photo (20)(Photo By Khalil)

Khalil is a Brooklyn talent who was referred to the site by our friends over at the Divine Atoms collective. He specializes in Neo -Soul and Hip-Hop. He has garnered comparisons to everyone from Andre 3000 to Frank Ocean to D’Angelo. At the moment, he is circulating various tunes in the hopes of expanding his fan base and media network. He has a full length project in the works for a Summer release and wants as many people to experience it as possible. He shared two tracks with The Illixer: “Surface” and “Buddy (So Fly).” This review will take a look at the latter.

“Buddy (So Fly)” consists of a very appealing production. The hearty base, graceful instrumentation, snazzy upbeat rhythm, and trendy vibe make for a dynamic combination. The hook is refreshing. The vocals are polished and the lyrics are simple yet delightful. The verses are fulfilling. Khalil exercises both his singing and rapping abilities. He uses both mediums in an impressive fashion with well blended tones and enchanting lyrics. He gives an expressive account regarding a special lady that has his attention. It should be mentioned that there is definitely a sprinkling of influence from Musiq Soulchild‘s hit single “B.U.D.D.Y.” made evident throughout the offering. A handful of lines that make a bit of a splash are: “Black is beautiful. I really love your melanin. Plus you got no plastic on your cuticle. I got pictures at you at work up in my cubicle. Everything you wearing so suitable. You sicker than the average and more than the usual. And I’m so intrigued by who influenced you. Plus you’re so natural. (…) Now you a queen so I gotta bow.” Those are some seriously flattering bars right there. Overall, this song is a gem and it doubles as an awesome introduction to Khalil as an artist.

**My Two Cents: Khalil is such a breath of fresh air. I am digging what he brings to the table for sure. This single is dope. I’m a huge fan of the Musiq Soulchild track and I believe Khalil did a nice job of incorporating his own flavor into it. His melodies as well as his pen game are first-rate and he just oozes soulfulness. Readers, ladies especially, need to give this one an ear pronto. Looking forward to hearing more from the East Coast talent in the near future. Just for kicks, check out a Hip-Hop remix of Musiq’s “B.U.D.D.Y.” featuring Fat Joe and Ja Rule above. -MinM