Lloyd “KidSyc” Harold: MC
Daniel Butler: Guitar
Charles Hodge: Bass
Lane Gardner: Keys
When you combine a dope MC with a killer live band, chances are they’ll do some
amazing things together. That’s certainly the case with KidSyc@Brandywine, a live
hip hop quintet hailing from Savannah, GA.
Fusing elements of hip hop, jazz, reggae and rock, KidSyc@Brandywine produces
music that’s infectious and intelligent. Breaking away from the standard
arrangement of an MC and DJ, the pairing of Brandywine’s deft musicianship with
KidSyc’s spitfire flows and engaging stage presence adds up to a brilliant live show
that resonates with fans of all types of music.
The group first met in 2010, joining established local rapper KidSyc with a recently
formed quartet of local friends, Brandywine, who’d begun dabbling in what bass
player Charles Hodge described as “living hip hop:” a sound inspired by The Roots,
J.Dilla, and the jazz-funk fusion of the 1970s that formed the musical foundation for
What started as a one-off collaboration project between the MC and band, a 5-track
EP titled The Rapper Next Door, quickly grew into a lasting musical relationship
thanks to their quick success.
The band was a featured artist at the 2010 Savannah Urban Arts Festival, then went
on to become Grand Prize Winners of the Sweet Water Gear Fest that year (which
resulted in the material for their Live in Indiana release; recorded in Sweet Water’s
studio that summer). Soon after, the group was selected as finalists in the Georgia
Lottery’s All Access Music competition, and went on to win first place among hip
hop acts from around the state. They performed on live TV as part of the contest’s
award show, performed at half time events for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta
Hawks, and were sent out to record at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles (which,
coincidentally, was founded by another Savannahian, Johnny Mercer). That session
became fodder for the band’s most recent EP, The Capitol Records Sessions, which
was released in January 2012.