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Born and raised in Austin, TX, newcomer Randell Jones, aka “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 come from the southern region of the US (Texas to be exact) 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 both R&B and Hip-Hop genres. 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. Though he has only been in the business for a short amount of time, Kydd’s accomplishments are steadily growing, from being a 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 had the fortune of collaborating with both “Fly Society” and Polow Da Don’s production company.
Kydd’s amazing live performances is just what the doctor prescribed 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 within the next few months and is certain to take the industry by storm…

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