Monday, October 22, 2012

Spotlight: 'Hot Cheetos and Takis' by Y.N.RichKids

So...I went through the entire summer without writing about "Hot Cheetos and Takis" from Y.N.RichKids.  I mean why would I?  Frank Ocean put out the great(, stupid good) channel ORANGE.  I've discovered some new music already with Riot in Paris.  There's a lot of music already out there, so why focus on some grade school kids rapping about snack foods?

Because it's awesome, that's why, and I couldn't hold out any longer.

Yeah, I'll say it - it's a legitimately good song.  You'd be hard pressed to find a rap these days with a verse as sharp as "I'm on point like an elbow/Hands red like Elmo/My mama said "Have you had enough?"/I looked and I said "No ma'am"."  There isn't a misstep in the whole song, and it isn't impressive just because of the age of the kids.  They know what they're doing, how to do it, and are completely uncompromising and unforgiving in knowing that they're amongst the best.

While the track is good, the story behind it might be even better.  It's the result of an afterschool program at the Nellie Stone Johnson Beacons Center and the North Community YMCA's Beats and Rhymes Program in Minnesota.  These kinds of programs are great at getting kids into arts, fostering their creativity, honing their skills, and keeping them in a positive setting as opposed to exposing them to the seedier activities that can creep up without better alternatives.  The program has a ton of records out already, and I can only imagine they'll keep going strong thanks in part to "Hot Cheetos and Takis."

If you have programs like this in your community, be sure to support them and even volunteer your services if you can.  If you don't, don't be afraid to work with local leaders and groups to start one.  There are only benefits to these sorts of things, and eventually you get something exceptionally cool out of it like "Hot Cheetos and Takis."  There isn't too much more that hasn't already been said about the song or Y.N.RichKids, so instead just go get your snacks on snacks on snacks and enjoy "Hot Cheetos and Takis" one more time.

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