Born Antoine Reed, Sir Michael Rocks has always been a little ahead of his time, a little more original than his peers, a little bit more creative. Since he & fellow The Cool Kids member Chuck Inglish burst onto the scene in 2007 as teenagers, they’ve helped redefine the image of underground, independent rap for the Internet era with their effortlessly cool aesthetic & catchy, creative, music. Having grown older & wiser over the years, the ever-evolving & defining style icon Sir Michael Rocks has recently traded in his hallmark throwback, flashy aesthetic to embrace a more simple, back-to-the-land aesthetic, selling off his old diamond-studded jewelry in favor of handmade wooden pieces that offer significance & power. As he explores an increasingly far-ranging set of ideas, his lifelong impulse to explore & innovate remains at the forefront of what Rocks is trying to accomplish & is very much present in his upcoming debut solo album ‘Banco‘ which is slated for release on July 29th & pre-order starting July 1st, 2014.
With features from Too $hort, Mac Miller, Twista, Iamsu, Trinidad James, Casey Veggies, Robb Bank$, Pouya, & Chuck Inglish and production from DJ Mustard, ‘Banco‘ showcases Sir Michael at his most inventive & most personal. Whether he’s bragging about his juicer or sharing a tragic story involving a family member’s fatal car accident, Sir Michael Rocks keeps the vibe positive & honest, upholding the notion that nothing can be made without giving something up, & that people can make anything they want if they’re willing to do so. A lifelong love of video games & anime has nurtured other values as well: hard work, respect for others, & above all, a refusal to let his surroundings temper his innate sense of joy. Being surrounded by nature & animals is another thing that brings the former Chicago native joy & now that he lives in wildlife-teeming South Florida in Miami, he’s incorporated those themes more than ever into his music & Photoshop-driven collage cover art, which he created himself. ‘Banco‘ is a fascinating left turn of an album that finds Rocks making the most experimental, energetic, & varied music of his career.
Sir Michael Rocks also announced via Twitter that The Cool Kids will be ending their hiatus & reuniting to release their highly anticipated album ‘Shark Week‘ by the end of the year. This will mark the first album The Cool Kids will have released since their 2011 album ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles‘. Sir Michael Rocks is also prepping for a multi-city Florida tour alongside Robb Bank$.
‘Banco‘ Album Tracklisting:
- Some Ish (featuring Twista)
- The Docks (Skit)
- Bussin (featuring Casey Veggies & Iamsu!)
- Playstation 1.5
- Drug Dealer
- Kill Switch (featuring Robb Bank$ & Pouya)
- Dino Feeding (Skit)
- Lost Boys (featuring Mac Miller & Trinidad James; co-produced by Mac Miller)
- One Time (featuring Buddy)
- Cold Sore (Skit)
- Fuck Seaworld
- Ain’t Nothin Like (featuring Too $hort & Chuck Inglish; produced by DJ Mustard)