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Kidd Kenn, the openly gay 16-year old Southside Chicago rapper whose viral freestyle videos and debut indie long-player Childish ignited the hip-hop world’s imagination and led to his official signing with Island Records, releases candid new track and music video “Bougie Fellow.” “Bougie Fellow” is the first track release from his highly anticipated mixtape CHILD’S PLAY. In the video, Kidd Kenn is immortalized into three different “Kenn” dolls with personality traits ranging from bougie, friendly to evil. It also shows Kidd Kenn cruising the streets of Chicago with his friends as he spits “I’m a bougie fellow.” On his signing to Island and the release of “Bougie Fellow,” Kidd Kenn states, “I’m extremely happy and excited to be signed to Island Records and I can’t wait for everyone to hear my new music and see everyone’s reaction to my new song.”
“Kidd Kenn had an undoubtedly remarkable year,” raved PAPER. “The openly gay 16-year-old rap star from Chicago’s Southside first caught attention with viral releases of freestyles over hometown street hits by G Herbo, FBG Duck, and King Von. His buzz only intensified with the independent release of his debut full-length project, last year’s Childish. One of its singles, ‘Fakeshit’ landed in our top 100 songs of 2018.”
Since his breakout performance at the Red Bull Music Festival (November 2018), which showcased the best of Chicago’s queer underground, the buzz has been explosive. PAPER, Fader, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Office Magazine, Interview Magazine, and other tastemakers have all rallied behind Kenn, with Nylon calling him a “16 year old rap phenom,” and Fader dubbing him “Chicago’s Next Teen Sensation.” He’s currently gearing up to perform at the MOBI NYC showcase on September 12 at The Delancey and Camp Smokey Bear Festival in Chicago on September 14.