With hip-hop being a culture predicated on keeping it “real,” few artists have a reality as compelling and unique as Soul Khanʼs. Born in Los Angeles, but currently residing in Brooklyn, Khanʼs meteoric rise over the past four years has transcended being a viral sensation into one of the most buzzed about indie-rap superstars today. In an industry obsessed with catering to every short-lived trend, Khan has stayed true to himself and amassed an impressively loyal following in the process. His supporters, better known as “The Khangregation,” include 23,000 Facebook fans and 16,000 Twitter followers whoʼve helped rack up over one-million views on his YouTube channel. And they keep coming back because Khanʼs got Soul.
Soul Khanʼs never compromised his character into a caricature, allowing for a genuine perspective as multidimensional as his listenersʼ. Whether heʼs taking his audience on a journey of emoting empathy from the struggles heʼs witnessed, has them laughing along with his razor-sharp punchlines, or leading them in salute to his personal heroes (including the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, the subject of his recent Wellstone EP.), Khan plays many hands with the execution of an expert. This is why heʼs also in such high demand for collaborating with such artists as Homeboy Sandman, Sene, and Marco Polo.
With five critically acclaimed EPs and an album, 2010ʼs Soul Like Khan, that has been downloaded over 100,000 times, Khanʼs received his fair share of press. MTV, BET, Complex, URB and Forbes have all prominently featured his project, often citing his unparalleled work ethic and strong consistency, thanks in part to being a member of New York underground sensations Brown Bag All Stars. With projects that stay true to his pedigree and always deliver on his promises, Khanʼs made believers out of such hip-hop icons as DJ Premier, Large Professor and Scarface.
In a genre of uncertainty at a time when musicʼs never been more disposable, reliable artists are few and far between. When you consider heʼs as prolific and he is a perfectionist, itʼs clear that if hip-hop has at least one surefire constant. His name is Soul Khan.
By Chaz Kangas
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