Kidd Kenn—the 19-year-old Chicago sensation who made history as the first out gay male rapper in the 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher—celebrates PRIDE with the exclusive Complex video premiere of “Body,” the first single from his forthcoming new EP.
“‘Body’ is a song meant to make people feel really good about their bodies, to really let go of their insecurities and feel confident in themselves,” Kenn says of his newest track. “It’s really about supporting people in doing what they want for themselves to feel as confident as possible.”
To support “Body,” Kenn played a round of live performances starting Memorial Day weekend, including the So What Festival in Arlington, Texas and WeHo Pride in West Hollywood. He will be performing at Taking Black Pride In Seattle later this month.
“Body” is the first new music from Kidd Kenn since his provocative “B4” (Remix) featuring Saucy Santana (November 2021). The remix was preceded by the classic high energy “Get Lit” (August 2021, featured in EA’s Madden 22 videogame soundtrack). Prior to that came the raw and hard-hitting Problem Child (June), a 6-song EP whose single and video releases spanned nearly a year: “Freestyle,” Kenn’s viral collaboration with Delli Boe; “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 last summer’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 challenge, 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, Kehlani, Young M.A, 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.