Photographer: Annie Noelker
Since their formation, hip-hop/jazz collective Booty&theKidd have reinterpreted various musical genres into an entirely unique sound of their own. Based in Columbus, OH, the collective consists of three vocalists and a 6-piece jazz ensemble complete with horns, keys and a rhythm section. Their music branches the gaps between the member's various music tastes, building an unexplored hybrid of hip-hop, jazz and pop. Each member's virtuosic tendency and effortlessly cool demeanor creates an awe-inspiring aura that is easy to get lost in; both in their recorded music and in their thrilling live shows. With influences ranging from Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper to Stan Getz and Charles Bradley, their music exists across many styles and has a little something to offer every type of music listener.
Through early 2018, the collective has focused its efforts into crafting their studio sound. This resulted in the release of their debut studio album, You&I, which was released independently on June 1, 2018. The group's efforts have landed them their first headlining show at Columbus' Skully's Music Diner as well as praise from prominent local publications The Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Underground.