Kid Lithium is a hip hop recording artist/producer from Vancouver, BC Canada. Known for his thoughtful lyrics and macabre beats.
Thoughtful lyrics and macabre beats are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Kid Lithium. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lithium had a creative and musical upbringing. His grandfather was an accomplished trumpet player who established himself in the smoky jazz clubs of the 40’s and 50’s. Rather than following in his grandfathers footsteps Kid Lithium had a real passion for song writing and picked up the guitar rather then the trumpet. In his late teens inspired by EPMD founder Erick Sermon Kid Lithium started sampling records and making simple hip hop beats to rap over.
Growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s Kid Lithium was heavily influenced by the pop and hip hop music of his generation, his favorites included Michael Jackson, Run DMC, NWA and Redman. Lithium took his name from the infamous Nirvana song with the same title. The rock scene was a big part of growing up in a small Canadian town in the 1990’s and his sound is heavily affected by the like of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and U2.
In the 10 years plus of doing his thing Kid Lithium has seen a lot and it bleeds through into his music. Insisting on self production Kid Lithium has released two solo albums in the last decade ‘Kid Lithium – Has Vanished Without a Trace’ – 2005 and ‘The First Downloadable Drug’ – 2010 with the third ‘#DREAMACHINE’ on the way. Along with his own music Lithium has also produced for fellow local artists Snak the Ripper, Azrael, Emotionz and his own group East Side Magic.
Apart from his solo endeavors Lithium with Bizoid (Lithium’s long-time friend and collaborator) founded the East Side Magic in 2005. Putting their solo work on hold they started to pump out a slew of new tracks in his home studio that would later be compiled as the East Side Magic debut album. Together with Nekkbone and later Fresh Logic they crushed the Lower Mainland’s hip-hop scene.
Since the mid 2000’s Kid Lithium with or without his crew East Side Magic have been rocking dives, bars and nightclubs of Vancouver proper. Kid Lithium’s stage presence can range from maniacal ferocity to a low hypnotic crawl feeding off the crowds reaction and never missing a beat.
‘Lithium and Bizoid Present East Side Magic’ was a landmark album that received critical acclaim locally and in the United States.
‘The First Downloadable Drug’ was Kid Lithium’s first free album proving to be a big success with over 50,000 downloads worldwide.
Kid Lithium’s newest project #DREAMACHINE is his most ambitious project to date. A distinct reworking the pop formula Kid Lithium brings a powerful progressive record. Drawing from the worlds of dance, rock, trap and psychedelia #DREAMACHINE lives up to its title.