by Eleanor Davies
ONE is a record breaking rapper, the other is a producer who knows no bounds and together they are one of the most exciting new music duos to hit UK shores.
Their debut single, Opposite of Adults, has racked up over 17million YouTube hits and the first release from their debut album, Ray Charles, is one of the catchiest tunes of the year so far.
So it’s fair to say the arrival of Chiddy Bang on Professor Green’s upcoming UK tour has got us very excited.
“We’re pretty excited too,” says rapper Chiddy - real name Chidera Anamege. “Professor Green is a cool dude so it’s exciting and an honour.”
Chiddy and his musical partner Noah ‘Xaphoon Jones’ Beresin have been together since 2008 having met at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After uploading a mixtape - The Swelly Express - to MySpace and getting themselves noticed, they got signed to a record label and released Opposite of Adults, which sampled MGMT track Kids.
Since then their debut album has been a work in progress but last month, Breakfast, was released in the UK followed by the infectious single Ray Charles, amongst other electro rap tracks, and my personal favourite Talking to Myself.
“Talking to Myself is my favourite as well so you’ve got taste,” laughs Chiddy. “Handclaps and Guitars is my favourite to perform live.”
So just what can we expect when they step on stage at the Cliffs Pavilion on Monday?
“People can expect chaos,” he jokes. “There’ll be lots of energy, me running around the stage with Xaphoon on drums - maybe some live freestyle. We never really know what we’re going to do.”
The live freestyle should be a performance in itself with Chiddy holding the Guinness World Record for Longest Freestyle Rap and the Longest Marathon Rapping record, after rapping for nine hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds, never breaking for more than three seconds.
“It was just an opportunity to challenge myself,” he tells me. “My manager called me and said MTV want you to do this so I just accepted it as a challenge. I would never go back and do it again,” he laughs. “I broke the record and have two plaques in my house so no one can take those away from me.”
Now, with a packed schedule of touring, and promotions it doesn’t appear he would have time even if he wanted to, with work on album two already underway.
“We’ve started getting some ideas down but at the moment we’re just on the road,” he says. “The most we’ve done is ideas but I love the summer and it’s my favourite time to write so stay tuned and expect lots of music.”
So, as a follow on to Breakfast, will they will be calling their second album Lunchtime, I wonder?
“The name is under wraps,” he smiles. “It could be Lunchtime but we could skip to Dinner.
“Breakfast is my favourite meal time, it’s the best way to start the day, that’s why we called the first album that.”
And it was certainly a good way to start their careers too.
Chiddy Bang’s debut album, Breakfast, is out now. For tickets to see them supporting Professor Green at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on Monday, 30 April call the Box Office on 01702 351135.