Illionis hip-hop duo The Cool Kids have announced they’re closing the book on their musical endeavors. Consisting of Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks, the conspicuous two debuted in 2007 with a distinctive revival approach to hip-hop, delivering flamboyant Golden Age rap chic over classic boom-bap beats. Following the “88” single drop on Fool’s Gold, came one of 2008’s most buzzed EP’s in the new-wave hip-hop sphere: The Bake Sale on XL recordings. Following the drop, the duo went on tour with M.I.A then fell into hiatus before releasing When Fish Ride Bicycles LP in 2011, two years after it was due in 2008. Both artists have remained busy with solo projects ever since. Inglish dropped the WRKOUT tape earlier this year, and Rocks put out the Lap of Lux disc. The Cool Kids spoke with AllHipHop saying:
“I don’t think we’re gonna come out again as The Cool Kids. We might come together as something else different, but as The Cool Kids, no, because we’re not the same people, we’ve changed and evolved into two different artists. We can’t come back and do the same thing again, you know? We’ll probably do something else, but as The Cool Kids and as Shark Week, no, those ideas are done, and we’re on to something different now. I wouldn’t do that; I think that would be a step backwards to go back and do that right now, so as far as I know for now, no I wouldn’t see us doing another Cool Kids project as “The Cool Kids.”
It’ll be interesting to see what Inglish and Rocks deliver next to hip hop with their characteristic mannerism.