Kid Sister

Melisa Young (born July 3, 1980), better known by her stage name Kid Sister, is an American rapper based in Chicago, Illinois, known for her single "Pro Nails", which features Kanye West.

Kid Sister
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Background information
Birth nameMelisa Young
Born (1980-07-03) July 3, 1980 (age 40)
Markham, Illinois, United States
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHip hop, R&B, electronica
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active2007–Present
LabelsFool's Gold, Downtown, Universal Republic
Associated actsFlosstradamus, Kanye West, A-Trak, Rusko, The Count & Sinden


Kid Sister was born Melisa Young on July 3, 1980 in Markham, Illinois.[1] She started to rap in October 2006, becoming an MC at monthly dance parties hosted by DJ duo Flosstradamus (Josh Young, of Flosstradamus, is Melisa's brother), who were featured in MTV's My Block that same year.[2] She made URB's "The Next 1000" cover in April 2007,[3] and was signed to DJ A-Trak's label, Fool's Gold, who released her first single "Pro Nails", which features Kanye West. Kid Sister later signed with Downtown Records,[4] who re-released "Pro Nails" to critical acclaim.

Kid Sister also appears on Tittsworth's "WTF", from his debut album 12 Steps, with Pase Rock.[5] She had also finished a mixtape with A-Trak.[2] In Fall 2009, Kid Sister finished recording her debut studio album. The title was changed from Dream Date to Ultraviolet. The album was produced by the likes of Rusko, The Count & Sinden, XXXChange, and Brian Kennedy, and includes a collaboration with English singer Estelle titled "First Ladies", which is a remake of Queen Latifah's 1989 acclaimed track "Ladies First" from her debut album All Hail the Queen.[6]

Her single "Control" is featured in the 2009 music video game DJ Hero, combined with Rihanna's "Disturbia". The album's lead single was "Right Hand Hi", produced by Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso of house DJ group Swedish House Mafia.[7]

"I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with the fact that there's a bunch of raw hip-hop records on there," said A-Trak. "It's not all up tempo clubby stuff. I think a lot of people are going to be impressed with her growth also because when she made a lot of the records that people have heard by now, she was just starting to rap."[8]

In late 2010, Kid Sister released a mix tape titled Kiss Kiss Kiss and in 2014 she released a second mix tape, "Dusk2Dawn: The Diary of Jane Jupiter" in which she tackled more serious, personal subjects. In 2016 she began working on her second album with UK producer Inflo.

Personal lifeEdit

Kid Sister's ethnic background includes African American, Native American, and Caucasian.[9] In numerous interviews and magazine articles, she has revealed that she has struggled financially for years before becoming West's protégé.[10][11] She has also admitted to being 215 pounds at one point in her life. She continued in the same interview to state that she has been "thick" her whole life, but explained that this has had no bearing on her self-esteem, because at her core she is not a passive person.[12]

Kid Sister has a degree in film from Columbia College Chicago and worked on two independent feature films during her studies: 9/11 drama The Guys (2002) starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia; and Best Thief in the World (2003) starring Mary-Louise Parker and Audra McDonald.[citation needed] Kid Sister for a time concurrently worked for the retail chain Bath & Body Works, Little Threads, a children's clothing store, and Wild Hare, a reggae bar in Wrigleyville.[13]




  • Kiss Kiss Kiss (2011)
  • DUSK2DAWN: The Diary Of Jane Jupiter (Kid Sister mixtape) (2014)


  • Kiss & Tell (2011)



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US US sales UK[14] UK dance UK
2007 "Control" Ultraviolet
2008 "Pro Nails" (featuring Kanye West) 21
2009 "Get Fresh"
"Right Hand Hi" 97 31[15]
2010 "Daydreaming" (featuring Cee Lo Green) 132[16] 14[17]
"Big 'n Bad"
2011 "Look Out Weekend" (featuring Nina Sky) Kiss Kiss Kiss
"Kiss Kiss Kiss"
2019 "Long Way Back"

As featured performerEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US US sales UK[14] UK dance UK
2008 "Beeper" (The Count & Sinden featuring Kid Sister) 69 1 Non-album single
2010 "Do Do! Do!" (Carte Blanche featuring Kid Sister) Black Billionaires
2010 "Im'ma Get It" (Paul Wall featuring Kid Sister and Bun B) Heart of a Champion

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • BET Awards
    • 2008: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (nominated)


  1. ^ downtown (November 5, 2009). "Kid Sister's Ultraviolet Out November 17th – Just Day's Away!!". RCRD LBL. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Hopper, Jessica (August 4, 2006). "Social Mixers". Chicago Reader. Creative Loafing. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Tankboy (March 15, 2007). "Chicago Kids Do Big Things". Chicagoist. Gothamist. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Bolden, Janeé (February 28, 2008). "Kid Sister Signs With Downtown Records". SOHH. Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  5. ^ Queen, Neil (August 8, 2008). "WTF feat Pase Rock and Kid Sister by Tittsworth". The Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "Kid Sister & Estelle Pay Homage to Hip-Hop's First Ladies". Rap-Up. October 20, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  7. ^ Dombal, Ryan (July 10, 2009). "Kid Sister Talks Album Delay, New Single". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  8. ^ Dow, Danica (August 31, 2008). "SOHH EXCLUSIVE: A-Trak Plans "Dream Date" W/ Kid Sister, Strikes Gold In New Label". SOHH. Archived from the original on September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  9. ^ Cruz, Richard (March 8, 2009). "Kid Sister". Format Magazine. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  10. ^ Mr Goldbar (July 7, 2008). "Kid Sister URB Photoshoot on Vimby". Fool's Gold Records. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  11. ^ "article in press album on myspace page". Myspace. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "Complex Women Kid Sister". Complex. Archived from the original on 2008-07-11.
  13. ^ Schroeder, Amy (September 1, 2008). "How does a Catholic school girl become a hip-hop star?". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Kid Sister". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  15. ^ "2009-12-12 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  16. ^ Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  17. ^ "2010-05-01 Top 40 Dance Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2012-03-26.

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