The 90s was a pretty cool era to grow up in, and KYLE–a hip-hop artist from Ventura, California–reminds all of his fellow 90s babies of this with references to the era in his music and style. But his demeanor is most telling of a 90s upbringing. His positive energy and enthusiasm speaks to those blissful years that 90s babies had with great cartoons, great music, and the ability to be creative and carefree. Some people his age might have lost this sense of bliss, but KYLE’s music can definitely help them find it again. Projects like K.i.D, Super Duper, and Beautiful Loser are definitely proof of that. Tuesday night (April 21st) KYLE brought all things super duper to SOB‘s as part of his King Wavy Tour. But before he hit the stage with the animated Super Duper Brick, KYLE sat down with us for an interview.
RESPECT.: What made you switch K.i.D. (Kyle is Determined) to KYLE?
KYLE: I feel like throughout my career I just want to like give people more and more and more of myself. You know what I’m saying peel back layers, I feel like it’s all about like you know what I mean, exposing more and of yourself and just going deeper. And I feel like KYLE was like you know you can’t get any more real and personal than your first name, and I just feel like I was outgrowing K.i.D and it was time to evolve.
What is the Super Duper Crew for those that don’t know?
The Super Duper Crew is a collective of friends, creative happy people that are all contributing to something positive. Yeah there’s a lot of us here. There’s Super Duper Brick, Super Duper Maxx, Super Duper everybody.
In your music videos you tend to reference movies, why is that? And what is one of your favorite movies?
Four brothers. How raw is that movie. Who in here hasn’t seen Four Brothers? Tell me that the plot line for that movie isn’t f***ing ridiculous? And how they meet up at the end and then he’s ready to f***ing and then he’s like “Who’s gonna fight me?” and then randomly Mark Wahlberg comes walking from the back through the snow and sh*t. 20 miles away ready to whoop ass. That’s my favorite movie.
We all, Nolan, Brick, every body kind of like throws in ideas when it comes to directing the videos and like the concepts. And we kinda just like doing s**t that we remember, that brings up memories of ours and like we think would just be fun…like the Sand Lot idea and the “Bang” one.
Look at the video for Bang and Silver Platter below to peep the film references for yourself
What is the concept behind your album Beautiful Loser?
I wanted to come up with a title that described myself, I wanted to the album me but I didn’t want to say my name necessarily. That what I wanted to do cause it was like my first project that I’m putting out. I wanted it to be almost self-titled. My aunt used made me listen to Bob Seger. You know his album Beautiful Loser? That song “Beautiful Loser,” I wanted to sample that, and I was talking to my friend Dave Cappa and we were trying to come up with like a name for the album, and then we were trying to sample that “Beautiful Loser” song. I was telling him yeah like I want it to be self-titled, I want it to just describe me in two words, boom boom. And he was like just name it Beautiful Loser. That was kind of the inspiration for that.
Even if you are a loser, even if there’s all these, whatever these things that society would claim about you are negative, that doesn’t change the fact if you’re beautiful or not.
We ended our with KYLE by talking about his Beautiful Loser cuts “Fruit Snacks & Cups of Patron” and “Bang,” along with what’s next for the super duper artist. According to Kyle, no one knows really what “Fruit Snacks & Cups ” is about, “it’s about the feeling.” KYLE describes “Bang” as a rager that has owes its addictive hook to producer Tomas Barford, who suggested the approach.
When asked what we should expect from him next he said, “Expect new music this year, expect my best body of work so far, and I feel like expect the start of Super Duper really taking over and really making noise. I feel like we’re really breaking down the door this year, that’s what you can expect. And a new crazy album.”
The SOB’s show was beyond super duper, so we’re pretty confident in those expectations as well.
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