A few years ago when I was at university in the U.S.A. I was fortunate enough to see a group just as they were blowing up. Chiddy Bang rose to fame with a Rap/Hip Hop track called “Opposite of Adults” that sampled the song “Kids” by MGMT. Chiddy Bang is comprised of rapper and freestyler Chiddy, and beat-master Xaphoon Jones. Chiddy broke the world record for longest rap freestyle at MTV’s O Music Awards in 2011, by rapping for 9 hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds. Damn, that’s a long time. In 2012, Chiddy Bang released their debut album Breakfast. Not a lot has been heard from them since their tour supporting the album, except the promise of new music, until this past week when Chiddy was featured on a new track by Hoodie Allen.
The most recent viral craze is called Harlem Shake, and everyone from sports teams, to college/universities to celebrities have been doing it. Hell, even my school managed to put one together. Speaking of school, I’m in the first of a two year Radio Broadcasting program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. I’ve gotten to know a lot of the students who are in second year, one of them has been rapping and freestyling since he was a kid. He also happens to be from my hometown of Markham, Ontario and reps it frequently.
While dancing and humping the air became the recent fad, Latto, had different plans. Along with another second year student Nibz, they rapped over the Harlem Shake song, and made it worth listening to. Latto has been in the studio recording material for an EP most likely coming out this summer, and if Harlem Shake is any kind of indicator, it’s going to be pretty sweet. Check out @Latto on Twitter for updates, and in the meantime, check out Harlem Shake by Latto featuring Nibz below.