Kyle (musician)

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Kyle in 2017
Kyle in 2017
Background information
Birth nameKyle Thomas Harvey
Also known as
  • K.i.D
  • SuperDuperKyle
  • King Wavy
  • Kidd Kash
  • Fire Spittin' Kitten
Born (1993-05-18) May 18, 1993 (age 28)
Reseda, California, U.S.
OriginVentura, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Kyle Thomas Harvey (born May 18, 1993[2]), known mononymously as Kyle and SuperDuperKyle (formerly known as K.i.D, an acronym for Kyle is Determined), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Ventura, California. He is best known for his 2016 breakout single "iSpy" (featuring Lil Yachty), which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Signed to Indie-Pop (independently popular.) and Atlantic Records,[3] Kyle is also known for his association with the SuperDuperCrew which consists of Brick, Jesus, and Maxx.

Kyle has collaborated with artists such as Kehlani, Lil Yachty, G-Eazy, Chance the Rapper, Miguel, MadeinTYO, Yuna, Ty Dolla Sign, and among others. Some of his songs in addition to "iSpy" include "Keep It Real", "Doubt It", "King Wavy" and his 2018 hit single "Playinwitme".[4][5][6] In 2015, Rolling Stone named him as "one of the ten artists you need to know".[7]

His commercial mixtapes Beautiful Loser and Smyle were released in 2013 and 2015, respectively.[8][9] Kyle's debut studio album Light of Mine was released in 2018 to positive reviews and reached within the top-30 of the Billboard 200.

Kyle made his acting debut in the 2018 Netflix original film The After Party. He also released a single from the film "Moment" (featuring Wiz Khalifa).[10] His second album See You When I Am Famous was released on July 17, 2020.

Early life[edit]

Kyle Harvey was born in the Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles, to a single mother, in a home of eight family members and two siblings.[11] He grew up one hour away in Ventura, California. He stated that he has a speech impediment[12] and that during his youth he was bullied because of it.[11] Kyle attended Ventura High School[13] and regularly took part in drama classes which helped his confidence largely.[11]

He started singing at the age of six and was writing and performing his own songs by elementary school. Harvey started rapping when he was about 13 years old[13] and began recording music after hearing Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon. Harvey's first songs were recorded on PreSonus' Studio One recording software using his aunt's computer while in high school.[11]


2009–2012: Early mixtapes[edit]

Kyle started releasing mixtapes such as Senior Year, Second Semester, FxL, Super Duper, and K.i.D under the moniker KiddKash and K.i.D. starting in 2009 to 2012.[14]

2013–2015: Beautiful Loser and Smyle[edit]

In 2013, he released his commercial debut mixtape Beautiful Loser.[15]

In May 2014, he was featured in G-Eazy's music video for "I Mean It" as a technical director on the fictional news set.[16]

In October 2015, he released his follow up commercial mixtape Smyle. The album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 76. The album featured a guest spot by Chance the Rapper on the track “Remember Me?” and has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

Kyle's first music video to reach one million views was Keep it Real, which was accomplished later that year.

2016–present: Breakthrough, Light of Mine and See You When I am Famous[edit]

In December 2016, he released the single "iSpy", featuring Lil Yachty. The song gained widespread recognition for Kyle. The song peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the Canadian Hot 100.[17][18]

In February 2017, Kyle signed a deal with Atlantic Records.[3]

In June 2017, Kyle was named as one of the ten 2017 XXL Freshmen along with A Boogie wit da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Aminé, MadeinTYO, Kamaiyah, Kap G, and XXXTentacion.[19]

In March 2018, alongside the release of his single "Playinwitme" featuring Kehlani, Kyle announced that Khalid would be featured on a track titled "iMissMe". Kyle's debut studio album Light of Mine was released on May 18, 2018. The album debuted at number 29 on the Billboard 200.[20]

He appeared as the main character in the Netflix original film, The After Party which debuted on August 24, 2018.[21]

His second album See You When I Am Famous was released on July 17, 2020, and was supported by the singles "Yes!", "What It Is" and "Bouncin'".




Year Title Role Note
1998 ‘’The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’’ Kyle Feature
2018 The After Party Owen Ellison Lead role
2021 Cherry Roy


  1. ^ "indie-pop!". indie-pop!.
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  3. ^ a b "KYLE Signs to Atlantic Records – Fashionably-Early". February 7, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  4. ^ ""ISpy" - KYLE ft. Lil Yachty". Artistic Manifesto. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kyle and Lil Yachty Ignore the Haters in "iSpy"". XXL. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kyle & Lil Yachty – "iSpy"". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know Now". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Get millions of songs. All ad-free". Apple Music.
  9. ^ "Get millions of songs. All ad-free". Apple Music.
  10. ^ "Moment (feat. Wiz Khalifa) - Single by KYLE". Apple Music.
  11. ^ a b c d "Meet Kyle, the "iSpy" MC Who Wants to Be Rap's John Lennon". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b "Kyle Is Rapping and Playing It Safe". December 3, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "K.i.D". K.i.D. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Bout to Blow: 10 Dope New Songs You Should Be Hearing Everywhere Soon". Complex. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  16. ^ GEazyMusicVEVO (May 28, 2014), G-Eazy - I Mean It (Official Music Video) ft. Remo, retrieved September 12, 2018
  17. ^ "Kyle – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Kyle". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  18. ^ "Kyle – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kyle". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  19. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "New Music: KYLE feat. Kehlani – 'Playinwitme'". Rap-Up. March 20, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  21. ^ Bitran, Tara (August 6, 2018). "Rapper Kyle Vies for Stardom in Netflix's 'The After Party' Trailer".

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