special guest: Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids)
Raised in Detroit and molded in Chicago, producer, emcee, and co-founder of The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish, continues to mix the melting pot of hip-hop as he collaborates with a wide variety of artists across the industry. After teaming up with Sir Michael Rocks in 2007 to found the game-changing alternative hip hop duo, The Cool Kids, Inglish went on to tour the globe over, and crafted a pioneering sound that shook the foundations of hip-hop and rap.
Between 2007 and 2012, Inglish produced two studio albums and four self-released mixtapes with Rocks as The Cool Kids. The duo’s blend of retro rap and their fresh sense of style are reminiscent of Golden Age hip-hop, an era celebrated for its innovation and influence. As The Cool Kids, Inglish and Rocks have helped to shape the current digital music landscape and continue to inspire an entire generation of young, indie-alternative artists.
In 2013, Inglish released two instrumental beat tapes and his debut solo mixtape, Droptops. In April 2014, Inglish co-produced and released his first studio album, Convertibles. The 13-track project featured collaborations with artists such as Cool Kids member, Sir Michael Rocks, as well as Chance the Rapper, Chromeo, Action Bronson, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, and Mac Miller. The album received as much street cred and underground success as it did critical acclaim around the world; UK's Q Magazine called the album compelling, with its "buttery rhymes and an ability to zero in on your rhythmic G-spots."
Today, Inglish is seen as an independent and unapologetic force in hip-hop, and an elder statesman for the forthcoming internet rap generation. Being a leader of the New School, he continues to work with young and aspiring artists, helping them to develop their own industry flavor.
In 2015, Inglish put the final touches on his record label, Sounds Like Fun Records. He also produced new material in anticipation of his second studio album, the aptly named Everybody’s Big Brother, which was released in September 2015. “I wanted to name my album something that meant something—what do I represent? Who am I to the world? What have I always been?” Inglish explained in an interview with Fader, earlier this year. “And through this phase of years that I’ve taken to redevelop and redefine what I am, I realized that’s what I’ve been.”
Since his Cool Kids days in the mid 2000s, Inglish’s solo work has risen far above the digital landscape, crossing over into pop, funk and electronica. Meanwhile his label, Sounds Like Fun Records, also continues to soar and diversify as Inglish develops his roster further. As a producer, Inglish has expanded to work with diverse artists such as Maroon 5, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Syd The Kid, Casey Veggies, Chance The Rapper, QUIN and Yasmin, among many others.
Inglish currently lives, raps, produces, DJs and hosts jam-packed parties out of Los Angeles. His weekly jam, Age Sex Location, consistently rocks Downtown LA every Wednesday, featuring a variety of regular guests (including J*Davey, Asher Roth, Budgie and Orange Calderon) and Inglish himself on the 1s and 2s. Most recently, Inglish won the Global Spin Awards’ "2015 Regional Open Format Club DJ of the Year (Midwest)".
Hailing from Venice, California, electronic musician Jasper Petterson, aka Groundislava, first came to light with his self-titled debut release. Growing up as a keen video gamer, Petterson developed his gaming influence and incorporated it into his music by using chiptune and 8-bit sounds. During his childhood, he was no stranger to music, as his father Michael is a video producer and animator, made famous by creating the animated parts in the video in a-ha's 1985 single "Take on Me." For his debut, Groundislava's roots in '80s nostalgia, TV, and pop culture were incorporated with hip-hop beats. Alongside his own work, he teamed up alongside old-school friend Shlohmo and the producers Jonwayne, D33J, and RL Grime to form the Wedidit crew, as well as making a name for himself producing remixes for the artists Slugabed and Shlohmo. He released his second album, Feel Me, in 2011; it was a continuation of his ethereal hip-hop sound and featured guests Baths on "Suicide Mission" and Shlohmo on "Big Balance." On the release of Petterson's third album, Frozen Throne, there was a slight change in direction with a more '80s synth-pop feel, and featured R&B-style vocals from the duo Rare Times on several of the tracks.