KIDDO DUST / FOR WORSE OR FOR BETTER

ONE OF THE MOST INTRIGUING ARTISTS THAT I’VE COME ACROSS IN THE LAST YEAR IS NONE OTHER THAN MIAMI, FL VIA NORWALK, CT RAPPER/SINGER-SONGWRITER KIDDO DUST. AFTER RELEASING THE ANTHEMIC COLLEGE ANTHEM “ALL GOOD” AT THE TOP OF THE YEAR – ISSA TIKTOK ANTHEM, THANK ME LATER – AS WELL AS THE MELODICALLY BRIGHT “RIDING SOLO”, HE’S BACK WITH WHAT IS UNEQUIVOCALLY HIS STRONGEST SONG IN THE POP-SPHERE TO DATE. “FWOFB” CONTINUES TO DISPLAY KIDDO’S ABILITY TO ALCHEMIZE HIS SONGS FROM A VARIETY OF INGREDIENTS AND INFLUENCES.

KIDDO ISN’T NORMAL. IN JUST THE LAST 18 MONTHS, HE’S WITNESSED A BIT OF A METEORIC RISE. THE ALMIGHTY FRESH-FINDS CO-SIGN FROM THE GOOD FOLKS AT SPOTIFY, A SLEW OF REALLY SOLID, MULTIGENRE’D-BANGERS, AND WITH A CONSISTENT RELEASE SCHEDULE.. NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN. THIS IS ALL WHILE PURSUING A DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. LEMME DIVE INTO THE RECORD THOUGH!

IT TAKES A LOT FOR SOMEONE TO VULNERABLY UNPACK THEIR MIND TO THE ROOT OF WHATEVER MIGHT BE INNERVATING THEM. LED ALONE TO PRESENT ANXIETY OR A SITUATION THAT IS FAR FROM STELLAR INTO SONG. WHAT’S CRAZY TO ME ABOUT THIS ONE HOWEVER, IS THAT KIDDO DOESN’T LOSE CONTROL OF THE STEERING WHEEL THROUGHOUT THE SONG. THE DRUMS ARE SUPER BRIGHT & UPBEAT, JUXTAPOSED AGAINST THIS MANTRA..

“LETTING IT GO FOR WORSE OR FOR BETTER” – K.D.

.. I’M A NERD WITH MUSIC THOUGH. ODDS ARE YOU ARE TOO. SO WHEN I SAY THAT THE DETAIL ON THIS ONE IS WORTH THE LISTEN, I MEAN IT.. DOWN TO THE SUBTLE + SUSTAINED, AUTOTUNED BACKGROUND VOCALS THROUGHOUT THE HOOK, TO THE LAYERED HARMONIES KIDDO DEPLOYS TO PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF BOUYANCY BEFORE HE DIVES BACK INTO THE DEPTHS OF HIS SUBCONSCIOUS. THE END RESULT? AN ALT-POP SONG WITH ALL THE HERBS AND SPICES YOU’VE COME TO LOVE, FROM A 19 YEAR OLD KID THAT STILL POSSESSES THE CAPACITY TO DUST YOU WITH SOME BARS AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. GIVE KIDDO HIS FLOWERS NOW.. HE’LL BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO.

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