"Hot Cheetos & Takis" rappers haven't seen a cent, recording with ex-Aftermath producer
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|Here's the Kids performing at 89.3 the Current's birthday show at First Avenue in January.|
Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the the KIDS -- which includes Dame Jones, Ben 10, and numerous others involved in the coolest YMCA program we've ever heard of up in North Minneapolis. In a new video, he tells coworker Neal Justin, "They've been in the studio for the past couple weeks working with Alonzo Jackson, a longtime executive at Dr. Dre's label Aftermath."
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According to Jackson's LinkedIn page, he worked for Dre's Aftermath between 2005 and 2008, and has since been involved in high-profile production dealings with Beyonce, Pink, and a whole lot more. Now, he's working on a record deal with the young Minneapolis rappers, Chris Riemenschneider says.
Still, the saddening part of this story is there has been some trouble behind the scenes. "These kids haven't seen a cent," Riemenschneider says. Between the five million and climbing YouTube plays, song downloads, and streaming on other services like Spotify, there certainly is profit to be made off of the low-budget "Hot Cheetos & Takis" video that was a viral hit last summer.
Star Tribune's Riemenschneider discusses the story in a video preview. The full story has posted here.