Interview: The Cool Kids
Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks put their own unique Chicago twist on throwback rap with cuts like “88″ and “Gold & A Pager,” making a huge impact on hip-hop sound and fashion at large while continuing to refine their sound into a smoked out blend no one can imitate. "When Fish Ride Bicycles" is their latest album which is available via iTunes and features Travis Barker, Asher Roth, Ghostface Killah, Maxine Ashley, Bun B, Tennille, Chip tha Ripper, Boldy James with productions including The Neptunes.
Taking it back to 2008, it seemed as though you guys were struggling to stay in the music industry and were doing everything in your power to push your project into the spotlight. Take us back to how you guys managed to pull it together.
We continued to push out our music for all our fans that were already digging us already. While touring with our live show, we made a name for ourselves and started to get recognized for our talent.
Would you have had it any other way?
I don't know of any other way of how it could have went. I see a lot of my peers, and they have it a lot easier than me. It's a bit discouraging, but it's all worth it! Sometimes the recognition is not immediate but if the talent is there, I'm sure it will be recognized. We do everything ourselves. We don't have a major label behind us.. but because of that we can look back and look at all our accomplishments.
We learned that you guys met as music producers. From being a producer first, and now a rap artist, how has the transition been?
I was rapping when I was around 11 years old, then stopped rapping and started making beats when I was 16 years old. And now I'm back to rapping.
What made you decide to transition over?
I met Chuck, and started working with him on the aesthetics, our themes, and the tone of our music. It was all about developing our style. Together we just click because he has the beats under control, while I direct it lyrically. We meet in the middle with our talents.
You guys have already worked with A-list talents such as Asher Roth, Pharell, Kanye West, Raekwon and many more. What to you was your breaking point in this industry? What took you to the next level?
When we started hoping on the festival circus we started to get noticeable buzz. That kind of exposure really allowed people to become more aware of us. The fact that we were on a platform with everyone's attention on us, it's a great opportunity to get a lot of people to check us out and find out about our dope shows. We just had to make sure that we needed to be ahead of the curve, and keep ourselves fresh with music.