After releasing his debut album and singing alongside not only Logic but also Billie Eilish, our dear friend Khalid released his sophomore album Free Spirit. The album is a bit different than his first as it was a bit more upbeat and safe and this album brings in a bit of a heavier, darker, and even wiser lyric pattern as we follow him through his failed relationship and some personal songs about his anxieties and fears. If you like songs that are easy to get into and meaningful, this is definitely an album for you.
19 albums, 109 tracks
Started writing songs at an early age, the singer and the songwriter Khalid Donnel Robinson, is one of the recently most acclaimed singers. Earlier posting his songs on the famous website of Soundcloud, this artist had started his musical career from almost there. Later, securing the position of number 2 in the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artist Chart, he made his debut. Born to a single mother who once wanted to become and R&B artist but couldn’t because of some family problems, now worked in the military and also sings with the military band. But the wish was fulfilled when her son Khalid became one of the famous R&B artists. His recent album Free Spirit released on April 2019, the second studio album, has also touched many hearts. The name of the title of the album was posted by him on social media. A very eye-catching short film was released along with the album on youtube that too got a lot of love from the audience. One of the most famous songs of this album was the single named “TALK” was one of the recent hits and has got a lot of views. It became one of the top 10 hits of Khalid’s singles and was the highest charting solo singles in US. An R&B tinged song that was released as a single and later its remix has also been created by the production house DISCLOSURE. The song is basically about the first stages of a relationship and the gradual changes of it. The other songs of the album include “Bad Luck”, “Free Spirit”, “Better”, “My Bad” and a few others which have been much famous soon after its release. People and fans have shown a lot of love to the album and also to the artist who has been much popular among the R&B listeners.
Every few months I think about seeing Khalid in concert. I think it’d be a real cool mellow vibe; intimate if you will. I could bring a date and we’d have enough space to hold hands, and Khalid would look at us because the venue would be small enough that we could all see each other. Then we’d kiss and Khalid would say “look at the couple losing themselves in the music!” We’d get embarrassed for a split second before we started swaying to the music again. This is what I fantasize before I google Khalid tickets. But every time I check his tour schedule, I see that Khalid’s booked Madison Square Garden and that it’s been sold out for a month. How the hell did Khalid get so popular? Seriously? I mean, I know the nigga’s good but yo, he sells out whole Arenas. The Sacramento Kings can’t even do that and all those niggas can dunk. It blows my mind. This fluffy nigga has captured the hearts of all of us with his smooth voice and unassuming ways. Every time I listen to Khalid I think I’ve stumbled on an easter egg in an old Zelda game, and every time I tell someone about him they look at me like I just discovered Starbucks. Khalid is officially a pop star and it boggles my mind. But enough of that! This young chubby nigga with a Paul from Tekken 2 flat top dropped a new album. So let’s talk Free Spirit.
Streaming wars is at an all-time high whether its artists battling over who has the most streams, or the actual platforms themselves fighting over users, the war is here and there’s no telling when it will end. Who you choose to side with, is your business. I personally use and pay for all 3 of the major streaming platforms, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal, am I ballin? Anyways, they all bring different things to the table and I can thank Apple Music for Beats 1 Radio. I don’t remember the show or DJ, but sometime in the summer of 2016, a song titled “Location” by an artist named Khalid began to surface and stayed in rotation. With his uniquely strong and mature voice, I was certain Khalid was much older than he turned out to be. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. So, you could imagine my surprise when the news circulated that he was only 17 years old during the rise of that record. Suddenly, as I watched the video, and closely listened while dissecting the lyrics like the music nerd I tend to be, it began to make little more sense. I mean really, only teens have that much trouble finding a place to be alone and get it crackin’. When his debut album, American Teen was released I must say, I was a tad disappointed in its content. Outside of the lead single and follow up single “Young Dumb and Broke”, nothing else really grasped me in the same way. The lead single, “Location” was the type of record with huge replay value, and was on constant rotation during my days as a Postmate and Uber Eats delivery guy, hey we all gotta hustle right? Obviously, nothing can be taken away from the success of that album. After its release in March of 2017, the album went on to be certified platinum in October of the same year. Going further, it received Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album while “Location” was nominated for best R&B Song losing out to Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” No shame there. To date, his debut album has been certified double platinum as of August of 2018. Clearly, my opinion isn’t that he doesn’t make good music or that he isn’t a talent but rather, maybe his music just isn’t for me, and that’s ok. While I was ready to write him off as the type of artist I would only like here and there, he kept providing glimpses into the type of artist I would hope for him to be.
