BABY OIL STAIRCASE / CHILLOUT
Installments two and three of The Cool Kids’ ambitious 2022 triple album arrive in the form of two solo LPs. Chuck Inglish helms the CHILLOUT half, recruiting a whole bunch of guests to join in a celebration of low-riding late-’80s G-funk: think shout-outs to New Edition and Heavy D on “WORLD ON WHEELS” or talkbox-slathered verses on “THE LIGHTS.” Mikey Rocks serves up more quintessential Cool Kids fare on BABY OIL STAIRCASE—which is to say, minimalist bursts of booming bass, hard-knocking beats, and a whole lot of rarified swag. (Who else is rapping about the maintenance of their zen gardens?) As for whose side is the Speakerboxxx and whose is The Love Below…discuss amongst yourselves.