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Jan 31, 2011

Liddonfield Housing Project's Kid Teck

By Rosemary Reeves

Liddonfield Housing Project may have been demolished recently, but not before producing its own hip hop artist, Kid Teck. 

Kid Teck, whose real name is Anthony Schultz, performs along with Tony Two Step in the well-made video for the original song, No Stress. The video footage includes some of Philadelphia’s most famous landmarks.  It begins with Tony Two Step getting off the Philly subway at 15th and Market to meet Kid Teck for their performance at Love Park and when the music starts, it’s magic.

Skateboarders do skateboarding tricks and talented break dancers bust some cool moves during Kid Teck’s and Tony Two Step’s performance at Love Park.  These guys complement each other with their opposite personalities.   Tony comes off as outgoing and is a natural in front of the camera.  Kid Teck, on the other hand, is charmingly subdued.  Kid Teck knows he’s cool and it comes through to the video audience.

I found Kid Teck through RIP Liddonfield Facebook.  Kid Teck had written some lyrics about Liddonfield to a catchy beat by another artist as an experiment and asked the Facebook group for feedback.  I happen to be a fan of hip-hop and after listening to the song I thought, “This guy is good.”  I contacted him immediately to request an interview. 

How old are you?

I’m actually 23.  I go by "Kid Teck" short for "Tecknology."

How long did you live in Liddonfield?

I've lived in Liddonfield for only a bit at a young age, but both my grandmothers, Janet Schultz and Cora McShane, lived there for most of their lives.  

Tell me the story behind the lyrics for the Liddonfield song, Through His Own Eyez.

The story behind the song is basically a brief view of my life, what I really witnessed in life, how I lived and how I am now.  A lot of people that live in my town didn't know where I really came from so I made a song about it.  I do not own the beat that was made but I do have producers that are local that make beats for me as well. *Note that "No Stress" is an original beat.

I particularly like the video for the song No Stress, in which you performed along with Tony Two Step on the streets of Philadelphia.  What inspired you to get into music?

Music's been in my family for quite some time.  My father and mother grew up to old school freestyle music like Stevie B, Debbie Deb, Lil Suzy, T.K.A. and so on.  What inspired me to make music is being around music my whole life ─ my mom and dad with freestyle and my brother with rap/hip hop (Wu-tang, Lost Boyz, Jay-z, Beanie Sigel, etc.)

Do you have an agent?

No, I do not have an agent.  I'm what you call “underground.” 

Where can people purchase your music?
People can purchase my music at shows I do, or they can listen and download at sites like  www.youtube.com/imwkidteck , www.soundcloud.com/definition-of-ill or www.reverbnation.com/kidtecktecknology.
 
How did you avoid or overcome negative influences in your life?
You have to surround yourself with positive people, kill the negative.  

What are your goals for the future?
My goal in the future is to open a business.  I have an upbeat personality and I’m very energetic."

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