Kofi The Kyd is a 17 year old artist all the way from Chicago, Illinois. His cultural background is Jamaican and Ghanian descent, and makes music for people of his generation to enjoy. His music spans from all different genres which includes trap, soul, pop and more, so he can do just about anything!
Kofi The Kyd released his single titled “All In All” and this beautiful record is so heart-rendering and mesmerizing. The melodic piano introduction creates the melancholic vibe in the beginning before Kofi’s soulful vocals transitions in with a warm vocal tone, and a resonance that’s just unforgettable. His vocal control is out of this world, and the tone of his voice is so texturized, it releases chills through your body. His voice was so magical, you felt your emotions being tugged at while listening to this gorgeous and alluring record. The arrangement of “All In All” was emotionally capturing. His vocals reminded me of the vocals of an artist like John Legend. John Legend has a way of moving its listener through the motions of his music, similar to what Kofi The Kyd did. You became intertwined with “All in All”. Kofi The Kyd is undeniably going to be the next memorable vocalist in the industry. You can’t help but fall in love with his voice.
Listen to "All In All" here and get to know more about Kofi The Kyd below!
Nice to meet you Kofi The Kyd! Knowing your personal style of music could be multi-dimensional, do you have any specific artists who may have influenced your artistry in any way?
I have no one or four influences. Honestly I have like a million different influences throughout a million different genres, because I’m so easily inspired. I’ve avidly listened to a few hundred artist, because I hear and get inspired by new people everyday, and my appetite for new music is always there. But If I had to name a hunch few randomly they would be: J cole, Kanye, Sarkodie, black eyed peas, Coldplay, one republic, Lincoln park, The fray, Chance the rapper, john legend, roddy ricch, Daniel caesar, Alicia keys, nasty c, to name a hand few,
Tell us about your album “Bonsai”, what was the overall vision for this project?
To keep it simple, bonsai is a project I’ve been working on for a long time, months in fact. It’s a 9 track album along with a collective of artwork intertwined into one theme. As for the theme itself, it has a personal explication to me that I hope to sometime elaborate on, but for the meanwhile I’m catering this to the people who will question the concept of Bonsai or what it even means based off my past work because it isn’t much like my past work. I try to avoid being the bag of M&M’s when it comes to music whereas the product may vary in color but overall taste the same. Therefore, I’m like a bag of skittles when it comes to my music, no one really knows what to expect from me because I keep them guessing and that’s why my listeners are so avid.
How does your record “All in All” fit into the theme of “Bonsai” ?
I wrote “All in all” on a thursday evening. I was just in my mind for hours in the dark on my living room couch just reflecting on my presence. I was super stressed out but my heart was in a place it never was before and I didn’t know why. I had this strange episode where I spontaneously heard this melody and as soon as I sung the notes, the words just came right out and I was like “yep, here we go”. It was strange but I started to forward imagine a relationship that I am in, years from now and what I would say to that significant other, because of how hurt I was at the time. Too many people had let me down and I trusted people who never had my best interest at heart. I feel like I was telling myself “kofi, you're alright, you fine, stop stressin’ ” and my heart wanted to let me know that I wasn't okay. It all came together in less than an hour but I didn’t know what exactly the song was, the melody just caught me off guard. By the end of that night, I had a hook and a pre chorus, but no song yet, so I recorded it off my phone and kept it until weeks later when I finished writing it. The whole idea of it was a phrase, or a sort of covenant to the commitment I desired in a relationship, which was honestly and trust. The narrative of the song changed over the course of six weeks but I eventually recorded 2 versions of “All in all”, one of them on my album.
What differentiates “All in All” from your past releases?
I had just dropped “3 digits” which I got mad love for in chicago where I'm from, but when I started meeting new groups of people in suburbs outside of the city, from churches and retreats, and I knew that I couldn’t play my explicit content comfortably around them, I knew I had to come with a different approach. I wanted everyone to listen to my music, not just the hood, So I started listening to the more solemn ends of my playlists and studying r&b, rock, blues and soul more now than before. I wanted this to be an album that had a sort of a reverent love theme but bonsai was always much deeper than that. I ended up talking about heartbreak, depression, love, happiness and overall growth. Bonsai was the realization that we are the stars that never existed (as stars) but as people. All in all was just another nugget in the bag for me.
What’s next for you Kofi?
That’s the question I want everyone to ask. That's the question on everyone's mind right now. Who knows? Will I do a rap album? Will I release a rock album? Will I release a soul or another bonsai album? Maybe a pop album? Collaborations maybe? Kofi the kyd keeps them guessing because I don't want you to know what to expect. But what I will say is I have much more still yet to be released, I have much more giveaways and adventures coming and I have a BANGER dropping next month, so stay tuned if you will. - kofi the kyd
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