After drawing attention for their When Fish Ride Bicycles debut album cover, SOHH had to reach out to The Cool Kids to find out the real story behind their artwork.
According to Cool Kids’ Mikey Rocks, there is no holy symbolic meaning behind the cover and title.
“It’s a dude in a fish suit, on a bike,” Mikey Rocks, accompanied by an agreeing Chuck Inglish, told SOHH. “At the time, we was just messing around because when you sit with something for three years and you can kind of give it a story, it’s just new for rap. I don’t want to be taken too serious. That’s not what we got in this for. We don’t want people to sit and argue about how gangster or real we are. I want to do sh*t and bring it down to the people that I’m not even ashamed of.” (SOHH)
Mikey also said their goal with the cover was to take away from any seriousness and catch people’s attention with an eye-grabbing photo.
“I see the whole other side of the street life that these rappers want to glorify,” he added. “I’ve been around these kids. I know dudes who can’t come around for Christmas because they sell crack. You rap about that sh*t but when Christmas comes up and grandma’s at the house, you ain’t gonna show up. That whole other side of doing what’s me and not trying to tell kids how thug we were, I don’t want that sh*t. I’d rather have someone see [the album cover] and be like, ‘What the h*ll is that?’ And then when they listen to it, they’re stuck. They’re in it for life. So Fish Ride Bicycles was just a goofy name we came up with three years ago and breathed light into it. It wasn’t even planned, my homeboy built a fish suit and was like, ‘Look at this fish suit I built.’ And I was like, ‘D*mmmmn. We can take a picture of that and just make it the cover.'” (SOHH)
Chuck Inglish recently said the title was influenced by the debut’s frequent delays.
“When we came up with the name it was supposed to be our first album and we didn’t get to put it out. It just seemed like fish would ride bicycles before we actually did. So we stuck with the name and it actually took form, which wasn’t cool. We were really silent about our situation because we had to be, but we were stuck in a legal bind with our first label up until–well, we still are, kind of. We put out mixtapes, which kept us relevant, so the name never went anywhere but we just never got to do us. Mikey had to do solo work and I had to produce for other people. Three years later, we get to put out our first album.” (Black Book Mag)
The duo’s new album, currently in stores, features multiple guest appearances.
Rocks and Inglish perk up considerably in the presence of the disc’s many guest stars: Drummer Travis Barker enlivens “Sour Apples”; Asher Roth and Chip tha Ripper make “Roll Call” sound positively snappy; and by the time Ghostface Killah guests on “Penny Hardaway,” the Kids can barely contain themselves, though he doesn’t do much more than show up. (Washington Post)
Check out The Cool Kids’ “Penny Hardaway” below: