15 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his Chicago rap duo The Cool Kids on a break, Sir Michael Rocks (a.k.a. Mikey Rocks) wrapped his highly anticipated solo full-length. A fluid, frequently psychedelic collection, Banco finds Rocks relishing the limelight, with production assists from DJ Mustard, fellow Windy City native Young Chop, and more. While “Memo” samples the accordion-crunching atmospherics of Daedelus’ “Experience” to rousing effect (like Madlib did for Madvillian’s 2004 opus Madvilliany), “Lost Boys” finds Rocks joining forces with Mac Miller and Trinidad James for a guitar-dusted, Little Richard–referencing splash that’s similarly elemental. Elsewhere, Banco’s production has a more aerodynamic feel as Rocks attacks the mic with both added ferocity and veteran calm, like on the Casey Veggies and Iamsu!-enriched standout “Bussin’” and the mesmeric “Ain’t Nothing Like,” which boasts guest turns from Too $hort and Rocks’ Cool Kids co-conspirator Chuck Inglish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his Chicago rap duo The Cool Kids on a break, Sir Michael Rocks (a.k.a. Mikey Rocks) wrapped his highly anticipated solo full-length. A fluid, frequently psychedelic collection, Banco finds Rocks relishing the limelight, with production assists from DJ Mustard, fellow Windy City native Young Chop, and more. While “Memo” samples the accordion-crunching atmospherics of Daedelus’ “Experience” to rousing effect (like Madlib did for Madvillian’s 2004 opus Madvilliany), “Lost Boys” finds Rocks joining forces with Mac Miller and Trinidad James for a guitar-dusted, Little Richard–referencing splash that’s similarly elemental. Elsewhere, Banco’s production has a more aerodynamic feel as Rocks attacks the mic with both added ferocity and veteran calm, like on the Casey Veggies and Iamsu!-enriched standout “Bussin’” and the mesmeric “Ain’t Nothing Like,” which boasts guest turns from Too $hort and Rocks’ Cool Kids co-conspirator Chuck Inglish.

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About Sir Michael Rocks

Sir Michael Rocks, aka Mikey Rocks, is a left-of-center rapper and producer born Antoine Reed. Dedicated to rap music since the age of ten, the native of Matteson, Illinois -- a village just over 30 miles south of Chicago -- formed the duo the Cool Kids with Chuck Inglish. From 2007 through 2011, the Cool Kids released several mixtapes, an EP via Chocolate Industries and XL, as well as When Fish Ride Bicycles, a proper album issued by Mountain Dew's music venture Green Label Sound. Inspired by a typical assortment of canonized artists, as well as Chicago figures ranging from Twista to Crucial Conflict to Lupe Fiasco, Rocks also initiated a solo career, beginning with the 2011 mixtape The Rocks Report. After several additional mixtapes and guest appearances, Rocks released his first proper solo album, Banco -- featuring guest verses from the likes of Too $hort, Twista, and Trinidad James -- in 2014. ~ Andy Kellman

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