Growing up in Bronx, New York, music was a part of Nasir Carter’s life early on. However, it was not until about 2 years ago that he started growing a passion for the art and began to pursue a career within the music industry. During the earlier moments of his life, making music first began with his step dad’s nephew in their basement. They would play instrumentals off of YouTube and freestyle for hours upon hours. It was just something to do for fun. As time went by though, he found himself constantly coming back to music as an outlet for both his creative and entertainment purposes, and his internal and external struggles with school, friends, and family. Shortly after, he began recording and eventually releasing music under the name “Kídd Bläck”. During both these negative and positive experiences, his interest in the art grew and this in turn shaped him and brought him to the point he is at today. Majoring in Music Industry Studies at Albright University, he thought this would be a huge step in the right direction for his future concerning music.
His creative process is heavily influenced by artists such as J. Cole, JID, Kendrick Lamar, and Joey BadA$$ (an artist also from New York). With most of these artists being more focused on lyricism than anything else, these influences explain the way he raps and carries himself on a track. His songs consist of unique, intricate and ambiguous lyrics reminiscent of the style of hip-hop in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This is ultimately a direct result of the influences he has. Adding to that, Kídd Bläck is a huge anime fan which we also see displayed through his lyrical content pertaining to things such as this.
In terms of beat selection, Kídd Bläck incorporates aspects of both the new school and old school hip-hop. Many of his instrumentals are 808 heavy with wavy/dark synths and bells. On the other hand, he also enjoys beats consisting of a bounce similar to the old school hip-hop feel with less 808’s and a minimal but smooth melody. This is seen in songs like “Luigi’s Mansion” and It’s Aaaaaaa” that are posted on his SoundCloud. The beats heard here are either a mix between old-school and new-school aspects, or strictly just one. This makes his music the best of both worlds for fans, giving them a little bit of everything while also displaying the versatility he possesses.
Moving forward, Nasir ended up taking it upon himself to record and engineer his vocals. This was made possible through the set-up he had to work with consisting of a DAW called Soundtrap, a common PC and a common mic. That said, he ultimately plans to focus in and keep improving upon the mixing/engineering aspect of music through upgrades to his current set up and doing his own research as well as receiving reliable help during the process. This keeps the quality of his music constantly increasing and diversifying through the new knowledge and inspiration he gains through this journey. Overall, though, the main goal for Kídd Bläck is to make quality music that he and his fans can love and enjoy. He is much more focused on letting the creative process run naturally. This ultimately keeps him true to himself while also bringing his listeners real material that inspires.