Kid Sister “Right Hand Hi”

By One Track Mind on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009  |  8,945 views


Kid Sister “Right Hand Hi” Kid Sister “Right Hand Hi”

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Back in 2007, Chicago based rapper Kid Sister seemed to be on the brink of a tidal wave of hype. As the elder sister of Josh “J2K” Young, one half of the thunderous DJ duo Flosstradamus, Melisa Young began her music career in 2005 by acting as emcee at their DJ gigs. Her microphone skills soon attracted the attention of A-Trak, a skilled DJ and producer himself, more popularly known for being Kanye West’s man behind the turntables. A-Trak then put all the pieces together by recording two singles (“Control” and “Pro Nails”) with Kid Sister, both of which were underground hits; however, the latter, with its guest vocal performance from Kanye West, proved to be a breakthrough.

Without a proper full-length to her credit, Kid Sister was landing magazine covers and fawning press pieces, but in the months before the scheduled September 2008 release of her debut, Dream Date, she pulled the plug. Citing a feeling that “the album wasn’t cohesive,” she went back to work to improve the already the completed record. The revamped version, which will finally hit the streets on November 17th courtesy of Downtown Records, is the re-titled Ultraviolet and begins with “Right Hand Hi.”

From its first moments, the song provides a clear set of expectations for the uninitiated Kid Sister listener: a toned-down take on the club rap attitude of Trina or Rayzaflo mixed with A-Trak’s trademark blend of hip-hop and progressive dance music beats–the sound Missy Elliott always wanted but never quite hit. Fans of our recently featured collaboration between The Bloody Beetroots and The Cool Kids will find a lot to love here from the shuddering synths to the twisting, rubber rhythms of the track’s closing. While Kid Sister may not have quite arrived as a powerful lyricist, the pairing of her delivery with A-Trak’s production is impeccable; as was formerly the case with M.I.A. and Diplo, it’s difficult to imagine the pair not working together for years to come. “Right Hand Hi” proves that good things do, indeed, come to those who wait, a signal that (after many months of delays) Kid Sister’s career is at long last ready for takeoff.

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Rate It Here:  My ears, they bleed!Never againMehNot my thangOne listen is enoughGood, not greatWorth a listenPlaylist-worthyThis my jam!Songasm!!! (44 votes, average: 6.98 out of 10)


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Kris Says:

    I’m digging it. A little something for the city and a little for the suburbs. Got a great housey beat to it. You know it’s Chi-city.

  2. Bree Davies Says:

    I’ve been waiting for this album to drop since I first heard “Control.” Love it.

  3. YAMA Says:

    This song does bring something to the table. I want to check out more stuff by Kid Sister. Go Chi-city!

  4. Nina Says:

    I rated this song a 9, but based on the amount of times I’ve listened to it in the past couple of days it’s clearly a 10.

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