Y.N. Rich Kids debut new videos, "My Bike" and "Khaki Pants"

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It's been a long, slow march into springtime here in Minnesota, but all of a sudden it already feels like summer. Why's that, you ask? Because the Y.N. Rich Kids, last year's adolescent hip-hop phenoms behind viral hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis," are back with a long-awaited follow-up, called "My Bike." It's a star-studded slow jam that tours Minneapolis landmarks like Target Field, First Ave, and the Mall of America, with cameos by Brother Ali, Mod Sun, Prof, and -- well, we'll let you see who else you can spot.

To sweeten the deal, the Rich Kids have dropped not one, but two new videos, the second of which is actually from a concurrent group called the NSJ Crew, which features many of the same members. That song, "Khaki Pants," is a real banger. Check both out below the break.

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Given how popular of a debut "Hot Cheetos" was, it's perhaps logical that "My Bike" -- a song about, what else, riding bicycles -- showcases the group moving in a slightly different direction. It's slow with a menacing, Eastern flair (thanks largely to the recorder and plunked string samples), but it also follows much the same format as before, with different MCs picking up each verse. Many of the same players from "Hot Cheetos" are back, including Dame Jones, Lady J, and Ben 10 (who wears at least three different Angry Birds shirts during the vid), plus newcomer Lauren, who takes the final verse.

"Khaki Pants," meanwhile, is a boys-only number, but it carries an important message with it: how to still look fly when you're stuck wearing a school uniform. The answer, of course, is the "khaki dance," which means an infectious hook and some mean dance moves. It may come the closest to matching the energy of "Hot Cheetos," but we're not picking favorites here; in a situation like this, everyone's a winner.

Here's "My Bike," the new Y.N. Rich Kids song:



And here's "Khaki Pants," the debut from the NSJ Crew (so named for the Nellie Stone Johnson YMCA):



Both songs are available for free download at the crew's bandcamp page. And lots more info is available at the Beats & Rhymes site, which details the program that helped develop these talented kids.

Y.N. RICH KIDS play at Epic on Saturday, May 11, with Mindless Behavior and Sckool Boyz. All ages. $30/$40 at the door. 2 p.m. 110 5th St. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.3742.

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Alex Browne
Alex Browne

And meanwhile the kids that aren't in one of these programs sit down and eat Cheetoes because they saw some cool kids make a music video about them. If you want real impact, you change the message to something positive.

Kari Koehler
Kari Koehler

I think the wonderful folks that run the beats and rhymes program at nsj are trying to motivate these kids, teaching them many different and valuable skills. Is junk food great? No, but maybe writing about their favorite foods is motivating, so let's pick our battles.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

If that what you want to believe then go ahead. The fact is that I have spent most of my life working with children and persons with special needs. I just don't believe in sugar coating the issues I see. And I am not against using music as an outlet for youth to improve their lives. But with being said, I don't think encouraging kids to feed on crap labeled as food is a good idea. A lot of society finds fault in violent video games and movies. How is this any different? Kids are like sponges, they soak up the things around them. If that stimulus includes eating hot Cheetos what do you think they will grab when needing a snack?

Josh Stadtherr
Josh Stadtherr

You have to be a soulless and an extremely crotchety mother fucker to find any anger or negativity in a video made by children for an after school program that is giving them positive lanes to express themselves creatively.

fauxbo
fauxbo

Bravo to all.  A joy to watch.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Walking down the block to get a bag of empty calories is hardly being physically active. Also, I'm sure the lyric of ' I go HAM' was meant as something other then hard as a mother fu**er, like commonly referred to in the hiphop culture.

Kevin Christopher
Kevin Christopher

the song that is being referenced here is literally an ode to physical activity and biking.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

let's keep push the message of junk food to kids yay!!

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