Kidd Kenn, openly gay 16-year old Southside Chicago rapper, is confident as ever in his new track “Babysitter.” His wit and moxie, apparent in his lyrics, tie with a superbly catchy beat, making for a fun party bop. Lil Nas X has already shown the new song love, calling it a “hit.” The new music video matches the song’s playful energy, showing Kidd Kenn throwing a party against his mother’s direct orders. Watch the “Babysitter” music video.
“Kidd Kenn had an undoubtedly remarkable year,” raved PAPER. “The openly gay 16-year-old rap star from Chicago’s Southside first caught attention with viral releases of freestyles over hometown street hits by G Herbo, FBG Duck, and King Von. His buzz only intensified with the independent release of his debut full-length project, last year’s Childish. One of its singles, ‘Fakeshit’ landed in our top 100 songs of 2018.”
Since his breakout performance at the Red Bull Music Festival (November 2018), which showcased the best of Chicago’s queer underground, the buzz has been explosive. PAPER, Fader, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Office Magazine, Interview Magazine, and other tastemakers have all rallied behind Kenn, with Nylon calling him a “16 year old rap phenom,” and Fader dubbing him “Chicago’s Next Teen Sensation.” He performed at the MOBI NYC showcase on September 12 at The Delancey and Camp Smokey Bear Festival in Chicago on September 14.