I grew up in a country where we were basically homogeneous, meaning, we were of the same race, the Malay race, and although we have some indigenous people and Filipino-Chinese, they have really integrated into our society so that we don’t really think of them as none other than Filipinos. I am saying this because I will not even pretend to understand how it is to grow up in a heterogeneous environment where one is a minority and not the majority. As foreigners watching America from a distance, we watch with a bit of alarm - news about racial conflicts and how young Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Latinos, are being shot by the police just because of their racial profile. That is why when I first heard Khalid’s song American Teen, I admit I was amazed at his assertiveness, especially that in a Donald Trump environment – America seems so white and so anti-immigrant – as his disdain for Latinos and other non-white Americans has been openly expressed. Khalid proudly sings in the song “My youth is the foundation of me. I am proud to be American” – and here I see an African-American, tall, a bit menacing, but with a leathery yet beautiful and expressive voice and a name which is usually associated with Muslims. If your name is Khalid in the Philippines, we immediately assume you are a Muslim. So to see an African-American male with a non-white name proudly say he’s American – we embrace the idea with our whole heart – and wish that in the future – the youth from my ethnic group – the Filipino-Americans – can also proudly proclaim in a song “I’m an American teenager.” Don’t get me wrong, Khalid is not trying to be political, he is just proud of who he is.
I would like to start at the beginning, but I cannot, this album takes me from one side to the other without finding a slight difference in terms of the quality with which each song is made, I would like to start with something a little weaker and finish with the strongest, but it is not possible. Regardless of the beat, he uses in the songs, they are all very strong and full of joy and positivism. There is no way to criticize any major flaw or say that something is done with the idea of selling records and nothing else. I only hear honesty and a high level of quality in all of them. The treatment that they gave to the sound of all the tracks is exquisite and receiving it on your ears makes your body feel alive again, those little details of some instrument that is behind almost all of them and suddenly it surprises you with some figure that breaks the monotony. The success of not repeating each topic speaks of the surprising and inexhaustible source of creativity that this young singer and composer has to give us, it is only a question of we embrace him and not letting him go so that he continues to give all these beautiful moments. Yes, of course, you already know because you've experienced the same thing as me, it's about Khalid and his delicious record, Free Spirit. I love when I listen to high-level artists, you can identify a lot of influences, but at the same time they have such a particular stamp that makes them unique and when they are just in their first years of career, you can already assure that they will be stars that will never light off. I love it when I listen to high-level artists, you can identify a lot of influences, but at the same time have such a particular seal that makes them unique and when they are just in their first years of career, and you can assure that they will be stars That will never be extinguished. Free Spirit elevates the spirit of the listener, it's that simple, it does not matter if you're a Khalid fan or you just get introduced to his music, it does not matter if your tastes are far from the artist's style, it does not even matter if you speak or not the same language as him, because music is a universal language and if you do not understand everything that the lyrics say, sometimes it is not important, there will be time for you to translate them into your language. When listening to this selection of songs, you will be trapped in an atmosphere of pleasant music and well done, and when you finish with the album, you will leave renewed. I cannot believe how much Khalid has to make us feel good through his songs. You may want to dance or be on a comfortable sofa, or you can have a good cup of coffee while you listen to it, or accompany you with a glass of wine. This goes with everything, no matter the day or time. Recommendation: if you live in a big city, Free Spirit will help you that the hours in traffic, sometimes violent and ruthless, is a walk through the clouds. Just make sure to raise the windows of your car, put an adequate volume, sit well in the seat and gently take the wheel, the rest, leave it to Khalid, he will know how to free your spirit. Now that, if you live in a small town by the sea, things will get better.
Official Music Videos
Featuring Version Videos
Remix Version Videos
Static Image Video
- Apr 24, 2019Khalid Delivers an Unforgettable Performance at the TIME 100 Gala
- Apr 10, 2019Khalid: Free Spirit
- Apr 05, 2019Watch Khalid Find His Groove With ‘Talk’ on ‘Fallon’
- Apr 04, 2019It Might Be Time To Hang Up On Khalid
- Apr 04, 2019Khalid Is Holding out for Love in "Don't Pretend"
- Apr 03, 2019Critic’s Pick: Khalid Has Fresh Insecurities and a New Set of Musical Tricks on ‘Free Spirit’
- Apr 01, 2019Khalid Sets U.S. Arena Leg of Free Spirit World Tour
- Mar 28, 2019Khalid Enlists Hit-Boy for New 'Free Spirit' Single "Self"
- Right Hand
Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. He is signed to Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016 and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His debut studio album, American Teen, was released on March 3, 2017. In 2018, "Love Lies", his duet with singer Normani, recorded for the Love, Simon film soundtrack, reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
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