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The low down on the hottest new R&B singer of 2017.
It’s Khalid (pronounced Kuh-leed, not kah-leed) Robinson. And his first name means ‘eternal’
His very first single, ‘Location’, was released in August 2016 when he was just 18, hit no.2 in the US R&B charts.
He was born in Georgia, USA on February 11, 1998. So he’s currently 19.
His debut album ‘American Teen’ was released on March 3, 2017. It climbed to no.9 on the US charts.
Khalid wrote ‘Location’ to try and impress a girl. Sadly it didn’t work out and they don’t even talk anymore!
Kylie Jenner played ‘Location’ on her Snapchat, which happened on the same day Khalid graduated high school (not a bad day then), and gave his song a huge boost.
We’re getting early Frank Ocean vibes from his music, but the New York Times has also compared his style to The Weeknd’s early mixtape and the UK’s own Sampha.
He’s performed uncredited vocals for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Heart Part 4’ and appeared on Calvin Harris’s ‘Rollin’ with Future.
Khalid was nominated for the Best New Artist at the 2017 BET awards (he lost out to Chance the Rapper).
Frank Ocean and Chance have inspired him and he’s also into pop act like Lorde. But he says his biggest influence is his mother (awwww).
His mother was a singer, but rejected a chance for a music career so she could have a stable job in the army and provide for Khalid as a single mother.
Khalid’s mother job with the army meant they frequently moved, which saw the them live in Kentucky, New York and even Germany.
When he started putting his music out someone on Soundcloud said they “hated” it. He says this keeps him motivated to work and prove people wrong.
He moved to El Paso, Texas a few years ago and says that’s where he was “born creatively”.
On his Instagram he’s got snaps with Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Kelly Rowlands, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty - and even Elton John!
Get Khalid on Twitter @thegreatkhalid and Instagram @thegr8khalid
Weezy and Khelani got together to remix Khalid’s biggest hit to date.
He comes up with a melody first and then does the lyrics later - but he admits he can’t play any instruments.
He travelled to the UK in February this year to play an intimate show in London. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more dates!
He’s professed his love for the 70s rockers and says ‘Dreams’ is “hands down” one of his favourite albums.