Kidd, a 17-year-old rapper from Las Vegas is making his way onto the Christian hip-hop scene with his debut album, Murder My Flesh, set to be released on Sept. 3.
Being saved for only 3 years, Kidd’s testimony is a prayer-come-true for his brother.
“Before I got saved, I was smoking a lot of weed and drinking at the age of 13, hanging out with the wrong people—really just doing bad stuff,” Kidd told Wade-O Radio. “My brother was a pastor out here in Chicago. His name’s pastor Manny from Victory Outreach and I remember he would always call me, come pray for me and I was like, ‘I don’t want nothing to do with God, I don’t care about God, like let me just live my life.’”
For a period of time, Kidd resisted his brother’s invitations to church, but eventually laid down his pride and went. He attended the service high on marijuana, yet he says the message really spoke to him.
“I gave one of the youth leaders my CD,” said Kidd. “They called me and they were like, ‘Hey man, we want you to come rap at the church,’ I was like, ‘What the heck, that’s cool.’ So I hit up all my homies like, ‘Hey I’m about to rap at a church.’”
When Kidd went back to rap at his brother’s church at a youth service, he was able to see his peers in a different atmosphere and made the decision to give his life to Jesus that night.
“Ever since then it’s been a battle, but I’m here and I think everybody fights,” said Kidd.
Growing up in a family with Hispanic roots, Kidd quickly developed his love for music by being influenced by salsa, reggaeton, hip hop, jazz and soul. Kidd started doing music and DJing at just six years old.
“I used to sneak in [my brother’s] room, play with his equipment and get in trouble every weekend,” said Kidd. “Doing that really developed my love of art in music.”
Kidd began rapping when he was 10 years old. After he gave his life to Jesus, he took a year-long hiatus and then came back to his beloved art of hip hop. Kidd spent two years sending Rapzilla mixtapes and had a growing desire to be featured on the website.
“I always just wanted to be on Rapzilla,” said Kidd. “And then out of nowhere they just hit me up, connected with me, told me about a label and I just waited it off. Then last year at Legacy I got to sit down with Chad [Horton] and Phil [Rood] and it was dope.”
Horton and Rood are the founders of Rapzilla and Infiltrate Music.
Since Kidd has signed with Infiltrate, he has built a relationship with the label’s first artist, Skrip.
“People look at artists as just rappers,” said Kidd. “Skrip has his own church. He’s a pastor. He has a lot of responsibilities aside from music so I definitely look up to this guy. He’s definitely a mentor and being in the studio with him and his creativity is crazy.”
Skrip began producing and developing his love for music at the age of 12.
“The first show that I had when I was 12 was opening up for T-Bone,” Skrip told Wade-O Radio. “At that point people were like, ‘Where’s your album? Where can I buy an album,’ and I was a kid. I really didn’t think about putting out an album or doing anything like that.”
Along with music, Skrip is also a pastor at World Renegade Church in Chicago.
“I have a YouTube video when I was about six years old or so and I was rapping and preaching at the same time,” said Skrip. “So that’s not pastoring per se, but the tendency that I started preaching and rapping at the same time just displayed who I came to be.”
Doing rap battles in high school, Skrip cultivated his love for the art, but he also admitted his love for electronic dance music (EDM).
“My dad, he was promoting me on the Rapzilla Facebook page,” said Skrip. “He was like, ‘You need to hear this mixtape.’ It was my Und_rscore I. After I dropped Becoming All Things in 2011, I put that free project out and didn’t hear anything from anyone. My father wrote that, it was seen by Rapzilla and then I got an email saying, ‘Hey, we heard this. This is awesome. We want to put it up there.’”
Skrip explained his philosophy on the music in one simple statement.
“I don’t want to do music just to give people a good time,” he said. “I can’t. If that’s the case, it’s pointless to me.”