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3 Reasons to Love Chiddy Bang
April 12, 2010, 1:52 pm
Filed under: Chiddy Bang, Loves It

I like to think of myself as a music sponge. I am constantly reading about and listening to new artists, taking recommendations from friends and mulling over their tracks as I go for a run, walk to class or ride the T to work. Every once in a while, an artist comes along that is just SO effing good, they are all I can listen to for days or weeks on end. As you can probably guess from the title of this post, my ensemble du jour is Philly-based group Chiddy Bang.

My good friend and fellow hip-hop blogger Frank only just introduced me to this group a couple of weeks ago. Therefore, I won’t pretend to be an expert and will just fill you in on the top 3 reasons for my current obsession.

1. Two words: Fresh. Beats. I feel like I use the term “fresh beats” a lot, and I realize it makes me sound like a tool, but sometimes that’s just the best way to describe an artist’s repertoire. Obviously lyrics and overall sound are important when it comes to evaluating artists, but as long a song’s got a good beat, I dig it. Hell, I even like V.I.C. and Soulja Boy Tell Em’s abominable “Get Silly” simply because it’s so heavy on the bass. But I digress. Chiddy Bang’s unique amalgam of electronica and hip hop goes beyond booming bass. One of my favorite beats of theirs pairs tight snare with a sample from reggae group Desmond Dekker & the Ace’s “Israelites.” Check out Chiddy Bang’s “Get Up In The Morning” below.

2. Speaking of sampling… This statistic is in no way based on any actual research, but I would guesstimate that 95% of rappers and hip hop groups have sampled from other songs at some point in their careers. Some do it more than others (ahem, KANYE) and some just flat out can’t pull it off. Chiddy Bang does a masterful job of not only incorporating other artists’ music into their tracks, but selecting groups from outside the hip hop/R&B/soul categories. Their first and probably most well-known single, “Opposite of Adults” expands upon MGMT’s “Kids” but their best, in my opinion, samples from Radiohead’s “Reckoner.” Check out my favorite Chiddy Bang track “Because” below.

Chiddy Bang also collaborates with Passion Pit on “Truth” (another personal favorite of mine) and The Roots’ Black Thought on “Slow Down.”

3.  They’re just a couple of youngin’s. If you’ve been reading/listening to everything in this blog post thus far, you have undoubtedly realized the powerful talent this group brings to the hip hop genre. Now get ready for me to drop a bomb…they are FRESHMEN IN COLLEGE. That’s right. Frontman Chidera Anamege and DJ Xaphoon Jones’ EP The Swelly Express documents their journey as two Drexel University freshmen who were discovered by “the industry” after performing at a couple of parties. Go back and listen to them again, this time keeping in mind that these guys are 18-19 years old. If they’re this awesome already, imagine where they’ll be in a couple of years.

So there you have it. Let me know what you think of them so far – are you feeling Chiddy Bang or no?