Syd Tha Kyd Talks Leaving Odd Future, Her Sexuality & More
New York Times recently did an amazing piece titled 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going, which is what the title says — a thoughtful collection of 25 world-moving cuts from Justin Bieber, Sun Kil Moon, Vince Staples, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar. Included in this is The Internet (via their track ‘Get Away’), which is fronted by former Odd Future DJ Syd Tha Kyd, who became very open about her sexuality, among other topics…she also revealed what happened when she decided to quit the rap collective, which wasn’t as easy as one would think…
…eventually the hypermasculinity and caustic sense of humor wore on Bennett, who is naturally low-key. She made tearful calls to her mother from the road, wondering aloud whether she should quit. Bennett also struggled with depression, worsened by the stress of touring and feeling disconnected from her family and her girlfriend at the time. She says that no one in the group — other than Martin — seemed to care. “I couldn’t talk to any of them about it,” she says. “We weren’t all that close, and they never seemed to want to hear it.”
Not long after, Bennett began training her little brother, Travis — who goes by Taco — to take her place as Odd Future’s D.J. Her musical experiments with Martin had begun to congeal into the core of their first album, “Purple Naked Ladies,” an amorphous but promising collection of experimental jam sessions and fuzzed-out, vibey tracks. One morning while Odd Future was on tour, when the group was watching the sun crest over a beach in Australia, Bennett broke the news that she was leaving. She says it was not well received. It felt like a divorce, like a family — however dysfunctional — falling apart.
“They weren’t happy about it,” she says. “I was their get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s easy to say they aren’t homophobic because Syd is there.”