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Published on February 23rd, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Multi-Platinum Producer Khao is Back! Talks New Music and Work in Education

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY-nominated hit-maker Khao is known for stringing together hit after hit for top artists like T.I., Jay Z, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Jeezy and others in the early 2000s prior to taking a hiatus in 2008. However, the musical chemist behind more than 30 million records sold has now returned with a vengeance, releasing a blazing new track called “Done with Her,” which features Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, YBN Nahmir and Tabius Tate. The single, currently climbing the charts, is the first installation of Khao’s upcoming and sure to be a classic album, “Bad Brains Forever” set for release this summer.

I caught up with the industry giant Khao whose name means “Mountain” in certain parts of Southwest Asia, to discuss his overwhelming list of activities since he took his hiatus until his return to music…Tune In!

The unique thing about “Done with Her,” like the other 12 tracks and 60 artists to appear on the album, is that Khao masterfully infuses Punk Rock from the legendary group Bad Brains (an all-black group who actually founded the Punk Rock genre in the 1970s) into his production. The song’s pulsating beat and charismatic horns make it every bit of an anthem that sends a very powerful reminder that yes, Khao is back.

“I am about creating music with a feeling that never dies,” Khao said. “It’s like hearing Al Green or Michael Jackson.  No matter when you hear their music, you get a special feeling. So, when people hear Lil Baby or Gucci Mane on my track along with the horns, it makes you want to jump up and wild out.”

According to Khao, selecting the artists to appear on “Done with Her” was easy. After producing the track, he knew exactly who he wanted on it.

“For every record I produced on this album, I envisioned having three to four different artists that would fit perfectly on it to where it could have been all of their number one single…then I brought it all together,” he said.  “Done with Her,” and all of the other songs feature a legend rapping next to the artists who have next – the leaders of the new school.”

“Done with Her” is hitting the national airwaves with force, currently in rotation on over 40 radio stations after only its first week of release. It is a great precursor for what is to come, a Bad Brains Forever album which will undoubtedly leave the industry speechless –  boasting names such as Nipsey Hustle, Nas, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Redman, Teyana Taylor, Boosie, Tory Lanez, 2 Chainz, NBA Youngboy, Queen Naija, Yo Gotti, Monica, E-40, T-Pain and far too many others to name.

Referring to it as his “Quincy Jones project,” Khao expects the first single to lead the charge in returning him to his rightful place atop the music industry in 2019.

Additionally, he leaves Hip-Hop fans with a two-word phrase they will begin to hear quite often. “You’re Welcome.”

 “Done with Her” is available on iTunes, Tidal, Amazon and all other digital streaming platforms. For updates on Khao, follow him on Instagram and Twitter @khaomusic


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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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