Kid Cudi has become quite popular since the release and subsequent success of his single “Day ‘n’ Nite” in 2009. The Ohio native’s music has been defined by some as “hipster hop,” an indie rock-inspired form of hip-hop/rap. The musical aspect of Kid Cudi’s songs seems to be just important as the lyrics, whereas traditional rap songs place more emphasis on the lyrics.
The Knux, a duo from New Orleans, also fall into the “hipster hop” category. If you’ve ever been to Lollapalooza or a similar music festival, you know that there’s always downtime between the bands you want to see. During that time, you can eat, take a nap, or watch an artist you’ve never heard of. In the summer of 2009, this third option is how I came to discover The Knux.
I saw The Knux perform on a little side stage during my first year at Lollapalooza in Chicago. My friends and I had never heard of them but were immediately drawn in by their infectious energy and catchy rhythms. Brothers Kentrell “Krispy” Lindsey and Alvin “Joey” Lindsey leapt and danced across the stage as they rapped enthusiastically, encouraging the crowd to join in and even teaching us their easier choruses.
As the show went on, the crowd grew to the point where people had to stand among the trees flanking the stage. Oddly enough, Kid Cudi was also performing at Lollapalooza that year. In 2011, The Knux released a track called “Run” that features Kid Cudi. It has been the duo’s most successful song yet. “Run” reflects Kid Cudi’s distinctive groove, though The Knux provide a bit of flair. While it’s a great track, the video for “Cappuccino” is a more accurate portrayal of The Knux and their style. Check it out:
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