Syd (singer)

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Syd
Syd in 2019
Syd in 2019
Background information
Birth nameSydney Loren Bennett
Also known as
  • Syd tha Kyd
  • Frisco
Born (1992-04-23) April 23, 1992 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts

Sydney Loren Bennett (born April 23, 1992),[1] known professionally as Syd (formerly Syd tha Kyd), is an American singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She is a founding member of the band The Internet, and was a member of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future. Bennett released her 2017 debut solo album Fin, followed by the EP Always Never Home.

Background[edit]

Growing up in a musical family influenced Bennett's interest in music. Her mother once aspired to be a DJ and her uncle is Mikey Bennett, an internationally popular reggae producer and studio owner from Jamaica.[2][3] As she explained, "I began wishing I could take credit for some of my favorite songs. That was when I started to make my own – I only began singing on my own songs when I really started writing."[4] When Bennett was 14, she built a small music studio in her home and worked on sound engineering before getting into production.[3]

For the first half of her high school years, Syd attended Palisades Charter High School.[3] She felt left out and had few friends at Palisades and moved to the Hamilton Music Academy, which she considered a more open-minded school.[3]

In a series of interviews, Syd opened up about being gay. Although she is comfortable with her sexuality, she does not want it to define her career. She worries that talk of her personal life will overshadow her music and has even said that she hates the word lesbian.[5]

Musical career[edit]

Syd began making music while she was still living with her parents.[6] Syd's stage name was given to her by her older brother, Ty, as a kid. After growing out of it, she reclaimed the name when she joined Odd Future.[7] Most of the group's original songs were recorded in Syd's house, also known as "The Trap".

On February 27, 2011, Syd self-released her debut instrumental extended play, Raunchboots.

In 2014, Syd opened for Eminem at Wembley Stadium as part of the Odd Future collective. Regarding the group’s reunion at the time, she later said "OK, cool, this is better now that I’m not depressed but I still don’t necessarily want to be here."[8]

On March 11, 2016, Syd officially announced her departure from Odd Future.[9]

On January 13, 2017, Syd's debut solo single "All About Me" was released. It was produced by The Internet cohort Steve Lacy. On January 24, 2017, her second solo single "Body" was released in anticipation for her album in collaboration with Columbia Records, Fin which was released on February 3, 2017.

On May 18, 2017, Syd starred together with Korean R&B artist Dean in his music video for their collaboration "love".[10]

On September 7, 2017, Syd released "Always Never Home" which is a three track EP. "Always Never Home" is the follow-up to her debut solo album Fin.

Syd was featured on Lil Uzi Vert's second studio album Eternal Atake on the song "Urgency", which was released on March 6, 2020.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US R&B/HH
[12]
US R&B
[13]
Fin 75 32 11

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Raunchboots
Always Never Home

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"All About Me"[17] 2017 Fin
"Body"[18]
"Birthday"
(with Disclosure and Kehlani)[19]
2020 Energy

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B/HH
"Urgency"
(Lil Uzi Vert featuring Syd)
2020 76 47 Eternal Atake

