Kidz in the Hall Talk “Hipster Rap”

"Hipster rap." That phrase is getting a lot of play lately. What is it? I used it to describe Mickey Factz and he categorically rejected the classification. I’m not even sure how I personally define the genre, but I know it when I see it. I think most people in the Hip-Hop community are using it as a blanket term to describe any MC or group that embraces the retro aesthetic, but I don’t think that is the sole determining factor. I’d say that’s probably how Kidz In The Hall ended up getting shoved into that category. Their late 80’s/early 90’s inspired single "Driving Down Tha Block" just happed to drop as the idea of a hipster rap scene was getting attention and they kind of got swept up in that energy. 

During a recent interview with whateversgood.com, they were asked about the term and how they felt about being categorized as such.

How do you feel about the term hipster rap? Do you feel it applies to you?
Double-O: No. Because the definition of a hipster is a, well, I don’t know what the original Wikipedia definition was when they used it back in the ’50s, but now it’s become a very pretentious title. It defines somebody who may or may not really be attached to the art form, but they just like it because it’s kind of ahead of the curve or it’s cool. So, I think that all it is is another definition, trying to define a sub-genre of music that they just haven’t figured out how to define yet. That, really, to me, that’s the buzz on music going around right now. I don’t call it hipster rap, there’s a lot of different types of stuff going on, it’d not just hipsters that like it. It just so happens that the bloggers and some of the more forward-thinking people are up on it.

There you have it.

I personally don’t like hipsters, but I think Gold And A Pager by the Cool Kids, and songs that sound like it, are so necessary right now.

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39 Responses to “Kidz in the Hall Talk “Hipster Rap””

  1. EnglandRepresent Says:

    I Am Legend

  2. BK2LV Says:

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  3. $***M-ROC***$ Says:

    MICKEY FACTZ TALKIN GREEEEEZZY

  4. E.Mike Says:

    how about we stop categorizing this shit.
    at the end of the day, its all hip hop.

  5. pockets Says:

    *daps england* finally someone respects the funny

    o btw hipster rap=wearing jeans with the crotch cut out. sorry kids in the hallz but ur guilty of being hipsters.

  6. EnglandRepresent Says:

    *daps P to the*

    Whats the hap fella?

  7. pockets Says:

    I don’t know what the original Wikipedia definition was when they used it back in the ’50s

    ^does he know there was no wikipedia back in the fifties.

  8. EnglandRepresent Says:

    does he know there was no wikipedia back in the fifties.

    ^^lol.

  9. pockets Says:

    nothin much eng, searching for a movie to watch online. im thinkin bout watching One Flew over the cuckoos nest right now, ive never seen that one. i like kuprick pause.

  10. EnglandRepresent Says:

    P to the, if you could be a Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster what would you be?

  11. pockets Says:

    ortiz: im runnin through the game like im workin the court at wimbledon.

    dang!

  12. G7 Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dygzKwZv014&feature=related

    Kids in the Hall

  13. EnglandRepresent Says:

    i like kuprick pause.

    ^Unfortunately Pock, the ‘pause’ after misspelling ‘Kubrick’ as ‘Kuprick’ isn’t valid

  14. Two-Times Says:

    http://www.thisis50.com

    RIP to Fat Joe’s career

  15. pockets Says:

    @ eng, no doubt a yeti, they are known to reside in Nepal, which sounds like nipple which is something i can definitely respect. plus its close to the motherland pak-town

  16. pockets Says:

    ^Unfortunately Pock, the ‘pause’ after misspelling ‘Kubrick’ as ‘Kuprick’ isn’t valid

    ^i was seriously thinkin about it for ten minutes but then i just press submit, thinking no one would notice. respect.

  17. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    hipsters = emo art fags

  18. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    the dude on the right looks like a gay version of nelly

  19. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    March 19th, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    wwtdd.com./post.phtml?pk=3694

  20. 911 Says:

    No spell check on the crackberry huh?…

  21. Wavy Shprocketts Says:

    how can mickey factz have the SK tucked when his jeans are so tight he can’t even tuck a piece of wrigleys fucking chewing gum

    smh at hipsters and wigsters and nigsters not knowing what they are

    give me a break

    if your jeans are one size less than your true waist size, slap yourself, you’re a fucking hipster

  22. catch22 Says:

    E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    March 20th, 2008 at 12:18 am
    the dude on the right looks like a gay version of nelly

    ^^
    nelly is the gay version of nelly

  23. Wavy Shprocketts Says:

    both these cats look like they would blow the other one in this pic, shit is gayer than a jolly rancher (pause)

  24. EnglandRepresent Says:

    @ eng, no doubt a yeti, they are known to reside in Nepal, which sounds like nipple which is something i can definitely respect. plus its close to the motherland pak-town

    ^^No doubt. Personally I’d go for the Loch Ness Monster because no doubt I would then have a Monster penis which I could then use to dominate other monster wenches or even Eskay’s moms. Plus I’d then be able to coil myself around my own johnson and bat myself off which doesn’t sound like a bad gig if you’ve got a few minutes spare on a Saturday morning.

