Kidz in the Hall The In Crowd

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Pushing substantial hip-hop to the public can be a tricky undertaking, which the Chicago/Jersey act Kidz in the Hall is well aware of. With their sophomore set, MC Naledge and producer Double-O spare some of the righteousness exhibited on their debut without necessarily dumbing it down. The bass-centric “Drivin’ Down the Block” makes for the ideal summertime cruising anthem while the jazzy “Snob Hop” is a straight shot of lyrical flossing. Despite not making the most thought-provoking tracks, the Kidz accomplish exactly what they set out to do with style. The duo doesn’t always hit their target–which is painfully clear on the messy, R&B-tinged “Love Hangover”–but overall they’re one step closer to achieving mass appeal.