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Exclusive Video: Obama's Pals Cool Kids Rock a Planetarium

January 29, 2008 11:57 AM ET

On Friday night, Rock Daily caught up with low-fi indie-rap darlings Chuck English and Mikey Rocks before their show at Flavorpill's One Step Beyond party at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (a few hours before Kanye West showed up for his cameo in the planetarium). Click above to hear the story of Artist to Watch Cool Kids meeting Barack Obama and to watch Mikey spit one of his favorite rhymes about James Bond and wontons.

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Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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