The Cool Kids

Capital City Film Festival presents

The Cool Kids

DJ Owen Bones, Jahshua Smith and the Race Card, MikeyyAustin and the Happy Medium

Sun, April 9, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

The Cool Kids
The Cool Kids
The Cool Kids are back like they left something.

After a hiatus that saw Chuck and Mikey each expand upon their individual musical and artistic pursuits, the creators are back in the studio together making the same barrier-breaking, revolutionary hip hop that cemented their status as legends in the first place.

Originally formed in Chicago in 2007, The Cool Kids took the internet by storm with a flurry of golden age hip hop-inspired tracks that had an undeniable freshness about them. That freshness caught the ears of everyone from Diplo to A-Trak, placing The Cool Kids at the helm of the most important independent hip hop movement since the advent of the internet itself, the duo cementing a style and cadence for hip hop in a digital world that has been endlessly mimicked since.

After years of "will-they-or-won't-they," The Cool Kids knew their forces were too powerful when combined to keep them separate in good conscience. Now back at work after a six-year hiatus, Chuck and Mikey are back to their old ways with ease. With a few tracks already close to done, eager fans can comfortably expect great things from The Cool Kids — their signature style, but more importantly, their insatiable ability to creatively push the envelope, is as intact as it was on day one. Equal parts inspired by the old school and living in a future of their own design, The Cool Kids remain arbiters of game-changing musical taste.

The Cool Kids are back in Chicago with a show at Thalia Hall on December 14 with Red Bull Sound Select and Fakeshore Drive, with numerous additional nationwide dates to follow soon. Their new album is releasing in 2017 and has a lot of features that we can't even talk about yet. Stay tuned!
DJ Owen Bones
DJ Owen Bones
Jahshua Smith and the Race Card
Jahshua Smith and the Race Card
Jahshua Smith's wardrobe tells as much of a story as his music. Despite rocking the latest designer streetwear, he rarely leaves home without his wristband that sports the Pan-African flag. Smith's conscious, sociopolitical lyrics about his experiences in Detroit hit just as hard as his fly, cocksure rhymes—and that balance has a platinum-selling producer, some of Michigan's most respected rap names, and a league of blogs and fans behind him.

"My music is an extension of the things I learn," says Smith, who was recognized in the DXNext column on top web site HipHopDX in July 2011. "After so long of rapping about the experiences of my adolescence, I knew that speaking on the things I learned in college would balance out my arsenal."

Smith has music in his blood – his great grandfather, Motown Records Executive Music Director Maurice King, oversaw projects by legends such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight for ten years. Jahshua began his own career as an affiliate of Dramasetters Productions, a stable that crafted beats for iconic Harlem rap group The Diplomats. After the group dissembled, he continued as a solo emcee under the name JYoung the General. Influenced by legends like 2Pac, Nas and AZ, he paired a multi-syllabic flow with lyrics that honored rap's traditional braggadocio while maintaining a keen awareness and opinion of Detroit and the world around him. His 2006 debut, The Megaman Mixtape, earned online acclaim and a development deal with Universal Records that he declined to finish his tenure in college.

"Turning down that deal was a tough decision, especially with the momentum I had built up,"Smith remembers. "But I knew that things would work out the way they needed to."

After graduating from Michigan State University and leaving his post as co-host of the campus hip-hop radio show Cultural Vibe, he continued to pay dues. Singles such as the female-friendly "She Likes Me" and the uplifting "Black Nationalists" nabbed college and Internet radio spins, and earned placements on top web sites such as HipHopDX. He opened for the likes of Wiz Khalifa, eLZhi (of Slum Village) and others, and co-hosted two monthly hip-hop nights in Lansing, Mich. Smith also co-founded BLAT! Pack, a Michigan collective of music professionals that have won various city, state and national competitions since its inception.

In March 2010, he teamed with DangerousNEGRO Apparel and Nick Speed—Detroit in-house producer for 50 Cent's G-Unit Records—to create Black History Year: Installment One. Inspired by his passion for African American studies and his day job as a residential counselor for at-risk youth, he aimed to enlighten listeners on complex issues in a digestible, entertaining way. The project was featured on prominent blogs such as 2DopeBoyz, and helped Smith fatten his show resume with performances around the region. The next month, he dropped Jahshua 1:6, an EP that satisfied fans with favorites like the aforementioned "She Likes Me" and "Black Nationalists."

In the sequel to Black History Year: Installment Two, Smith raised the stakes by enlisting Michigan hip-hop staples like OneBeLo, Mae Day, and Buff1 for guest appearances, and T. Calmese to help cover topics like the Black Panther Party and gentrification. Nick Speed returned to executive produce, and joined as a sponsor. The album's success earned Jahshua rave reviews, recognition on XXL's "The Break," and performance slots on HipHopDX's 2011 A3C Hip-Hop Festival, MissDimplez' unofficial SXSW showcase, and Vans Warped Tour.

After his video for "Censored" burned the 'Net with coverage from AllHipHop, Ashley Outrageous, COMPLEX and 2DopBoyz, Jahshua Smith has teamed with YouHeardThatNew for his new album, "The Final Season." As his first effort outside of his old moniker JYoung The General, Jahshua uses the opportunity to showcase his layered persona. "Censored" and "Say The Words" tackle issues such as systematic racism and sexual abuse, while songs like "Butt" and "Carry On" brim with carefree energy. With another critically-acclaimed record under his belt, the BLAT! Pack general's winning streak continues.
Venue Information:
The Loft.
414 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI, 48933