Syd Tha Kyd and her fellow Odd Future compatriot Matt Martians are busy bees. Their record-breaking rap collective is literally everywhere right now, and the hype just refuses to die down. Syd, while not the most vocal OFWGKTA member, is often referred to as the group's saving grace.
Syd Tha Kyd is basically the antithesis of everything people have come to associate with Odd Future leader Tyler The Creator: she's a strong, proud gay woman in a sea of joking misogyny. She's a menacing presence at the group's live shows, content to scowl behind the DJ booth with her middle fingers raised high.
"When I first started really fucking with Odd Future heavy, my dad was like, 'Really? They talk about some crazy shit and as a female, you're slapping a lot of other females in the face.' I'm like, That's what I do. I slap bitches, Dad," she boasted to MTV.
On "Purple Naked Ladies", the debut album from Syd and Matt's side-project The Internet, that raw, teenage braggadocio is almost completely absent. What remains is a weirdly tender mixture of Herbie Hancock and "Aquemini"-era Outkast. Album opener "Violet Nude Women" is entirely instrumental, aside from a few reverb-laden "oooh's". It wouldn't be out of place on a late 90's Flaming Lips album.
The real standout here is the Left Brain-assisted "Cocaine". Channeling the saddest disco queen in the universe, Syd begs the listener closer when she sings, "Baby just ignore the consequence, You look like you could use a little confidence. So follow me into a better dream in paradise. And now that you know what this feeling's like, You know you can have it for the rest of your life. Just follow me, just follow me."
Like most debut albums, there's a fair bit of filler here. The group still seem, in spots, to be working out their musical intentions. "Ode to a Dream" falls flat behind a beat that would've been too lo-fi for early 90's Wu-Tang Clan. The album rebounds almost immediately with "Web of Me", a song so gorgeous that it practically begs to have a romantic comedy sex scene attached to it. "I hope you notice the lack of social contact. It's not that your not all that. It's just I know how this will end. Don't try to say you'll change for me. That's not the way to go," she sings seductively.
Over the last year or so, it's become increasingly obvious that all these Odd Future kids intend to defy any and all expectations people might have for them. With new genre-defying releases on the way from Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean, it's gonna be an interesting year. "Purple Naked Ladies" is an excellent start.