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Syd Tha Kyd is a powerful hitter for the sideline. After being sidelined for the last few seasons, Syd Tha Kyd is making his return with a new voice that is more pop than R&B, and more R&B than country. At the same time, he’s not asking for redemption with lead single ‘God Bless You’.
On May 18, 2017, Syd starred together with Korean R&B artist Dean in his music video for their collaboration "love".
Watch the video for Syd’s All About Me. (Source: www.theguardian.com Watch the video for the Internet’s Come Over. (Source:www.theguardian.com))
For such an understated character, the LA native has in the past courted a lot of drama. There was the time, in a 2012 interview with LA Weekly, that the openly gay artist questioned a number of high-profile female musicians’ sexuality and said she hated the word “lesbian”. Or there was the rollout of Cocaine, an anti-drug slow jam her current musical collective, the Internet, released in 2011, accompanied by a video in which Syd fed her girlfriend drugs and then abandoned her by the side of the road. After an internet discussion over whether it was degrading to women, she was forced to explain the video’s narrative on her Tumblr. She said she had wanted to make a trippy video without a happy ending, that it wasn’t intended to glamorise drugs but “to be honest”. Today she still sounds defeated by the reaction and says that the “backlash from the gay community hurt my feelings”. But it did encourage her to reassess how she channels her ideas. “It made me think more,” she says, which on the one hand, “sucked cos when you’re young, making art before you start thinking too much is when you come up with the best ideas,” but on the other, “when you put those ideas out, all the judgment definitely makes you think twice.” (Source: www.theguardian.com)
Initially, I thought I wanted to be a producer. And that was it! Just produce and maybe sing hooks. Before I started producing, I was mainly engineering ‘cause I didn’t feel very confident in my production yet. I still did it, but I just never played it. Stayed behind the boards. That was how I got into Odd Future. That was how I got my record deal. [I did] a lot of work for free, so to repay me, they gave me a record deal. Easier to do that than to separate me from the rest of the group. It worked out and I’m grateful, ‘cause it gave me the option to release music on a wide scale and have a budget to shoot videos and pay features. Unexpected blessing. (Source: www.gq.com)
She starred together with Korean R&B artist Dean on 18 May 2017 in his music video for their collaboration “love”. Syd released “Always Never Home” on 7 September 2017 which is a three-track EP. “Always Never Home” is the follow-up to her debut solo album Fin. (Source: www.wiki.ng)
As of her relationship status, Syd is openly a lesbian. At present, she is believed to be single. There are no official records of past and present relationships. However, people assume that her girlfriend is the one from the “Cocaine” video since many photos of the two are roaming very much. (Source: www.wiki.ng)
i-d.vice.com)The rest is of course hip-hop history with Odd Future, whose ranks expanded to include artists such as Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt, signing to Sony following a major label scramble and quickly becoming the dominant force in West Coast rap in the early 2010s. Like Eminem or the Pistols before them, the band were brilliant. As juvenile as they were sharp, contradictory as they were clever. But they were equally problematic too. Tyler’s lyrics attracted condemnation for apparently homophobic slurs, which Syd, who came out as gay in the video for The Internet’s " Cocaine" in 2011, was subsequently left to answer for. “It was a strange thing to be thrown into,” she says today. “Being expected to have an opinion on stuff or, I dunno, having to represent homosexuality in rap music or whatever. It felt like that was kind of a lot of pressure.” (Source:
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This morass plays out in the video for The Internet’s newest single, “Cocaine”—a fluffy, Neptunes-inspired wisp of a tune with a creepy subtext. In it, Syd sidles up to a clear-eyed, curly-haired, girly girl date at a carnival, asking in a bright, threadbare chirrup, “Do you wanna do some cocaine?” Playing the lascivious aggressive as they roam the fair, get high, make out and then unceremoniously part ways, Syd—heretofore largely enigmatic —proves just how she rolls with her posse of extreme dudes. (Source: www.torontostandard.com)
