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Friday, January 13, 2012

Syd Tha Kyd hates words that rhyme with 'lesbian'

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  • LA Weekly

In this week's LA Weekly cover story on Odd Future spin-off duo the Internet — featuring Atlanta native Matthew "Matt Martians" Martin and Sydney "Syd Tha Kyd" Bennett — Syd's sexuality takes center stage.

Yes, she's an out lesbian — for those who haven't seen the video "Cocaine" — but you might want to refrain from calling her one because she hates that word. That and "pussy." Oh, and don't forget "thespian." Because, naturally, it rhymes with "lesbian":

They're just awkward words! If you know me you might hear me say the word 'gay,' or something. I'd much rather say gay than lesbian. Not only that, but I don't know if I'd kick it with a group of lesbians anyway."

She also calls out a few major artists she believes to be closeted lesbians, including Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, and Missy Elliott, for failing to be models for girls like herself:

"There's Alicia Keys, who's married to Swizz Beatz - we know that shit ain't real. You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don't wanna hang with bitches. You know she loves her some bitches."

Unlike Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator — who's been criticized for his lyrically explicit fantasy rapes and penchant for rhyming "faggot" with "maggot" — Syd's highly-politicized sexual p.o.v. does not serve as the lyrical basis for the Internet's fuzzed-out electro soul sound palette. Despite the fact that the media constantly questions how a lesbian gay chick can align herself with a group interpreted by many to be extremely homophobic and misogynistic, Syd hopes her own sexuality or personal views won't overshadow her music.

Former Atlantan Matt Martians (front) and Syd Tha Kyd are the Internet
  • Star Foreman for the LA Weekly
  • Former Atlantan Matt Martians (front) and Syd Tha Kyd are the Internet

Producer Martians, the Atlanta native of the duo, who happens to be bald, agrees: "Look, I don't represent bald niggas," the LA Weekly quotes Martians, a younger brother of Atlantan Mitchell Martin, integral member of Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Arts Society. "And Syd doesn't represent women or gay people."

Stay tuned for next week's CL's feature story to find out how Martians made the leap from Atlanta bedroom producer to Odd Future compadré.

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