CX KiDTRONiK is obsessed with the female butt crack. Stones Throw’s new DJ/producer/vocalist makes explosively-danceable throwback hip hop, meshed with electro, metal and other genres. A new member of the recently re-formed group Atari Teenage Riot, he also counts Kanye West, Girl Talk and Saul Williams among his biggest fans. “He is a character,” says former tour mate Trent Reznor. “He’s also one of those guys, when he’s around, things start to happen.”
But back to the crack. The Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based artist CX once saw Jody Watley squat for a split second to pick up a tambourine at a Central Park performance – at the height of the low-rise jeans era – and it was all over. “People think I’m ass-obsessed, but that’s wrong,” CX says. “I love ‘accidental’ ass crack.” Regardless, his 2006 party-starting debut Krak Attack (Sound-Ink) pledged allegiance to the sag, while his Stones Throw work Krak Attack 2: Ballad Of Elli Skiff takes a more political angle. The title references a low-slung-pants-wearing Portsmouth, New Hampshire woman, who was arrested for refusing to leave a mall. CX decries ordinances around the country banning saggy jeans: “We’re supposedly in the post-racial Obama era,” he says, “but these types of laws are aimed at Black men, and there are more Black men in prison now than in 1850."
A one-time member of Anti-Pop Consortium and Airborn Audio, he worked for years as a New York city club DJ. Honing his production style, he specialized in live kicks and snares, rather than samples and loops. “I’m from the generation of Marley Marl and DJ Red Alert,” he says, “not Fruity Loops.” He reunited with Williams and contributed beats and vocals to his 2007 album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, which was produced by Trent Reznor. In recent years CX has toured with Reznor, Williams and Girl Talk, and in 2009 Kanye West flew him out to his Hawaii recording studio to co-produce a single called “Whatever U Want,” from West’s artist Consequence. What’s more, CX recently became the new member of German digital hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot, filling in for the late Carl Crack. (The Krak/Crack connection is purely coincidental.) CX’s Krak Attack 2: Ballad Of Elli Skiff promises to be the most contagiously-catchy, adrenalizing, genre-busting album of the year. Featuring guests including Deee-Lite’s Lady Miss Kier, DOOM, Ramm:Ell:Zee and Alec Empire and Nic Endo of Atari Teenage Riot, it’s the thinking man’s mosh pit music. “It’s got speed metal, gabber and ballads,” says CX. “It’s the craziest shit Stones Throw has ever put out.”