If you’ve been following the circus, it’s a fascinating moment when hypocrisy seemingly collides with reality in the form of a masquerading teeny-pop video. So what now? There’s no demonstrable evidence that this eradicates the careless ignorance of Odd Future’s male members, but Syd unleashing her unapologetically dyke swag on the crew’s rabid fan base definitely complicates the equation. Rather than confronting the contradiction, she embodies it. (Source: www.torontostandard.com)
Strauss, Matthew (26 August 2020). "Disclosure Share New Song "Birthday" With Kehlani and Syd: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
Syd Bennett is the new darling of escapist, sensual soul. Here she explains why singing doesn’t make her a ‘singer’ – and why being gay doesn’t make her part of a ‘community’ (Source: www.theguardian.com There are plenty of people who would disagree – her honeyed tones can be heard on tracks by Canadian crooner Daniel Caesar, New York indie band Dirty Projectors, and UK MC Little Simz. After their current tour, it seems likely that the Internet will take another pause for solo releases (Steve Lacy’s debut solo album is announced at the live show; he has just released a song with Vampire Weekend). For Syd, this means working on her next album, which she plans to produce. While on Fin there were barely any guests, this time she wants to enlist a lot of collaborators. (Source:www.theguardian.com))
In many ways, it feels like she finally has. Today, Syd performs in fuzzy neo-soul group the Internet – a clear stylistic break from Odd Future, with fellow Odd Future runaway Matt Martin (another standout member being Steve Lacy, who has production credits on Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Damn). But she has also just stepped out as a solo artist and released an acclaimed debut album. Fin does away with the studio jam vibe of the Internet’s Grammy-nominated Ego Death and instead turns to shadowy electronic seduction. Entirely self-produced, with additional beats from Lacy, Hit-Boy and others, Syd has conjured a low-slung version of the early-00s alien R&B popularised by Aaliyah and Timbaland. Its intimate, inward-looking style seems to draw a sharp line under the past. (Source: www.theguardian.com)
“This album is not that deep, but I feel like this is my descent into the depth I want the band to get to…For me, this is like an in-between thing — maybe get a song on the radio, maybe make some money, have some new shit to perform.” (Source: www.wiki.ng)
The Internet’s music is certainly closer to Bennett’s own tastes than OFWGKTA ever was, but her role as the band’s sweet-voiced, androgynous frontwoman means that she’s positioned to influence a whole new crop of listeners. In this excerpt from her lecture at RBMA’s Bass Camp Bonnaroo 2016, she discusses her first studio, the lessons she learned from Odd Future and the independent efforts she’s made in search of success. (Source: daily.redbullmusicacademy.com You know, I’m gay, it’s weird. It was one of the things. She has no problem with me being gay, but she had a problem with me dressing the way I do at first. She’s cool now. Me and my mom were not seeing eye-to-eye. I got an advance, I’m like, “I’m moving the fuck out.” My dad was like, “Well, if you move out you can’t keep the studio here.” I was like, “Well, fine.” I took the studio with me to my apartment. Nobody from Odd Future wanted to come record at my new apartment. I don’t know why. (Source:daily.redbullmusicacademy.com))
Is working with a band partially what you would attribute to the progression of The Internet and what the new album sounds like? (Source: daily.redbullmusicacademy.com)
Yeah. It’s funny, because with the new album we kind of went back to our roots. On the first album we’re using more electronic drums. The band plays such a huge role. I would not be sitting here if it weren’t for them; that’s honest. We’re all best friends. No lie. Dead ass, like, I only really kick it with them. I have some friends outside of them, but for the most part we be kicking it. We don’t even be kicking it and making music, we just be posted just talking about how we feel about life. We’re really close. We’re really close-knit family. It’s the reason we’ve been able to stay together so long. (Source: daily.redbullmusicacademy.com)
On the new album, you got a track with Kaytranada. How did that come together? (Source: daily.redbullmusicacademy.com)