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The Cool Kids are a hip hop duo from Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed (originally from Matteson, Illinois) and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll (originally from Mount Clemens, Michigan). The Bake Sale is the second EP released by The Cool Kids.

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With their 2008 EP, The Bake Sale, the Cool Kids deliver enough goodies to assuage any concerns that their MySpace hype was overblown. With 10 tracks of little more than late '80s drum-machine boom-bap and strategic synth jabs, Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks recreate Golden Age hip-hop with more giggly sincerity than irony. That earnestness keeps The Bake Sale from becoming cash-in nostalgia. The duo's mouths are full of uncomplicated rhymes about their stylish bicycles ("Black Mags"); selling black-market cones when the ice-cream truck runs out ("What Up Man"); and being so original that the average b-boy can't understand pants that fit, vintage Sega game-system enthusiasm ,and boutique clothes ("A Little Bit Cooler"). And of course, per the Cool Kids, the ladies find all this irresistible. It would all be standard fare with a retro sheen, but the Detroit/Chicago pair often point the humor at themselves, which a shrinking number of rappers are willing to do. That self-deprecation gave them a hip indie-music fan base. The real trick is keeping the underground cred as they move toward the mainstream. --Kris Kendall



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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chocolate Industries
  • ASIN: B0019M818Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Jones on November 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Oh man when I first heard "Black Mags" I was on a Cool Kids hunt. Everything I heard from these cats was ridiculous so of course I had to grab "The Bake Sale". To start it off, no beats do not make a great album but they darn sure help to get you there. "The Bake Sale" had awesome production, heavy bass and they don't use your ordinary beat structure. Their beat production is darn near hard to describe but they are ill.

Lyrically these dudes are nice but this is where they get a star dropped. No doubt are they sick lyricist and I am loving these Chicago cats from my favorite Kanye to the legend Common and the more recent Lupe. But with the Cool Kids, they try bring it on every track and they have a nice beat flow but sometimes they end up saying things that just doesn't make sense. They need more to talk about I guess you could say but their concepts run short by the end of the album and there is only 10 tracks. Overall though, this is a heater for sure with a few minor problems but nothing to get upset about. I heard some new songs from Chuck and Mikey and they seemed to have grown a bit, that's some good news. Basically, if you heard "Black Mags" and you liked what you heard, you're curious, pick it up for sure cause it is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SevenBizzos on August 8, 2008
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See what the internet can do?

Cool Kids inital EP release is a breath of creativity. With pop princesses and sound alike bands taking over music these days, it's nice to find a group that sets themselves apart. The timing of creativity couldn't be better.

Overall, "Bake Sale" is masterfully written rhymes put together with some nicely creative beats - all in a retro-style hip-hop package. "Black Mags" has been out for some time and the accompanying music video made the listener curious as to exactly where this duo may be heading. The rest of the album falls in line. Every song is unique and no "fillers" added. The 10 song EP is just what an album should be.

If you get a chance to explore some popular video sharing sites, check out some of the things these guys have done. The "everything sucks" rant about today's music is dead on. Also check out some of the freestyle EP's that are floating around. They won't disappoint.

"Bake Sale" - a refreshing listen in an overall stale music world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johannus Climactus on December 1, 2009
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If these kids ever learn to write lyrics with any meaning, look out. Their beats are flat sick, sick I say! What those of us who are impressed by them fear most, I suspect, is that they'll hear so much praise for what they're doing now that they'll think they're just underexposed. In reality, it's those puerile lyrics that will hold them back more than anything else. In the rap game, the window of opportunity is just so short that they'll need to grow up quickly. If they don't, their beats will get knocked off by someone with something to say. What is strange, though, is that the kids can rhyme well. They just don't seem to have anything interesting to say.
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This was a cd amazon had been recommending for a while now and I finally just bought it so it would disappear of the page. This CD is cheesy but cheesy in an awesome way. Like other reviewers stated the lyrics including references to pagers and sega's won't blow your mind they fit the overblown drum machine braggadocious b-boy vibe the Cool Kids were going for. Especially where rap is either trash (Lil Wayne btw why is he on all 4 radio stations anytime I listen!!??) or the underground where they definitely can take themselves a bit too serious, this cd fits as a great alternative. Everyone who has heard it begged me for a copy. All in All BUY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF THIS IS AWESOME STUFF!
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By Brandon Lewis on September 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If I could add more stars, this page would be full of gold stars and if there was something I just had to say bad about this album that would be that it's just ten tracks. After you hear the Bake Sale you won't be able to get enough. But apart from that, this album is lyrically on point. Mickey rips it apart on the track "Mickey Rocks". The Bake Sale is TRUE hip-hop minus the everyday same old radio trash (RAP, wannbe hip-hop) people are forced to listen to. I really commend Mickey and Chuck for there crafty sample of early 90's and 80's Hip-hop beats. NWA, Run DMC, Salt and Pepa, and more. If you are looking for true hip-hop I highly recommend this album. It's just 2 COOL.
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For their debut EP, The Cool Kids hold THE BAKE SALE, and it's nice and warm. The slow groove of "What Up Man" fits with its the easy lyrics and delivery, while a playground rhyme warps around itself in "One Two." The overall feel of the EP takes a laidback approach, from the spare beats of "88" to the sleepy electro of "Black Mags." Sure, "What It Is" picks up the tempo some, and they bring in the booty-shaking with "Bassment Party." Make you ready for the next serving!
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If you're a fan of hip hop beats that sound completely out of the ordinary, you will love this album. The sparse, ominous, yet playful beats set off the whole persona of the Cool Kids, which is mostly a throwback to when hip hop used to be about having fun. Lyrically, this album is good, but it's when the lyrics are mixed with the driving, completely catchy beats is where this album makes its mark. You have not yet heard a hip hop album that sounds like this.
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