Chiddy Bang Talk the Hip-Hop Talk

Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?

Adds Chiddy, “We didn’t think ‘Oh, people are going to say, “Why’d you sample an MGMT song? Why’d you sample this? Why’d you sample that?”’ We just said, ‘Fuck it.’”

Fuck it, indeed. Speaking by cell phone outside London venue Scala, where Chiddy Bang are set to play a gig, the MC apologetically says he’s distracted.

“I’m literally outside the venue, and the line is getting longer and longer. I’m in the van, but they don’t know I’m in the van—[the windows are], like, tinted. It’s gonna be a quick pandemonium, so I’m watching how loud I talk. There’s a vent right above us.”

Almost famous: Chiddy Bang practice two poses for paparazzi—the "don't take my picture!" and the "Fine, take my picture"
Almost famous: Chiddy Bang practice two poses for paparazzi—the "don't take my picture!" and the "Fine, take my picture"

In conversation, Chiddy presents a humble persona that belies his lyrics’ swagger, even though both musicians come across as savvy beyond their years. Sure, the road to musical success is littered with the carcasses of those who have attempted novel approaches, but at the moment, the road is wide open for Chiddy Bang.

Spouting off lines such as “I’m well-endowed like Harvard and Yale,” it’s obvious Chiddy is driving full-throttle. The future will be a substantial test for a 19-year-old ego exposed to sudden success. So how likely is it that Chiddy will end up on the cover of Rolling Stone years from now, in the likeness of Jesus Christ á la Kanye West?

Chiddy laughs.

“That’s a no. I’m not far-gone. I’m sure Kanye can explain what the reason behind that was, but I’m just going to make my music. I’ll be on Rolling Stone—chilling in the studio.”

Chiddy Bang perform with the Pack, 2AM Club and XV at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us. Wed., 7 p.m. $10-$12. All ages.

This article appeared in print as "Chiddy Bang Talk the Talk: Teenage duo bring the hip-hop swagger, now they have to live up to it."

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