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Kyle in 2017
Background information
Kyle Thomas Harvey
  • Kyle
  • K.i.D
  • SuperDuperKyle
  • King Wavy
  • Kidd Kash
Born (1993-05-18) May 18, 1993 (age 25)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Origin Ventura, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Instruments Vocals

Kyle Thomas Harvey (born May 18, 1993),[1] better known by his stage name and mononym Kyle (formerly known as K.i.D, short for Kyle is Determined), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, and actor from Ventura, California. He is best known for his breakout single "iSpy", featuring American hip-hop artist Lil Yachty. Kyle is signed to Indie-Pop and Atlantic Records.[2]

Kyle has collaborated with artists such as Kehlani, Lil Yachty, G-Eazy, Chance the Rapper, Miguel, MadeinTYO, Yuna, Ty Dolla Sign, and among others. None the less Kyle has said rapper Wiz Khalifa is one of his many ideals he has yet to work with. Some of his songs in addition to "iSpy", include "Keep It Real", "Doubt It", "King Wavy" and his 2018 hit single "Playinwitme".[3][4][5] In 2015, Rolling Stone named him as "one of the ten artists you need to know".[6]

Kyle's debut studio album Light of Mine was released in 2018 to positive reviews and was commercially successful. Kyle was inspired by many various artists and bands from Nirvana to Chief Keef.

Early life

Kyle Harvey was born in the Reseda neighborhood of Los Angeles, to a single mother, in a home of eight family members and two siblings.[7] He grew up one hour away in Ventura, California. He stated that he has a speech impediment[8] and during his youth and was bullied because of it.[7] Kyle attended Ventura High School[9] and regularly took part in drama classes which helped his confidence largely.[7]

He started singing at the age of six and was writing and performing his own songs by elementary school. Harvey started rapping when he was about 13 years old[9] and began recording music after hearing Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon. Harvey's first songs were recorded on PreSonus' Studio One recording software using his aunt's computer while in high school.[7]


Kyle started releasing mixtapes such as Senior Year, Second Semester, FxL, Super Duper, and K.i.D under the moniker KiddKash and K.i.D. starting in 2010, and in 2013 released Beautiful Loser.[10][11]

In May, 2014, he was featured in G-Eazy's music video for "I Mean It" as a technical director on the fictional news set.[12]

In October 2015, he released his follow up commerical mixtape Smyle. Kyle's first music video to reach one million views was Keep it Real, which was accomplished later that year.

In December 2016, he released the single "iSpy", featuring Lil Yachty. The song gained widespread recognition for Kyle. The song peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 14 on the Canadian Hot 100.[13][14]

In February 2017, Kyle signed a deal with Atlantic Records.[2]

In June 2017, Kyle was named as one of the ten 2017 XXL Freshmen.[15]

In March 2018, alongside the release of his single "Playinwitme" featuring Kehlani, Kyle announced that Khalid would be featured on a track titled "iMissMe". Kyle's debut studio album Light of Mine was released on May 18, 2018.[16]

He appeared as the main character in the Netflix original film, The After Party which debuted on August 24, 2018. [17]




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  2. ^ a b "KYLE Signs to Atlantic Records - Fashionably-Early". February 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ ""ISpy" - KYLE ft. Lil Yachty". Artistic Manifesto. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Kyle and Lil Yachty Ignore the Haters in "iSpy"". XXL. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Kyle & Lil Yachty - "iSpy"". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know Now". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Meet Kyle, the "iSpy" MC Who Wants to Be Rap's John Lennon". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
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  9. ^ a b "Kyle Is Rapping and Playing It Safe". December 3, 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "K.i.D". K.i.D. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Bout to Blow: 10 Dope New Songs You Should Be Hearing Everywhere Soon". Complex. January 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ GEazyMusicVEVO (2014-05-28), G-Eazy - I Mean It (Official Music Video) ft. Remo, retrieved
  13. ^ "Kyle - Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Kyle". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Kyle - Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kyle". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "New Music: KYLE feat. Kehlani - 'Playinwitme'". Rap-Up. March 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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