New Khalid has arrived. The R&B revisionist is here to prove his freshman outing was more than a lucky strike. His first LP garnered an impressive tally five Grammy noms, positioning him front and center in the conversation modern r&b, with the potential to overstretch those boundaries. His new single “Better” communicates the delayed effect Khalid performs his song in the dead night, through a muted-foggy production affectation.
Khalid’s modus operandi as always is a pop-friendly variant r&b which stresses the finer details post-production. You shouldn’t expect anything less. The producer he worked with on “Better,” Charlie Handsome, has worked with Kanye West, Drake, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, and the list goes on..
The artwork for the single is a homage to his home state Texas. Notice how the horizon conquers both the sky and the apex figure a rotated Mountain range in El Paso, Texas. Act like you knew, it’s okay. Hit us with your thoughts.
You say we’re just friends
But I swear when nobody’s around
You keep an arm around your neck
To connect, are you feeling it now?
‘Cause I’ma just hide under the nest
Nothing feels better than this.