Back in the ‘heady’ days of MySpace, Chuck Inglish climbed to prominence as one half of old-skool, 808-thudding, hip-hop formation The Cool Kids. The Chicago/Detroit-based duo released their retro-rap mp3s on the social networking site whenever they felt like it, and quickly built a platoon of fans as a result. Nearly a decade (feel old?), two albums and a bucketful of mix-tapes later and Chuck Inglish is releasing his first album as a solo artist.

The energy that has gone into Inglish’s debut is boldly patent. It’s skilfully produced, lyrically on-the-mark and is full to the brim with names (Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, Chromeo – just a few). Is it a huge departure from previous projects? Not exactly. The album still bleeds mid-1980s rap and funk, the lyrics still wry and effortless (“But this ain’t no ball game/and I ain’t got no bat”). But it’s brighter and sunnier, (possibly a result of Chuck Inglish spending so much time in Los Angeles) and it occasionally dips into more poppy territory. Whilst ‘Convertibles’ might not be groundbreaking, it’s typically stylish and confirms that Inglish will always be a cool kid.


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