspired by golden age hip hop and artists like Eric B. & Rakim, Allen and Ingersoll rap with an American accent and take on their personas "Mickey Rocks" and "Chuck Inglish". Ingersoll began promoting the new duo's material, and it was eventually booked for a DJ performance. At this performance, the duo met the DJ Diplo who offered to release a mixtape of their unreleased tracks titled Totally Flossed Out on his label Mad Decent, though it was eventually released on C.A.K.E. Recordings. They also received an offer from the DJ A-Trak to sign to his Fool's Gold label, which they did, but only for one single. Of their time with Fool's Gold, the Cool Kids felt they weren’t getting enough attention: “When your boss is on tour with Kanye West, it’s easy to have timelines missed,” said Chuck in an interview.
All of their material had been released solely on the band's MySpace page—their recording contract came after performances at Lollapalooza and the Pitchfork Media Music Festival, on July 15, 2007. Eventually, The Cool Kids signed to Chocolate Industries, another independent label. The group has revealed on its MySpace page that The Cool Kids' debut album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, will be released in 2008, though as of 2010 it has not been released. Ingersoll has been the producer for tracks released thus far, but both work in rapping and production. The duo uses music software program Reason from Propellerhead Software to produce their music.
They have been on tour, opening for M.I.A. and they will be also joining the bill of the 2008 Rock the Bells hip hop festival on select dates. The group toured across Australia in February 2008 and also appeared at the Laneway Festival. The group also appeared at Suny Purchase's Culture Shock event in April 2009. One of the duo's singles, "Black Mags", was featured in a late 2007 Rhapsody TV commercial, along with Sara Bareilles. In the same year, the group collaborated with Lil Wayne and DJ Benzi through the Internet on a track entitled "Gettin' It", which will reportedly appear on the DJ's future album Get Right.
The Cool Kids have been featured in the video games NBA Live 08 and MLB 2K8 with the song "88", in Need for Speed Nitro, with The Bloody Beetroots in the song Awesome, and in the episode "The First Cut Is the Deepest" from HBO's TV series Entourage with the song "Mikey Rocks". They were listed in Rolling Stone's Ten Artists to Watch in 2008. According to Rolling Stone, "since "Black Mags" debuted, the Cool Kids have gone from an underground sensation in London to the hottest ticket at New York's CMJ festival."
The duo have been endorsed by Mountain Dew for their new single, "Delivery Man", to which commercials and the music video have aired on MTV2. The group's song "Bassment Party" was featured in the September 21, 2008 episode of the HBO hit comedy Entourage. They also recorded an original track, "2K Pennies," for the soundtrack of NBA 2K9. However, The Cool Kids have said in an interview that their success has been gradual.
They will also be headlining the "NBA 2K Bounce Tour" along with Q-Tip. The Cool Kids also performed at the 2009 Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana. Producer Don Cannon said in a interview with XXL, that he will be working with The Cool Kids for their new album. The group's second official mixtape, Gone Fishing was released on May 5, 2009. They are currently working on their debut album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, which is slated to release in 2010.
Their song "A Little Bit Cooler" was used in an MVP commercial from Nike with Lebron James & Kobe Bryant entitled "Mrs. Lewis".
- The Bake Sale (2008), C.A.K.E., Chocolate Ind. and XL Recordings
- When Fish Ride Bicycles (TBA)
- That's Stupid! (2007)
- Gone Fishing (2009)
- Merry Christmas (2009)
- "Black Mags" (2007), C.A.K.E., Chocolate Ind.
- "Delivery Man" (2008), Green Label Sound
- "Colors" by Que B.I.L.L.A.H.
- "Rockin' N Rollin'" by Mickey Factz (of GFCNY/Sacred Society)
- "Stunnas On" by Starski
- "Driving Down The Block Remix" By Kidz In The Hall (with Bun B and Pusha T)
- "Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames Redux" by The Carps
- "The Mayor" (from the N.A.S.A. album The Spirit of Apollo)
- "Harder to Breathe (The Cool Kids Remix)" (from the Maroon 5 album Call and Response: The Remix Album)
- "Loosewires Remix" by Kenna
- "Awesome" by The Bloody Beetroots
- "Shut Up" by Pac Div
- "This Shit Is Easy" (Mikey Rocks, Hollywood Holt and Dude Royal)
- "Devils" by Amanda Diva (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "Devils Remix" by Amanda Diva (with Styles P) (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "Hard Work" by Dom Kennedy (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "November 18th (Chuck Inglish Remix)" by Drake
- "Replacement Girl (Chuck Inglish Remix)" by Drake (with Trey Songz)
- "Beautiful Problems" by Jade (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "Alright,Ok" by Tennille (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "Lemme Get Some" by Amanda Blank Feat. Chuck Inglish
- "Loungin'" by Skooda Chose Feat. Mikey Rocks & Twista
- "Motorsports Jordan V" by vyle. (production by Chuck Inglish)
- "Fat Raps" by Chip Tha Ripper feat. Curren$y & Big Sean (production by Chuck Inglish)
- Black Mags (2007)
- Delivery Man (2008)
- Pennies (2008)
- Knocked Down (2009)
- Tires (2009)
- Free Throws (2009)
- Do It Big (2010)