Khalid's life is about to change, for real. The 18-year-old R&B singer is set to drop his debut album American Teen on March 3 and The FADER was there to capture these last moments before the world receives his first, impressive musical statement. The album features tender and dazzling songs about love, like "Location," which was released last May and has received a ton of attention.
Khalid spent his life moving around the country with his mother, Linda Wolfe, a single mom and member of the U.S. Army chorus. He reveals in the documentary that she's his most important musical inspiration and says he was always shy to show off his talents in front of her because of her incredibly strong gift. Those maternal gifts are on full display as Khalid steps in front of the mic to record "Shot Down," an incredible ballad which will appear on American Teen.
The singer found his true home and a place to belong in El Paso, Texas, where the family moved before his senior year of high school. In the documentary, we see Khalid head to a Friday night football game and a fast food parking lot with friends and family. "I get so much love, from a city that I'm not even predominantly from, everyone is nice and welcoming and they treat me like their own," he reflects.
In 2016 Dreamville talent Bas took to the road in support of his debut album "Too High To Riot" with the likes of EarthGang, Cozz, The Hics and Ron Gilmore. That cross-country escapade was captured by TIDAL, and has been turned into a documentary.
This mini documentary by Madeline Lewis, takes a quick look into the life of Dynasty, aka Ya Girl DY. Maddie, who is a budding filmmaker and a student at University of Tampa, reached out to Dynasty after interviewing her for a music festival the prior year. She followed DY for a little while and incorporated some performance and music video footage to put the doc together. Madeline won first place for this project.
A few days before the release of Don't Smoke Rock, we spent the day with Smoke DZA and Pete Rock as they rehearsed for the show that night at Highline Ballroom in NYC.
Smoke explained a little background history between him and Pete Rock and how special it was to work on an entire album with him. We also headed uptown with Smoke DZA to get his outfit for the night in order. Then it was showtime for DZA and Rock.
Filmed + edited by Chase Smith during the West Coast leg of Dee-1's Slingshot David Tour.
We sat down with Google Play Music and Nas to discuss one of his most important albums on its 10 anniversary.
For the second of four videos, we sat down with Google Play Music and Nas to discuss the creation of the lead single for his "Hip Hop Is Dead".
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J. Cole has surprise-released a new documentary, "Eyez", tonight, which is streamable now in full as a TIDAL exclusive. Earlier today, Cole silently announced what looks like his fourth album, "4 Your Eyez Only", when the tracklist and release date surfaced on iTunes today. The 40-minute doc features behind-the-scenes footage of Cole and collaborators working on the new album, which is slated to drop next Friday, December 9. The film can be streamed in full via TIDAL by both members and non-members.
A behind the scenes look at the creative process behind making Alexander Spit's concept album, "Alive at Virgil Normal".