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Q-Tip must experience serious déjà vu when listening to the Cool Kids. Throughout their recent EP, The Bake Sale, Chicago’s Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks repeatedly pilfer the Nike-sporting, pager-wearing style that Q-Tip prescribed as a member of A Tribe Called Quest in the early ’90s. The duo is among hip-hop’s latest generation of Golden Age glorifiers, filtering old-school nostalgia through a modern hipster lens, but though their digital, minimal beats pay plenty of homage to hip-hop’s NYC forefathers, they have more in common with hyphy’s trunk-rattling bump. When they rap about “Bringin’ ’88 Back,” their attitude supports Q-Tip’s bebop/hip-hop comparison at the opening of 1992’s The Low End Theory: “Don’t you know things go in cycles?”
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