Two of the finest talents from the Land of 10,000 Lakes are joining like Voltron to drop a collabo project next week. Yep, just like that and out of nowhere, come Finding Novyon and J.KELR (one half of the Blended Babies) who ask you to Believe In MPLS.
Finding Novyon has been making some of my favorite new music as of late (including the undeniable “Let’s Get Lit”), and KELR is a longtime friend, who I have plenty of history with him from our early days in the Chicago scene. So it’s great to see these two coming together to rep their home state with full-length new project. Even better news? It drops next week, July 21st.
Today, however, we get the world premiere of something from their opus — “Whole Fade” — which features the other homie Chuck Inglish. Yeah, and that’s on the heels of Chuck announcing the official return of The Cool Kids. It’s a big week for all involved. Glad to see all factions functioning again.
But let’s get into this “Whole Fade,” featuring J. KELR on the beats and Novy on the raps. It’s grand. Listen below.Andrew Barber 0
(yes, yes I used a 10 year old picture. because they’re taking it back)
It’s been 5 years to the day (almost) since we last heard from The Cool Kids as a group. On July 12, 2011 the duo dropped their When Fish Ride Bicycles project. Then they went their separate ways, embarking on their own solo journeys. Sure, they’d reunite for tracks here and there, and guest on each other’s albums — but no official work as a group was ever released. Fans were sad, but we always held out hope for an official reunion. Well, it appears it’s finally happening. No false starts — it’s the real deal this time. At least that’s what Chuck Inglish just took to Twitter to announce.
In the Tweet proclamation, Sir Charles stated it was time for them to get back to business and reclaim what’s rightfully there’s. I agree. They’ve been missed, and the timing is perfect to jump back in the ring reunited. Hopefully DJ VIPJ is along for the ride as well.
There’s no word on when and where they’ll break ground on a new project, but I’m excited at the possibility of a tour.
Remember them? The one’s you bit your style from? Well, they’re back. Praise the Lord.
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The acquainted and well-seasoned team of The Cool Kids and Blended Babies have a storied history in the game together. I spent many a nights with Chuck and the Blended Babies in their Chicago home studio years ago. These dudes were nice enough to let an up and coming Andrew Barber sit in on mixes and preview unheard tracks. They played me so much stuff that would go on to become cult classics, crowd favorites and a slew of stuff that is still unreleased.
Those are very cherished memories from my time in the biz.
That said, it was only right these two factions came together for an official project. It only makes sense. Hell, they even gave us one helluva creative title with EV Zepplin. Brilliant.
Anyhoo, their official collabo project dropped today and you can now stream and buy it. Actually — do both. This joint is knocking. Asher Roth, Boldy James, Alex Wiley, Buddy, Caleb James, A$ton Mathews and Nathan Santos are all involved.
This union is long overdue, but I’m just happy it happened. Partake below.Andrew Barber 0