Rolling Stone magazine named Khalid’s album ‘American Teen’ as one the best albums of 2017, putting it on nr 6 of its top 50 rating. Their motivation:
His conversational vocals staked out a new kind of R&B: laid-back but charged with wide-open emotional struggle, as well as hooks that stuck. He sang about kids who didn’t have money or cars; who still lived with their parents (and worried about coming home smelling of weed); who longed for human contact to go along with a love stirred by subtweets and texts. Hits like “Location” and “Young, Dumb & Broke” were alive with fresh possibilities – including the possibility of combating outmoded stereotypes. “I’m an African-American man with an Afro, who isn’t your typical athlete – who wasn’t as masculine as other guys,” Khalid told Rolling Stone. “And now people are looking at me like, this is ‘The American Teen.'” J.L.
Even though this is just his first album, you can already see there is more good stuff to come. His music is consistently good and his lyrics inspired.
Take his song Location, which is melodic, breezy and laid back. It’s the kind of music that goes well with any occasion.
It’s hard to believe he’s only just turned 20.
RF18 official website pumps up the festival goers by telling us the following:
It has made major media outlets like the New York Times and Rolling Stone unanimously declare Khalid the biggest breakout artist of the year.
As an Army brat Khalid shuffled between stops in Georgia, Kentucky, six years in Germany and settling in Texas for his senior year of high school. This self-taught wunderkind began recording music on his own to combat the loneliness of always being the new kid.
Khalid has sold out every single venue on his American Dream tour in the US, and almost copied the feat in Europe in early 2018. And he wins over new hearts every day. Let him win over your heart as well when he plays Roskilde Festival 2018.