G-Unit emcee Kidd Kidd was originally a founding piece in the earliest days of the Young Money Cash Money merger, alongside Lil Wayne as a part of the rap group Sqad Up in 1999. After Sqad Up’s public break in 2004, Kidd Kidd continued collaborating with Young Money artists and would finally end up signing to G-Unit/Rida Gang in 2011. Earlier this year Kidd was included on and then dropped from G-Unit boss 50 Cent’s latest single "We Up" also featuring Compton, California star sensation Kendrick Lamar. Speaking to HipHopDX, the New Orleans rapper took his recent difficulties in stride with an emphasis on staying positive.
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On his removal from “We Up,” Kidd said: “[The] first thing I want to tell to people is that it wasn’t a 50 Cent decision. A lot of people come and they be like, ‘Yo, 50 [Cent] took you off the song,’ it wasn’t no 50 Cent decision. That’s what it is, it’s all politics you know what I’m sayin', the game is politics. It’s just a blessing to even be brought up in that same conversation because the song is a great song, it was a blessing to even just be a part of that. It is what it is, you keep moving forward. It’s not like that’s the only good song in the world.”
Kidd Kidd was quick to remind listeners in his recent rendition of Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.”—which originally featured controversial lyrics from Maybach Music Group captain Rick Ross—that “We Up” wasn’t the first hit song he’s been removed from, rapping: “On ‘Forever track wit’ Drake first, but you ain’t even know it/Been [taken] off a few hit songs I learned you gotta keep goin’” in reference to his original feature on then-mixtape rapper Drake’s song "Forever."
Kidd also used the “U.O.E.N.O.” platform to speak on the murder of his good friend and Rida Gang affiliate Tyson G-Strip. Talking to HipHopDX this past week Kidd added: “It’s so deep...he was fam with my moms you know what I’m sayin', when that situation happened to me, when I was shot up [it happened] in front of my mom, in front of her house. And he got killed right down the corner from my mom’s house so...I got the call as soon as it happened, you know, because my mom was right there.”
The New Orleans rapper also used Tyson’s murder as a chance to shed light on the tragic culture of violence that plagues his hometown and cities like it: “Damn, New Orleans really has this hold over you, it really does and you never realize it [until] it’s too late, you feel me? Like, for real, most people that realize it are either in jail now or they didn’t make it out of a life or death situation. Like me myself, it took for me to get shot up to really realize I’m fuckin’ trippin’. I got a whole future here, like I don’t have to be out there like that, you know what I’m sayin’? As for [Tyson G-Strip]...he just got caught up in that life. You know man, prayers [and] condolences and everything goes out to his sister, ‘cause he didn’t have much family, we was his family. Like I said, he was livin’ with my moms [and] livin’ with his girl, shout out to his son.”
Kidd Kidd is currently prepping the release of his mixtape Street Fame which is slated for a summer drop.