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Interview:
Chiddy Bang ready to serve up "Breakfast"
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Chiddy Bang isn’t serving “Breakfast,” its first full album, for another month, but the Philadelphia rap duo has already done a fine job of whetting fans’ appetites.

The group has scored with a pair of EPs, three mixtapes and an underground/Internet hit in the MGMT-sampling “The Opposite of Adults,” as well as guest appearances on Detroit rapper Big Sean’s latest mixtape and debut album.

The group has also appeared on songs by VV Brown and You Me at Six, and “Ray Charles,” the first single from “Breakfast,” is beginning its chart ascent.

“We feel like we’ve been accomplishing things in spurts here and there,” says MC Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege, 21, who met producer/DJ Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin in 2008, during their freshman (and only) year at Drexel University. “It’s hard to know how much you’re actually accomplishing when you’re involved and you’re in the thick of it. It’s hard to make sense of it all.

“To us, it’s a dream come true that we’re busy and all of these positive things are happening to us. But at the same time we’re constantly pushing to break the next barrier and go to the next thing, so we take it one day at a time, one mission at a time.”

On his own, meanwhile, Chiddy has enjoyed the notoriety of setting a pair of Guinness World Records for Longest Freestyle Rap and Longest Marathon Rapping, at nine hours and 18 minutes during the MTV O Music Awards in 2009.

“It was definitely a challenge,” he recalls. “It wasn’t really hard in the sense of rapping; I had fans tweet me some topics and I had those on a screen in front of me the whole time. It was hard in the sense of keeping yourself hydrated and storing the energy to keep going without passing out or getting too tired.

“So, yeah, it was tough. But I accepted it as a personal challenge for myself and I did it, and at the end of the day I came out with a nice plaque. It was definitely one of the highlights so far.”

Chiddy Bang performs Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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