by a blog, who then put out their original mixtape (and their follow-up mixtape), and somewhere in there the kids from Drexel scored a record deal from EMI/Virgin, eventually putting out The Preview. Niiice.
One thing Chiddy Bang does well is sample indie bands: Passion Pit, MGMT, Dr. Dog, Sufjan. I'm a sucker for groups that sample bands I like (or mash them up like the Hood Internet). Perhaps in order to gain permission from the original artist, they have to alter the song a bit too much (like on Sufjan's "All Things Go"). But it works perfectly on "Opposite of Adults," Chiddy Bang's breakthrough track:
Preview is a bit short, clocking in at under 30 minutes, but when coupled with the two best tracks of their Air Swell mixtape ("Breakfast" and "Pass Out") and a separately released track (featuring Radiohead), it's long enough. Nearly each track is enjoyable, though "Bad Day," a song about a cheating ex-girlfriend, smacks of juvenile lyricism, and "Nothing on We" is kinda blah. Sprinkled throughout the album are tons of pop culture references: Uncle Jesse from Full House, Cory from Boy Meets World, Mario from Mario Bros., etc. Absent (at least from what I can tell) is the misogyny that plagues most hip hop albums -- a welcome relief. Chiddy Bang seems mostly about having fun:
Blurb: This isn't as good as last year's Man on the Moon or Jaydiohead, but it's fun and it's not nearly as self-indulgent as that Kanye guy.