- Release Date 2017-12-15
- Label ROOM 73
- Catalog R73002
Hailing from Hull, where he is the pioneer of the alternative urban scene, 21st Kid is the final chapter in a year that has seen him perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend, Leeds Festival and gain national coverage as one of the most exciting talents to grab the spotlight during Hull's year as City of Culture.
21st Kid - the name inspired by the street on the north Hull estate, 21st Ave, where he was born and raised - explores Chiedu's journey from boy to man growing up as the only "non-white kid" in a northern working-class community full of disbelievers and naysayers.
The EP, released on Friday 15 December, is an honest and emotionally charged memoir, produced by the supremely talented DeezKid - a member of the Lockdown Collective along with Chiedu and DJ Joe the Third.
Chiedu said: "21st Kid embodies a lot of the pressures I had growing up. Most of the people I looked up to in my area are now either in jail or drug addicts. I didn't always fit the mould, I was definitely an outsider for a lot of years, and then you decide to conform in fear of further alienation. This EP tells the story of someone eventually finding themselves in a place that is surrounded by deprivation and pessimism. The 21st Kid EP promotes a new-found confidence which celebrates being proud of your own personal journey - don't ever let anyone or anything define your purpose."
21st Kid features tracks Flex, which earlier this year racked up over 100k streams on Spotify alone and featured on Spotify's grime shut down playlist, and NHE which was playlisted as the BBC Introducing track of the week on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6.
The EP also includes new material 21st Kid, Rampant, Wont Get Along and 21st Mum - a raw and personal interlude from Chiedu's mother.