Khaid, a young Nigerian artist also known as Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon, graced the cover of Apple Music’s “Africa Fast Rising” playlist, which celebrates the next generation of stars.
This is a fitting title for Khaid, as he has consistently strived for improvement with each song release. Starting from his debut EP, Diversity, where he explored various themes, to his sophomore EP, Emotions, featuring emotional tracks like Jara, People, Jolie, and more. Khaid’s growth as a passionate Nigerian artist is evident.
As a talented young African creative, and in anticipation of his UK tour, an engaging conversation ensued with Khaid. Things that were discussed included his background, his journey in the music industry, his musical influences, his relationship with Sydney Talker, his plans for the future, and various other aspects of his career.
Hey Khaid. How are you today?
I’m doing great. I’m grateful.
Before we get into everything else, I want to know the story behind your stage name. How did you arrive at Khaid?
You know, as the normal routine, we were trying to get a stage name, and Sydney just came one day and said, “Yo, your name is Khaid!” As time went on, I started liking the name, and I had to give it meaning.
And what’s the meaning?
The meaning of Khaid is ‘The Overtaker.’
I bet you’ll overtake many charts soon.
Yeah, by the grace of God.
Give me a glimpse into your background.
I’m a street boy from the streets of Ojo, Lagos. I’m from a family of 10—two parents and eight kids. I was once a mechanic, a barber, and a painter. It’s just a great journey from that side of the world and getting to see another side of the world. It’s amazing what music can show you and whatever you put your passion into. It’s been a great experience; every stage was a necessary step in my life. To experience street life and to get where I am right now, I’m just so grateful and happy with how everything turned out for me.
What influenced becoming a musician?
I’ve been introduced to music right from time. My mum loved listening to songs a lot, and my dad loved playing fuji a lot. Being in that environment helped me a lot because almost every time my dad was listening to Fuji, my mum would be listening to Michael Jackson. This influenced me a lot. I fully got into music when I was in school, and someone stole my rap. And then I said, “I’m going to write something better than what they stole.” From there, I just kept going hard and hard. And the love keeps getting real and real.
Everyone is doing Afrofusion, Afroclassic, and others. Can you describe the specific elements or style that define the kind of Afro that you do?
I don’t know. I just call myself Afro-enjoyment. I don’t do music for Afro this or that. At the end of the day, everything is still under Afrobeats. I just don’t see any reason for that.
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When I listened to “Emotions,” it’s a cohesive body of work; it’s complete. And the growth from diversity can be felt. What’s your creative process when putting this work together?
With me, I just let the vibe of how I’m feeling and the vibe in the room inspire my process. Most times, I go into the studio with a clean head and no intentions, and then I’ll define what I’m here for. My creative process is more like the beat-making and the vocals, and everything else comes after.
Every song on Emotions is brilliant, but Jara is really special. How did you create that song?
“Jara” was made way before I released any song this year, but we had to take everything step by step. “Jara” has always been that song that everyone on the team has been anticipating to come out.
You were recognised by the Headies Award, a huge award that every young Nigerian artist looks forward to.
Not every Nigerian artist looks forward to the Headies. I do not look forward to the Headies. Everyone has a path they want to take, and I’m just trying to pass a message. But it’s a great award that’s essential for Afrobeats.
It looks like a short period, but you’ve achieved quite a lot. How has the experience been?
In the music scene, you have to experience things. Everything, including the unexpected, happens. My experience in the scene has been great. The love from everybody has been massive.
Speaking of recognition, congratulations on being featured on Apple Music’s Africa Rising Playlist. The playlist is often tagged “the next generation of stars.” How does this make you feel, and what impact would it have on your career?
I feel amazing and blessed about it. I feel appreciated. From there, we just have to keep moving.
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Are there any specific artists or musicians who have had a significant influence on your work?
Most of them are trap artists. I grew up making trap songs. I just started making Afrobeats when things changed. So most of the artists that influenced me sing trap. I’d say Polo G, Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, and a lot of others.
Your first and second EPs have no features. So are there artists you’d love to collaborate with?
Yeah, I want to work with a lot of artists. As much as possible. I can’t even mention names because I want to work with a lot of colleagues: Polo G, Lil Durk, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, and everybody else.
Your record label boss, Sydney, is your number-one fan and promoter. And he has a lot of followers and a fan base. Can you tell me more about your relationship, how you met him, and what are some success stories that have come out of this relationship?
He sent me a DM through Instagram about a freestyle he saw on my page. I was so happy to finally meet him because I lied to him and said that I was around the island when I was somewhere else. He told me to come through. I met him that day, and I made a couple of freestyles. He told me I was signed before going home that day. And that’s how it came about, and it’s now like a big family.
What are your future plans? What’s next after Emotions?
