The Cool Kids' Mikey Rocks Discusses Biters, Tyler, The Creator & "Shark Week"

Mikey Rocks says The Cool Kids are "a gold mine to biters."

When The Cool Kids announced their upcoming Shark Week album in early January, many of their fans, including Tyler, the Creator, were pleased to hear that the duo was reuniting for their first full-length studio album since 2011's When Fish Ride Bicycles. Recently, The Cool Kids' Mikey Rocks spoke about the group's upcoming project and Tyler, the Creator's enthusiasm for it. 

"I'm a fan of Tyler's as well, so it was cool to see him show that love, especially with all the success of Odd Future," Rocks said in an interview with Spin. "I'm glad to hear that we had that influence on him, to spark some of his ideas and help him find his own lane." 

While Rocks said he does not know if Tyler will contribute to Shark Week, he said "it's definitely possible." After discussing Tyler's potential involvement, Rocks confirmed that IAMSU! and the HBK Gang are slated to be on Shark Week

Shark Week is the upcoming album's title due to "biters," Rocks says, as well as a continued aquatic theme.

"I'm a big fan of animals, and we've kept a theme of always relating our album titles to fish somehow," he said. "To us, the fish theme is a deeper meaning than most people would understand. You know what sharks do? Sharks are biters. We feel like after our first couple of mixtapes, a lot of people started biting our style, biting our look, biting our music, so now we're addressing all of that stuff."

Rocks says the first time he saw biters, he thought it was "weird." 

"That was so weird, because I'm just a kid that came from the south suburbs of Chicago, so I was coming into the game thinking people would treat it like they do in the streets," Rocks said. "In person, when you see someone do something cool, it makes you want to do something cool yourself, but not just copy them. But when we got into rap, people were copying point blank, and they don't have any shame about it, and other people would make them feel like it was okay. It was really weird to see that in people I looked up to and people who were famous before me. It alerted me to what kind of waters we were in — there's a lot of sharks out here, and people will bite, so you got to protect your style and let people know they can't just take your shit. When you have a group like us that are filled with endless ideas, we're like a gold mine to biters. So now we've got to stamp our shit real hard before anyone else can claim it as their own." 

RELATED: The Cool Kids Announce "Shark Week" Album


  • Anonymous

    yeah, rarely are the innovators of a certain style of dress or approach to music given due credit...glad they reconnected and i'm looking forward to some dope music...

  • Denise Valadez

    up to I saw the bank draft four $8925 , I accept that my neighbours mother woz like actually bringing home money part-time from there labtop. . there great aunt haz done this 4 only about 18 months and just now repaid the debts on their condo and bourt a great new Acura . visit this site... But then im gonna count R.A the rugged Man, vinnie paz, ill bill, necro, celph titled, alchemist as black because they are down with the culture.

  • Anonymous

    I whish Odd Future would collab with Tech9 or with Vinnie Paz I think they could make some cool tracks

  • D.G

    The cool kids are dope. They were rocking a lot of the vintage gear before everyone was on it. Their 808 style production started reasurgence in that 80's Heavy bass sound. Do the Knowledge Kids!!

  • Anonymous

    Please, you bunch of b[played out niggas are wack. Even bedbugs wouldn't bother biting your sorry asses.

    • RetributioN

      Yeah nice try a-non-a-bitch, you probably have an infestation of bed bugs, fleas and roaches you burnt out crack addict. Eat a dick or better yet go bite one pussy.

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