Kidd Kidd is preparing to release his highly anticipated mixtape titled Street Fame. Judging by the songs that have been released so far from the project it's shaping up to be one of the best of 2013.
In addition to working on his solo project, the New Orleans native has kept busy with collaborations. In 2013 he's recorded with Young Money Yawn on the remix to "Gutta Gutta," Lil Wayne on "F*ckin Problems" off of Weezy's Dedication 5 mixtape and August Alsina on "Downtown" off of August's EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun.
Hip Hop-N-More caught up with the G-Unit emcee for a candid conversation.
HHNM: So you’re finally ready to drop your new mixtape Street Fame this month. How’s the promo run going?
Kidd Kidd: Yeah man, finally. The promo run is going good man, been to a couple of spots already and I’m happy I’m with you today. I’ll be heading to other cities as well in the coming days. Promo run is important, gotta do the groundwork.
HHNM: What sound can we expect to hear on the project?
Kidd Kidd: Just real music. Just look for real music. Don’t look for usual “south” sound. People sometimes mistake our music for just club, hard beats. I’m very particular about my music. I rap about things I honestly feel and it comes from my heart.
HHNM: How different is it going to be from your last album The Reallionaire?
Kidd Kidd: Very different. I’ve grown as an artist, I just think I’m better now and understand my strong points. Around Reallionaire phase, I was just trying to find myself. Now I have found myself and I know what the fans want from me now. I’m trying to give it my best. Street Fame is my story, my life.
HHNM: Yeah, the tracks that your team made me hear from the tape were pretty good. I like how you’re incorporating soul in your music.
Kidd Kidd: For real man, thanks. Music is an emotion to me, you may hear an artist talk about a female or a fake friend but I have a lot more to rap about. This is my story, what I’ve been going through.
HHNM: Have you collaborated with other artists on your label like 50 Cent and Precious Paris on the mixtape?
Kidd Kidd: Yeah, I have a few collaborations but the focus is on me. I want the people to hear me. Some artists put too many guests on their projects and it takes away the whole point. When a project comes out, you want the people to know you and like your music, not the guests.
HHNM: True. I like that ‘Downtown’ track with August Alsina. Do you have more material recorded with him?
Kidd Kidd: Yeah man, that’s the homie from my hometown. Even he’s not the average R&B artist, he has a lot of pain to sing about. Yeah, we have a few joints together which should be coming out soon. Just like me, he has a lot of stories to tell.
HHNM: Interscope decided to leave you out of the final version of ‘We Up’. Were you mad at that?
Kidd Kidd: Not really. I wasn’t mad at it because the version with me on it came out first. What made me humble about it too is that Fif is so much of a real dude. He made me sit down and explained the situation to me. It wasn’t his call so you can’t be mad at that. You still gotta be grateful of the opportunity, there are artists that don’t even get that chance. I can still say that I was on that song, you can still watch our video, we shot our own little video for it. So everything is a blessing for me. I don’t take anything for granted. Everything is a blessing or a lesson, it’s how you take it. Definitely blessed that I was on a dope song like that.
HHNM: I see. That was nice talking to you Kidd. I wish you all the best and I look forward to hearing Street Fame.
Kidd Kidd: Thanks for the support homie.