WhatThe Kick is: the fruition of two years of collaboration, spread over-and-between other projects/releases/day-jobs and family, between local hip-hop heads Red Pill (Chris Orrick) and Hir-O (Omari Hall).
Meeting through mutual friends at MSU, Red Pill and Hir-O met at a time when maybe their own tastes/visions didn't align; with Hir-O being known for having a lot of "spacey" beats and Red Pill holding to the notion that hip-hop thrives with soul-sampled, boom-bap styled minimal/electronic sounding production.
Dream Within a Dream served as a way to focus their collaboration, with "kind of an all-over-the-place" vibe. Two of its songs have been re-worked and featured now on The Kick. "Kickis an album!" Red Pill said. "A lot of people don't care so much about putting together full, fleshed out albums that really, overall, tell a story, or maintain a story--consistently, throughout, and in some cases I don't even believe that much in it, but for The Kick we felt it was necessary.
With his name recalling the same famously hued capsule offered to Neo by Morpheus in The Matrix, these two recent albums, Dream Within a Dram and The Kick were also inspired by cerebral sci-fi cinema, in this case, Inception. "(It's) not a concept album by any means, but it's conceptual in that it borrowed some themes/ideas/inspiration from the movie. The Kick itself it was "wakes" people up and that's what we wanted to do with this album. There's definitely a story being told, but we wanted to make sure that while there was an overall feeling and vibe, that the songs are strong enough to stand without that vibe on their own."
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