Sydney Loren Bennet is best known as Syd, one-fifth of the hip hop soul group, The Internet, and is making headlines with her latest solo EP release Always Never Home on Columbia Records and subsequent tour. Her debut album (Fin) was released in early 2017. At The Novo in Downtown Los Angeles, the fans eagerly awaited Syd’s final show of her tour and collection of neo-soul music.
Opening the show was a local 15 year old sensation, DJ Young 1, who kept the crowd busting moves with his laptop and delicate touch for tracks the crowd sang along to. As the room filled up, Malia made her way to the stage with her single Fender Stratocaster and tremendous voice. Backing her was guitarist ET Matthews who joined her on stage as she belted out heartfelt lyrics to “Find Me” and “Simple Things.”
Coming to the stage after Malia was Compton’s own rapper extraordinaire, Buddy. His 2012 single “Staircases” was produced by Pharrell and featured Kendrick Lamar. Rapping about his daily trials and tribulations, he got the crowd chanting “Smoke weed every day,” as plumes of smoke arose from the crowd with his latest single off his EP, Ocean & Montana; the street corner in Santa Monica where he lived.
The packed room was ready for the pleasurable vocals of Syd who came to the stage, imposing her moody tempo on the room. She opened with “No Complaints” as she had the room at full attention during her set. Being the last show of her Always Never Home tour, she had a few surprises for the hometown fans as she belted the lyrics “Thank the Lord for the lessons, dawg, I’ve been tripping lately, it’s a blessing’,” on the track “On the Road.” Syd also took the time to bring out her Internet co-stars, Matt Martians and Chris Smith for a quick hello who were off stage showing their support for their teammate. She finished strong with the illustrious song, “Know,” as she hinted that she is planning on going back to the studio for a follow up release with the gang from The Internet.