Known as DJ KID K.U.T. in the eighties, leader of the Atlanta super group K.I.N. in the early nineties and DJ and producer for the Further MCs in the mid-nineties, CX Kidtronik is truly a veteran of the underground hip-hop scene. After working with some of the scene’s best over the years, CX finally made his solo debut on wax earlier this year with “Krak Attack,” a brilliant concept record that’s every bit as poignant as it is raunchy. “Everybody and they moms is rapping about crack now…so I just had to flip it and salute, as well as question the ladies of low-rise worldwide,” says CX. Calling his frenetic sound “punk rap,” CX brings a refreshingly DIY approach to a genre that has become sterilized by slick overproduction and six-figure marketing campaigns. “Most of the album was just me bringing in beats to the studio on a homemade CD,” says CX, “and then cats would yell on ‘em, and we would add and chop up shit from there.” On tour, CX kicks it every bit as old school, bringing with him nothing but the basics. “I use a K-station synthesizer, an MPC 1000 beat box and my infamous secret weapon: The Coby XC FX cassette walkman.” Though probably best known for putting the “dirty” in Dirty South, CX is no stranger to the Chicago music scene, previously touring with local favorites Isotope 217 and The Eternals. Recently, CX has also been gaining attention as Saul Williams’ live tour “One Man Band” and the two have been collaborating on Williams’ latest album. “[It’s] mostly produced by Trent Reznor with me adding 808 boom bass to joints,” says CX, who also has plans to work with the Nine Inch Nails front man on the follow-up to “Krak Attack.” “[We’re] going to do a new version of my favorite Nine Inch Nails song, ‘Mr. Self Destruct part 6,’ for the next Krak Attack album, ‘Krak Attak 2: Back Krak with a Vengeance.’” (Brad Knutson)
CX continues his near week-long stint in Chicago with a Friday night show at the Empty Bottle,1035 North Western, (773)276-3600 on September 9 when he opens for blog darling Girl Talk and a headlining gig with Kid Static at The Abbey, 3420 West Grace, (773)478-4408 on September 10.