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Published on September 25th, 2023 | by Just Jay


Kidd Kenn – Everywhere I Go

Kidd Kenn, the 20 year-old Chicago hip-hop sensation delivers on the promise of his first brand new single + pseudo video release of 2023, “Everywhere I Go”.

“Everywhere I Go,” written by Kidd Kenn, Sean Ross and James Kaye, and produced by Ross and Kaye, is the first advance music from his forthcoming  EP.

“Everywhere I Go” marks the first new music from Kidd Kenn since he dropped his Grown EP in July 2022, which included the single + video releases “Body,” “At It Again” (a reunion with Delli Boe), “Want Not A Need” featuring Baby Tate, and “Do Dat At” featuring Erica Banks.  Kenn described “Body” as “a song meant to make people feel really good about their bodies, to really let go of their insecurities and feel confident in themselves.”  To support the release of “Body,” he played a round of live dates around Memorial Day weekend, including the So What Festival in Arlington, Texas, WeHo Pride in West Hollywood, and Taking Black Pride In Seattle.



The Grown EP was Kenn’s follow-up to his provocative“B4” (Remix) featuring Saucy Santana (November 2021).The remix was preceded by Get Lit (August 2021), a classic high energy track featured in EA’s Madden ’22videogame soundtrack.

Prior to that came the raw, hard-hitting Problem Child (June), a 6-song EP whose single + video releases spanned nearly a year, including: “Freestyle,” Kenn’s viral collaboration with Delli Boe (watch video here);Gold Digger” featuring Dess Dior

(watch video here); Moves” featuring Rico Nasty(which was synced in the Apple Watch Series 6 online ad);and “Good Day.”

“Good Day” was featured in the summer 2021’s Target x NY Pride ad, supported by Kidd Kenn’s gala performance at the Youth Pride/NYC Pride virtual festival sponsored by Target.  In addition to the City Girls #PussyTalkChallenge, Kenn has received support and co-signs from Grammy®-winning artists Cardi BLizzoMegan Thee Stallion, and Lil Nas X, along with Chance The RapperSaweetieYoung M.AKehlani and more. The momentum has not let up since Kenn was first brought onstage by Kehlani at the San Francisco Pride Festival in June 2018.

As reported by BET“Kidd Kenn’s verse during the Hip Hop Awards’ ‘Digital Cypher’ was a crowd favorite, so much so that a snippet of the verse went viral.”  Kenn appeared as the first openly LGBTQAI rapper to performing the elite Cypher, alongside LaKeyah, Toosii and Symba. The influential annual all-star cypher collabo always draws tens of millions of views.

Kidd Kenn made headlines when he was selected for GLAAD’s prestigious list of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping The Future of Media and Activism,” presented by Teen Vogue.  Check it out HERE   He was later nominated for a GLAAD award for “Outstanding Breakthrough Artist.”  Kenn was also included in OUT Magazine’s influential OUT100 List.  Check out that feature HERE

The buzz behind Kidd Kenn has been explosive, with PAPERFader, XXLHot New Hip HopNylonTeen Vogue, Office MagazineInterview Magazine, and other tastemakers all rallying behind the young artist.  Nylon called him a “rap phenom,” and Fader dubbed him “Chicago’s Next Teen Sensation.”  Summer 2019 saw him perform at multiple virtual Pride festivals including MobiFest, Wynwood Pride, Pride South Side and more.  Kidd Kenn’s huge organically grown web following currently includes over 270,000 Instagram followers, over 2 million video views on YouTube, over 532,000 followers on TikTok, and over 5.8 million likes.


Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, 20-year old Kidd Kenn (Dontrell Smith) discovered an unparalleled joy for performance at an early age. His viral freestyle videos quickly gained him local notoriety and an influx of fans online racking up hundreds of thousands of views. With the mission of encouraging young people to be comfortable in their own skin, Kidd Kenn approaches his music with a passion and hunger that cannot be denied. He’s a pioneer in his hometown and pushing the  boundaries of hip-hop as we know it. As more and more artists embrace their authentic selves, they will continue to look to Kenn to lead the pack in breaking the mold. His debut mixtape Childish dropped in September 2018, followed by the Child’s Play EP (February 2020, establishing the Kidd Kenn brand with “Bougie Fellow,” “Babysitter,” and Benji”); and Problem Child EP (June 2020, containing “Gold Digger” featuring Dess Dior; “Freestyle,” a viral collaboration with Delli Boe; Moves featuring Rico Nasty; and “Good Day”).  In 2021, Kenn dropped the “B4” Remix featuring Saucy Santana.  2022 brought Kenn’s move from Island Records to Def Jam Recordings on “Body,” “At It Again,” (a reunion with Delli Boe), and “Want Not A Need” featuring Baby Tate.  All three were included on the July EP release, Grown, which also spun off a new video “Do Dat At” featuring Erica Banks.

Kidd Kenn is busy as ever in 2023, starting with The Best Of Kidd Kenn pink-splatter vinyl + toy doll box-set, released in May and currently available exclusively at over 1,700 of the nearly 2,000 Target store locations in the U.S. and Canada.  A new single + video arrived as promised in June, “Everywhere I Go,” the prelude to his forthcoming new EP. Meanwhile, Kidd Kenn’s buzz continues to grow with tastemaker support and co-signs from Grammy®-winning artists Cardi B, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lil Nas X, along with Chance The Rapper, Saweetie, Kehlani, Young M.A, and more.


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