After much anticipation, Chiddy Bang has finally stepped out with an electronic/indie/hip-hop album that is sure to win over music fans that have been holding out on the genre. The Philadelphia duo, Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin, have been churning out hip-hop fusion tracks that sample from Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens and MGMT – just to name a few – over the last few years. Upon successfully releasing four mixtapes, the group has finally debuted “Breakfast” as an extension of their attention-grabbing sound.
The 14 track album leads listeners down a path that can only be described as infinite energy and youthfulness. For myself, it is the album that I would cruise along to on a road trip and reminiscence about the days before real responsibility and obligations kicked in. And as lighthearted as the beats get, there is an equal amount of lyrical content that brings the album back down to earth.
But beyond the bouncy electro saturated beats, infectious hooks and scattering of genres is a solid album that is a quality example of how to blend different sounds together. Highlights include lively “Mind Your Manners,” that features children crooning the chorus. “Ray Charles” shows off R&B throwback undertones with modernized lyrics about attracting the opposite sex. “Handclaps & Guitars” has Chiddy spitting between lazy guitar laden thumps. “Happening” is a bubbly track that focuses on the realities of life.
Even with the few blander tracks, “Breakfast” is worth a listen if you haven’t already accepted this assemblage of hip-hop and electronic/indie. It is a fresh, unique approach to merging two ever growing areas of music.