Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks love for music goes far beyond paying homage to the influence of 80s and 90s Hip-Hop. For both of these Cool Kids, it started out as a hobby, distinguishing this duo from many other artist trying to get rich quick. Arriving at a downtown Chicago diner as if 88 is back and they havent been all over the worldor havent had Rolling Stone and the L.A Times name them Chicagos next great Hip-Hop duo. Just seven months ago, The Cool Kids admitted to hanging on to their last $100 and scraping up just enough money to pay their cable bill while still making music. Within the last two years, Chuck Inglish (the more outspoken) and Mikey Rocks have made tremendous strides leading up to their upcoming album When Fish Ride Bicycles to be released later this year on independent label Chocolate Industries.Those strides include three releases, two EP, Totally Flossed Out in 2007 and The Bake Sale in June 2008, and the recent Thats Stupid mixtape. Then theres performing at Lollapalooza 08, opening for M.I.A, performing at the Pitchfork Festival, having their music featured on HBOs Entourage and so on and so on. Anxious to go back to their crib and play NBA 2K9, which theyre featured in, Inglish recalls how they emerged out of Chicagos music scene. We were really doing [music] around our friends and our friends were DJs, local rock bands, just people who had way more. It just didnt feel like we were ever those dudes that hung around those kids, so when we started making our own music, we were giving them to those kids instead of going out trying to network. We were kicking it with people. The Cool Kids Black Mags VideoLong story short, after meeting via MySpace in 2005 (Rocks wanted a beat he heard on Inglishs webpage), they linked up and started recording. Chicagos Flosstradamus caught wind of the new duo, booked them for a show and its been on ever since. And after making some moves with Diplo and DJ A-Trak, the pair eventually signed with indie label Chocolate Industries in 2007. Not tailoring their style to any boilerplate rap themes (Were in our own lane; were not going into competition with no one else, says Inglish), its obvious that part of Cool Kids lure is their correlation of ol skool Hip-Hop and with todays Hip-Hop. Yet Inglish feels the music of his generation is short changing fans when compared to the sounds and creativity that sparked the 80s and 90s. Theyre getting cheated, even their album covers were great and then [record labels] wonder why people dont want to buy CDs, says Inglish. Nobody wants to see you on the front with your arms folded in front of 3 or 4 cars. That aint s**t, like GZA had a whole optical illusion on his s**t. Nas had his baby pictures. The Cool Kids Im Mikey VideoLike the pioneers they salute, the Cool Kids relate more to an era of making music for the love and not money. They trying to get paid. Im gonna do this whether Im broke as s**t cause six, seven months ago I was not making any money, says Inglish. But if all that money went away, our attitude hasnt changed since that money came in. Now we can stay at home and play video games all day. I dont need a car, I just wanna have groceries and pay for cable without worrying. You should never try to do nothing because the end result is fame or money.BEATS & RHYMESMikey was the first to rap over Inglishs beats and their musical synergy began as simply as that. I had my own idea of what I wanted the s**t to sound like, says Inglish, whose plethora of beats made it easy for the two to work together. But little did Inglish know he would be rapping soon and testing his writing skills after being on bed rest with a broken ankle. I got bored I didnt have s**t else to do started writing and wrote a rap, is how Inglish recalls writing first rhymes. I was gon say what he was gon say, because if he was like, Nah n***a thats wack, I wouldve just sucked it up and been like. Aight, let me just do my job. But I just kept on writing Mikey and Chuck still feel like theres work to do, especially for their first major album release. With the title, When Fish Ride Bicycles, itself a little abstract, they rest assure that when you hear the songs, you will understand. Keeping their music close to them has been the secret to their demand and highly anticipated music. Says Inglish, We like people to listen to it but its our s**t, it wasnt like we would go out to the Hip-Hop shows and pass out s**t. We didnt pass one thing out and still havent passed out s**t. However, Inglish explains that he wanted to give people something to listen to for the summer, which sparked their most recent mixtape release Thats Stupid. The beats on the mixtape, I just threw in the album. I wanted people to have something to listen to in the summer cause it was trunk heavy, we had a lotta drums, we was tryna rap a little bit different, explains Inglish. Hard work mixed with dope beats and dope rhymes have brought the Cool Kids a long way. They intend to continue as trailblazers of the new school and hope to spark their contemporaries to make dope music. In the present, they are content with music and video games but being in their own lane calls for great responsibility, which they are ready to take. If there is a constant parade of classics coming out like it was back in the day like all the people we met then it will be some hope for the shorties man! If could jump it off I would love to jump it off, theres nobody that Im tryna beat out, Im not tryna compete with no one, I just wanna make the best album that we can make at the ages that were at, says Inglish. Already known for their trunk-heavy beats and creative music concepts, dope is the simple goal theyre aiming to achieve. Our song concepts have a lot to with trying to make s**t dope, says Rocks. We never have a direct message, more along the lines of this sounds cool, lets put this together, put cool raps to it. There it is, thats the song right there, its real simple. Its kind of a sit down [and] get it cracking process. The Cool Kids Delivery Man VideoBut dont mistake the simplicity for mediocrity. A thick catalog of songs, Internet chatter, international touringand songs for Mountain Dew [Delivery Man]only means the Chi-Town tag team has to show and prove with When Fish Ride Bicycles. To go down in history your first album cant be s**tty. It cant even be mediocre, says Inglish matter-of-factly, before confidently adding, Im Babe Ruth, Im pointing to the wall before the ball gets hit.