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'Hot Cheetos & Takis:' Kids Rap Song Goes Viral

By Ian Kar on August 16, 2012 7:12 PM EDT 0

Hot Cheetos and Takis
Hot Cheetos and Takis (Photo: Popdust.com)

'Hot Cheetos & Takis,' a song about the popular snacks (Takis are a brand of Mexican Corn Chips), might be the best rap video of the summer.

After the generic pop songs that are overtaking the radio stations (have you listened to the radio for 15 minutes without hearing 'Call Me Maybe' or 'Somebody That I Used To Know'?), Y.N.RichKids have scored the rap song of the summer.

Even Rolling Stone agrees, saying the song is "the summer's final truly great jam."

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Y.N.RichKids are part of an after-school program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to CBC News, members of the program have the opportunity to display their rapping skills if they complete their schoolwork.

Luckily for us, these kids do their homework, or else we might not have been able to listen to the light, fun, and catchy song. It's like the a infinitely better version of Rebecca Black's 'Friday,' a music video that went viral last year because of how atrocious it was. But 'Hot Cheetos and Takis' is actually a good rap song, with witty and funny rhymes and topical references to other songs, like when one of the child-rappers discuss going "HAM in the store" and then a female MC talks about having "Snacks on snacks on snacks," a reference to the popular song, Racks by YC and 'Gotta Have It' by Kanye West and Jay-Z. It also doesn't hurt that professional video producers helped the kids make their music video.

The song has even been tweeted and blogged by comedian Aziz Ansari and also supported by DJ Diplo.

However, there has been some controversy with the song. For some reason, a copyright claim by Texas A&M led to the music video being taken off Youtube for some time. According to an article by Erik Thompson, Rich Peterson, of 13twentythree Photography, discussed the copyright claim in an email. "It said it infringed on copyright...I'm not sure if it was because we were talking about [Cheetos] it was blocked. I haven't gotten a response back. I literally found this out in the last five to ten minutes...We're not generating any revenue off of it...It's just a fun kid's video. I don't know why they'd block it."

However, the video was later reinstated, after people figured out that another account had posted the video as well and both were taken down by Youtube.

So far, the video has been a viral sensation, amassing over 368,000 hits on Youtube. This isn't Y.N.RichKids' first song, they have a number of other songs available on their website (here).

Its welcoming to see kids who are talented artists having an opportunity to display their skills online. Hopefully this will be Y.N.RichKids first of many hits. As long as they keep doing their homework.

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