A 17-year-old rhymer with charisma to spare, Babyface Kaedo is the ideal canvas for the creativity of the Internet Money production collective. Skillfully filling the negative space in a cavernous instrumental, Babyface Kaedo name-checks his favorite brand and roll-calls his best producers on “Balenci,” his latest single. Produced by JRHITMAKER and JoL’Z, “Balenci” is an absorbing and enveloping piece of ear-candy, adorned with droning bass, bouncing 808’s, swirling organ, and chiming bells. The young rapper is remarkably self-assured on his third-ever single release, dabbling with saccharine melodies as his voice betrays his obvious gratitude for escaping his hometown. “Balenci” follows “Pikachu,” produced by Internet Money’s beatmaking prodigy Nick Mira, best known for producing many of the tracks on Juice WRLD‘s Goodbye & Good Riddance, including the Billboard Top 5 hit “Lucid Dreams,” and “No Fakin’,” released in June and produced by JRHITMAKER and Taz Taylor.
The latest upstart from a bustling Florida rap scene, which produced artists such as Kodak Black, Babyface Kaedo rose out of his notoriously rough Jacksonville neighborhood with his preternatural rhyming ability and confident mic presence. Growing up in his grandmother’s house with a wild streak that got him into trouble, Kaedo witnessed a close friend and classmate lose his life in a shooting at a J’ville bus stop. Haunted by the experience and with newfound dedication to keep his name out of the obituaries page, for his family’s sake, started rapping, taking on neighborhood figure Camo Jack as a mentor. His unique style quickly found a fan in Taz Taylor, the rising producer and entrepreneur behind the Internet Money company and production collective.
Babyface Kaedo is one of the first signees to Internet Money Records, the new partnership between rising producer Taz Taylor and Alamo Records/Interscope. A game-changing company in digital music, Taz Taylor started Internet Money as a beat-making company and collective through which producers could make beats and sell them a-la-carte to artists. As Internet Money grew, Taz Taylor became a well-respected songwriter and producer, signing a publishing deal with APG, shaping the sound of countless rising stars, producing four tracks on Lil Skies’ chart-topping Life of a Dark Rose, crafting the instrumental for XXXTentacion’s platinum-
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