Kid Sister would like to take your order, George Michael. Chicken or narcotics?
In Kid Sister’s smash ode to gaudy claws, “Pro Nails,” Kanye West enthusiastically proclaims, “This is my shit. I love this song right here.” For a club-conscious rapper, that’s a license to print money. This summer, Kid Sister steps up to the biggest of festival stages—Lollapalooza—and drops her pro-wrestler referencing debut, Koko B. Ware. We caught up with the North Sider after she spent a nightmare afternoon breaking her computer and visiting the emergency room (she’s fine, but declined to dish about her hospital jaunt).
Time Out Chicago: What an awful day!
Kid Sister: I’m hanging in there. Now I’m shopping on Michigan Avenue. I was looking at this candle and if it was, like, more than 40 bucks I’m not buying it.… It’s 75 bucks! It’s a candle!
TOC: Made out of wax?
Kid Sister: Is this made out of solid gold?
TOC: Melting gold?
Kid Sister: Molten gold. That sounds gross.
TOC: Radiohead is the tent-pole act this summer, so we’re asking our favorite locals what they would pay for concerts, based on the model for In Rainbows.
Kid Sister: Thank you! I’m glad you care about me.
TOC: Is there anything that you’re dying to see this summer?
Kid Sister: Um, not really! I’m trying to concentrate on me for the summertime. Trying to get this album done. I’m not looking at any recreation except a trip to Cedar Point. If I don’t get on some roller coasters, I’m going to scream!
TOC: I’m going to throw some concerts out at you.
Kid Sister: That will be better.
TOC: Erykah Badu.
Kid Sister: Ooh, that sounds like fun! I have a friend who is the biggest Casanova. He heard my brother was going to see Badu, and he was like, “Man, dawg! Don’t look into her eyes! She’ll make you fall in love.” So I would go see Erykah Badu but not look in her eyes. She’s got black magic.
TOC: What about Public Enemy at Pitchfork?
Kid Sister: I didn’t realize they were coming out with anything.
TOC: They are performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
Kid Sister: I would love to see them. I was too young when they were out.
TOC: Way to make me feel old!
Kid Sister: I was a bit young when they were out to say, “Let’s go to a show!” I was all about Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang touring together. I was just old enough to go out on my own and see that with a boy. It was freshman year. But Public Enemy, God, my parents would never [have] let me see them.
TOC: Are you excited to see Rage at Lollapalooza?
Kid Sister: Are they? I didn’t even know!
TOC: Keep up with this stuff! You’re playing Lolla!
Kid Sister: Rage is so cool. That would bring back memories of that first date, driving his car to see Rage and Wu-Tang, watching Ol’ Dirty Bastard fight some dude. Or he stole some shit. I can’t remember. Maybe he fought a cop?
TOC: I’ve got my money on ODB getting in a fight, stealing something and then fighting a cop.
Kid Sister: The dude named himself Big Baby Jesus! I’m not putting anything past him.
TOC: Interested in George Michael’s first U.S. tour in 17 years?
Kid Sister: No, no. I love George Michael. Don’t even trip. Don’t front. I love George Michael.
TOC: We wanted him for this feature, but he wouldn’t talk to us.
Kid Sister: Asshole. Tell him I called him an asshole. I think he’ll like that. I was picking videos for MTV Spring Break Top 10 Videos of All Time. “Father Figure” was my favorite throwback, No. 4. That song is so good. Now, I did not know the video was that freaky hypersexual when I picked it! It dawned on me that a lot of kids watch this shit! I’m the rapper that you can bring home to Mom. I’m not the girl who’s all like [singing] “Coochie! Coochie! Coochie! Rocking everywhere!” Parents, I’m sorry that video is freaky as hell, but the song is wonderful.
TOC: How much would you pay to see George?
Kid Sister: For an all-access pass, I would pay $75.
TOC: It costs far more than that!
Kid Sister: I would pay $75 and I would bring him some food. Extra-tasty crispy chicken from Popeyes, or Harold’s. Food and maybe some weed, because food and weed pay for anything. So, George Michael, I hope you like to smoke, baby! I’m gonna get you hiiiiiigh!
Kid Sister performs at Lollapalooza in Grant Park August 1–3. Downtown Records will release her debut album in late July.