Clipse, Kid Sister, the Cool Kids
Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Fri., March 21, 2008
Clipse, Kid Sister, the Cool KidsEmo's Main Room, Friday, March 14
Clipse got top-billing, but it was the Chicago posse of party-rockers that got rumps shaking at Emo's on Friday night. Declaring themselves the "new black version of the Beastie Boys," Chi-town's Cool Kids worked a packed crowd into full-on party mode with their playful throwback rhymes and unflinching privilege of style over substance. What the group lacks in lyrical content they make up for in fly gear and charisma. While the Cool Kids try to bring 1988 back, fellow Windy City MC Kid Sister sounded fresh for '08 with electroclash meets Southern crunk club track "Pro Nails" turning into a sing-along before she threw the mic down declaring, "I got to go now and get my drink on." The crowd concurred as scenesters hopped to the next dance party while hip-hop heads, including M1 of Dead Prez, moved closer to inhale Clipse's addictive lines of cocaine rap. The Virginia Beach duo of brothers Malice and Pusha-T ran through standouts from 2006's Hell Hath No Fury and classics like "What Happened to That Boy" and "Grindin'" to nodding heads before being joined by Re-Up Gang members Sandman and the massive Ab-Liva.