Enjoy It While It’s Fresh: Khalil Nova

Over the past few years, as experimentalism has become much more widely accepted in the rap community, it has become increasingly difficult to predict trends and the direction of the genre as a whole.  Three years ago, artists like Lil Ugly Mane and Spaceghostpurrp would have been (and probably were) written off very quickly.  Now people are becoming more open minded and artists with unique sounds have begun to rise such as Main Attrakionz, Clams Casino, and even A$AP Rocky to an extent.  Although there’s no way to say for sure, I would like to see the next experimental artist to rise up be Khalil Nova.  Just like Spaceghostpurrp and A$AP Rocky before taking off, Khalil Nova’s music is coated in a thick layer of lo-fi fuzz, but you can still hear his bold and exciting ideas shining through.  On “Mercury Diamondz”, he is content leaving a track almost completely as a stripped-down beat except for a short but deviously infectious hook that briefly appears twice while on “Keep Grinding” Nova lets his heavily flanged vocals take center stage over another bare-bones beat.  As with other experimental artists before him, I don’t expect everyone to enjoy Khalil Nova’s music in its early stages, but I encourage you to keep an open mind and listen.

-TC

 

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