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Sir Michael Rocks, Premier Politics

This past summer saw the release of The Cool Kids’ long awaited debut album, When Fish Ride Bicycles.  The product proved to be an updated rendering of the modest 1980’s boom-bap style the Midwest Duo garnered acclaim for after their 2008 EP The Bake Sale. With his latest solo mixtape, Premier Politics, Sir Michael Rocks has evolved his own style, experimenting with original production from the likes of Cardo, The Alchemist, and Ski Beatz.

Sir Michael’s good-natured braggadocio has a different vibe on this project, with the Chi-town native opting for more ornate backdrops than the minimalist Chuck Inglish beats his fans are used to. Playful lines like “I never lazy, Tracy Mcgrady,” are the kind of quirky wordplay that’s vintage Mikey, but with the more elaborate production values here, it comes out even more boastful.  But whether its accompanied by the buoyancy of Cardo, the blaring horns of The Alchemist, or the warped, languid sound of Ski Beatz featured on “Get It Together,” Michael’s delivery comes out smooth and effortless. In particular, the group effort involving the collaboration with LA up and comer, Casey Veggies, results in one of the stronger cuts of the mixtape. Other memorable moments include the catchy “Cell Dope,” and the jazzy “I Can’t Go,” which samples the 1970s soul record “Lost on 23rd Street” by Johnny Hammond.

At times the subject matter of girls and gear gets a little tired, but still, there’s fun to be had with lines like “I’m on an ocean-liner fishin’ for yellow tail and barramundi/ Spent a hundred on a pair of undies.” The project carries this same fun loving tone throughout and while Premier Politics might not have the same unique sound of The Cool Kids, it highlights the extent to which Sir Michael Rocks is on his way of crafting one of his own.  —Neil Martinez-Belkin

  • Brittany E fm St.Louis

    WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT THIS STUPID ASS,BEGGING-FOR-ATTENTION-BY-ACTING-FUCKING-WEIRD ASS MUSIC WILL NEVER SELL AND YOU WON’T LAST IN THE INDUSTRY???? SOMEBODY NEED TO TELL THE COOL KIDS AND ODD FUTURE THIS!!!! DOING TOO FUCKING MUCH FOR NOTHING.

    • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

      This mixtape had nothing to do with begging for attention. If it’s not your type of music than just say so. But don’t pin your thoughts of them as the ultimate stigma that they will suffer. People said the same thing about Kanye, Lupe, and worst of all Wayne, and they seem to be fine. Originality isn’t for everyone, and Lil Wayne is lame lol.

    • Brent G

      You must be stupid brittany…. The cool kids arent trying to be weird or beg for attention. Theyre just doin them and making original music that they like. And it obviously does sell because they have some loyal ass fans and everyone in the game has mad respect for them. Silly hoe….

  • dephchyld

    werd up brittney!!

  • CharlesE

    brittany, when are you gonna realize using caps lock to get attention is fucking annoying and no one respects you. Also, I think it’s better that there are still unique artists in the rap industry and it would be worse if every artist sold out and conformed to your boring ass standards just so they could “make it” in the music industry. Go Fuck yourself, there are a lot of kids like me that respect odd future’s message of being yourself and not conforming to society and mikey rocks and the cool kids are chill as fuck.

  • Clayton

    Yeah Brittany, you dumb.

  • Mike K

    Classic! Jet Life Fool.

  • Prep

    but since when were the Cool Kids begging for attention? last time I checked every since they came out 07-08 rocking snapbacks & wearing skinnies. mostly every new rapper has copied there entire style !