The truly Amazing KiD

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http://manilatimes.net/national/2008/june/03/yehey/life/20080603lif2.html

The self-confessed ‘hustla’

The truly Amazing KiD

By Angelique P. Manalad, Contributor

Duncan Yu, better known as Amazing KiD of the Rapskallion Familia, enters the music scene once again after taking a break, reclaiming his throne as one of the respected rappers who does well on his craft.

He’s been in the industry since 1996, starting in an underground group named Rapskallion together with KrazyKyle and deMarco same batch as Artstrong and Seven Shots of Wisdom. During those times, everything was just for the love of music: attending gigs without getting paid and recording and producing with their own money.

Then the group decided to take a break as they felt that all the hard work hasn’t paid off in 1999. After this, KiD, didn’t really left the scene as he was featured in several albums with other artists like DJ Arbie Won on his album United Freestyles vol. 2, released nationwide and in Japan. Then Kyle called him up for his song “No Album Got Skills”, since Kyle went solo and a PBA theme song “Full Court Press” during 2001. He will also be featured in Jay Cayuca’s song “The devil went down to Georgia.”

It was due to his music and writing he was tagged as Amazing KiD. “It was the people who gave it to me. I write and do things differently,” the 29-year-old explained.

Having Kommon, Blackalicious, Eminem and Tupac as some of his influences, he captivates the listeners with his vivid style of putting words into life.

“My music is not like the usual ‘I’m a gangsta’-like of theme. Everyone seems to be doing that. They are trying to imitate what they see on TV, on what they see from the States. My topic is usually about life, on what’s really happening around today and try to bring positive vibe through my music.”

Storytelling is also one of his trademarks and has even earned him the moniker “Stephen King.” Listeners often feel suspense—readers of fantasy thriller novels do—as Kid’s lyrics unravel his yarn.

“I want to be known as this lyricist whose listeners are like TV viewers that can’t take their eyes off the screen. I want to move how hip-hop is supposed to be done, how it is supposed to be written and what quality it has to have,” he says.

“Ross and Rachel, lost an angel”

Two different verses with one rhyme taken from his song “Almost,” usually a good rapper/lyricist can be determined on how he can make the verses and syllables as balance as possible.

“Other rappers will just rhyme ‘immediately’ with ‘promptly,’ only just the last syllables. When I write, as much as possible I try that two whole words rhyme.”

Lost in translation?

Criticized for rapping and writing in English, he explains, “I respect the Tagalog rappers, but then this is my forte. I am more comfortable in writing my music in English.”

But he’s no poser. Rapping is not something only a black man can do. Though rappers are not that recognized in the country, he believes the rhymes can’t attract many but can be respected by few.

‘Is it the quantity, is it the quality? everytime I’m stroking my pen’

is a line from his song, “Quality MC,” he wanted to elevate the present state of rap music in the local market once again. With his writing he wanted to show and teach how hip-hop is supposed to be.

He was saddened during the time when Pinoy rappers were known some few years back, having a short span of fame as their songs became a novelty.

A struggles to fight for the music he knows that has this quality to influence people in a way or another. “I wanted to open up eyes of the people. Filipinos can be this good.”

During the previous annual Philippine Hip-hop Awards, KiD noticed the hesitation of the sponsors. “There’s still this connotation that hip-hop is just trash, only exudes violence, there’s no unity but I want to change that impression. We can produce this kind of music.”

Another distinction he makes is that being a hip-hop artist doesn’t mean having to don baggy jeans and shirts with all the bling-blings hanging around his neck. Decently dressed, he just wants to reflect how his songs are through his clothes and how he treats other people.

Resurrection of Rapskallion Familia

Kid has become the frontman for two groups under Rapskallion: LaMarga and Hash1.

His song “Hustla Music” is currently receiving airplay. It’s an eye opener that explains that being a hustler doesn’t always mean that you have to do illegal things.

This June, the Rapskallion Familia will come out with a trilogy album under Longevity Records, an independent label. It will be the first album with three different covers, which features the two other groups and KiD.

