The duo from Philly are back with a full-length album, entitled “Breakfast,” a feel-good album that can be played in any fraternity basement or indie radio station.
The pair, Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin began their love affair with music while attending Drexel University together in 2009.
They made waves a couple years back with “Consenting Adults” and “Truth,” two songs that boosted their careers.
They continue their art of chop-shopping samples, always creating completely new cars while paying homage to the old ones.
The only problem lies in the content value, since no song on “Breakfast” parallels the genius they have produced in the past.
The somber tunes like “Dream Chasin’” and “Sooner or Later” are nowhere to be found.
This may be their attempt to create a carefree dance album, but every good piece of art has some shadows to it.
As many albums do recently, Chiddy Bang begins theirs with an intro, filled with nostalgic piano riffs and little kids talking nervously.
Next is the title track, “Breakfast,” a song celebrating the duo’s success so far. Paired with some horns and piano, it acts as the perfect beginning song.
“Mind Your Manners” showcases the intricate sampling skills of Xaphoon.
The song features Icona Pop’s “Manners,” a playfully fun song reminiscent of “Truth,” but not as bubbly.
“Ray Charles” follows, a quirky song poking fun at the legendary musician, in a cute way.
The chorus, sung by a sultry voice, screams, “Ohh boy, open your eyes/A girl like me ain’t waitin’ all night.”
The song is filled with pun after pun dealing with blindness, but is delivered in a way that makes it more adorable than insulting.
The album delves a little deeper into emotion with the track “Does she love me?” which speaks of the heartbreak of falling for the wrong one.
“Does she love me?/ No Sir/ Does she want me?/No Sir/ I think she hates me/ What has she done for me lately?”
With a chorus like this listeners can feel the simplistic wallowing Chidera finds himself in.
Nothing really pops out lyrically or musically until the latter part of the album, specifically with the track “Happening,” which features English singer/songwriter V.V Brown.
The upbeat song reminds listeners of what catchy pop is, a song that surely will be on a summer mixtape in the near future.
The infectious sing/yelling of V.V Brown mixed with the clap machine produces a euphoric, young mood for an afternoon drive or a lively party.
Chiddy Bang adds a little of the hip-hop rap mentality in the ending song, “Fourth Quarter” a perfect juxtaposition for its poppy predecessors.
Complete with “ahs,” it would fit perfectly on any Hot 97 playlist, right up there with a YMCMB or MAYBACH track.
Tracks like these prove that Chiddy can sway back and forth between different genres with ease and success.
Overall the album has a footloose and fancy free feel to it, but as with many other albums of the time, it seems to not be a cohesive piece of work, instead just a compilation of different songs.
Xaphoon steps his game up with the beats, making them less simplistic not only by using different samples but by adding more intricate details.
The beauty in his old, simplistic sound was that the listener focused more on the lyrics, which were both intellectual and gritty, thanks to Chidera’s Nas-like flow.
Unfortunately, with this album, the lyrics and flow seemed less street and more celebratory, speaking less about struggle and more about success.
It is a natural progression, but let’s just hope that Chiddy Bang doesn’t forget the correct ratio of fruit loops to milk on their next album.