Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon (born December 10, 2004), known professionally as Khaid, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter currently signed to Neville Records. He rose to stardom with the release of the song "With You", after signing a record deal with Sydney Talker's Neville Records in 2022, which earned him his first chart entry on Nigeria TurnTable Top 50 single chart at number forty-eight on 14 February 2022. Khaid converted to Christianity after leaving Islam.[1]

Khaid
Background information
Birth nameSulaimon Shekoni Solomon
Also known asShekoni
Born (2004-12-10) 10 December 2004 (age 19)
Shibiri-Lagos
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
Years active2022–present
LabelsNeville Records

Early life edit

Sulaimon Shekoni Abiola grew up in Shibiri-Ojo, and is from a family of ten. Sulaimon worked as a roadside mechanic in the street of Ojo fixing vehicles, to earn a living to support his family, and to be able to fund his music career.[2][3][4][5][6]

Career edit

He started his music career in the street of Ojo. In 2021, Khaid posted a viral freestyle on Instagram that caught the attention of Sydney Talker who offered him a recording deal and introduced him to the public on 20 January 2022 as Sydney's Neville Records' first artist. He went on to release his first single "With You" on 28 January 2022, which peaked at number 48 in Nigeria TurnTable chart. Its accompanying music video was directed by Olu the Wave and currently has 4.1 million views on YouTube, as of February 2023.

On 22 April 2022, he released "SKI", with its music video directed by Sydney Talker. According to The Native author Wonu Osikoya, “Ski" Paints An Honest Picture Of His Life Before Fame”.[7] On 27 May 2022, Khaid released his six-track debut extended play Diversity (stylized as DIVERSITY). Reviewing for The Native, Wonu Osikoya called the EP “A collage of vibrant sounds that will appeal to the young and the young-at-heart”.[8] On 4 June 2022, Khaid lead Pulse Nigeria Future Sounds Vol.10 playlist with his single "With You",[9]

On 22 June 2022, he was named Apple Music’s Up Next Artist for Nigeria.[10] On 2 August 2022, he reveals how a DM from Sydney Talker changed his life, during an interview on the Midday Show with Do2tun, and Eve on Cool FM 96.9 Lagos.[11] On 9 November 2022, he released "Amala", which became his much-anticipated single after his freestyle became viral on Instagram, and TikTok.[12] "Amala" features guest vocals from Zlatan, and Rexxie, who also serves as the producer. Its accompanying visualizer, directed by Sydney Talker.

On 14 November 2022, "Amala" debuted at number 91 on the official Nigeria TurnTable Top 100 songs, number 66 on Top Streaming Songs,[13] and number 24 on Top Street-POP Songs.[14] On 20 January 2023, "Jolie" debuted at number 92 on the official Nigeria TurnTable Top 100 songs, and was released for digital streaming on 25 January 2023,[15] and was named one of the Best Afrobeats Songs out right now by OkayAfrica.[16] On 30 January 2023, he ranked at number 1 on TurnTable's NXT Emerging Top Artistes.[17]

On 31 January 2023, Spotify cited him as one of the emerging artists to look out for from Nigeria, alongside Tempoe and Poco Lee.[18] On 13 February 2023, "Jolie" peaked at number 7 on the official Nigeria TurnTable Top 100 songs.[19] On 14 February 2023, Sydney Talker shares a screenshot of his Instagram DM, where Davido leaves a remark on "Jolie", which reads “I have played this song like 100 times in my house”.[20] On 18 February 2023, "Jolie" ranked at number 5 on TheCable's[21] list of 10 TCL radio pick of the week. ‘Anabella video was released on the 24th of July and directed by The Peacock. The video is among his most viewed music videos.

Discography edit

EPs edit

List of studio extended plays, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
NG
DIVERSITY
Emotions

As lead artist edit

List of singles as lead artist, with year released and album shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NG
NG
Afropop
[22]
SA
UK
UK
Afrobeats
US
Afrobeats
"With You" 2022 48 DIVERSITY
"SKI"
"Amala" 91 TBA
"Jolie" 2023 7 6 Emotions
"Carry Me Go"
(with. Boy Spyce)
8 8 12[23] 44[24] TBA
"Anabella" 2 1 Emotions
"Forever"
"Marry" featuring Shallipopi 2023 TBA

Accolades edit

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Nominated work Results
2023 The Headies Rookie of the Year Himself Nominated

References edit

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  2. ^ Louis, Tochi (31 May 2022). "Khaid joins Nigeria's afro-trap renaissance". PAM - Pan African Music. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  3. ^ Malachi, JaJuan (25 March 2022). "Khaid talks upbringing, being a rising teenager star and latest single: "With You" with The Knockturnal". The Knockturnal. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  4. ^ Ojo, Bambo (1 June 2022). "Interview: Khaid on his Music, Childhood, Sydney Talker & Diversity EP". The Culture Custodian (Est. 2014.). Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  5. ^ Daniels, Maisie (30 May 2022). "INTRODUCING: KHAID". fword. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  6. ^ Hussain, Shahzaib (3 February 2022). "PLTFRM: Khaid". Clash Magazine Music News, Reviews & Interviews. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  7. ^ Osikoya, Wonu (22 April 2022). "Listen To Khaid's New Single "Ski"". The NATIVE. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  8. ^ Osikoya, Wonu (27 May 2022). "Track By Track: Khaid Breaks Down His Debut EP, 'Diversity'". The NATIVE. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  9. ^ Courage, Onyema (4 June 2022). "Future Sounds Vol.10 featuring Khaid, T DOLLAR, John Dreyz, SESS, Toliban, and more". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  10. ^ "Khaid is Apple Music's Latest Up Next Artist for Nigeria". BellaNaija. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  11. ^ "How A DM From Sydney Talker Changed My Life - Khaid Reveals - Midday Show - Cool FM Lagos". www.coolfm.ng. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  12. ^ Adebiyi, Adeayo (11 November 2022). "Khaid, Zlatan, and Rexxie combine for new single, 'Amala'". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Official Streaming Songs". TurnTable charts. TurnTable. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Top Street-POP Songs". TurnTable charts. TurnTable. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
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  16. ^ "The Best Afrobeats Songs Out Right Now - OkayAfrica". www.okayafrica.com. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  17. ^ "TurnTable NXT Emerging Top Artistes". www.turntablecharts.com. TurnTable. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  18. ^ Adesina, Michael. "Khaid, Tempoe, Poco Lee among emerging artistes for 2023 - Spotify". P.M. News. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
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  21. ^ Daramola, Kunle (18 February 2023). "TCL radio picks: Buju leads with 'Gwagwalada' as 'Abracadabra' takes double spots". TheCable Lifestyle. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  22. ^ "Top Afro-POP Songs". TurnTable Charts. TurnTable. Retrieved 5 March 2023.
  23. ^ "Official Afrobeats Chart Top 20". www.officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  24. ^ Cusson, Michael (29 March 2022). "Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2023.