Washington, DC – Hip Hop/Soul emcee, vocalist and producer, Khalil Ismail, prepares for the release of his new project, Freedom Fighters, with a new video, a chart-topping single and a few Discovery Channel commercials.
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Washington, DC [examiner.com] – Globetrotting, Hip Hop/Soul emcee and vocalist, Khalil Ismail, prepares for the release of his latest project, Freedom Fighters, while proving that perception can be reality, even in the make-believe world of entertainment.
Khalil Ismail is a rare breed. Audiences of Hip Hop music often find themselves victims of publicity campaigns by artists who have aligned with a trending topic or who have constructed a personality in order to sell or gain something, but they will find that KI tells a different story—in fact, a true story.
Contrary to popular belief, hip-hop takes an absurd amount of skill to execute properly. What’s more, conscious hip-hop takes a certain penchant for intelligent word-smithery. Khalil has a penchant for all of the above. He effortlessly flows in and out of messages, usually over very classically soulful beats. Khalil obviously has things to say, and every song pierces further than skin. Raised in Baltimore, Khalil hopes to say more than rap about how it is on the “mean street”, and tries to inspire whenever he can. Check this guy out and be amazed.
New Artist Spotlight: Khalil Ismail
» by Sia Tiambi Barnes August 17, 2009, 2:19am
Being a minority is challenging. Having to learn how to articulate your perspective in a way that the mainstream understands – balancing that with not caring what anyone thinks – can be draining. But for Khalil Ismail, an African-American rapper from Baltimore, born to Islamic proselytes, being all the way outside the box is the only way to survive.
HipHopWired: On “Hip Hop,” one of your lead singles from your new album The Calm Before the Storm, you go in on our beloved genre saying: “It’s you who got the power/it’s you who got the fame… See now you got the money, so no excuse remains/You say the ‘hood is evil, why don’t you help it change?/You say they hurt your mommy, but you defile her name.” What is that about? … Continue reading
Sometimes Featuring Maimouna Youssef
July 14, 2009) – Khalil Ismail is certainly not against hip-hop music. He’s also not a big advocate of censorship. In fact, growing up he was a fan of the 1993 Death Row Records release Doggystyle, the classic debut album by “gangsta rap” artist Snoop Dogg, who fell under scathing media scrutiny for his controversial lyrics that promoted female degradation, drug use and violence. But as a hip-hop artist himself and a concerned resident of his community, Ismail would soon emerge as a voice on the other end of the musical spectrum. … Continue reading