Chiddy Bang, The Preview
Chiddy Bang broke out the blog rap ghetto with â€œOpposite of Adults,â€ an ace reimagining of MGMTâ€™s â€œKids.â€ Rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones attempt similar magic on The Preview, from flipping Passion Pitâ€™s â€œBetter Thingsâ€ into â€œTruthâ€ to bringing Darwin Deez aboard â€œBad Day.â€ Unfortunately, most of these songs suffer from unmemorable choruses and bland electro-hop hooks, while Chiddy seems limited to decent lyrical riffs on â€œblowing up.â€ The Preview is just an appetizer until Chiddy Bang drops a full-length in 2011, and it looks like theyâ€™ll need that time to develop into songwriters worthy of the hype.
This is the original version of a review I wrote for Rhapsody.com. After I turned it in, my editor asked me to revise it because the tone was too negative. I guess I couldn’t help but express my disappointment about this one.