Kid Slim is a nineteen year old rapper with a past – a past, unlike most, as a basketball player on a full ride at Western University; a Division 1 team. The 6 foot 8 inch MC, hailing from Barrington, Illinois, dropped out of college after his freshman year to pursue his love of music. Kid Slim’s latest mixtape, “Freshman 15” covers lessons learned while in college and during his spring tour; all wrapped up in 15 tracks and slick beats.
His influences are varied and include Andre 3000, who he credits for getting him into rapping, to Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols, Michael Jackson, Kanye, friends, pop culture, and the media in general.
We caught up with Kid Slim before his show at the Loft at Center Stage this weekend with SoMo and YONAS. Check out what the rapper had to share with us.
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you at your show?
Off top, I’d probably say having a mom come out to the tour van to take a picture, and she was pinching my butt and rubbing my abs. Awesome, yet very strange.
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist so far?
I can’t even give a number one funniest moment because there is just a lot of funny things that happen along the way, but some examples would be when my DJ K Weezy was all turnt, and he jumped and accidentally shut off all the music in the show, so we spent basically half a set just doing stand up. Our booking agent Tyler almost threw beads to a tranny while we were on Bourbon St., and my manager almost went home with a low key hooker that same night. Things get pretty funny, so I can’t even say a top moment.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I just dance a lot backstage as soon as K Weezy goes up there, and that’s about it.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
I want to meet each and every one of them as much as possible in the little time that I have with them. Without people like that supporting you, you really can’t do anything, so I definitely appreciate all of them, and do whatever I can to express that, whether it be having conversations about whatever, taking pictures with all of them, really anything.
What is the best way to write music?
Everyone has their own ways of doing it, but for me I write in my phone just because I have sloppy handwriting, and run out of room in notebooks, and I usually write while listening to the beat, but a lot of times I’ll just not have any music on and just free verse stuff and write it down, and sometimes it ends up getting used.
Be sure to catch Kid Slim with SoMo and YONAS at the Loft at Center Stage this Friday, September 27th! Limited tickets available!