Hip-hop duo Kidz in the Hall are blowin’ up big time thanks to their sophomore album The In Crowd and the hit single “Drivin' Down the Block.” Yeah, sure TRL has been bumpin’ their videos, but it’s the hard work of rapper Naledge and DJ Double-0 that has truly put them in the spotlight, with non-stop touring and scene stealing slots on the Paid Dues and Rock The Bells festivals.
Kidz In The Hall got their big break when Double-0 made a connection with Just Blaze, who oversaw their Rawkus 2006 debut School Was My Hustle. But it was signing to legendary underground label Duck Down, home of Boot Camp Clik (Heltah Skeltah, Black Moon, Buckshot, etc.) that truly put them on the map. The In Crowd is the pair’s Duck Down debut, and marks a big improvement for the Kidz and their artsy, hipster style is quite a departure form the gun-clappin’ street raps of most Duck Down artists.
So Freestyle 101 was excited to get the dynamic duo in the booth at The Engine Room in Hollywood to bust one off the dome over a fierce R.N.S. beat. And only a few days after the Double-0 took a much-seen beating at an Arizona club from overzealous security. But despite the large black eye underneath his glasses, the kid was in a great mood and had much to say about growing up with hip hop on the east coast. Meanwhile, Naledge kicked an impromptu rhyme that included references to the Nintendo Wii, NBA Live, Streets of Rage, Street Fighter, Speed Racer, and watching the Travel Channel on his plasma. Nice.
Freestyle 101 goes up at 9 a.m. PST (that’s noon over on the east) every Tuesday. Next week we bring you Sticky Fingaz of Onyx, followed by our New Artist Month featuring Custom Made, Cash Addictz, Fashawn, Ikka-Bod of M.O.P.’s band Hevi Medal, and Damani of Dubb Union (formerly Western Union). Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on MySpace and rant in our Forums. And if you dig this watch more Freestyle 101s from Boot Camp artists Sean Price and Buckshot, plus check for Heltah Skeltah on Oct. 7.