Kidd Kenn, the 19-year old Chicago hip-hop sensation releases GROWN, his highly anticipated 4th EP, available today via 4TH & B’WAY | Def Jam Recordings. Along with the 7-song EP comes the video for “Do Dat At” featuring Erica Banks, also premiering across all platforms today.
To further explain and describe the songwriting process, Kenn said “It’s a slang phrase we say in Chicago: ‘Where we Do Dat At?’ When the producer (Jeff Brodsky) played the beat for me, and when we started thinking of ideas I was, like, “where they Do Dat At? ?!” Adding Erica Banks was just the extra sauce because.. it’s Erica.”
Kidd Kenn was all in for the celebration of PRIDE, kicking off the month with the release of his single “Body,” the first single from GROWN. To support the release of “Body,” Kenn played a round of live dates around Memorial Day weekend, including the So What Festival in Arlington, Texas, WeHo Pride in West Hollywood, and Taking Black Pride In Seattle.
He quickly followed up with “At It Again,” his aptly-titled reunion with Sacramento rapper Delli Boe. The two first linked up last year for the viral hit “Freestyle”; watch video here. His PRIDE month celebration continued with the release of his single + video for “Want Not A Need”featuring Baby Tate.
“Body,” “At It Again,” “Want Not A Need,” and now “Do Dat At” – all contained on the GROWN EP – were preceded by his provocative single “B4″ (Remix)featuring Saucy Santana and the classic high energy “Get Lit”, featured in EA’s Madden ’22 videogame soundtrack.
Prior to that came the raw, hard-hitting Problem Child a 6-song EP whose single + video releases spanned nearly a year, including: “Freestyle,” Kenn’s viral collaboration with Delli Boe (watch video here); “Gold Digger”featuring Dess Dior (watch video here); “Moves” featuring Rico Nasty(which was synced in the Apple Watch Series 6 online ad);and “Good Day.”
“Good Day” was featured in the summer 2021’s Target x NY Pride ad, supported by Kidd Kenn’s gala performance at the Youth Pride/NYC Pride virtual festival sponsored by Target. In addition to the City Girls #PussyTalkChallenge, Kenn has received support and co-signs from Grammy®-winning artists Cardi B, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lil Nas X, along with Chance The Rapper, Saweetie, Young M.A, Kehlani and more. The momentum has not let up since Kenn was first brought onstage by Kehlani at the San Francisco Pride Festival in June 2018.
As reported by BET, “Kidd Kenn’s verse during the Hip Hop Awards’ ‘Digital Cypher’ was a crowd favorite, so much so that a snippet of the verse went viral.” Kenn appeared as the first openly LGBTQAI rapper to performin the elite Cypher, alongside LaKeyah, Toosii and Symba. The influential annual all-star cypher collabo always draws tens of millions of views.
Kidd Kenn made headlines when he was selected for GLAAD’s prestigious list of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping The Future of Media and Activism,”presented by Teen Vogue. Check it out HERE He was later nominated for a GLAAD award for “Outstanding Breakthrough Artist.” Kenn was also included in OUT Magazine’s influential OUT100 List. Check out that feature HERE.
The buzz behind Kidd Kenn has been explosive, with PAPER, Fader, XXL, Hot New Hip Hop, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Office Magazine, Interview Magazine, and other tastemakers all rallying behind the young artist. Nylon called him a “rap phenom,” and Fader dubbed him “Chicago’s Next Teen Sensation.” Summer 2019 saw him perform at multiple virtual Pride festivals including MobiFest, Wynwood Pride, Pride South Side and more. Kidd Kenn’s huge organically grown web following includes over 283,000 Instagram followers, over 2 million video views on YouTube, over 537,000 followers on TikTok, and over 5.8 million likes.
LISTEN TO GROWN EP HERE
WATCH “DO DAT AT” VIDEO BELOW
GROWN by Kidd Kenn – track listing:
1. Want Not A Need feat. Baby Tate
3. At It Again feat. Delli Boe
5. Why Would I
6. Do Dat At feat. Erica Banks
7. The New
ABOUT KIDD KENN:
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, 19-year old Kidd Kenn (Dontrell Smith) discovered an unparalleled joy for performance at an early age. His viral freestyle videos quickly gained him local notoriety and an influx of fans online racking up hundreds of thousands of views. With the mission of encouraging young people to be comfortable in their own skin, Kidd Kenn approaches his music with a passion and hunger that cannot be denied. He’s a pioneer in his hometown and pushing the boundaries of hip-hop as we know it. As more and more artists embrace their authentic selves, they will continue to look to Kenn to lead the pack in breaking the mold. His debut mixtape Childish dropped in September 2018, followed by the Child’s Play EP (February 2020), and Problem Child (June 2020). Kenn’s buzz continues to grow with tastemaker support and co-signs from Grammy®-winning artists Cardi B, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lil Nas X, along with Chance The Rapper, Saweetie, Kehlani, Young M.A and more.