Keeping up with the Kickdrums

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“Lollipop,” by Li'l Wayne:

In April, Scene followed Cleveland-based production duo The Kickdrums in their quest to burst into the national hip-hop scene. When I left them, Matt Penttila and Alex Fitts were banging on that door pretty loudly, forging a master-and-apprentice relationship with Cincinnati producer Hi-Tek, arranging with Houston rapper and mogul Scarface to work on his next album, and persistently sending out beats to every notable rapper in the industry. Penttila and Fitts aren’t the type to rest on half-finished laurels. They’ve been as busy as ever in the ensuing month. The song at the top of this blog is their remix of Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop.” It’s trademark Kickdrums—hip-hop sped up to a club tempo, with a few alt-rock guitar riffs thrown in for good measure. And they didn’t harm Weezy’s vocals too much, leaving intact such high-brow gems as “Tell your girl like Doritos that’s Not ch’yo cheese/ Tell her friends like Fritos im trying to lay." ...

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