'Hot Cheetos' kids get a lesson in cold, hard facts

  • Article by: Chris Riemenschneider , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Back in the studio with their eyes on a record deal, the north Minneapolis hip-hop heroes have yet to see a cent from their YouTube smash.

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youhavetobekiddingmeFeb. 16, 13 2:45 PM

These kids should read Steve Albini's "The Problem with Music" printed in Maximum Rock and Roll and now available on Negativland's website. Nothing has changed in the music business. Stay in school and get ready for a day job.

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antisuburbsFeb. 16, 13 8:54 PM

sounds like these kids are being robbed... If the song is selling on iTunes, where is the money going?

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youhavetobekiddingmeFeb. 16, 13 8:56 PM

C'mon Chris...you know how the music industry works. You should crush these kids dreams up front rather than depending on commentators of your "articles".

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orpheus90Feb. 17, 1312:37 AM

Given the song is an unmitigated pitch for junk food, if anybody owes these kid money, it's the companies that produce Hot Cheetos and Takis, respectively Frito-Lay and Barcel. The video even resembles the distinctive pop style of kid-pitch ads routinely folded into Saturday morning programming. Also, "Flamin' Hot Cheetos," a highly popular snack food with kids, has been banned from schools In California, New Mexico And Illinois because the fat and salt content are literally off the charts. Researchers are now contending that junk food like Hot Cheetos are not only nutritionally dubious, but my even be addictive.

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jesslee763Feb. 17, 13 8:09 AM

The videographer that donated his time, why are you profiting from volunteering?!?! Volunteer means you do not get paid!!!!!!! You volunteered your talent and should not be profiting!!! Greedy!!!!!!!!

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thedanmanFeb. 17, 13 2:28 PM

I hope the charitable organization gets every penny so they can continue to fund programs for kids. I don't think it's about earning profit. I think it's about learning skills and lessons they can use for the rest of their lives. If they want to earn money, they can certainly go on the touring circuit or invest their own money and record new material.

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LarryLongFeb. 17, 13 9:18 PM

I was grateful that the Tribune celebrated the 'Hot Cheetos' kids of north Minneapolis for their YouTube smash. The North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center, who mentored this effort, is a very important institution in the north Minneapolis community. It is one of kind. Youth centered and free for all youth. Plus, it employs children from the community and empowers them through hands-on activities that give them a voice. That voice can be heard on Cheetos & Takis! Those voices, though, would not be heard without the daily, year-round commitment of the North Community YMCA Teen & Enrichment Center, and through the generosity of folks, who contribute daily and yearly so their doors can remain open. It takes a village to raise a child and that village for the 'Hot Cheetos' kids includes both their families and the North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center.

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MrBagaasonFeb. 18, 13 9:57 AM

@Melissa Re: College Scholarships for Rapping First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community @ UW Madison McNally Smith College of Music's Premier Scholarship in Hip-Hop

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acemgmtFeb. 19, 13 8:27 AM

First, MrBagaason :) I know you, and I know that you know your business. To people reading these comments you should heed this local legend's information regarding scholarship opportunities that are available (and there are many more, trust me, I sought them out and was a recipient). Additionally, in response to jesslee763, if you read the article closely, the videographer wasn't volunteer, he was working at a reduced rate. 13twentythree is a local respected videographer that used his talents to make something great for those kids that he never had to. He didn't have to donate any money to the Y, yet he did. The Y, on the other hand, received $10,000 from Best Buy and any funds they receive from this project that isn't immediately put back into that program or those kids (specifically) is a gross misuse of non-profit funding. 13twentythree was not a beneficiary of that same funding (as I am aware) and received a nominal fee for his shooting, editing, posting, distribution, et cetera. Just as people want appropriations for these kids, the individuals that used their time and talent deserve their fair share. Think about it, these kids volunteered their time and talent and we are arguing for them to be paid (which I agree with), thusly, the same respect should be paid to the artists that volunteered their time and talent...even more so, because like that mother said, without their (she stated the Y, but it was really the work of the adults running the program, engineers, producers, videographers, et cetera) involvement, the world wouldn't have even known this type of talent existed in these children. Just something to think about.-ACE

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nakiasgmaFeb. 19, 1310:54 AM

On behalf of NAKIA MARIE, myself and the TC, congrats to all the KIDS, their parents AND the Y. Great job. Good luck in the future with your upcoming projects. Tough lessons to learn, but great experience. Keep it going!!! To the KIDS, love the music, the beat, the energy. Hope your next projects will be as successful and totally financially rewarding to you all. Love that the money is going for college. Stay strong!!

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