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."
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.