Kida Kudz is one upcoming artist who has been making a big splash in the game with his music – providing his variation on the afrobeats sound which he dubs ‘afroswank’. This sound has taken him a long way in his career thus far as he has built his name up in the scene to the point where he’s garnered features from the likes of Burna Boy, Ms Banks and Juls, as well as collaborations with US artists such as Diggy Simmons.
Looking at how far he’s come in such a short time gives a strong indication that he is only getting started as he establishes himself as one of the top prospects in his lane, especially looking at his output and achievements in 2019 – reaching over 10 million streams across digital platforms and over 660,000 monthly Spotify listeners monthly.
He has just released an exciting brand new EP titled ‘Nasty’ which I’ve been listening to in depth. Read below to hear what I thought about the project as a whole.
Definitely A Fun Filled Listen
Nasty is a neat and concise 10 track body of work that is as fun, as it is easy to listen to. It’s a distinct project you can play front to back in the function and you can be assured to get the party jumping when you throw this on. It doesn’t do too much and it delivers consistent vibes from the first track to the end which is a testament to the understanding that Kida Kudz has with his sound, which he showcases to a high level throughout. The project as a whole didn’t have too many features so you were able to get a good flavour for Kudz and the type of artist he is, which I personally appreciate.
You Get The Full Lagos/London Connection
Kida Kudz is an artist that prides himself on displaying his roots through the music, being a proud Nigerian who grew up in London. Throughout the project you can feel the authentic Lagosian vibes through every note, every lyric from him, every instrument, yet you can still feel the UK influence permeating throughout. ‘1AM’ with’ prominent Birmingham artist Jaykae and is a good example of that hybrid afro-fusion sound that would be at home in any afrobeats playlist, yet fits being played on UK radio (this tune even made Radio 1’s Record of the Week.)
‘Red Flag’ featured prolific artist Chip flowing effortlessly over a smooth beat and is another shining example of how Kida Kudz’s sound easily slots into the landscape of what is being made on these shores.
There were quite a few songs I was particularly enjoying during my multiple listens. ‘Feeling Good’ was a stand out which had my head bopping and one where Kida Kudz absolutely sounded at home and in his element on the bouncy instrumental. I can definitely see this being a big tune for him as time goes on. ‘Motive’ was another song I really liked Kida on and the sweet sounding ‘Tasty Time’ featuring vocalist Tanika rounded out my 3 favourite songs on the project.
All in all, ‘Nasty’ was an entertaining project that would make anyone who has never listened to him before, feel enticed to want to hear more from him. When you hear the project even once through, you can understand why prominent artists such as Davido, Olamide and A$AP Rocky are interested in him as it’s clear to see that Kudz has an extremely bright future ahead of him. Kida delivers a body of work that clearly shows that he has put the time in to develop his craft, which has enabled him to produce a mature and rich sounding project.
I definitely recommend that people give ‘Nasty’ a listen. I’m certainly waiting to see what more is to come from Kida Kudz moving forward if this is only his debut EP, he can only get better over time.