Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz follows his audio-visual sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur ‘Makaveli’ with a new single for the ladies called ‘Figure 8’ featuring the Italian artist Gemitaiz. Following the lyrically potent Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Shmurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Figure 8’ is sex and body-positive track that’s about embracing your body through movement, blending an addictively bassy African percussion with Santana Esque guitars.
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Speaking on the track, Kida says, “Figure 8 is just all about having a Figure 8! This is a song for women, for the jiggy babes! I made it in my bedroom with my boy Solomon next to me. When I recorded the song it was summertime in the UK. I didn’t write anything down, I was just flowing. It’s on that vibe where different people can connect to it; something that people in Africa can vibe to, people in the UK and the rest of the world. The song is really for women, the women that work out, the women that don’t, it’s about embracing your body through how you move it.”
He adds, “Gemitaz originally hit me up on DM after he had been playing one of my tunes and let me know that he really rates my sound, which was great because I didn’t know that people in Italy listened to my music! This was the perfect beat that I knew he could jump on, so I sent it to him, and he sent it back with his verse almost immediately.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target, and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
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 of 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 a keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks, and more.