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The Cool Kids, A Reunion No One Asked For

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The Cool Kids were the reason why I really started to get into Hip-Hop and underground rap music. Sure, I always enjoyed the songs of Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, etc. but I couldn’t technically relate to that. Yes, I could identify with more West Coast artists like The Game, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort and their stories of gang violence because gang violence was around me, but I didn’t really click with rap music until I heard the voice of Kanye West.

The backpack wearing, pink Ralph Lauren rocking, striped sunglasses drew me into the world of music. After I saw the video for “Through the Wire,” I had been a Kanye West Fan ever since. But around 2006, 2007 West started to go through it.

This was right after his big win over 50 Cent for undisputed heavy weight rap champion of the world. His slight departure from music to go on the Glow in the Dark tour left a void in me musically.

During the mid-2000s like most teenagers at that time, I was browsing Myspace one night (don’t bother searching for my profile, I deleted it.) and I stumbled across a music page called The Cool Kidz.

Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish helped define what it meant to be a minority millennial in America in my opinion. Retro shoes, dope clothes, high fashion accessories was what was already on my mind, and The Cool Kids just validated that for me.

In fact, if it were not for this duo, I would have never sought high and low for a pair of Air Jordan III “Do The Right Things.” (I found them, but later sold them away for something I can’t remember now.) The Cool Kids made it cool to be a nerd or geek. That you did not have to be an athlete or a gang banger to be popular. The key thing I learned from observing The Cool Kids was “Be yourself and watch your life flourish.”

Without the influence of The Cool Kids, I probably would not be as much of a confident person that I am today without their musical guidance. I remained a Cool Kids fan until around 2011 when I started realizing that Sir Michael Rocks was really out here on his own and Chuck Inglish was really nowhere to be found.

Now, The Cool Kids were dope, I cannot take anything away from them, they have helped molded in one way or another a lot of the young adults in the world today, but there is no need for the duo to be reunited.

Sure, there could be magic that has yet to be untapped by this dynamic duo, but it’s a case of too little too late. In life, nothing stays the same from one day to another and that especially holds true in music. A song can be here today and gone tomorrow.

The Cool Kids were a part of the era dubbed by scribe Dart Adams as “The Old Blog Era,” a time where individuals actually sat on digital releases, listened to the projects thoroughly and gave a solid opinion. But this is no longer that era and the Cool Kids no longer fit that mold.

The new era of Hip-Hop music thrives on consistency, availability, and high volume. Three aspects that the Cool Kids just do not do well with. I’m not saying that they can’t change to adjust to the times, it’s just that it is unwarranted.

With nearly endless ways to revisit The Cool Kids discography, there’s no need to tarnish their great legacy with mediocre hits. Sure, the duo has always stayed in their lane but if fans of music have learned anything these past few years it’s that “sharing is caring,” (i.e. Future to Desiigner) and the Cool Kids would unintentionally fall into this lane.

The Cool Kids are suffering from Jermaine O’Neal syndrome. They are a fan favorite but it’s just simply too late for them succeed in this climate. I’d rather remember the Cool Kids as legends rather than washed up veterans trying to regain their 15 minutes of fame back.