Kyle in 2017
|Kyle Thomas Harvey|
May 18, 1993|
Northridge, California, U.S.
|Origin||Ventura, California, U.S.|
Kyle Thomas Harvey (born May 18, 1993), 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.
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". In 2015, Rolling Stone named him as "one of the ten artists you need to know".
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. He grew up one hour away in Ventura, California. He stated that he has a speech impediment and during his youth and was bullied because of it. Kyle attended Ventura High School and regularly took part in drama classes which helped his confidence largely.
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 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.
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.
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.