“Renewing minds and redeeming dreams” in a world full of brokenness and uncertainty, Shane Kidd chooses to live by this philosophy to fight for something different. Dallas native and Atlanta resident, Shane gravitated towards hip-hop’s home, New York, for his listening choices despite being raised in the South. As he explored hip-hop’s boundaries more, he gained an affinity for artists like Nas, Mos Def, and The Roots. Eventually, he picked up a pen and pad with the desire to be an emcee conscious of the world around him. For fans of A Tribe Called Quest, Oddisee, and Skyzoo, Shane Kidd uses his music to tell stories, by intersecting conscious thought, everyday struggles, and persevering faith. to inspire listeners to press forward.
His latest track, “Ink of a Scholar,” begins with the poignant lyrics: “Everybody has a story to tell, will you listen to the story they tell.” In a world of deferred dreams and broken promises, Shane shares his story alongside the under-told stories of others who are looking for freedom in this chaotic world. Delivered over an old-school, lo-fi beat, the hip-hop message is ushered forth in a smooth tone. The paced bars carry a hypnotic sway over the upbeat movement in the instrumental. Shane throws in some really witty rhymes and cultural references, which makes this an even more appreciated track.
With more awareness of society being fractured, recognition of voices being marginalized, and acceptance that what’s truthful isn’t always trendy, Shane Kidd wants to say there’s still freedom to tell our stories.