Pinning a descriptor on Chicago’s Kids These Days is a challenge—part hip-hop collective, part soul band with deep grooves harkening back to the ’70s, it all comes together in a highly dynamic and virtuosic way. They wowed us over the last year with tracks like “Darling” and an impressive cover of Kanye’s “Flashing Lights,” but their new single “Don’t Harsh My Mellow” is a real jaw-dropper.
The group was vocal in supporting the Chicago teacher’s strike, and the new video seems to be a nod to that ordeal. Talking to Chicago Sun Times about the strike and their music, Vic Mensa said, “‘Don’t Harsh My Mellow’ is an anthem. It’s an enormous sledgehammer to mainstream materialistic music, smashing it into a thousand tiny pieces and burying it beneath the earth. It’s kind of like a ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ type of thing. But not the Twisted Sister song. More like Crime Mob.”
That’s a pretty accurate description. We might even hear a little Rage Against the Machine in the chorus. Check out the video below and look out for their album “Traphouse Rock” this fall.