We linked with Swedan artist Chyde and got to know more about the man behind the artist. Check it out below
Explain who you are for those who may not know
I go by the name of Chyde and if you don’t know me by now, you will.
Where you from?
I’m born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.
How did you get your start in music?
I grew up with my father being a well-known and respected guitarist / leadsinger in a Rock N’ Roll band touring all over Sweden. So my childhood was seeing him performing. It wasn’t until I was 10 years old I started writing my own lyrics after my brother showed me a underground hiphop song and it just instantly clicked. Like a natural connection I couldn’t explain in words at that age. I just knew it was that it was rap I was going to be doing… So my father had this portable studio with like 8 channels on it, with inbuilt drums and then he added guitar as a melody and bass to that and I added my vocals to it. That was the beginning of Chyde.
How long have you been making it?
I’m 24 years old now so it’s been 14 years on and off but always with my mind thinking rhymes and having new ideas… the mind of a writer. It’s not until recent time that I decided I’m not gonna waste more time. I’m going all out now and in 3 months I just put together my first offical album called “Speaking My Silence” with 24 tracks.
Who are your influences?
Right now: J. Cole, Tupac, Drake and XXXTENTATION.
What motivates you?
Life. And death. Kind of paradoxic but let me explain… Life because it’s a blessing to be alive and experience whatever this is… and to be able to express ourselves and connect worldwide through passion, through what we create, through who we are… that is a beautiful thing. Death because it’s a reminder of how temporary this is. I think we’re all energy that never dies and that death is a human construct as we are eternal beings… but as of this physical life, it’s only now. And so, this is why death motivates me. Recently my elder brother died and he was always proud of me for embracing the music and using my passion instead of taking the paths of life that he did… so me doing this is for him too.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on my second album already that I plan on releasing this summer. It will be a follow up on “Speaking My Silence” with the same vibe to it but just more enhanced and extended. Already got ideas down and started writing songs for it. Also, I’m collaborating a lot with different artists. Just expanding my name and for the creative outlet of being part of different songs and even genres of rap…
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself doing everything I do now but bigger. Wider. More. Better. I know I’ve got something… don’t know what it is… but just a natural “gift” to feel music on a deeper level and I find it easy to express myself through words… it would be a shame for me not to embrace that and use it to create and to empower the world with who I am and what I do.
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
I think there’s a lot of dope artists who are the “top ones” right now who don’t use their position to actually speak their truth. It’s mostly just repetitive words, simple lyrics over monotone beats and I can’t really seperate artists if I just hear their songs. They all sound the same. That’s why I listen to the ones I mentioned, because they have personality. Character. And they actually put emphasis on the lyrics too and have a message in their music. Even though creation is free, I think we as artists, have a responsibility to what we create… and by that I mean a responsibility to ourselves to go “is this really what I wanna represent? Is this my truths? Is this what I wanna give this world?” and to connect with whats real to us and go from there. But there’s a few artists left who actually put their heart into music so there’s still hope for hiphop. And now I am here.
Anything else you would like to say?
Yeah, thank you for this opportunity Hiphops Revival.
And to those listening… if you like my music, feel free to contact me personally. I respond mostly through instagram DM: itschyde. And to everybody else… fuck yall if you don’t like it.
Stream his new project “SPEAKING MY SILENCE” here https://open.spotify.com/album/5wOSIY5k1EOXLHftOMh2ZB?si=YYaxbEehS-WF2VRHGZ_6Ew