For such a young man, Khalid has already made an incredible mark. His debut single, “Location,” which was released last summer, was a major hit and whet people’s appetites for a full length release. When his first album American Teen was released in March, it debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and garnered rave reviews. American Teen comes off like some dream combination of all that’s best about soul music, indie rock, pop and post-hip hop R&B. It’s the sound of everything America could be and should be for it’s youth, and evokes the unrestrained joy of being young with a world of opportunity and experiences ahead. This ethos resonates with fans, earning the 19 year old El Paso native a dedicated following.
Lizzo’s music chronicles her journey to love herself, and it has helped her growing legion of followers do the same. The larger-than-life rapper and vocalist is known for uplifting messages about body positivity, gender, race, and politics, and her deeply personal relationship with these issues makes her music that much more powerful for listeners. Her first solo release, the down-and-dirty Lizzobangers, saw her delving deeper into personal subject material while also crafting her fastest, most swagger-laden flows. Following a major label leap to Atlantic’s Nice Life imprint, she thrilled fans in 2016 with her new EP Coconut Oil, touting the self-empowerment anthem “Good as Hell” as well as infectious club hit “Phone.”