Chiddy Bang

Pardon my French, but gosh darn if Chiddy Bang isn’t frickin’ awesome.

If I ended the article right there, would you go out and buy the gang’s debut mixtape, “The Swelly Express?” Probably. But, I’m going to explain to you why it’d be a good idea anyway, just in case you’re not completely convinced.

chiddybang2But seriously, they’re frickin’ awesome.

First and foremost, let the record state that Chiddy Bang—comprised of rapper Chidera “Proto” Anamege, producer Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, and a handful of talented others—does a lot of their work by sampling indie rock and flipping it into some sort of B.A. hip-hop/electronica hybrid that Pro can rap to.

Perhaps their most popular song, “The Opposite of Adults,” samples MGMT’s “Kids” and has this rolling vibe that just screams summer hit. Other samples on their first two mixtapes include “Better Things” by Passion Pit, “Chicago” by Sufjan Stephens, and “Bulletproof” by La Roux, which we featured on our Jukebox once upon a time.

Every song on both records has hit potential. The beats are ridiculously hot and the way Proto rocks the beats is flawless. The man knows how to ride an instrumental. Imagine 50 Cent, but without the marbles in his cheeks and significantly more musical credibility.

They’re on tons of charts worldwide, but haven’t really hit the U.S. just yet, despite the fact that these guys are from Philadelphia. Soon, though, I imagine that they’ll be too good for their fellow Americans to ignore.

If there’s a place for Justin Bieber in today’s music industry, there’s definitely a place for Chiddy Bang. Gosh darn it.

Here’s the video for “Opposite of Adults,” then an audio link for the next single, “Truth”:

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Joel Brigham writes about stuff. It’s pretty much all he cares about. Stuff like music and more music. But he mostly cares about music. And also music.

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