Meet Kidd G, Country Music’s Next Emo-Rap Star
By Christmas of that year, he decided to seriously devote himself to music and asked his parents for a studio setup for his bedroom. Not many others were doing the same in Hamilton, his single-light hometown, but Kidd G guessed a friend, Nolie Beats, who was a grade above him in high school and had experience in production. During this vacation break, the two worked tirelessly and recorded several songs every day: “We thought we were making Billboard hits,” said Kidd G.
When the word got around that he was trying to make music more than a hobby, he was almost immediately met with skepticism in his hometown about not getting over the raisins. “Things got really serious when I heard all these rumors about myself in my hometown,” he said. “The parents looked at me, ehhhhhhh, and I was fine so I’ll do this now.”
Kidd G found motivation in the local naysayers. He crouched down further and began posting songs on SoundCloud and promoting them on TikTok. “It started with me making songs for myself,” he said, “and I was trying to make that one song like my friends are. OK, I’ll get in the car today and listen to Gabe’s song. “
Some of them are great: the burly Simple Things (Imma Ball Remix); the shiny “gravity” with its Lil Peep-like lament: “I told you I love you, I didn’t even mean it / sent me a text, I didn’t even read it”; “AKs and Glock Nines,” a heartbreak song that Kidd G said was actually inspired by a rift with his father, pain that he tried to cover up.
In 2019, Kidd G started releasing songs on TikTok. He would often sit in the front seat of his mother’s Toyota Camry and pound the camera.Recognition…Jonathan Horne
Last spring he was discovered by Rebel Music, a Miami hip-hop label and management company (YNW Melly, Hotboii, Kaash Paige, Dominic Fike) who signed him. “I’m really fascinated by the mix of genres because it could attract so many kids who are just like him.” said Javier Sang, the founder and CEO of Rebel. The label flew Kidd G and his parents to Miami for meetings and studio times. (At one session, Kidd G’s mother said a prayer that ended in “letter” in the admission booth.)