US - Downtown / Fool’s Gold
Melisa Young was born January 1, 1980 in Markham, Illinois. She had a hard life growing up in South suburban Chicago due to her parents’ financial circumstances during the 1980s and ’90’s. Kid Sister started rapping in October 2005, becoming an MC at monthly dance parties hosted by DJ duo Flosstradamus (she is the elder sister of one half of the duo, Josh “J2K” Young), which led to being featured in MTV’s My Block that same year. She made URB’s “The Next 1000” cover in April 2007, and was signed to Kanye West’s DJ A-Trak’s label, Fool’s Gold, who released her first single “Pro Nails”, which features Kanye West. Kid Sister later signed with Downtown Records, who re-released “Pro Nails” to critical acclaim.
Kid Sister also appears on Tittsworth’s “WTF”, from his debut album 12 Steps, with Pase Rock. She is also recording a mixtape with A-Trak.
Kid Sister released a song from the album as a free download on RCRD LBL’s website. The song is called “Family Reunion” and features rapper David Banner. The website also has a low resolution version of what appears to be the cover of the album.
According to a recent interview with Pitchfork Media, Kid Sister stated that she has finished recording her debut studio album. The title has been changed from Dream Date to what would later be called Ultraviolet. She suggests it will be released in Fall 2009. Kid Sister also went on to say that her single “Family Reunion” was dropped from the album along with two others and replaced by five new tracks. The tracks have been produced by dubstep artist Rusko, The Count and Sinden, XXXChange, and Disturbia producer, Brian Kennedy and the album includes a feature with British musician Estelle. The two have already collabrated on a remake of Queen Latifah’s acclaimed track, “Ladies First” off her debut album. It is titled “First Ladies”. She will also be releasing a new single titled “Right Hand Hi”, which will be produced by Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso of house DJ group, Swedish House Mafia.
“I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with the fact that there’s a bunch of raw hip-hop records on there,” according to A-Trak. “It’s not all up tempo clubby stuff. I think a lot of people are going to be impressed with her growth also because when she made a lot of the records that people have heard by now, she was just starting to rap.