Last year, Kyle Rappsbroke out with two impressive projects, his Kev Brown-produced Re-Edutainment EP and hisAir-sampling On Airmixtape, a collection of projects that found the Harlem-based upstart collaborating with the likes ofTalib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, KRS-One, and more. The first half of 2012 has been equally busy, and has seen Kyle branch out as he continues to work with new collaborators, the most recent of which is producer Diwon. Together, the rapper and producer released their Tyrone Gosling EP, a free project inspired by the 2011 thriller Drive, and now, they’re prepping a new mixtape, Syndication, to be released this fall, which pulls its samples from a variety of classic TV theme songs.
Up first from that tape is today’s single, “Mr. Rogers,” a track built around a sample of the theme song from the classic kid’s show. The video, directed by Robbie Barclay, is a funny, lighthearted clip that pulls a variety of classic clips from the original show, with Kyle’s head superimposed, rather expertly, on the body of Mr. Rogers. Despite the humorous video, however, the song isn’t all fun and games. “I grew up in the David Dinkins era of True York City – the grimy, the gritty,” explains Kyles Rapps. “The song is an ode to the pre-gentrified, pre-Disney’ed-out days.”