If you slept on Rae Khalil after her amazing performance on the Netflix competition Rhythm + Flow, here’s your chance to get acquainted via her NSFW Tiny Desk Concert.
She hit our radar and was featured on All Songs Considered last year, but gained national attention as a contestant on Netflix’s music competition show, Rhythm + Flow. As an emcee, she enunciates and bends her words unlike anyone in the game and if the bars don’t hook you, her expansive vocal range most certainly will. The Torrance, Calif., native’s musical theater background shines through here; she exudes an array of emotions in a span of minutes on tracks like “UP LATE” and “MARIA,” making it impossible to look away. The orchestration, courtesy of her band (whom she calls “The ill”), reflects the recorded sessions almost to a tee and features a special guest on bass and guitar: Tiny Desk alum Kelsey Gonzalez of The Free Nationals.
Check out her video for “Theynko Freestyle” to see where she’s coming from:
Her video for “Maria” has a great sense of humor and style!
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