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Short Kidd - “The Mafia” (2012)
(Two Short Kidd posts within a few days of each other, I really should plan this stuff better). Vulcha 101 Freshman Year dropped this weekend and it completely surprised me. It has an array of good songs that kind of confirms my point from the last post on Short Kidd’s development. There’s auto-tune on “Tear It Down.” There are jook songs like “Sipping On One” & “Work It Out” with prominent contributors to the jook scene like Desloc and Krazy K. There are also fruity synth-driven puppy love songs that I don’t get but teenagers tend to like.
But most of all it is a diverse collection of songs that all kind of work in their own way considering they are from a young rapper who is developing his skills. Honestly, the tape isn’t well arranged; the puppy love track awkwardly follows the most hardcore song on the tape, “Twisting Up My Fingers”. But the fact that Short Kidd can offer a fresh take to the overused Lex Luger sound as he does on “Twisting Up My Fingers” is dope. It shows potential and all that but really it just boils down to being dope.
When you listen to “The Mafia” there are hints of creativity in the delivery and originality in themes. This all comes makes sense when one sees that Short Kidd produced (if we’re left to trust the credits on DatPiff mixtape downloads) the two weirdest sounding tracks on the mixtape “Ima Vulcha” and “Tote Dat Fye”. Both of those cause me the frantically spazz-out and be scared at the same time.
Short Kidd - “I Remember” (2012)
Not that I have the right to question anyone’s fashion sense, but Short Kidd is likely the only person to ever wear beanies and knit caps in Miami. He’s also still buttoning up a polo all the way to the top.
This is probably the most gripping video you’ll watch that was mostly shot on a Metro bus. Short Kidd’s nonchalant flow compliments the sparse sound of the beat on ”I Remember.”
Hustle all night, that’s why I never grew.
Now I’m meeting cousins that I never knew.
This song shows a lot of progress for Short Kidd. Crafting a rap ballad that chronicles your struggles is a big step from making strip club joints with YouTube madman Steven Jo. Last Year’s “I’m a Vulcha” was spastic and haunting anthem. But more than anything else it was original. It was in a completely different lane than other songs out of Miami.
Street music in Miami is normally limited to the mimicry of whatever is popular in the mainstream. But North Miami tends to be an isolated little part of Miami, mainly because of the large Haitian immigrant community in that area. The different experiences the youth face show up in their music. In addition to Short Kidd, Jimmy Dade and Vulcha Smooth both represent North Miami with original sounds.
A cool collab with Short Kidd & Desloc of Piccalo came out last month. Hopefully this is a sign that Short will continue to make songs but it probably just means he only records during the Summer breaks from school.
Short Kidd feat. Chetta Da Kid - “Ima Vulcha” (internet, 2011)
Yeah, I know - this video is old. There was no way I would go on without posting this video on my blog. I wish DJ Screw was alive to remix this joint. The hook would go perfectly with Screw’s aesthetic.