  25. Jud Buechler Says:

    Gold and a Pager sounds is a straight jack off Lil wayne.

    It’s not original.

    Hipster’s whole style is a straight Jack the only thing different is the flow and the beats.

  26. RAP IS CRAP Says:

    HIPSTER RAP (adj.) – The modern day term referring to underground or indie ‘back-packer’ rap that pretends to be more creative, more important, more relevent than any other form of Rap music currently being recorded. The artist that are referred to as ‘Hipsters’ are considered self absorbed insiders who have a self perfest claim on the ‘real’ culture of Hip-Hop. ‘Hipsters’ are metro-sexuals who pride themselves on rap knowledge and accessories like librarian glasses, tight retro jeans, and any recording or video game equipment from the 1980s! The goal of a ‘Hipster’ is to achieve the ‘Rap Nerd’ look all the girls (and some guys) are going crazy about!

  27. SteelzKitchen Says:

    Hipster Rap = Trash Rap

  28. TC Says:

    I call it Nerdcore

  29. that dude ya know Says:

    Yo! Go Blog Yourself Dot Com said it best…..”Hipster Hop”

  30. Tego Says:

    I’m not gonna lie, even in this dead-out first quarter I don’t click hipster rap links. They could be the best shit ever but I’m so sure they’ll all be making rock-rap when that cross-over kicks in again. There’s something about Cool Kids etc. that just screams “We love The Clipse”. I love The Clipse, I don’t need tribute acts.

  31. duyukid Says:

    you’re a hipster>you’ve got cooties.

  32. Hassa Says:

    I ‘m so gland that there are so many fans like me here! !I often keep my eyes on them ! I saw them looking for sunny girl at millionaireloves .com !I know I ‘m not so lucky But I also want you to search sunny and nice girl for them

  33. NYCe Says:

    hipsters are mere fags. with their tight ass jeans and afghani scarfs.

  34. khal Says:

    yeah hipster rap is an odd one. i can’t even say there is a concrete definition right now, or who would fit it, although i do get that odd feeling in my gut when i see the cool kids with their brims flipped up, like this is a fucking bike race.

  35. Double-0 Says:

    lol.. jeans with the crotch cut out???? lmao.. who the fuck is wearing those??

  36. Smitty Says:

    Un Kasa x Lupe = Mickey Factz.

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  38. EasesJesus Says:

    Things is, though, what do you do if your fans are all hipsters but you don’t jock trends? I remember going to old Spank Rock shows in Bodymore and it was a mixed crowd, but now he caters to the skinny jeans posse, probably cuz that was the gateway to fame. But look at the Clipse, since they already been brought up. You see em perform in NYC and the only black people up in that bitch will probably be up on the stage, gangster shit or not. If I’m a performer and I’m making paper and feeding my kids and building houses and shit, can I really afford to give a fuck if my fans are gentrifying, trend-humping douchebags or not, especially if I’m making the same kinda music I been making before blogs/Myspace/Pitchfork/etc.? And, on the flip, how the fuck can an experimental nigga get national black radio play–>access to larger venues with neither payola nor gimmicky bullshit?

    Tight pants or Baggy you prolly payed a white man for em.

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    […] Bronx rapper, Mickey Factz, recently caught major feelings from Nah Right’s Eskay when he was classified as a hipster rapper. He went to great pains to categorically reject the notion as did the Kidz In The Hall when confronted with that same notion. Lord knows an aspiring rapper wouldn’t want to be associated with white upper middle class douche bags in thick black framed glasses (Full Disclosure: I wear black framed glasses quite regularly, myself) even though they are often fond of those same thick black framed glasses himself. Hipster rap has become short-hand in recent times for a retro aesthetic that leans on a late ‘80s/early ‘90s sound and culture. The Cool Kids, Wale, The Knux, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, MickeyFactz and the Kidz In The Hall all have an aesthetic and style that leans heavily on what is being dubbed as “hipster rap.” Pretty much all of them hate it. I’m not necessarily sure that’s a good thing. I think they should embrace it. […]

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