Expect different things. You are alive; I am alive, so expect things. Expect the unexpected. It’s keeping a better version of myself and investing in something.
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Kanye West Performs With North West During ‘Vultures’ Release Party In Paris
At the recent launch party celebrating his new album “Vultures 1,” renowned musician Kanye West welcomed his eldest daughter, North West, to join him on stage.
The ten-year-old North showcased her talents alongside her father at the Accor Arena in Paris on Sunday. Together, they performed the song “Talking/Once Again,” much to the delight of the audience.
Videos shared online show North confidently sang along to the track as it played, while she and her father shared a fun and energetic dance routine onstage.
During the performance, North briefly folded her hands in a prayerful gesture, repeating the words “Bless me, bless me” with sincerity.
Meanwhile, Kanye, who shares four children with his former spouse, Kim Kardashian, remained silent while the song played. Instead, he danced and gestured towards the audience.
Both North and the 46-year-old Grammy award winner wore entirely black attire for the event.
Kanye West chose an outfit he had worn previously, consisting of a jacket, pants, and shoes. He completed the look with a distinctive “Friday the 13th” face mask.
Upon removing the mask, one could see a white image of a crucified figure embroidered on the hood underneath. This specific design choice echoed the one he showcased at the Super Bowl earlier in the month.
North West, mirroring her father’s style, sported a pair of baggy pants, chunky shoes, a graphic T-shirt, and a puffer coat with a white stripe running down one sleeve. To top it all off, she wore a large, fluffy trapper hat.
The “Flashing Lights” rapper has been exploring various European cities with his wife, Bianca Censori. They are on a celebratory tour to mark the release of their new album, which they collaborated on with Ty Dolla $ign. Though the couple has been sharing pictures and videos of their travels on social media, it remains unclear when their eldest child joined them on their European adventure.
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Rihanna And A$AP Rocky Star In New Fenty Short Film
Fans of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are in for a treat as the duo recently starred in a short film that has now been released. In a teaser that the award-winning singer shared on her socials, the couple can be seen displaying their love.
The post on Instagram had the intriguing caption, “Born to Steal: Yours, Mine, Ours.”
This has piqued the interest of fans around the world.
In the clip, the power couple is captured exuding the vibe of the roaring 20s. Rihanna and Rocky are donning elegant attire that perfectly complements the era.
The duo looks absolutely stunning as they dance, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. Fans were left mesmerized by their chemistry.
In the recently premiered video on Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty’s YouTube channels, the famous songstress Rihanna and her beau, A$AP Rocky, were seen flaunting their impeccable style.
Rihanna looked stunning with her signature pin curls, a dark cherry lip, a black top, and a lace overlay. Her outfit was a perfect mix of vintage and contemporary fashion, setting a new trend for her fans and followers.
A$AP Rocky, on the other hand, looked dashing in a brown trench coat, a black and white striped shirt, his signature cornrows, a pair of dark sunglasses, and his gold grill.
His outfit was a perfect blend of sophistication and street style, making him look effortlessly cool.
Throughout the video, the couple can be seen embracing each other with hugs and kisses. In one frame, A$AP Rocky is seen holding Fenty Skin’s lip balm, which he models for the camera. The video ends with A$AP Rocky planting a sweet kiss on the back of Rihanna’s neck, leaving fans in awe of their undeniable chemistry.
The video was a visual delight for fans, with its perfect mix of style, romance, and glamour. It is no wonder that the video has garnered thousands of views and has become a talking point among fans.
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Boston City Declares March 2 ‘Burna Boy Day’
In recognition of his achievements, the city of Boston, Massachusetts, has officially designated March 2nd as “Burna Boy Day” to honor the renowned Nigerian singer. This special day was officially declared in a document signed by Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune of the Boston City Council.
To recognize his exceptional performances and advocacy work, Burna Boy has been honored by the city of Boston. This recognition is a testament to Boston’s commitment to celebrating diversity and culture, as evidenced by its range of cultural events, festivals, and community initiatives that showcase the city’s multicultural landscape.
The document further states that Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of the possibility and encourages the city to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked. In light of this, March 2, 2024, has been designated as Burna Boy’s Day in the City of Boston.
According to the document, inter alia:
“Whereas, Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of possibility, reminding us to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked, now, therefore, be it resolved: that March 2, 2024, is designated Burna Boy Day in the City of Boston.”
Burna Boy has held many sold-out shows in Boston since breaking into the international scene in 2018. His music has resonated with audiences across the globe, and he has become a symbol of hope and inspiration for many. The honor bestowed on him by the city of Boston is evidence of the impact of his work and the significance of his legacy.
Damini Ogulu, better known by his stage name Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Burna Boy rose to fame in 2012 with his hit song “Like to Party”. Since then, he has released several critically acclaimed albums. He’s won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album.
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