The production savvy and vocally-talented Syd (tha Kyd) kicked off her Always Never Home tour Monday night at New York City’s Irving Plaza. The former Odd Future member and current member of The Internet released her first solo album, Fin, on February 3, 2017. Judging by how quickly the show sold out and fans’ screams throughout the performance, the crowd had been eagerly waiting for her to tour in support of her album.
Sydney Bennett, “Syd” began producing for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All’s (shortened as “Odd Future”) in her studio in her parents’ home after Syd connected with the founder of Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator and Matt Martians via MySpace. Eventually she became the group’s DJ. In 2011, Syd and Martians left and formed the hip-hop and funk outfit, The Internet. Since its formation, The Internet has released a number of studio albums and extended plays, including the Grammy nominated, Ego Death. Syd’s choice to leave Odd Future allowed her to explore singing and songwriting and release a solo album.
Fin demonstrates Syd’s musical prowess as a producer, singer and songwriter. Like the music of The Internet, the album is hip-hop and R&B inspired, but the songs mock traditional hip-hop tropes. She sings about seducing a woman with “trees in [her] bag, [they] can smoke” while, applauding the woman who doesn’t need Syd or anyone to be satisfied. The whole album reads like an analytical unveiling of past relationships that is amplified by seductive attitudes and intelligent lyrics reminiscent of Lauryn Hill.
Syd’s sultry tone and vocals are even more evident when she performs live. During her performance of “Body” she highlighted the sex jam with winks to members in the crowd and seductive moves. Her swagger during hit single, “All About Me,” had audience members calling out for her phone number. Syd is on tour in the United States and Canada through early December.
Article: Alx Bear