BLACKSTARKIDS returned to their new project, CYBERKISS*, which is out today (September 23) via Dirty Hit. Stream it below.
CYBERKISS* marks the follow-up to the Kansas City group’s 2021 debut album, Puppies Forever. The 17-song collection features a solo collaboration with labelmate beabadoobee.
Calling back to early aughts hip-hop, lead single “SEX APPEAL” is a maximalist hit of braggadocio from BLACKSTARKIDS, as TheBabeGabe, TyFaizon, and Deiondre rap over blaring sirens and quirky drums. “It’s late, I don’t need pills/ Don’t talk to me unless you have sex appeal,” insisted the trio. In the single’s music video, they dance around a washed-out, white room. Check it out below.
“This song is a tribute to the 2000s Neptunes, Timbaland, and Missy [Elliott],” they explained in a statement. “Also, lyrically, a tribute to JAY-Z. ‘Burn Your Ass’ from [The Neptunes’ 2003 album] Clones was a big inspiration for this track, and we wanted to have a song that felt fun and confident.
Last year, BLACKSTARKIDS was devastated Puppies Forever for us track by track.
01. HOW TO SUFFER YOURSELF*
02. SEX APPEAL
03. PINK STARZ
05. Reject the MEDIA
06. CYBERKISS 2 YOU* (feat. beabadoobee)
07. NEW YORK V2*
09. STAR CROSSED KIWI FUSION*
10. DO THE RIGHT THING
11. SURROUND ME
12. DIGITAL WORLD
13. Express yourself
14. PEACH COBBLER
17. PEACE + LOVE