Leo The Kind
Certain individuals simply stick out in any crowd. Nobody else compares.
Leo The Kind instantly sets himself apart. The Boston-born singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, moves to his own beat and gives the world some positivity with his own alternative R&B style. Recently posting up 10 million total streams independently, and receiving acclaim from Lyrical Lemonade and Earmilk, he is set to release his new single “Ain’t Nobody Gon’ Judge,” an anthem to inspire others.
Discussing his name he explained, “I chose the name Leo The Kind, because my aim is to always be one-of-a-kind.” He continues, “When I tell most people I make music they assume I rap based off of my skin color, and then, when they hear my music, it comes as a complete shock. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it does let me know that I am one of a kind. I want you to be inspired to explore, create and do something different. I want you to be reflective about how you’ve been and how you can be better. I just want you to be good.”
Living with his grandmother, cousins, and uncle, he cooked up his first beats on PlayStation 2’s Magix Music Maker at just nine-years-old. His father figured out how to rip audio from the console, and his cousins rapped over it. Armed with a D.I.Y. rig, he spent countless hours learning from YouTube tutorials on a computer his father gave to him in middle school. Inspired by everything from gospel music in church to Erykah Badu, James Brown, Nile Rodgers, Chris Brown, Usher, Dr. Dre, and Lil Wayne, he discovered electronic music and widened his palette to include Skrillex and deadmau5. Gaining the confidence to step behind the mic, he honed his voice via singing lessons online, and also picked up guitar.
In 2019, he caught the attention of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and songwriter Swagg R’Celious [H.E.R., Kehlani] and his GRAMMY® nominated production partner Keithen “Bassman” Foster. This union quickly produced and released his mixtape, U.G.L.Y., which featured “Head Honcho” and was championed by Apple Music editorial on top playlists, including New Music Daily, New In Hip Hop, and Get Up And Go Day One and more. The mixtape was just the beginning, as Leo inked a deal with LAVA Records.
“I had gone through a lot at that point,” he admits. “There were some awful breakups. There were family and school tragedies. When I was in high school, I was at the lowest point in terms of self-esteem. I always did whatever I could to be liked by other people. I hated my voice because I was bullied for having a deeper voice than everyone in school. I just wanted to fit in. But the more I tried, the more I stood out. I figured it was time to tell the story of what I went through to get here. I stayed focused with it. I’m on my dream, and this is where I belong.”
“I wrote “Ain’t Nobody Gon’ Judge” when I first moved out of my parents’ house. That freedom I felt when I first moved out on my own and could do what I wanted without judgement was the first spark of inspiration. But women have it way harder than men, they are constantly judged. I wrote the song to speak to the women of the world for what they go through every day, wishing them freedom from judgement. While I can’t ever know what it is like to be a woman, I want to empathize as much as I can and say, “I see you, I won’t judge you.”