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Kid Sister

Kid Sister performing at Nextdoor in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Background information
Birth name Melisa Young
Also known as Kid Sis
Born July 3, 1980 (1980-07-03) (age 29)[1]
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hip hop, Rap, R&B, Electro
Occupations Singer, rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels Fool's Gold/Downtown Records
Associated acts Flosstradamus, Kanye West, A-Trak

Melisa Young (born July 3, 1980) better known by her stage name Kid Sister, is a rap artist based in Chicago, Illinois, well known for her single "Pro Nails", featuring Kanye West.



Melisa Young was born July 3, 1980 in Markham, Illinois.[1] 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 to rap in October 2005, becoming a MC at monthly dance parties hosted by DJ Flosstradamus who were featured in MTV's My Block that same year.[2] She made URB's "The Next 1000" cover in April 2007,[3] 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,[4] 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.[5] She had also finished a mixtape with A-Trak.[2]

As of Fall 2009, Kid Sister has finished recording her debut studio album . The title has been changed from Dream Date to The United States album release date is November 17, 2009. The tracklisting for the album is: 1-Right Hand hi, 2-Life On TV, 3-Big N Bad, 4-Step (feat Estelle), 5-Let Me Bang 2009, 6-Pro Nails (feat Kanye West), 7-Daydreaming (feat Cee-Lo), 8-Switch Board (feat DJ Gant-Man), 9-54321, 10-Get Fresh, 11-You Ain't Really Down, 12-Control [1] 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 collabrated on a remake of Queen Latifah's acclaimed track, "Step" (formerly "Ladies First") off her debut album. It is titled "First Ladies".[6]

The first single off is titled "Right Hand Hi", which is produced by Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso of house DJ group, Swedish House Mafia.[7]

"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."[8]

Personal life

Kid Sister's ethnic background includes African American, Native American, and Caucasian.[9] In numerous interviews and magazine articles, she has revealed that she has struggled financially for years before becoming Kanye West's protege.[10][11] Recently she has admitted to being 215 pounds at one point in her life. She continues in this interview that she has been "thick" her whole life but explains that this has had no bearing on her self-esteem because at her core she is not a passive person.[12]

Kid Sister has a degree in film from Columbia College Chicago and worked on two independent feature films during her studies: 9/11 drama The Guys (2002) starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia; and Best Thief In the World (2003) starring Mary Louise Parker and Audra McDonald .[citation needed] Kid Sister once worked for retail chain Bath & Body Works, which she sometimes mentions in interviews and in her creative work.





Year Title Album U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Single Sales UK Singles Chart[13]
2007 "Control" Ultraviolet
2008 "Pro Nails" (featuring Kanye West) 21
"Beeper" (The Count and Sinden feat. Kid Sister) 69
2009 "Get Fresh" Ultraviolet
"Right Hand Hi" 97
2010 "Daydreaming" (featuring Cee-Lo) [14]

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2008: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)


  1. ^ a b downtown (2009). "Kid Sister's Ultraviolet Out November 17th – Just Day's Away!!". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b Hopper, Jessica (2006-08-04). "Social Mixers". Chicago Reader (Michael Crystal). Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Chicago Kids Do Big Things". Chicagoist (Gothamist). 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  4. ^ Bolden, Janeé (2008-02-28). "Kid Sister Signs With Downtown Records". Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  5. ^ Neil Queen (2008-08-08). "WTF feat Pase Rock and Kid Sister by Tittsworth". The Times. News International. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Kid Sister & Estelle remake Queen Latifah classic". Rap-Up. 2009. 
  7. ^ Ryan Dombal (2009). "Kid Sister interview with Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  8. ^ Danica Dow (2008-08-31). "A-Trak plans "A Force 2 Recognized" with Kid Sister, strikes gold with new label". SOHH. 4Control Media. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  9. ^ Richard Cruz (2009). "Kid Sister – Format Mag Interview". Know The Ledge. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Kid Sister Photo Shoot". 
  11. ^ "article in press album on myspace page". 
  12. ^ "Complex Women Kid Sister". Complex Magazine. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ UK Forthcoming Singles - UK Forthcoming Singles. Retrieved December 22, 2009.

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