"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.
Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.

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. 

What is probably the worst of this situation is that the KIDS can't fully enjoy the recognition they've received with all of these distractions. "Hot Cheetos & Takis" was such a wonderful sensation was that no one was expecting to make money off of it, and capturing that sort of youthful lightning in another bottle could prove difficult if too much boring money talk continues.

Star Tribune's Riemenschneider discusses the story in a video preview. The full story has posted here.

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StevenMN
StevenMN

@Rocky Rosga So True. Whether playing at 1st Ave or a dive bar after Ticketmonster and the venue takes their cut bands might only make enough for gas money to the next gig. They're the bottom of the food chain.

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