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The notion of "traditional hip hop" has changed forever. Whether you're talking about genre bending projects from superstars like Kanye and Lil Wayne or new artists like Kid Cudi hip-hop has reached a tipping point and it's followers are expanding their horizons. Chiddy Bang is a Philly based duo comprised of Chiddy (emcee) and Xaphoon Jones (DJ/producer) who combine elements of indie and electronica with some good al fashioned "spitting". The result has been described by some bloggers as a "hipsters wet dream", but Chiddy Bang prefers to think of themselves as "kings of the basement party jam".

While Chiddy grew up in the dangerous streets of Newark, NJ, that's where the stereotypical rapper story ends. Raised by hard working parents who left the villages of Nigeria in pursuit of the American Dream he saw first hand the value of hard work. Early on, Proto used his way with words to create opportunities for himself. In the classroom he excelled and earned a scholarship to the prestigious Northfield Mt. Herman High School whose alumni run the gamut from Diplomats to the founder of Burger King to the CEO of Citibank. After high school his family relocated to the Philly area Proto eventually enrolled in Drexel University where he met producer Xaphoon Jones.