The Kid Flames is a full-tilt creative; a designer, web developer, music producer, photographer, filmmaker, Hip-Hop aficionado, label co-founder, geek, and one-half of The Illusionists (with KD Tha Produce Man). Known for their genre-blending, experimental, dark, melodic creations, and a hefty cinematic approach to projects, their high-concept albums, Masks & Façades (2007) and Transposition Theory (2014), follow the journey of a wide-eyed, but enigmatic and jaded illusionist on a journey of self-discovery, with their latest body of work Astral Infinite (2020) exploring the ills of society through the lens of the unknown.
While making a decisive departure from the duo’s core sound, the producer’s solo catalog maintains elements of the dark, ambient signature for which fans know them, while integrating a much more classic Golden Era Hip-Hop edge with hard-hitting boom-bap drums and dusty chops.
His production influences are a who’s who of the greatest era of Hip-Hop, including but not limited to DJ Premier, Dilla, Erick Sermon, Nottz, Bink!, DJ Uneek, Timbaland, The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Hi-Tek, Buckwild, 9th Wonder, The Bomb Squad, Pete Rock, The Ummah, Madlib, Battlecat, S1, Illmind, The Hitmen, and many more. You needn’t look any further than his debut solo offering Things Left On Purpose (2019), and its follow-ups Without Seeing the Staircase (2019) and With All My Heart (2020) for any further proof. Kindred Spirits, his 2022 collab album with Buffalo emcee Cav Johnson, further solidifies his place in the ether.