At just 12 years old, Nigerian artist, Khaid, began performing freestyles on YouTube and performing in the streets of Ojos, Lagos State Nigeria. Now, at 17 years old, he has 327k monthly listeners on Spotify and a viral song, “WITH YOU,” that has over two million streams. Get to know more about Khaid below:
“SKI” is more like me pouring my heart out. Nigeria is used to the Afro beats, so I thought I would do something different. That is basically how that came about. That is the inspiration I got.
Everyone should have that versatility. Once you have the versatility, your standards are different. I could do normal Afro beats, but I have people around me that have great minds and everything so I need to be diverse and all of that to put balance in my type of sound. I want to be very diverse. Doing something that is out of the box for me, like trap, is not always acceptable, but I’m trying to make it more acceptable and a positive sound around here.
It means the world to me. I feel blessed because my expectations weren’t this high. Seeing these types of views and listeners is just a blessing to me.
It was the inspiration from different people around me back then. I was a rapper at the time, but I had to develop my sound and put melodies into stuff. I don’t like singing though. I just like rapping. It’s a process.
I started listening to trap songs. Like, melodic trap songs. I listened to songs with more melody. At the time, I was listening to just rap so I would just put my time into melodic trap songs so that’s where I began with the melodies. I’d just say it’s God’s grace. I wasn’t really ready to be this type of artist. I was just trying to do my thing.
The trap and hip-hop side of me, I’d say Polo G, Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, and the Afro part of me is confusing. I listen to many genres of it. I listen to Burna Boy, WizKid, Davido and a lot more.
My dream collaboration would be Polo G. NBA Youngboy as well. Davido, WizKid, Burna Boy, and people who have good messages in their songs.
It means a lot to me. It gives me this type of ground to explore different sounds. Having people listen to me from certain parts of the world provides me the opportunity to explore different types of music?
I’m looking forward to releasing my EP because it’s a more diverse project. I’m looking forward to people receiving it and accepting the type of sound I’m bringing to Nigeria. I’m trying to develop the Nigerian sound and change the Nigerian mindset in my own way that I can.
The plans I have are for me, but the plans we have as a team are different. We have a really deep plan, not just for music, but for fashion too. We just want to try new things for Nigeria. For me as a person, I have this music mindset. I’m not just trying to bring trap music to Nigeria, but I’m trying to bring other sounds such as Latino. We have Jazz music and everything. I’m trying to explore.
I play football. I draw. I style clothes. I mostly play football though.