Review: Chiddy Bang @ Manchester Academy – March 9

By Sean Paul Doran

US hip hop duo Chiddy Bang signed off their UK tour in style with an intimate performance in Manchester Academy last night.

The Philadelphia pair delivered a memorable gig to an appreciative Mancunian crowd, performing a selection of songs from their debut studio album Breakfast. Currently riding high in the UK charts with the catchy ‘Ray Charles’, these guys are undoubtedly heading for big things.

Chiddy Bang, made up of rapper Chidero ‘Chiddy’ Anamege and producer Noah ‘Xaphoon Jones’ Beresin, shot to fame with 2009 hit ‘Opposite of Adults’, sampling MGMT’s anthemic ‘Kids’, and have been on the rise ever since.

Blending electronica with hip hop, this talented twosome have created an album to make people stand up and take notice, and the Manchester Academy crowd loved every minute of it.

In a recent interview, the duo described the style of Breakfast as ‘futuristic space rap’ and it’s a style that definitely makes them stand out from anything else in the charts right now.

In ‘Mind Your Manners’, featuring samples of Swedish pop band ‘Icona Pop’ Chiddy Bang have created a crowd pleaser that’s guaranteed to occupy your head for a while. In a similar vein, ‘Handclaps & Claps’ will be hitting the party playlist in a lot of iPods very soon.

The highlight of the gig has to be Chiddy’s impromptu freestyle rap, set to the tune of Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’, where he took suggestions of topics from the crowd and delivered an impressive rhyme.

As the crowd continued to show the band their appreciation, the feeling was definitely mutual as the duo declared Manchester to be the highlight of their UK tour.

‘Talking to Myself’ was one of the best-received songs of the night, while ‘Breakfast’ allowed both producer and rapper to show off their talents. As you would expect for a relatively new band with just two mainstream hits so far, their most well-known songs were left to the last.

But what a way to finish. The first few notes of breakthrough smash ‘Opposite of Adults’ sent the crowd into delirium and Chiddy delivered a flawless performance of arguably their most popular song to date.

Just as the crowd were coming down from the excitement of that, the band went straight into current hit ‘Ray Charles’, a song that somehow manages to mix hip hop with subtle gospel tones.

All in all, this was certainly one of the best gigs I’ve been to in recent times and it was enough to make me part with the £6.99 to purchase Breakfast from iTunes.

If you missed this gig though, don’t despair. From what I seen last night, Chiddy Bang are likely to be around for a long time.

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