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Blow" 2009 Tyler, the Creator Bastard
"Wakeupfaggot" 2010 Earl Sweatshirt Earl
"Swag Me Out" Odd Future, Jasper Dolphin, Left Brain, Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Mike G, Taco Radical
"Radicals" 2011 Tyler, the Creator, Taco Goblin
"Tron Cat" Tyler, the Creator
"Golden"
"Fish" Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean
"Analog 2" 2012 Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean The OF Tape Vol. 2
"Drain" Pyramid Vritra Pyramid
"Answer" 2013 Tyler, the Creator Wolf
"In the Morning" Mac Miller, Thundercat Live from Space
"Therapy" 2014 Mac Miller Faces
"The Daze" MellowHype I Need Some Answers
"Gone" 2015 Snakehips Forever, Pt. 2
"Pilot" Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb
"Find Your Wings" Tyler, the Creator, Roy Ayers, Kali Uchis
"Blow My Load" Tyler, the Creator, Wanya Morris, Dâm-Funk, Austin Feinstein
"Hair Blows" Tyler, the Creator
"Fucking Young / Perfect" Tyler, the Creator, Charlie Wilson, Chaz Bundick, Kali Uchis
"A Good Feeling" Tay Walker 25 Hours a Day
"You're the One" 2016 Kaytranada 99.9%
"Vegetables" Jesse Boykins III, Willow Smith Bartholomew
"Silkk da Shocka" Isaiah Rashad The Sun's Tirade
"Red Wine" Common, Elena Black America Again
"A Bigger Picture Called Free" Common, Bilal
"Shotgun" Little Simz Stillness in Wonderland
"Dent Jusay" 2017 Matt Martians, Steve Lacy The Drum Chord Theory
"Nothin" Kingdom Tears in the Club
"Godess" Left Brain, Shann, Hodgy, Mike G Mind Gone Volume 1
"Love" Dean Non-album single
"Gorgeous" Vic Mensa The Autobiography
"Take Me Away" Daniel Caesar Freudian
"Sticky Situation" Quiñ Dreamgirl
"The Long Way Home" The Jet Age of Tomorrow God's Poop or Clouds?
"Simple Things" The Cool Kids, Quiñ Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe
"Show Love" 2018 Richard Russell, Sampha Everything Is Recorded
"Right Now" Dirty Projectors Lamp Lit Prose
"Act Right" Tayla Parx Tayla Made
"What's the Use?" Mac Miller, Dâm-Funk, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat Swimming
"Do U Wrong" Leven Kali Non-album single
"Getting Late"[20] 2019 N/A Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack
"Urgency"[21] 2020 Lil Uzi Vert Eternal Atake
"Birthday"[22] Disclosure, Kehlani Energy

Production discography[edit]

2009[edit]

Hodgy Beats - The Dena Tape
  • 13. "Black Magic"

2010[edit]

Mike G - Ali
Domo Genesis - Rolling Papers

2011[edit]

The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies
  • 02. "They Say / Shangrila" (featuring Tay Walker) (produced with The Internet)
  • 08. "Lovesong⁻¹"
  • 10. "Web of Me"

2012[edit]

The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies: 4 Bonus Songs
  • 03. "Partners in Crime"

2017[edit]

Syd - Fin
  • 03. "No Complaints"
  • 04. "Nothin to Somethin"

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Odd Future Wolfgang Bible. Sibat Media. March 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Cooke, Mel (10 December 2010). "Mikey Bennett 'Pencils Out' Songwriting Career". The Gleaner. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Thomas, Zanyra (August 7, 2012). "Odd Future's Syd the Kyd Talks Music, Identity and The Internet". Massappeal.com. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Kazemi, Alex. "MUSIC: SYD THA KID". SuperSuper!. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Domanick, Andrea (2012-01-12). "Odd Future's Syd the Kyd Joins The Internet". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  6. ^ Rathe, Adam (February 13, 2012). "Syd the Kyd Could Be Hip-Hop's Next Lesbian Icon". Out Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Syd the Kyd". Interview Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  8. ^ Lester, Paul (December 17, 2015). "Syd tha Kyd: 'I don't like cuss words … it's weird'" – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. ^ "Syd Tha Kyd Details Departure From Odd Future". HiphopDX. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Dean & Syd Release Groovy 'love' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  11. ^ "Syd – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Syd – Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  13. ^ "Syd – Chart History: Top R&B Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Fin by Syd". Apple Music. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Raunchboots by Syd (EP, Instrumental Hip Hop)". Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Always Never Home by Syd". Apple Music. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  17. ^ "Syd Shares New Solo Single "All About Me" - PigeonsandPlanes". Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "Syd - Body - Stream [New Song] - HotNewHipHop". Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Strauss, Matthew (26 August 2020). "Disclosure Share New Song "Birthday" With Kehlani and Syd: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack by Various Artists". Apple Music. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  21. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Shares Tracklist for New Album Eternal Atake". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  22. ^ "Disclosure, Kehlani, Syd Share Sultry New Track 'Birthday'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-10-06.