Austin, Texas, USA
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Kydd is the epitome of the new movement in hip-hop music. The Experimental/ Alternative Hip Hop artist tours worldwide, and his great stage prescence captivates any audience. He has done numerous shows with like artist such as Big Sean, Curren$y, The Cool Kids, and Chip Tha Ripper.


Born and raised in Austin, TX, newcomer Randell Jones, “Kydd”, is no stranger to music and is hailed for his lyrical ingenuity. As a child, music took center stage in Kydd’s life and was his first love; his unique style and astute unparalleled sound was greatly influenced by renowned artist such as Jay-Z, Lauren Hill, J Dilla, Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Slum Village, and Tribe Called Quest. Kydd may be from the South but his style is unlike that of any other southern artist and he doesn’t kid around when music is involved. When most people think of Texas music, they typically assume that its sound will be similar to that of the slowed down, deep base infused “Screw” of Houston or the upbeat dance music of Dallas. While both styles are well-known and respected in the South, they are in starch contrast to Kydd’s sound, which observers note as “uniquely-Kydd’s.”

Being a talented rapper and outstanding singer-songwriter, Kydd’s lyrical rhythm and melodic performance is quickly discerned as breaching the borders of Alternative Rock, R&B and Rap genres, purely Experimental Hip-Hop. Kydd’s stage presence and performance is a far cry from the usual Hip-Hop show and unlike most rappers who have only a DJ and a hype man, Kydd’s shows involve a more elaborate set up -Kydd encompasses a FULL-LIVE band including a drummer, DJ, hype man, and guitarist. He is consecutively an official SXSW performer for two consecutive years, to being awarded an Austin Hip Hop Awards Best Lyricist Of The Year Award in 2009. Kydd has also done collaborations some of the heavy hitters in the new movement of hip-hop, from “Fly Society” to Pac Div to The Cool Kids to Yelawolf and even international artist such as Aloe Blacc. Kydd is constantly touring on national and international tours, he was on the LRG 2010 HomeGrown Tour, G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean “What You Doin” College Tour, The Smoker’s Club Tour, 2010 Sneaker Pimps Tour, The Cool Kids Oklahoma and Texas tour, and many more.

Kydd’s amazing live performances is just what the doctor ordered for todays ailing music industry, and is truly what all Hip-Hop fans have been waiting for. Kydd’s highly anticipated mixtape, “The Sounds in My Head 2” is slated to be released in February of 2012.


"Sounds In My Head"- Mixtape Released 2009