Syd tha Kid’s Ultimate Tour-Van Playlist
The Internet's sleek, moody Ego Death was quietly one of 2015's best R&B releases. The Odd Future–affiliated band's co-leader, Syd tha Kyd, called RS toward the end of their most recent U.S. tour to tell us about the songs that she and her bandmates kept in heavy rotation in their van. "We all have our own headphones, so ultimately we can all listen to whatever we want," Syd says. "But the soundtrack is pretty important to me, at least."
NxWorries is Anderson Paak and Knxwledge. Anderson Paak is a good friend of ours. We listened to this song in the van once a day, at least. It's one of those songs that's got a run-on sentence vibe to it, but it's cool. It's a really clever song.
Bryson Tiller, “Overtime”
My favorite part of this song is the melodies on the hook. It's simple – there's no background vocals on it, just a really dope melody. You don't need anything else.
Rico Richie, “Poppin'”
Our keyboard player, Jameel, heard this song one day on tour and started playing it all the time. It's a very fun song to listen to. We've started to say the hook randomly ["If you ain't got no haters, you ain't poppin'"]. Anytime people are rude to us, we use it as a motto.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Necessary Evil”
When Matt [Martians] started listening to this album, it was kind of like the first time I listened to N.E.R.D. – I loved it, but I couldn't really grasp it yet. But Matt did, and he started playing a lot of it in the van. This song is our favorite.
Drake and Future, “Jumpman”
We've been playing that album a lot — it helps us stay awake during a long drive. This song just makes you feel like you're the shit. Drake's good at that.