Khalid has quickly risen to become one of the most coveted RnB artists in the industry. Succeeding a long line of intricate and resourceful musicians, he has joined the ranks of those evocative creators and secured himself a place among some of the best. Fresh off of his “Best New Artist” Grammy nomination, Khalid is soaking up the energy and preparing for what’s next. Undoubtedly the last year has been a magnanimous one for him and it’s hard not to sit back and reflect on some of those memories made.
"I was working on a song for my album, one of the producers made this crazy beat and text me like Kendrick heard the beat and he wants to cut to it ! (..) He killed it, and every time I listen to it I'm reminded that my voice is on one of my favourite lyricist's song - which is super dope. Kendrick is real cool, he was telling me how much he f*cks with my music. Think about how much he grew in 6-7 years, now he's on top of the world.”
Khalid is one of those artists that is hard not to love. Alongside the bellowing, emotional tone and candour of his voice comes an intellectual, conscious and hopeful young man. He’s the type of leader and role-model we need among the vultures that seem to crowd this industry. Despite the packed schedule he’s been on since the release of his album American Teen, he makes sure to keep his eyes open on what’s going on amongst his surroundings and deep within the fabric of the country he calls home.
"Police brutality is so big in America and I hate it, Police are supposed to be our protectors, they're supposed to be the people that save us. Why is it that when my friends and I are walking down the street we get the chills, we get frightened. I been a victim of police brutality when I was a kid, I got stereotyped, someone accused me of committing a crime that I didn't even make. Hopefully with the evolvement of America after this presidency is said and done (..)”
With artists like Khalid, and Kendrick leading the charge there will always be hope for the people that brighter horizons are just around the corner.