'Hot Cheetos and Takis' maestros make K-Mart commercial - KMSP-TV

'Hot Cheetos and Takis' maestros make K-Mart commercial

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The young rap group from north Minneapolis that created the YouTube hit "Hot Cheetos and Takis" is at it again, but this time, they're on a national stage and they're getting paid.

The group of grade schoolers formerly known as the Y-N Rich Kids has a new lease on life, a new commercial for K-Mart and a path to success.

"A lot of kids on the north side have a bad background history. A lot of people, you know, doing bad stuff, showing them a bad example. So, we are just coming through helping them and giving them a good example," member Glenn Carter told FOX 9 News.

The seven-member-group now goes by Da Rich Kidzz. On Tuesday, four of the members -- Jasiona White (Lady J), Freeman Hickman (Frizzy Free), Glenn Carter (G-6), and Glentrel Carter ( Fly Guy) -- hopped on their latest "limo" to the Minnesota State University Mankato 4-day STEM Camp.

"Charts say when you don't go to summer school, your grades go down. So, when you go to STEM programs like this, your grades go up a little bit," nodded Carter.

STEM programs focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Although these artists are excelling in their musical endeavors, they are still focused on the rest of their education.

"When you hit fifth or middle school, your grades really count to get into good colleges," insisted White.

All of Da Rich Kidzz are focused on getting into a good college and earning scholarships along the way. In their extracurricular lives, they already have a lot to be hyped about. Since last Thursday, their new song, "My Limo," has garnered more than, 200,000 hits on YouTube.

The "My Limo" music video is a part of a K-Mart commercial promoting the group's reasonably priced clothing line, which will be released just in time for back-to-school shopping.

"Cause my hoodie cost a hami, and hami is my homie," sings Hickman, explaining that "hami" is slang for a $10 bill -- a nod to Alexander Hamilton's face that appears on the $10 bill.

When asked why the musical group decided to get involved in garb too, Glentrel Carter was quick with an answer.

"It makes other little kids really want to get on the school bus," he assured.

Rewind to April, the students were trying to sort out how they would move forward after their first YouTube sensation, "Hot Cheetos and Takis." The hit ended up creating a dispute between the group and the YMCA over profits.

Watched closely by their mothers, the grade-schoolers have since put the fiasco behind them. Under new management, and production, Da Rich Kidzz retained all but one original member.

With intrepid support from mothers like Melissa Mercedes-Hickman, the group now gets paid for appearances and every hit they produce.

"They work hard and they deserve it. They earned it," nodded Mercedes-Hickman.

Each member says they are playing smart with the money they earn by putting those "hamis" away for college expenses.

"So our moms won't have to go out of their way, we can pay for it ourselves," smiled Freeman Hickman.

Da Rich Kidzz plan to launch the clothing line next month, and they will make an in-store appearance at a local K-Mart to sign autographs and give out freebies on Aug. 10 at the K-Mart on Lake St. in Minneapolis.

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