My introduction to Blended Babies came years ago when the supergroup Pulled Over By The Cops—consisting of Chip Tha Ripper (King Chip), Chuck Inglish, and Freddie Gibbs—was announced in 2011. While nothing beyond the track “Authority” came from the group, Blended Babies remained on the radar through mixtapes with Asher Roth and later Anderson Paak. Their in-house sound stood in stark contrast to the rap terrain with its classic break work and groove-heavy vibe. The team of JP and Rich Gains were like a two-headed Marly Marl, reinventing from a back-to-basics foundation.
Four years later, the Blended Babies cache has grown to explore r&b like the wah-wah ride out “So Slow” with Anderson Paak and King Chip and front porch acoustic pop like “Family” with fellow Chicagoans Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. Since they arrived in 2011 talent has been ushered in The Blender, their aptly dubbed studio, and heat has exited. The “30 Minutes of Blender History Mix” rifles through the catalog to revisit high water marks, while disclosing some of JP and Rich Gains’ favorite cuts in rap. The duo said, “These are some jams we have been feeling, and are vibing to right now. Mixed in some of our shit. From the new to old it doesn’t matter to us.”
Blended Babies collaborative EP with Anderson Paak is out now on iTunes.