Kida

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Kida

Inglewood's Kida explains his ascent to working with Busta Rhymes, 9th Wonder and the Dirty District, as the unsigned act hopes to soar to newer heights.

Coming from Inglewood in an environment riddled with crime and drugs, Kida considered music as his avenue to escape and better his future. He was right in doing so. Kida is already being courted by various labels, but he’s in no rush as he remains inspired in his current artistry.”

Kida acquired the skills of instrumentation as he learned to play in the band and take those lessons into the Rap world. It plainly worked in his favor, because it’s not very often that an unsigned artist gets to work with Busta Rhymes, DJ Khalil, Jake One, 9th Wonder, Slum Village, !llmind, Young RJ, Don Cannon. Kida continues to bring his concepts to life via the booth and doesn’t treat the industry like it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

From St. Louis to Cali: “As far as my speech pattern, I did have the stereotypical St. Louis accent. But I’ve been in California since I was 12, so it’s long gone by now. So that aspect has not been incorporated into my music. I don’t feel me being from a couple of different areas affects my content or versatility, which helps my music.”

Working with the majors: “It’s been a blessing to me, because technically I’m not considered a mainstream artist. It helps shape me as an artist who they respect for my music, and I respect them as well. It’s a beautiful connection that I was fortunate to be a part of.”

History of instrumentation: “I actually read music. I have a very deep band background. I was in the band from elementary through high school. I actually had a scholarship on the table from USC for the band. I play the trumpet and drums. I self taught myself the piano as well. I actually perform with an eight or nine piece band plus a deejay for my shows. I’m all about showmanship, and having a band lets me do that for my music.”

Working with the original Roc-A-fella: “I worked with Roc-A-Fella, and it was a situation of my learning the business and paying my dues. I worked directly with Dame [Dash], and I learned a lot. He’s a great dude. Even though a was only a street promoter, he didn’t treat me like I was less than an artist. That situation taught me the meaning of hustle. I think it’s great that Dame will be re-launching Roc-A-Fella. He’s a great businessman, and I know he’s going to deliver. I know he’s working with Curren$y, and I think he’s going to be able to make great things happen again.”

Getting offered a record deal by Suge Knight: “Yeah, I actually had the opportunity because his wife played my demo for him in his limo when he had gotten out of jail. So he heard it immediately and liked it. I got a call that night saying come to the studio and we met. He was a genuine dude. Suge offered me a deal, but after speaking to my lawyers and having them look over the contract it just wasn’t in my best interest to sign. But I still appreciate the offer.”

Current projects: “I released my breakthrough street album called The Endemic I have a lot of producers on it and I’m getting some good feed back on the leaks so far. Than on Valentine’s Day, I put out The Endemic: The Ladies Version. Then I put together the project called Who Is Kida. I just dropped my new album, Chairman of the Board. What I did with this one was go back about a decade and show people that I could still be relevant over and the sound of the 90’s. The feedback has been amazing with that one. Right now I’m just concentrating on putting out a full length LP and we’re working hard at that.”

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