Hip-hop's next generation
The hip-hop collective Odd Future has been mostly inactive for a few years now, but its members (including rapper Tyler, the Creator, award-winning singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and rapper-producer Earl Sweatshirt) have become some of the most popular and influential performers in hip-hop, R&B and pop. The latest Odd Future breakout is singer Syd, who made appearances on multiple Odd Future releases while also splitting her time as the lead vocalist for neo-soul band The Internet, who’ve put out three albums since 2011.
That’s a lot of activity for the 25-year-old performer, and that’s before even getting to Syd’s solo work. Her debut album Fin came out earlier this year, with a poppier approach than her work with Odd Future and The Internet, led by the single “All About Me.” And in September she put out the EP Always Never Home, which lends its name to her current tour. As much as Odd Future and The Internet have been at the cutting edge of hip-hop and R&B, Syd is just as likely to cite classic pop/R&B stars like Aaliyah and Brandy as influences. She’s made a good start toward ascending to the same level.
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