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The Cool Kids Biography

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The Cool Kids are an American hip hop group based in Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan consisting of rappers Antoine “Sir Michael Rocks” Reed (originally from Matteson, Illinois), Evan “Chuck Inglish” Ingersoll (originally from Mount Clemens, Michigan) and closely affiliated with 10ille.

The members of The Cool Kids met in 2005 when Reed found a beat on MySpace that Ingersoll had produced. The two met to discuss terms of the beat's sale, and eventually ended up recording together. Inspired by golden age hip hop and artists like Eric B. & Rakim, Ingersoll began promoting the new duo's material.

The Cool Kids released their EP, “The Bake Sale,” via C.A.K.E., Chocolate Ind. and XL Recordings. It reached #15 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and #8 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. The group's mixtape, “Gone Fishing” was released in 2009. Another mixtape titled “Tacklebox” came out in 2010.

The Cool Kids' debut album, “When Fish Ride Bicycles,” was issued in 2011 by Green Label Sound Records. The album featured production from Ingersoll, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and Travis Barker, along with appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Travis Barker, and Asher Roth. The album peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and at #9 on the Billboard Rap Albums Chart.

The Cool Kids are members of the hip-hop collective All City Chess Club founded in 2010. Also in 2010, Rocks teamed up with Inglish, Gary, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs and Cleveland's Chip tha Ripper to form the "super group" P.O.C. (Pulled Over by the Cops). The crew had first worked together on the 2010 track “Oil Money” by Freddie Gibbs, and kept working afterwards. Their first single, “Authority,” was produced by Blended Babies and featured singer Nate Santos. Around 2011 Rocks co-founded The Toothpick Clique with his friends Tris J and Shorty K, collaborators from his teenage years.

In 2011 both Rocks and Inglish began working on solo material separate from The Cool Kids. However, they continued to help each other on their various projects and continued to tour together as the band.

In early 2011 Sir Michael Rocks released his debut solo album, the “Rocks Report” mixtape, which featured 25 original songs and skits. Guest appearances include Like and Mibbs of Pac Div, Sir Charles, and Trademark Da Skydiver, with production by Ski Beatz, Madlib, and others. This mixtape was followed later in 2011 by “Premier Politics.”

Rocks then joined forces with the independent label Jet Life Recordings, a Warner Bros. imprint owned by fellow rap artist Curren$y, who Rocks had first had befriended over Myspace around 2008. Rocks appeared as a featured artist on a number of the albums released by the label. In 2011, this included “1st Place” (featuring Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy & Mikey Rocks), which appeared on the album “Jet World Order.” Rocks toured in late 2011 on the Smoker's Club Tour, which featured Curren$y, Method Man, Smoke DZA and Big K.R.I.T. While working on solo material he also continued to work on music with The Cool Kids.

In 2012 Rocks released the mixtape “Premier Politics 1.5,” which included songs he'd originally intended for “Premier Politics”. Contributing producers and featured artists included Cardo, Tye Hill, Brandun DeShay, Cookin' Soul, Like, his close friend Tris J, Shorty K and Chuck Inglish. His mixtape “Lap of Lux” was released later in 2012. “Lap of Lux” featured appearances from Mac Miller, Rockie Fresh and Casey Veggies along with production from Hit-Boy and Inglish. Rocks released an eight-song follow-up mixtape, “Lap of Lux 1.5,” in December 2012, with producer Harry Fraud also contributing.

In 2013 Rocks released the mixtape “While You Wait...,” a 10 track project with guest appearances by artists such as Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, and Larry Fisherman, who also contributed to production. Also in 2013, Inglish released a mixtape titled “Droptops” and an EP “Easily.”

Inglish’s debut album “Convertibles,” was released in 2014 through his Sounds Like Fun imprint and Dave Sitek's Federal Prism Records. Co-produced by Inglish and Incubus' Mike Einziger, the 13-track project featured collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, and Mac Miller amongst others, along with fellow The Cool Kids member Sir Michael Rocks and Canadian electro funk duo Chromeo.

Sir Michael Rocks’ first commercial solo album, “Banco,” was released in July 2014 and featured guest appearances by artists such as Too $hort, Mac Miller, Twista, and Iamsu.