After this he will be working with his first full-length album, Amazing Kid: The Prestige which we all should look forward to.

The self-confessed ‘hustla’

The truly Amazing KiD

By Angelique P. Manalad, Contributor

Duncan Yu, better known as Amazing KiD of the Rapskallion Familia, enters the music scene once again after taking a break, reclaiming his throne as one of the respected rappers who does well on his craft.

He’s been in the industry since 1996, starting in an underground group named Rapskallion together with KrazyKyle and deMarco same batch as Artstrong and Seven Shots of Wisdom. During those times, everything was just for the love of music: attending gigs without getting paid and recording and producing with their own money.

Then the group decided to take a break as they felt that all the hard work hasn’t paid off in 1999. After this, KiD, didn’t really left the scene as he was featured in several albums with other artists like DJ Arbie Won on his album United Freestyles vol. 2, released nationwide and in Japan. Then Kyle called him up for his song “No Album Got Skills”, since Kyle went solo and a PBA theme song “Full Court Press” during 2001. He will also be featured in Jay Cayuca’s song “The devil went down to Georgia.”

It was due to his music and writing he was tagged as Amazing KiD. “It was the people who gave it to me. I write and do things differently,” the 29-year-old explained.

Having Kommon, Blackalicious, Eminem and Tupac as some of his influences, he captivates the listeners with his vivid style of putting words into life.

“My music is not like the usual ‘I’m a gangsta’-like of theme. Everyone seems to be doing that. They are trying to imitate what they see on TV, on what they see from the States. My topic is usually about life, on what’s really happening around today and try to bring positive vibe through my music.”

Storytelling is also one of his trademarks and has even earned him the moniker “Stephen King.” Listeners often feel suspense—readers of fantasy thriller novels do—as Kid’s lyrics unravel his yarn.

“I want to be known as this lyricist whose listeners are like TV viewers that can’t take their eyes off the screen. I want to move how hip-hop is supposed to be done, how it is supposed to be written and what quality it has to have,” he says.

“Ross and Rachel, lost an angel”

Two different verses with one rhyme taken from his song “Almost,” usually a good rapper/lyricist can be determined on how he can make the verses and syllables as balance as possible.

“Other rappers will just rhyme ‘immediately’ with ‘promptly,’ only just the last syllables. When I write, as much as possible I try that two whole words rhyme.”

Lost in translation?

Criticized for rapping and writing in English, he explains, “I respect the Tagalog rappers, but then this is my forte. I am more comfortable in writing my music in English.”

But he’s no poser. Rapping is not something only a black man can do. Though rappers are not that recognized in the country, he believes the rhymes can’t attract many but can be respected by few.

‘Is it the quantity, is it the quality? everytime I’m stroking my pen’

is a line from his song, “Quality MC,” he wanted to elevate the present state of rap music in the local market once again. With his writing he wanted to show and teach how hip-hop is supposed to be.

He was saddened during the time when Pinoy rappers were known some few years back, having a short span of fame as their songs became a novelty.

A struggles to fight for the music he knows that has this quality to influence people in a way or another. “I wanted to open up eyes of the people. Filipinos can be this good.”

During the previous annual Philippine Hip-hop Awards, KiD noticed the hesitation of the sponsors. “There’s still this connotation that hip-hop is just trash, only exudes violence, there’s no unity but I want to change that impression. We can produce this kind of music.”

Another distinction he makes is that being a hip-hop artist doesn’t mean having to don baggy jeans and shirts with all the bling-blings hanging around his neck. Decently dressed, he just wants to reflect how his songs are through his clothes and how he treats other people.

Resurrection of Rapskallion Familia

Kid has become the frontman for two groups under Rapskallion: LaMarga and Hash1.

His song “Hustla Music” is currently receiving airplay. It’s an eye opener that explains that being a hustler doesn’t always mean that you have to do illegal things.

This June, the Rapskallion Familia will come out with a trilogy album under Longevity Records, an independent label. It will be the first album with three different covers, which features the two other groups and KiD.

After this he will be working with his first full-length album, Amazing Kid: The Prestige which we all should look forward to.

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