What does Land Of Make Believe (Duck Down) stand for with Kidz In The Hall? Are they answering the land of make believe? Is the album a way for fans to enter their land? Or has hip-hop turned into the land of make believer, where everything is a fictitious story, and people fall for it? Naledge and Double-O explore all of the possibilities by not only writing and producing great music, but try to prove a point with their latest effort.
While not a concept album, Land Of Make Believe explores a common theme throughout to show that you can’t always believe what you see or here. What makes this album stand-out is how they explore a lot of different sounds and styles without sounding like they’re doing it for maximum coverage. Some artists do it to say “hey, I can do it all” but with Kidz In The Hall they may touch on a few old school sensibilities while also trying to outdo Kanye West‘s flow and production style subliminally. Also with these guys, they’re not afraid to drop it hardcore or sing a bit to be accessibility while still sounding good. The confidence level with these guys is high, but it seems they’ve become humbled by what they do because it’s still fun, and I hope they never lose that, even if and when there’s a time they may stop working together.
Naledge and Double O are Kidz In The Hall, and they are ready to present a new albin (a/k/a/ “album”) to fans in the form of what they’re calling Land Of Make Believe (Duck Down). The group says they’re in a new phase of making music, and felt that some felt they were “backpackers” and “hipsters”. For the monumental third album, they say that you can just call them dope.
The album has them doing tracks with Amanda Diva, The Kid Daytona, Marsha AmbrosiusJust Blaze, Colin Munroe, and MC Lyte. The album was produced by Double-O “with no samples”, which should be interesting in itself.
Here’s what the cover will be:
The first single from the album, “Flickin'”, is currently available through iTunes.
An album before the album: it’s a trend in hip-hop known as the “mix tape” or “mix CD” where a collection of random songs are combined to create momentum for the big project, and in a way to test the waters in the hopes it will create a buzz. Naledge has not had a problem with any kind of buzz as one half of Kidz In The Hall. But this is different, this is an attempt at establishing himself under his own name, as a solo artist. The release of the mix CD Chicago Picasso (Major League/Duck Down) shows that he’s ready for the big leagues.
Chicago Picasso is a 20 track album that is done at a fast pace in that songs come and go, being thrown at the listener for the sake of attacking. On the album he says he calls himself a Picasso because like the celebrated artist, Naledge is about not delivering the same thing with each new song. The album has the dope hip-hop, and even features a few modern styles that some of his fans may be hesitant to believe he’s doing, but he’s doing it, and quite well. I think he’s better off with the real cuts, but if something new takes him to a new avenue, who am I to say “this is not good for him”?
Tracks like “Southside Shit”, “Futuristic Shit”, and “Standing On Sofas” bring to mind the celebration of words and wordplay, and when was the last time you could say that about any song, an album, by any rapper? I’m curious to know what this guy is molding for his proper album, because if one is to judge by this, he could easily come up with an album to set the trends for the next ten years.