Kid Sister

posted February 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM CST | 29 comments

Itís hard for a new artist to ask for much more than having one of the hottest artists in the industry jump on your lead single and video, and thatís exactly what Kid Sister got when Kanye West ended up doing a guest spot on ďPro Nails.Ē The track and its inclusion on Westís Canít Tell Me Nothing Mixtape gave Kid Sisterís career a huge boost in its early stages, but despite what you might assume, the assist wasnít the result of the usual label politics and back-scratching that typically makes these things happen.

ďWith the Kanye thing, I never asked for that. When I saw him, I wasnít like ĎHey, whatís up on a collaboration,Ē she explains. Instead, Kanye heard the song, liked it and wanted to be on it; that was that. The extra hype for his deejay's new artist really was just an extra benefit. While Chi-town emcees may not be represented on the national scene in the same numbers as those from the east, south and west, Chicago emcees stick together.

The Windy City has a deep history both in Hip Hop and House music and Kid Sister will follow in those steps with an album that has her rapping over tracks by both Hip Hop and Dance producers. Kid Sis largely attributes her wide range in tastes to her mixed heritage, and while her favorite music is mid/late
'90s R&B, she also mentions that she grew up listening to Capone-N-Noreaga and started sneaking into clubs at the age of 12 to cop mixtapes and hear the latest records. ďI had a couple of girlfriends who would get me fake IDs.Ē

These days, most emcees of either gender are more concerned with proving how tough they are than just having a good time, so the humor and energy that Kid Sister shares with earlier rappers makes her rare in 2008. Her range might make her difficult to categorize, but her ties with the past make her the future. Whatever you call her, Kid Sister is next.

Hailing From: Chicago, Illinois.

Current Works:
Recently released the video for ďPro NailsĒ with Kanye West, plus singles ďSwitch BoardĒ and ďControlĒ from forthcoming debut.

Connects: A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Chromeo and Kanye West.

Life before music: "I was riding my bike between three different jobs working at a Reggae bar, a baby clothing store and at Bath & Body Works putting lotion on old ladiesí skin. It wasnít even the mall! It was like a strip mall with a golf store, a check-cashing place and a Chuck E. Cheezís. At least I got some lotion out of it... When I got to college, I tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to get the desk job with the health insurance, but it wasnít quite that simple; I was letting that get in the way of what I really wanted to do."

Debating whether or not to pursue rap: "Iíve been performing all my life. I did some work with community theatre and was in choir since I was seven or eight years old. It was something that I always did and enjoyed but never really thought of as a traditional skill; it was definitely not strategized or planned. I have a great aunt who was kind of like my mentor and she had been successful in her life as a performer. She would tell me, 'Youíre such a great performer and it would be a shame if you didnít get back into it,' and Iím like, 'Yeah yeah yeah, thatís easy for you to say, youíre not the one starving, youíre not the one working three jobs.' Still, she kept telling me, 'Get into it, get into it.'"

Beginning to perform: "I was a little depressed one day thinking about it and I was like, 'Iím already poor, so let me see what I can do because Iíve got nothing to lose.' I saw my brother [J2K of Flosstradamus] traveling a lot and I saw them having so much fun. When I started my thing, they had just started out maybe two months before that and I would go to their parties to support them. It wasnít that no one came, but it was just our friends and people like that so I thought, 'Let me get up there and give it a shot.'

On coming up so fast: "Itís been a warp-speed ascension out of nowhere; itís crazy. I canít really understand how it happened so fast. Itís nothing but a gift from God dropping out the sky and falling in my lap. I never even asked for this, itís just something that I feel that Iíve been favored for. Still, you have to be hungry about your shit; you have to be passionate."

On the competitive nature of female rappers:
"Itís so sillyÖ if you look at it for what it really is, we need to all bond together and lift each other because there arenít that many of us. Weíre always gonna be pulled apart and scrutinized and turned on each other in a way that men can never be because thereís so many of them."

Mixing her Hip Hop and Dance roots for the album: "Itís gonna be right in the middle. Iím biracial, so Iím used to working right in the middle because my whole life has been a balancing act. I donít look at that as a bad thing though; Iím not the kind of person who ever tried to give up one side or the other of my culture, so what you hear in my music is a direct reflection of who I am; itís a blend."

To the fans: "Thank you so, so much for the love and I canít wait to see you on the road. The gratitude I have is indescribable. I just feel so lucky and so blessed, so what can I say other than 'thank you'?"

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