American Teen and, finally, his own headlining show. When Khalid came in May on the undercard for Travis Scott’s Birds Eye View tour, he had one major song that the crowd knew and would eat up. Through the course of his 40-minute set, he let his voice, a soft yet powerful tenor, rise and shake for records such as “Shot Down” and his debut’s title track. He can’t help but be joyous and excited for the future. Less than a year ago, he was graduating from high school. Now he can call Los Angeles his primary residence, has a solid feature with Future on Calvin Harris’s latest album and knocked an award-show performance out of the park on live TV. How’s that for teenage optimism?
All hit songs aren’t created equal. For 19-year-old Khalid Robinson, “Location” went from SoundCloud buzzmaker to national smash hit all thanks to Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat. It isn’t all thanks to her, though. The El Paso native translated his newfound fame and success into a solid, ’80s pop-centric debut album in