Multi-talented rap sensation & actor KYLE returns with the break-up to make-up anthem, “F You I Love You (feat. Teyana Taylor),” which arrives alongside the Teyana Taylor-directed companion visual: WATCH HERE. “F You I Love You (Feat. Teyana Taylor)” is among the tracks included on a newly expanded edition of KYLE’s RIAA gold certified debut album, LIGHT OF MINE, available today at all digital retailers and streaming partners via independently popular./Atlantic Records: DOWNLOAD/STREAM HERE. The updated collection further features the brand new tracks, “Mmmm” and “Kyoto,” along with the previously released singles, “SUPERDUPERKYLE (Feat. MadeinTYO),” “Hey Julie! (Feat. Lil Yachty),” and “Moment (Feat. Wiz Khalifa).”
LIGHT OF MINE (DELUXE)
(independently popular./Atlantic Records)
Released in May 2018, the same day as KYLE’s 25th birthday, LIGHT OF MINE includes the RIAA platinum certified hit single “Playinwitme (Feat. Kehlani)” and the 5x-platinum certified “iSpy (Feat. Lil Yachty),”with appearances by Khalid, 2Chainz, Alessia Cara and more. “iSpy (Feat. Lil Yachty)” has proven KYLE’s biggest single to date, topping Billboard’s “Top Rap Songs” and “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs” charts while also reaching the top 5 on Billboard’s “Hot 100.” What’s more, the “iSpy (Feat. Lil Yachty)” companion visual has racked up nearly 325 million individual views via YouTube alone.
Along with its popular success, LIGHT OF MINE has received wide-ranging critical praise, with Pitchfork hailing it as “an exceedingly joyous and self-aware slice of pop rap,” adding, “[KYLE] is the sun and breeze peeking through the darkened haze of drug-addicted SoundCloud raps and hood politicians burdened by an eternal cynicism—entertainment that is free of collateral damage. It can be hard to take this brand of over-the-top mirth seriously when it’s coming from someone who grew up in a beach community, as if happiness is something to be earned only by hardship. But tragedy has never considered zip codes, and a genuine smile is contagious no matter where it comes from. KYLE is peddling joy because he knows the world needs it —because he, himself, needs it.” “Positivity personified,” raved High Snobiety, “KYLE is a regular guy that turned himself into a superhero. He’s Captain Positivity, he’s Mr Fantastic, he’s Dr. Awesome, he’s Drake, but like, a version of Drake the whole family can enjoy, he embodies Will Smith-style universal appeal and he is definite bff/boyfriend material…Everything’s gonna be alright everyone, KYLE’s here!” Describing his unique sound, The New York Times raved that, “when KYLE leans into melody, and puts his words in service of his sound, he excels.” UPROXX and FADER also commended KYLE’s lighthearted sound, noting that he, “keeps his sound fun in a time when everything isn’t always that way,” and that he, “is an absolute ray of sunshine,” respectively.
KYLE recently made his acting debut starring in the lead role of Netflix’s acclaimed original hip-hop comedy, The After Party. Written and directed by Ian Edelman (How to Make It in America), the film sees the rapper turned actor leading a star-studded cast that includes Wiz Khalifa, Teyana Taylor, Jordan Rock, Blair Underwood, Harrison Holzer, and Shelley Hennig, alongside a series of high-profile celebrity cameos from such superstars as French Montana, Pusha-T, Jadakiss, and Desiigner. Alongside his busy musical career, KYLE recently hosted Fuse’s new hip-hop animated series, Sugar and Toys. Created by Black Dynamite and The Boondocks producers Carl Jones and Brian Ash, the 10-episode series presents a colorful, contemporary spin on classic Saturday morning cartoons, now infused with adult comedy, social commentary and pop culture parody.
In addition, last year also saw the 26-year-old rapper team with AXE for its “Senior Orientation” series, visiting high schools to engage with students in candid conversations about bullying and toxic masculinity. As if all that weren’t enough, KYLE has been prominently featured in a number of high-profile brand campaigns, including McDonald’s and Sprite’s “That’s The MIX“ campaign launching MIX by Sprite Tropic Berry, GAP’s recent #MeetMeInTheGap campaign as well as teaming up with UGG to become the ambassador for the brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 partnership with FootAction, as well as serving as the face of ESPN’s College Basketball campaign.
KYLE has fast become one of contemporary hip-hop’s most exciting and diverse new superstars. The Ventura, CA native – who has collaborated with the likes of Chance the Rapper, G-Eazy, Logic, Kehlani, Charlie Puth, Ty Dolla $ign, Miguel and more – was included on the 2017 XXL Freshman cover (alongside A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Playboi Carti, and XXXTentacion, among others), while also being featured in a wide array of publications spanning Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, PAPER, NYLON, and The FADER.
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