“The charm, style and confidence he exudes comes from a seasoned artist” – Notion
Today [Friday 23rd July], the Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos Kida Kudz shares his highly anticipated sophomore mixtape TOP MEMBA. Aptly and affectionately named after his fans ‘JIGGY FC’ to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this lyrically potent and sonically diverse 10-tracker was written whilst welcoming his first son into the world over the last couple years; writing and recording at home in his living room, squeezing in sessions between family time, feeding and changing.
Where Fela Kuti’s grandson Made Kuti enlisted for sax on ‘Cherry Mango’ and fellow Nigerian Bella Shmurda on ‘Ball Till We Fall’ sits alongside collaborations with Italy’s Gemitaiz (Figure 8’) and Bobby 6ix and Daddy1 from the Jamaican dancehall scene on ‘Ghetto Riddim’, this compelling new tape sees Kida Kudz explore new sonic territory and flex his global and experimental sensibilities. Featuring further recent singles including ‘Animalistic’ and ‘Makaveli’ , his most intent body of work to date has already picked up key support from Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, GUAP, DJ Target and more, lyrically seeing him explore themes including his personal life, family, Nigeria, success, creativity and his fans ‘JIGGY FC’.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university. Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA is out now – https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
3. Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaiz
4. Nobody Ft. Tanika
6. Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
7. Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
8. Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
9. Never Saw Us
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