SPECIAL EDITION GRANDMASTER DELUXE by THE COOL KIDS

“Get them girls, get ‘em in line/I need 8 or 9.”

It took six years, but Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks have finally returned. And it was worth the wait. the two spit hot party bars over old school 808s, make head-bobbing pop tunes, and generally prove they’re making the best Chicago hip hop. The beats may be simple, but this is one of the most musical rap albums I’ve heard in a while.

There’s guest spots galore. Travis Barker. Hannibal Buress. Syd. Smoke DZA and Boldy James. Larry June. A-Trak. And many others. And that’s the weakness: Most of the guest tracks aren’t necessary. Some are really great. But in these days where the longest Spotify playlist gets you the most attention, I can’t really fault The Cool Kids for producing an overstuffed album. The 16 tracks probably could have been 10 or 12, and this would have been a “listen all the way through” album.

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