It recently came out that The Cool Kids are back together and working on their sophomore effort, Shark Week. The midwest-based duo reunites after a three year “time out,” as Chuck explained to Tyler, the Creator on Twitter last week.
The hiatus went public soon after their debut 2011 full-length, When Fish Ride Bicycles. They’d previously released a handful of quality projects, most notably 2008’s EP The Bake Sale, as well as Gone Fishing (2009) and Tacklebox (2011): two lengthy, well-crafted mixtapes backed by their record label, C.A.K.E. Reasons for the break were simply, no drama, they were just operating in two different creative spaces and wanting to develop their own solo work more thoroughly.
Though, in a 2012 AllHipHop.Com interview Sir Mikey Rocks vowed they’d never make music under The Cool Kids name again. He was pretty frank about the split:
I don’t think it’d be “The Cool Kids”; I don’t think we’re gonna come out again as The Cool Kids. We might come together as something else different, but as The Cool Kids, no, because we’re not the same people, we’ve changed and evolved into two different artists. We can’t come back and do the same thing again, you know? We’ll probably do something else, but as The Cool Kids and as Shark Week, no, those ideas are done, and we’re on to something different now. I wouldn’t do that; I think that would be a step backwards to go back and do that right now, so as far as I know for now, no I wouldn’t see us doing another Cool Kids project as “The Cool Kids”.
Well, with neither of their solo careers outshining their legacy as a duo, they’re back. In the years since When Fish Ride Bicycles the two have been rather busy. Sir Michael Rocks has released six mixtapes with a variety of producers. His most recent drop being a video for Memo, a standout track from his forthcoming album, BANCO. Rocks has maintained his effortless flows and varsity team prospect demeanor but content and substance has varied little from girls and weed and witty wordplay.
Chuck’s been steady working too, with two beat tapes out: WRKING and WRKOUT, as well Drop Tops, complete with raps. Chucks also been keeping busy behind the boards making beats for everyone from Chance the Rapper to Mac Miller to Asher Roth to Ab Soul.
Chuck’s also been working and promoting his debut solo album, Convertibles, slated for April 8th, 2014. We got our first taste of Convertibles with Easily, a playful, bouncy collaborative effort with Mac Miller and Ab Soul. Chuck’s stayed in the collective online conscious these past years popping up here and there with his signature bass-heavy, intricate drum line-infused beats. Few know their way around an MPC better than Chuck.
In the last week Chuck and Mike have released two brand new tracks on their Soundcloud: Computer School and Chop. Their styles still compliment one another and their sound has stayed tight. Computer School comes with a simple stripped beat loop and natural, lackadaisical flows, while Chop’s layered a little deeper with an array of synth sounds.
The next couple months are sure to be exciting for The Cool Kids, keep watch.