The digitally released New Kiddd On Tha Block is an ambitious and largely successful first full length project from Youngstown, Ohio artist Kidddcory. Ambitious because, at 16 tracks with only 2 features (both by fellow No Signal collective member Grizzly), the burden is fully on the back of Kidddcory to deliver. Largely successful because except for a few missteps this artist has rolled out an eminently listenable collection of thoughtful tracks both autobiographical and topical in nature.
Albums intros are tricky terrain. The 1:44 minute intro to New Kiddd On Tha Block sprints through KidddCory’s repertoire and musical tastes; almost like sample snapshots, but it’s not clear from listening to it what to expect next. A lot of producers would have left it out of the finished product. The track “Revelation” is the real launch. The early Kanye-esque piece is a perfect confirmation that you’re listening to an artist who can do it. “I got bars!” he flows. No lie.
Natasha T. Brown is an author, activist and award-winning communicator. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. If you’re a loyal OnStage reader, you will remember Natasha’s “Sophisticated Sunday” column, which published from 2012 to 2014.
Natasha founded Think Brown INK (TBI Branding) in 2009. Through TBI, she has created several community initiatives and worked with clients and partners to share their stories and increase their social impact through the implementation of philanthropic initiatives and media campaigns. Natasha is the creator of the SmileNATIONWIDE #12MonthsOfService Cause Communications community, and a 2015 “40 Under 40” honoree in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Natasha’s newest work, her book “10 Blessings of Betrayal” will be released on Valentine’s Day.
…Now, for the return of “Sophisticated Sunday” with an exclusive peak into the mind of Natasha T. Brown, a thinker, builder, lover and author:
OnStage: Tell us about “10 Blessings of Betrayal”. Why did you write it, and who is the audience it’s intended for?