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KIDD has been making music since he was little, but recently, he has found a new sense of purpose through his new hip-hop philosophy called Hipsavvy.

“I’ve allowed every person to just free line what they want and take away all like the rules and regulations and create whatever’s on your heart,” he said, “create whatever’s on your mind, and just make it truthful and impact people.”

The 18-year-old rapper and producer thought of the name for the collective when he was hanging out with a non-Christian friend in Chicago.

“We’re just having a conversation about God and God’s role in hip-hop, like where truth and where God has been in hip-hop. We started talking about Babylon and a lot of stuff in the Bible that he had questions about, and then I just kind of blacked out for a few seconds.I just felt like God gave me this peace, which was Hipsavvy. I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with it.”

At first, he used Hipsavvy for his name as a producer because he was still self-conscious and didn’t want to be known as KIDD for his beats. But God told him Hipsavvy was meant for something bigger.

“I’ve always had this hunger and this way that I wanted to work with people,” he said. “Every time I would try to jump into working with a group of people, I felt like I was always the last one. I was always the third person or the fourth person in this whole movement. I was asking God why this always happens to me, like I’m always the most looked-down person in the group of people. God basically told me, ‘Well, it’s because you’re not supposed to be in a group of people. You’re supposed to lead a group of people.’”

After coming to this realization, the Infiltrate signee released an EP of the same name last year.

“It was a very dark, dark time in my life,” he said. “I remember I was in my room for the most of those couple months, and then I started just writing a lot and making a lot of beats.”

Now, KIDD has BraveART, SPZRKT, JGivens and John Givez all representing Hipsavvy. He is excited to see the movement grow.

KIDD was named to the 2012 Rapzilla Freshmen List, which he remembers was a great recognition.

“Right now, I look at it of course as a victory, but there’s still more growth beyond everything,” he said, “beyond any website, beyond Rapzilla. There’s still more growth and there’s still more pushing and more learning and more achievements from receiving a freshman to receiving a Grammy.”

He was excited to hear that Levi Hinson, joining him as a freshman this year, sees him as an inspiration.

“I love when situations like that happen because my purpose isn’t to make money. My purpose isn’t to be famous,” KIDD said. “My purpose coming into everything was because music’s therapeutic and music touches people. So for someone to look up to something like that, that’s dope and that affects me in a way that makes me want to work even harder.”

This encouraged KIDD, especially because of the amount of criticism he sometimes gets from people who don’t understand him. He expressed frustration over people who react negatively when he makes posts of Wu-Tang Clan or Lupe Fiasco, one of his greatest influences, on social media.

“I feel like there are fans who understand and enjoy me as a person,” he said. “As far as Christian hip-hop goes, that’s who I strive to keep. I want to keep fans who are fans of KIDD.”


Written by David Daniels

David Daniels is a columnist at and the managing editor of He has been published at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, CCM Magazine, Bleacher Report, The Washington Times and HipHopDX.

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