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The Cool Kids: The Bake SaleThe Bake Sale (2008)
C.A.K.E. / Chocolate Industries
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: BryneBryne
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I don't listen to a lot of hip-hop and I review even less, but I'm so stoked on the Cool Kids I'm willing to ignore some of their questionable collaborations (Lil Wayne? *groan*) and focus primarily on their latest release, The Bake Sale, for what it is -- unabashedly and outrageously fun, intensely clever and remarkably intelligent -- you know, for party rap.
White Mag rims, red rubber tires/Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish aren't the most talented MCs -- and their mid-tempo styles are so similar it's often difficult to tell them apart -- but they do well enough and many of their rhymes are snarky, clever and obscurely referential, if a bit self-indulgent. Not everyone will get the Street Fighter and Men Without Hats references, but it's fun for those who do and probably hardly distracting for those who don't. The beats are the real stars here -- distinctive enough to reel in casual fans but, uh, bumpin' enough that these songs wouldn't sound out of place in a nightclub.
The Bake Sale is officially classified as an EP, but at ten songs and a 32-minute run-time it feels more like a full-length, and a perfectly sized full-length at that. This is a rare record that everyone at the party can enjoy -- even people with jaded, narrow views of hip-hop like me.
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