Life sometimes affords us second chances. Such is the case with hip-hop lyricist KYD (“killing your demographic”) Works (Hassan Barrow). Hailing from the Boogie Down Bronx, NY until relocating to Westchester County when he was 6 years old, KYD Works had a strong family foundation, growing up with his mother, aunt, grandmother and cousins.
He started rapping at 14 years of age, battling other rappers at 16, and pretty much had a smooth life, until things began to get bumpy for him, causing a lot of downhill moments for the young KYD Works. He ultimately journeyed into the correctional system, with his first case at age 16. He subsequently went through the correctional system for three years, at 22, which took him off the grid for a while. However, his period of incarceration afforded him ample time to regroup, refocus and map out his plans for the future. An introspective person, he believes that everything happens for a reason. And unlike so many others, he followed through with his exit plan, recording and releasing his first mixtape, “Stress Test, Volume 3,” two weeks after his release. A formidable young man, KYD Works could have opted for a path other than rap music. At 6’3” and 223 lbs., he studied nutrition at Westchester Community College, and is a trained, qualified sports, fitness and wellness trainer. It’s a career skill that he often still utilizes, and has his own successful fitness company. He also studies Global Business.
Multi-talented and self-made, he is also a proficient vocalist, and sings most of his own hooks in his rap songs. And to make ample use of another one of his talents, he’s also the Hip-Hop Coordinator at radio station 88.1FM WARY and also hosts a show on the station called DYNASTY DAYS MORNING XPERIENCE.
However, music moves KYD Works’ soul, and is his passion. Putting his creative juices to consistent use, he has 400 songs under his belt, from which to choose the 18 gems that will comprise his next mixtape, which he’s dubbed “The Lost.” He will also release an EP called “Rise of The Lost.” His songs are fact-based, covering his experiences and personal beliefs, with his rhymes reflecting both the dark and the light side of his life. KYD Works is active with an organization called “Stop, Don’t Shoot,” which he got involved with through an associate that he’s known since he was a teen. The organization stresses that most violence, regardless of who causes it, takes place due to the “inappropriate use of firearms.” They hope to get celebrities involved as well, to spread the important message about anti-gun-violence.
KYD Works’ squad is called L.D.L.E.G, meaning “Lost Dynasty League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” In it, there are in-house producers Years Lata, Julius Myth, Benny Deveaux
(featured on party track “Get Loose”), Vivify and Downstate.Also in the L.D.L.E.G crew are vocalist Jamal Ray and rappers Dolla Billz and 20 year old J Clyde.
KYD Works wants to effect change, and sees that in his future. A self-determined man, it’s certain that he will, as he did with his own life, make significant inroads toward some societal changes. He’s well on his way toward that goal, recognizing that his second chance was a gift, which he can now bestow on others.