I am all over the Kidz in the Hall right now. As an old bastard – their throwback style and perhaps most importantly, their throwback references make this nostalgic hip-hop totally interesting for a dude like me. And in the most sincere show of respect, I even made them my Myspace profile song – that’s right. They have picked up some serious momentum of late, with a critically acclaimed album, School Was My Hustle, some songs in tv shows, and even a deal with ESPN.
In other forms of music, say rock for example, it is not at all unusual for artists to pay homage to their predecessors by either covering their songs, referencing them in interviews, inviting them on stage, and in extreme cases, seriously biting their style, or even forming tribute bands… but the practice does not seem to be as prevalent in hip-hop. So many artists seem to approach their music as if they have a legit shot at the title of greatest rapper of all time. As if they are the best ever and fans can safely go ahead and forget anyone that came before them. I guess this competitive nature is just hard wired in hip-hop genetics, but I have to say, it is very refreshing to experience someone who seems to go out of their way to give praise to those who came before them.
That being said… how long can this last for an artist before it starts to feel like a gimmick. I guess it is all about constant evolution? Who the hell am I to speculate? Just enjoy this ‘trailer’ which is one of the few decent You Tube videos floating around out there (note the vintage hip-hop rides / movie footage from Menace II Society and others…)
Listen to more Kidz in the Hall here.