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Kid Sister Pushing For the Last Ten Pounds

Dazed Digital spoke to Kid Sister in a transition period between promoting her debut LP Dream Date and finishing it.

When we caught up with Kid Sister she was in the throws of a frenzied schedule that had her bouncing from Austin to LA to Chicago to Miami, back to Chicago then back to LA, all in two weeks time and all while trying to finish her album. She’s in a transition where the completion of her debut LP Dream Date overlaps with its promotion. It’s exciting and exhausting, but if anyone can handle it, it’s her. Her energy and enthusiasm are endless and completely contagious.

Aptly named, she’s part of a Chicago based, tight-knit musical family including boyfriend A-Trak and brother J2K of Flosstradamus. Surrounded by these guys as well as friends like Kanye West that come around to play, the Kid holds her own. With rhymes that are more fresh than green you’d never know that she’s only been clutching the mic for just over two years. Talking to her you quickly discover her aptitude for flow might come from her open and genuine nature.

Dazed Digital: The first time I saw you perform was about two years ago out in the desert. I didn’t realise you were just getting started.
Kid Sister: At that pool party right? That was so ghetto! I just had a mic and I jumped up on chaise lounge and did three songs. All I had was three songs. That was RIGHT when I started. That’s how I started, it was literally me, a couch, a beer and a mic.  I have a song about it called Life on TV, “I started at a lounge rhymin’ on a coach with my money near my mind and my mic near my mouth.” That’s how I got discovered. My now publicist was there that night and she said, “You’re really good!”

DD: What’s going on with the record? Why has it been pushed so many times?
Kid Sister: The album wasn’t done to my liking and Downtown [Records] was rushing me. Because Pro Nails was a hit they were like, “We have to have another hit. Let’s just get this album out and meet this deadline.” I was just churning out all these songs that weren’t quite right. The songs were okay, but not exactly my style.  They weren’t electronic music with rap over it and that’s my sound. I want to do something that is authentically me. It’s important for me to make sure that that sound is consistent throughout the project, if not then there is something wrong. There wasn’t that cohesion.

DD: Was it that you were finding your sound as you went?
Kid Sister: Exactly. I was just working at a children’s clothing store a year ago. It’s only been really recently that I’ve looked at myself and said, ‘You are an artist. You are a musician.’ Before I thought ‘No I’m not, I fold burp rags for a living.’  

DD: Was there one thing that triggered the realisation that you were actually an artist?
Kid Sister: Yeah, I don’t have to go to work anymore. I was working three jobs and still poor enough to get that public assistance. Industry people, when I have a press day will say, “Wow, you’ve had such a hard day. You’re working so hard.”  I’m thinking, ‘No I haven’t.’ Working hard is riding your bike in the snow to a job to have your hands cut up from breaking down boxes. That’s hard work. This is fun.

DD: Did you approach the album the way you would a job?
Kid Sister: When I started I thought ‘How did I graduate from college?’ I made a series of small goals that lead up to one big goal. That’s how I’ve been approaching the album, one verse at a time. I actually bought this big foam board and wrote out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday because I won’t get anything done otherwise.  Then when I [write], to get in the mindset, I listen to old stuff for inspiration. I get cravings for songs the way I get cravings for chocolate. I will just straight up NEED to hear a song.  

DD: What’s the most recent musical craving you have had?
Kid Sister: There was something that Roger Manning Jr. did, a soundtrack to fake sequel to Logan’s Run called Logan’s Sanctuary. It’s so good. I just needed to hear it.

DD: So is your album completely done now?
Kid Sister: One more song. It’s like the last ten pounds. You know how it is ‘just ten more pounds!’