Not even The Cool Kids themselves could keep the temperature down as TC & I (TC: Yessir!) ventured down to Cincinnati, Ohio to catch them perform @ Cue last Thursday. The small bar/performance space was set up like many of other underground spots I’ve been to, but had an original decorating ploy: Shoes. All across the bar, shoes were hanging from the ceiling like they do over telephone lines in the hood. Not any old shoes either; we spotted SB’s, Quickstrike Dunks & even a pair of black Jordan III’s hanging from the ceiling (Hi my name is MZ and I’m a sneakerhead.) We spent a good hour or so scheming on ways to get them down and checking the score of Game 1 of the NBA Finals while waiting for things to get started. Seeing as how we had seen the main act over an hour before the first opening act came on, I can only assume the promoter was stalling to cram as many people as possible in the door. (TC: So typical)
Columbus, Ohio’s Fly.Union kicked things off with songs from their album Kill Fly.U. The crowd appeared fairly familiar with the group’s material and was engaged throughout their set. They received the biggest response when they freestyled over “A Milli” and Kidz In The Hall’s “Driving Down The Block.” The floor and walls literally shook as the beats pulsated out the speakers. They closed out their set with their single “Fitted,” an ode to hats and staying fresh.
Hometown hero Buggs Tha Rocka took the stage next with his eight man entourage in tow. Everyone on stage had a microphone with the exception for this guy who was a dead ringer for Saigon (TC: Don’t cha baby, Don’t cha baby!!!) and danced all over the stage. With so many people speaking into the mic, all I can say is that he had a good ear for beats as he rapped over “Doin It,” “Boom,” “Get Money,” and “Paid In Full.” (TC: All I could think of was Common’s “Start The Show”—“With 12 monkeys on stage/it’s hard to see who’s the gorilla/you was better as a drug dealer…yeah that part.)
After a brief intermission, The Cool Kids finally took the stage to the excitement of the crowd. As the duo opened their set, Mikey Rocks was the only one appropriately dressed in a tank top and shorts, (TC: Chuck yo ass was melting up there!!!) as the crowd had been drenched in sweat too long to even care anymore. Kicking things off with “What Up Man,” the two got the crowd going early and kept them involved all night. They may have only sold 4,300 copies of The Bake Sale during its first week of release, but it didn’t matter as the majority of the crowd rapped along with them word for word.
With a limited catalog, the performance was literally The Bake Sale on shuffle but the crowd could care less. Three or four songs into the set the floor was once again shaking as everyone bobbed/jumped in unison. Highlights included Mickey Rocks spitting his eponymous song backed by Chuck Inglish beatboxing and the crowd’s reaction to “Black Mags” & “88.” They turned the heat up even more with “A Little Bit Cooler” (TC: fruity pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, FRUITY PEBBLES!!!) and were surprised when the crowd knew all the words to the unreleased “Oscar.” Coming in we could see why they had a buzz, but it was good to see that buzz translate into a packed house and a good show. As Dennis Green would say: “They were who we thought they were,” meaning the lyrics were slightly above basic and it was difficult to tell one song from another for the casual fan. But with the 808’s knocking and temperature rising, The Cool Kids stayed true to their name and put on a good show in extreme conditions. (TC: Hell On Earth! Word to Club Mobb)
(TC: And don’t forget The Bake Sale is in stores now. You know all those songs you compiled last year? Digitally mastered on a compact disc for your consumption. Hell, here’s some Best Buy Coupons to persuade you…)
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