With their viral hits “Opposite of Adults” and “Truth,” which deftly sampled MGMT and Passion Pit, Philly hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang have hit the scene in a big way. While their full-length debut isn’t due until 2011, a special mini-album called The Preview streets in October, featuring the Pharrell Williams-produced cut, “The Good Life”-hear it below!
The song’s laid back groove and sing-song hook hearken back to the partying-on-speedboats heyday of cuts like Biggie’s “Hypnotize” and Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’,” but with Pharrell’s signature 808-synth blips peppering the mix. It’s a definite gearshift from the spazzy, indie-influence of their first two singles, showcasing another side of Chiddy Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, both 19, who met at Philly’s Drexel University.
“It was surreal and crazy to grasp,” says Chiddy of working with Pharrell. “Even when he walked in the studio, we were in a little bit of shock. It’s crazy to put ourselves in that context. No matter how much we accomplish, in our psyche, we’re still like kids that were making shit in a dorm.”
Adds Beresin: “He has an incredible energy, one of the most respected people who I grew up listening to. No one else really brings the raw swagger that he does.”
Part of the hook finds Chiddy chanting the word “swelly” over and over again, and it’s a term the MC coined as a high schooler. “I made that word to replace the word ‘swag,'” he explains. “The word ‘swag’ is corny-everybody says they got swag. I was like, ‘Yo, I got swell.’ That transformed into ‘swelly,’ meaning all things fresh, all things dope.”
The group likes the word so much that they’re naming their next mixtape Peanut Butter N’ Swelly.
As for the next year’s full-length album, Chiddy’s got big plans:”We’ve got grand ideas, like trying to bring in ?uestlove from the Roots to drum on some stuff, trying to bring in Black Thought from the Roots to oversee the project, give us some guidance, because he’s been a mentor to us for the longest.”
Listen to “The Good Life” below, and tell us what you think in the comments section.
LISTEN: Chiddy Bang, “The Good Life”