The Cool Kids
The Bake Sale


3.0
good

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
August 19th, 2008 | 13 replies | 11,968 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Cool Kids are not only full of themselves, they are also full of clever/funny rhymes and 80's throwback beats!

The dudes that make up Cool Kids, Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish, are pretty full of themselves. It’s not something that exactly needs to be pointed out in the first few lines of this review, considering the two have already dubbed themselves The Cool Kids, but it’s still worth pointing out all the same. After all, Cool Kids’ egos drive the majority of the songs on their 2008 “EP” (it’s 10 tracks long) The Bake Sale . Choruses are dedicated to the repetition of things like “I’m Mikey, I rock” and verses consist of dissing those who shop at the mall (Cool Kids only shop at boutiques, obviously). But Cool Kids’ egotism doesn’t really recall fellow Chicagoan Kanye West, though some of their rhymes might. For one thing, it’s apparent that Rocks and Inglish don’t exactly take themselves seriously. Throughout Bake Sale, the two reference Fruity Pebbles and TV dinners, make beats solely out of the words “tick”, “bass” and “clap”, and invite anyone with two dollars to attend their basement party. The actual song Basement Party begins with a Fergie reference (“They say if you ain't got no money take yo broke ass home/I say if you got you two dollars, then come through to my party”) and progresses into a solid, fun 80’s Hip-Hop-influenced jam, much like the rest of the EP.

Again unlike West, Chuck Inglish, the Cool Kid who produces, crafts songs solely out of minimal drum machine beats and basement synth tones, similar to his classic 80’s idols. There’s certainly nothing high budget about a song like Black Mags , which went on to become a big hit in the Indie community. The song, written entirely about cruising around the city on a BMX bike, is a truly great single and one of the EP’s best. With its thumping bass and focused yet clever rapping , the song is seemingly perfect for both MTV’s TRL (catchy and fun) and The Cool Kids’ aforementioned $2 basement party (real-sounding and respectable). Like Black Mags, almost every song on Bake Sale is centered around a beat that could have been produced in 10 minutes by a 16-year old kid in his bedroom. This gives the EP a Retro/Twee vibe, which is only enhanced by the Kids’ kiddy references and style. Though this throwback fashion isn’t exactly original, on Bake Sale it’s still refreshing and entertaining. In the end, that latter adjective is what makes Bake Sale great: it’s undeniably fun. The distorted boom-bap of the egotistical anthem Mikey Rocks , the witty anti-gangster taunts of A Little Bit Cooler and pretty much everything else on the album, makes for a fun, but still quality, Hip-Hop record. Couple that atmosphere with the fact that the album is short and compact, and you’ve got one good party record, not that the majority of Cool Kids’ nerdy, Pitchfork-reading listeners, myself included, will be doing much partying to Bake Sale. Whatever.

-Dan



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The Jungler
August 19th 2008



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i started this review when the album was released.
took 3 months, i guess :/

Granfalloon
August 19th 2008



176 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked the review more than the album... the music isn't great, but, like you said it's "fun", perfect for cruising round with the bass cranked

brandtweathers
August 19th 2008



2007 Comments


avalon-esque?

honourosis
August 19th 2008



63 Comments


everything about this album gets old fast

TheDMV
August 23rd 2008



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This could definitley grow on me, but a 3 for now. I like these guys flow, but the songs are too similiar a lot of the time. Way to much of that low voice slo-mo stuff. Cool beats overall, I'd like to see more songs like the Bassment Party on the album.

SpinLightTwo
August 24th 2008



1025 Comments


Black Mags is a fun song.

scyther
March 25th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do the smurf, Do the wop, Baseball bat.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 25th 2009



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

new stuff is more interesting/ less wannabe hipster

scyther
March 25th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New stuff is better but they'll never shake the hipster tag unless they start playing Black Metal.

AlexTM510
August 11th 2009



1398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard black mags and was hooked

gonna give this a listen

Ubicuo
August 30th 2009



56 Comments


these guys are what contemporary Hip Hop desperately needs. this is fun & innocent Hip Hop. I hope these guys keep it up.

random
August 30th 2011



2259 Comments


They sound like Das Racist, I find.

slidenslip
November 12th 2013



1016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do the smurf, Do the wop, Baseball bat.



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