Children of the Night – “Kids From Queens”
Chart Attack - over 5 years
Suburban life will seem a lot more drab after Children of the Night’s video for “Kids From Queens,” an oath of allegiance to their colorful, tight-knit neighborhood where the bbqs are always burnin’ and the babes are always yearnin’.
New York rap is a burger. It can be seasoned to perfection then burnt-to-a-crisp (Nas, Mobb Deep, Big Pun), artisan crafted with broad appeal in mind (A$AP Rocky, 50 Cent) or left out for way too long till it gets cold and soggy and everyone’s like “Did we need to make this burger in the first place?” (Papoose). And like Das Racist, Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire and the other members of New York’s rap renaissance, Children of the Night have a classic, tender flavor that’s cleverly masked with heady idiosyncrasies. At a Mishka party (an expensive looking block party with hot fashion magazine interns), the trio devour a Pete Rock–style beat with three distinct, impressive verses, while the video gives a black-and-white tour of their hood. I just wrote an ent...
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