F*CKEDUP! – [Kelo of Dopeness] & [Kaidontrap]

As I have gotten older, I have realized the importance of honesty and being transparent with everyone I interact with, even if it’s online. I just feel like there are way too many people who tell simple lies or just aren’t as honest as they could be, and this leads down a path of dishonesty and overall untrustworthiness. The same goes for these articles, because although. I do my best to get the facts and give my genuine opinion of the songs I write about, the simple fact is that I can’t always get all of the details right, so I either don’t include them or write down something I heard or surmised rather than something that I definitively know is factual.

I try my best to not let this happen, but I say all of this because I have written extensively about Kelo of Dopeness’ music in the past, and most of the time I refer to him as a Chicago artist. Well, since my last article, it has come to my attention that he is actually from Los Angeles, so I had to clear the air and set the record straight. Regardless, he does so much work for Lyrical that I think of him as an honorary Chicagoan anyways, so I’m not going to take that away from him whatsoever. His collaborative project with Kaidontrap called DRUGSAREBAD! is now a few months old, but I find myself enjoying it more and more with every listen as I experience their diverse talents all over again.

One of the most unique and entertaining songs on the project is the SplashGvng and Marlon Cordova-produced cut “F*CKEDUP!”, and when I saw the video for this hit, I knew it was something I had to post. Shot by Kyle Goodweed Reed, the two talents take us on a trip as they prepared for their epic performance at this year’s Summer Smash. After hitting your local big box store to grab some supplies and props for the performance, we are taken through the entire process of preparing for their set, leading us all the way up to the moment they hit the stage and kill it.

Throughout the video, there are cameos from people like our fearless leader Cole Bennett, the homie and fellow writer Lee Mcintosh, the legend Sal Tarantino, and even superstar Antonio Brown, amongst plenty of others. All in all, this video is so awesome because I personally love behind-the-scenes footage, and it really gives you a look into what goes into a performance as wild and crazy as theirs was, which makes it an essential watch whether you’re hip to this dynamic duo yet or not.