Miami, Florida rapper Kidd Wes is a back to basics artists with a new twist. He rhymes from the heart. His songs are easy to relate to because his lyrics are about everyday things that most people go through concerning topics such as family, friends, and failure. The 25-year old emcee recently released his debut album titled, Young World.
Young World, released on May 13, features appearances by Jovie, Cashe, Rahsaan, Anom the Super Producer, King Docious, Ghostwridah and Yung Trap. Production on the album is handled by Dexter Johnson, Artthebeat, Mikey Beatz, DJ Crossphada, The GGB Production, and Quinn.
Kidd Wes spoke to xystwhat.com about his musical inspirations, the origins of his sound, and his new album, Young World.
SS: Why’d you title your new album ‘Young World’?
Kidd Wes: When I had the chance to meet Slick Rick I’d always been a fan of his music, especially the record ‘Hey Young World’. He came down to Miami a couple years ago and when I had the chance to speak to him I asked him, “What is the meaning of Young World?,” and what he implied was that Young World is a mind state, it’s not necessarily a certain age. When you’re at a young age you can believe you can do whatever. You might say you want to be an astronaut and you don’t think twice about it. You don’t think about the education you have to go through or the cost, you just feel and believe that you can do that. As society grows and as you get more into society there are limitations that are given to you, so you decide to think differently. The reason why I named it Young World is because I want people to start thinking in that mind state again. Despite your age, your background, or where you come from life has endless possibilities and you can achieve them by putting that type of work in.
SS: Tell me about the single ‘Trying’.
Kidd Wes: My grandmother passed away but before she passed away she was a very big part of my life. She was one of those types of people that would keep things straight up. What ‘Trying’ is about is putting your best foot forward even through hardship. If you notice in the first verse I talk about my mother and grandmother who both have passed away. I’m kind of speaking to them so they have an understanding of what I’m going through but I still want to keep that smile on their faces that I’m doing well. The second verse I talk about life’s trying tribulations. In the third, most men my age don’t want a child but I do. Through the experiences I’ve had I was telling my unborn child what I want life for them to be. Even though their decision is their own I would prefer you take college or a wedding ring, being dedicated to something that can give back to you. That was the point I was trying to make.
SS: Where does your positive attitude come from?
Kidd Wes: To be honest with you I’ve always followed movies or public speakers that talk about endless possibilities, especially with my father. My father always tells me, “You can do anything if you say it and you see it.” I’m a big believer of fruition and getting there and my belief in God. All of those have a combination of building this positive attitude. I’ve seen a lot already so looking at that, what’s the worst that can happen?
SS: Who inspired you to want to be an emcee?
Kidd Wes: To be honest with you it was Eminem. I had been listening to Hip-Hop as long as I could remember. I didn’t rap and then I got into the battle scene so I would listen to a lot of his CD’s and tapes. The way he would construct things together, even though it was so silly, it was so unorthodox and so well put together that if you really dissect everything you would think this guy is a genius. I always had knack for putting words together anyway.
SS: Your album has a different mix of sounds. Was that done purposely or did it just turn out that way?
Kidd Wes: Actually it was random. Young World took me about a week to do. With the litigation of everything it took a year to come out. I was in a thirst to make new music. I was at a point of frustration so I told myself I was going to put out a track every single day and see what it turns out to be.
SS: Your sound isn’t like what we’re used to hearing from Miami, how’d you develop your sound?
Kidd Wes: Well I moved around a lot. I lived in a lot of different communities and areas. I was born in Houston and I frequently go back there. I lived in Detroit, on the West Coast, Atlanta, and Florida. I’ve always listened to different music. Whenever I was growing up I would listen to a person of each coast and I always thought what if all these people got together on an album? What if there was an album that you could not say no to because it had a little something for everyone? There is no way you’d lose.
SS: What are your goals in the music business?
Kidd Wes: I hope to be the best doing it. What I mean by that is going against myself, bettering my craft, and the biggest thing of my goal of doing that is I want to get people to change their way of thinking. Not really change their way of thinking but to at least have them open-minded to doing it. I want to be as influential as certain artists. I don’t think there are many artists that are influential besides Jay-Z nowadays. Like Biggie and 2Pac, they changed a nation through what they knew. That’s one of my goals. That’s what I intend to be.
SS: Why should fans buy Young World?
Kidd Wes: Well, why not? Why shouldn’t you? There is something for everyone. This is something you can play for your parents, your grandparents, and if you’re a parent it’s something you can play with your kids. I think it has a bit of what people need now and what people used to have and what people are hearing. That’s why you should get Young World because why not go back to that state when you wanted to be an astronaut when you were a kid? Or you wanted to be the best mechanic or a fire fighter? Why not re-live that? That’s what I think.
Purchase: Kidd Wes – Young World