Fresh off the release of their self-titled debut LP, the electrified neo-soul boys of CMJ 2011 act the Stepkids have unleashed an obscurely star-studded music video for “Legend In My Own Mind.” The clip features appearances by Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, the mysteriously masked guitar virtuoso Buckethead and, judging by his makeup, a member of the Insane Clown Posse—although he could just be some loser in ICP makeup and a sports jersey. Then again, what’s the difference?
As a four-piece white boy psychedelic funk/indie soul rock band, the Stepkids is a little bit of an outlier on Stones Throw’s roster, which is perhaps the irony of opening a music video with Wyatt Cenac passing out copies of the band’s debut on the street and advertising them as hip-hop. Cenac singles out a nerdy-looking white guy as someone who appreciates “that hip-hop” and hands him a CD, which sends the guy into a goofy delusion. Transformed into a merrily bespectacled ghettoblaster, he boards the subway to Fort Greene, Brooklyn—a coveted family-friendly neighborhood—and attends a backyard barbecue blowout. We don’t want to spoil the end, but after he eats a bunch of pie and busts some moves there’s a not-totally-unexpected twist.
The Stepkids has been hard at work touring the country with the Brit rockers of the Horrors. The band will appear at the CMJ Music Marathon in two weeks—namely, Pianos on Friday, October 21 for the Deli/Pianos showcase.