Last Tuesday myself and Naledge embarked on a trip to LA from Chicago for a week of recording and promo work for adidas and Red Bull with the rest of the Kidz in the Hall team meeting us in LA from New York. Upon arriving in LA myself and Naledge met up with Double 0 and Andrew aka Good Will Hunter to pick up our ride for the week and then headed straight to Red Bull studios to begin work on the new Kidz EP. When I say "Do Work" I mean the Kidz did work, putting in a long day in the studio from aroud 2 until 10 PM the day of arrival. For the next 3 days Naledge and Double 0 recorded, wrote and composed new songs in 8 hour lockout sessions each day. Here's a quick look at what the Red Bull studio looks like and what we had to work with in the 4 days at Red Bull Headquarters in Santa Monica.
The Boards in the studio are CRAZY!
Now back to the recap... After the first long day at the studio we arrived at the crib we were staying at and only one word can truly describe it... SWAG! We were staying at a 4 bedroom crib in the Hollywood Hills with a TRILL view of LA and jacuzzi on the back porch. Take a peek...
It looked even greater at night when the city was lit up. The house was awesome, it was a shame that we had to spend most of our time in the studio, but that's what happens when you make business trips like this. You just have to enjoy the downtime that you have from all the hard work being put in. Wednesday we had to make a stop over at the adidas showroom to pick up some goods for the Kidz and Crew seeing as though they were participating in the adihoop and Snoop Dogg 3 on 3 tournament over All-Star weekend. The adidas showroom was very dope as we got to look at a whole bunch of products from adidas both old and new as well as a few previews of things to come from the brand. I was wandering around the showroom when I stumbled upon some interesting designs from adidas' most eccentric designer Jeremy Scott.
Jeremy Scott French Fry track jacket's and shorts
Jeremy Scott winged vest which appeared to have possibly been glow in the dark
Myself taking a MySpace mirror picture in a clear Jeremy Scott rain trench.
Despite my fascination with the Jeremy Scott gear we were at the showroom for a reason, to get laced with hella gear, here's the end result.
I myself got laced with the new adidas Crazy 8s, a pair of the adiRose basketball shoes, classic Rod Lavers and Stan Smiths, The Atmos Exclusive Roundhouse & more (which I had to leave behind in LA due to not having space to bring them back to Chicago). Naledge and Double 0 also pulled in considerably nice sized hauls featuring some of the new Ransoms as well as Double 0 receiving a pair of the adidas x Burton snow boot. All in all the trip to adidas was a good one but as soon as we left the showroom it was back to the studio.
While in the studio we had a stream of visitors in and out throughout the week. Amongst these guests appearances in the studio there were pop-ins by DJ Wreckinize, Ben Baller, and Playboy model Brittany Ireland as well as a few personal friends of the Kidz.
Double 0 taking Model flicks with Playboy's own Brittany Ireland
One half of the Danagers, Dan Glogower, Andrew and Mir chillin at the Red Bull Studio.
By the end of the week in the studio the adias basketball tournament started to loom over the heads of both Naledge and Double 0 seeing as though neither had much time to practice and their team wasn't completely set. Being that one half of their management team, Dan Solomito, is 6'7" and played college ball it seemed that going into the week he would be a surefire teammate for the 3 on 3. Previous commitment to Donnis' video shoot in Hawaii left the the team lacking a real scoring threat, so the search was on for someone who could add production to the mix as well as represent the Kidz properly. Luckily the other Dan had a trick up his sleeve and called Jack Davey who he had stated had been gushing over how good her younger brother was at basketball. Enter Parker Cartwright, a 5'7" 130 pound 14 year old who looks no older than his age but has game beyond his years. Parker and the Kidz friend Mexi joined the squad to fill out the roster. The tournament itself was full of stars and LA local celebs. The Kidz, UNI and Snoop all had teams in the tournament as well as local spots such as Proper, The Hundreds and UNDFTD. The Kidz played a tough two games and despite the insane play Parker and illegal substitution of YO from UNI they still came up short in the opening round. Snoop's team (equipped with The Game, YG and surprise guest Chris Brown) took the crown but not until after Kidz in the Hall gave a great performance previous to the Championship rounds.
Performing at the adihoop 3 on 3.
Saturday was the most organized and planned out day as the Kidz went straight from the 3 on 3 to soundcheck at the Standard for the adidas & Snoop sneaker release party. The party was crazy with performances by the Kidz as well as Far East Movement, Suga Free, Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes. Celebrities and Athletes were all in the party which was quite fun due to a plethora of drinks and food. We dipped from the party before it ended but it was still quite a good time.
Drinks and lobster eggrolls courtesy of adidas.
Sunday morning we decided to invite a few friends over for a party which would cap off the week in LA for the crew. After sending out around 50 invitations we ended up with one hell of a party on our hands as well over 100+ people showed up at the crib to party and watch the All-Star game. The party went on from 3 until 12 as people flowed into the house all the way up until it was time for people to make their next move to the club for the night. We hope that everyone who did come to the party enjoyed themselves, it sure seemed like it while y'all were there! Monday was a R&R day before the return flights home and it was very necessary. Overall the trip was quite a success and it appeared as if everyone really enjoyed it despite the fact that most of it was work. The end result of this trip should be quite fruitful seeing as though it was packed with recording and performances. Thanks once again to Red Bull and adidas for making such a great trip happen, we hope to keep working with y'all to spread the Kidz in the Hall music and Brainiac Society movement to the masses!