As 50% of Chi hip-hop duo The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish (left) has a lot on his plate, including an upcoming SXSW performance, an album, and apparently some crazy-hot chicken wings. We sat down with the man himself to talk NBA 2K, Kris Kross, and -- you guessed it -- George "The Iceman" Gervin!
What's the worst job you ever held before your music took off?
I actually skated through working pretty cool jobs. I worked at McDonald's, but it was dope because my best friend was the manager. I worked for a valet company, parking cars. I worked on embroidering hats at Navy Pier and selling them. But I've never really had to do sh*t for a real job.
Favorite venues to perform at in Chicago?
We've done our best shows at Reggie's Rock Club, that's kind of our spot. The food there's super good, too.
What do you like there?
They have these buffalo-q wings, hot BBQ and buffalo sauce. It's hot as f*** though. They have this chicken fried chicken, too, that's really hot. I'd have people order it and forget it was that hot, and it would be way too much for them.
Any other favorite spots?
I'm kind of like Anthony Bourdain around here. I check out sh*t. I read about it, watch on TV, and if I like it I go there. I really like Kuma's Corner and Hot Doug's.
Is there anyone you're especially excited about seeing at Southby?
I don't even know who's all going to be honest. I know we're doing a show with EPMD, so that's cool.
What was your first album?
The first CD that I bought with my own money was Kris Kross, Totally Krossed Out...that sh*t changed my life.
So you had the backwards clothes going?
Oh yeah...everybody wanted a jersey just to put it on backwards. But nowadays I'm not influenced by too much sh*t that came before. I want to usher in the future and see it go forward, be the first to do something.
Your music's been featured in the NBA 2K video game series. If you were to liken your style to an NBA player, who would it be?
Sh*t that's a hard ass question. I might pick The Iceman, George Gervin. He was smooth. They called him the Iceman 'cause he was cold. Cold sh*t is always cold sh*t. You don't cool off. Hot cools off. When you're cold, you're cold forever.
If you guys keep doing this long enough, will you still be able to call yourselves The Cool Kids? Will you have to change it into something older-sounding?
No, man. "The Cool Kids", that's a phrase. It's not a description. We'll be that sh*t 'til we're 80. But right now I'm just worried about getting out records that will change people's lives. The rest of it doesn't even matter.