Adult Swim & Stones Throw, Chrome Children

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Indie rappers channel their inner cartoon character

Other backpack hip-hop labels maximize in glitched-out electronic and vulgar synthesized squelches, but California label Stones Throw knows the foundation of hip-hop starts with classic soul. The label celebrated their 10th anniversary in '06, and Chrome Children, a partnership with the Adult Swim division of the Cartoon Network, is both a handy summary and field guide to the label's future. Building tracks from cut-up samples and timeless boom-bap, artists like Oh No and Madlib and crooner Dudley Perkins create songs that are full of fire and spirit and — above all else — soul.