Full of lyrics & vibes
Sydney Syd Corbin-Weekes is a Barbadian poet and rapper.
With the help of members of his group Lyrics & Vibes, the 19-year-old is seeking to redefine rap music with lyrics that contain no sexual imagery or abusive language.
In fact, he is focused strictly on promoting positivity, as well as critical thinking.
Bajan Vibes’ Lashawna Griffith spoke with Syd about who he is as an artiste, as well as what motivates him as a performer.
Q: First off, why the name Syd?
A: Syd is my actual name. My full name is Sydney Michel O’Brien Corbin-Weekes.
Q: At what age did you start rapping?
A: I started at age ten.
Q: At what age did you decide you wanted to have a career in the arts.
A: Around age 13.
Q: Why the focus on ‘clean rap’?
A: I decided to go in that direction based on the poor music that is being pushed these days [which] is doing the youth no good.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from as a poet and a rapper?
A: My inspiration comes from the late Tupac as he was a poet and rapper at heart. His words truly inspire me. I also look up to my mother [Cher Corbin], as she is not only a poet, but also an artist and a writer.
Q: Would you say your interest in poetry came from her, given that she is a published author, poet and painter?
A: Yes, most definitely!
Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
A: I would say unique, diverse, and dedicated. Sydney, is more than just an artiste, more than a poet, more than a young entrepreneur and an aspiring rapper, I am music.
Q: Tell us about your band Lyrics &Vibes?
A: It consists of four close friends [or as we like to say] ‘four kids just having fun and spreading love wherever we can’. We are all kids at heart.
Q: I see from your Instagram (IG) page that you are about to embark on a school tour. Tell us about that.
A: The school tour will consist of four schools, mainly past schools of each member in my band Lyrics & Vibes. We wanted to give back to the schools, to let them know that it is okay to showcase your diversity and be yourself as an artiste.
Q: I also noticed that your IG handle is ‘manifestation of poetry’. Why this handle?
A: Simple! Because I post images of myself with my poetry as the caption. I wanted the viewers to have something to look at and to reflect upon during their day.
Q: What advice would you give to any young male who aspires to becoming a rapper?
A: Be unique and never let anyone tell you that you can’t be great. Never give up! There will be many challenging times but you must push ahead no matter what.
Q: How can we contact you on social media?
A: You can contact me on Instagram @manifestationofpoetry or on Facebook @ Sydney-Michel Weekes.