The Cool Kids changed everything. Without Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks uniting to make Golden Age-inspired hip-hop with fresh raps about their love of clothes, girls and pimped out BMXes, we wouldn't be where we are today.
The racks of JD Sports wouldn’t be filled with snapbacks, and artists like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Tyler, The Creator wouldn’t find themselves at the forefront of hip-hop music. It’s clear that The Cool Kids were ahead of their time. And sadly, like many of pop culture’s most pioneering figures, they don’t get the credit for the movement they have inspired.
Inglish, real name Evan Ingersoll, isn’t about to accept this. He’s not happy with the way that the public have perceived things, and is preparing to change all that by throwing another spanner in the works.
“People aren’t going to see this coming. and I like to do things I’m not really expected to do,” he tells Clash of his forthcoming solo record, ‘Convertibles’. “People will listen to Chuck Inglish instrumental tapes, but not take as much of a chance on my solo [record] because they don’t know what it’s going to sound like. ‘Oh he’s rapping?’ Well, I rapped in The Cool Kids, I was on every song, and I made the beats too.”
While many may just see him as The Cool Kids’ beat maker, ‘Convertibles’ proves him to be a lot more. Recorded around 2012, the album features a number of today’s hottest artists, including Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa and Action Bronson “before they were famous”.
“But those features that I got, these people were friends and people I respected at the time that I was making that record,” he explains of the star-studded line-up. “Their careers have taken off since we’ve done that record. And maybe that’s just the fact that I can temperature gauge, I know when shit’s going to be dope. If the record had come out in 2012 like I thought it was, this wouldn’t be the same conversation – because those people aren’t known to you, they’re people that I’m introducing to you, so it’s not that much of a feature.”