Introducing: Syd tha Kyd
She has recently teamed up with fellow Odd Future member and roomie, Matt Martians, to work on a separate, soul hip hop project under the moniker of The Internet.
The Internet’s debut album, Purple Naked Ladies, is due for digital release 20th December next. (No word on the release date in Ireland.) The first single from the album is Cocaine, an infectious yet sinister tune, featuring Left Brain and Syd’s own vocals. She told SPIN magazine:
See, I’m not a singer. I sing, but I’m not a singer. I’m just a producer who sings on her own songs because I can’t find anybody else who sounds like me. Who can sing with my voice better? I haven’t found that person yet so I just do it myself.
Odd Future – especially the band’s Tyler the Creator – are no strangers to controversy, including criticisms over sexually violent and homophobic content in their lyrics. Still, she states:
For one, Matt and Mike G live with a homo. And Tyler acts so gay! [Laughs] The thing about the content and all is that, when I first heard it, I was the same as everybody else — like, whoa! He’s cussing every five seconds, I never heard anything like this, what’s going on? But I really liked the music behind it, and I really liked the way he was rapping. I was just curious so I kept listening. And the more I listened, the less I listened to the curse words and more to what he was really trying to say.
In that sense, that’s what really sold me on the whole thing before I was a part of it. That’s the reason I didn’t charge them to record in my studio. By the end of that, I was behind them a hundred percent. Because I was totally desensitized and a much happier and different person. I walked around and was no longer offended by anything that what someone I didn’t know my say about me. My self-confidence grew.
In relation to the girl-on-girl goings on in the video for Cocaine, she also told SPIN:
I just feel like if I’m gonna do this, I should use it as an outlet to inspire people like me. ‘Cause there ain’t nobody inspiring out there. Especially now that I’m getting more accustomed to the whole fame thing and the attention, because that was the hardest part. For one, with my mom, my parents in general and the amount of me that they see in the public eye, and just trying to be considerate of their feelings and try not to disappoint them. But at the same time be myself, which was hard to get to a balance. I felt like I was wobbling in the middle, getting used to the fans and the attention. I feel like I’m at a comfortable enough place to put myself out there now. I still won’t want to answer any questions [about my sexual orientation], but in a sense I won’t need to.
So, she’s out in the world of hip hop, is doing something original with The Internet, and has the support of her moms. All-told, I’m hooked and I likey. Keep an eye out for this woman in 2012, pop pickers.
You can listen to Cocaine as well as two other tracks from the record – “They Say/Shangrila” and “Love Song” – on the album’s website.