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Album Review

It’s frustratingly short, but Chiddy Bang’s aboveground debut EP The Preview liberates them from the underground, giving those who aren’t mixtape friendly a taste of their infectious indie-rock-meets-hip-hop style. Best example is the vibrant “Opposite of Adults,” a MGMT-sampling monster of a cut where rapper Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege — the “Skinny dude but with the flow the size of Ving Rhames” — revives hip-hop’s old-school flavor with smart lines and a rapid delivery. Nearly as excellent is “Truth” which, in Kanye West style, pitches up Passion Pit's "Better Things” for its rave-rap backbeat. When Darwin Deez provides the hook for “Bad Day,” the great indie-hop Trifecta is complete, but Chiddy Bang shouldn’t be pigeonholed as simple genre mixers. The great worth of their material comes from Anamege's high-caliber positive rhymes and beatmaker Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin’s endless pool of good ideas and great hooks, as every clever sample gives way to choruses that stick. Add it up and there is a high replay value, making this teaser’s short run-time much easier to accept.

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This is not rock but Hip Hop


Formed: 2009 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia's clever alt-hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang burst on the scene in early 2010 with their MGMT-sampling track "The Opposite of Adults." They formed in 2009 as a four-piece electronic-meets-hip-hop group, but by the end of the year their lineup had been reduced to the duo of rapper Chidera "Proto" Anamege and Xaphoon Jones (aka Noah) on production. After building their rep on the Internet by posting tracks like the Tom Waits-sampling "Ice Cream Man," the band released its Swelly Express mixtape...
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