Nigerian singer-songwriter Khaid (real name: Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon) has all the makings of a star. His melodic TikTok freestyles earned him considerable traction and have made him the marquee artist at Lagos-based Neville Records (founded by comedian Sydney Talker) at just 17 years old. “Freestyling provides me with the opportunity to create flows and good lines,” Khaid tells Apple Music, “so when I want to write a song, I might take a freestyle and put lyrics to it”, With a talent for merging emo-trap and Afropop.

DIVERSITY is the result of an 18-month-long artist development scheme—during which Khaid progressed as a songwriter, live performer, and fine art enthusiast. “The EP shows how I lived in the past while diversifying into different genres of music,” says Khaid. “Each of us is made up of many parts—discover them all and enjoy the diversity.” Over six tracks, he blends the freedom of trap with local influences, and straddles the booming bass and heaving drums of amapiano as he reflects on his streetwise upbringing. By turns self-aware, confident, and full of flair, Khaid is setting himself up to be the new wonderboy of Afropop—a goal he asserts across DIVERSITY with the recurring mantra “shleet,” a term he created to signify “a young, fresh blood doing something new.” Here, Khaid discusses the EP, track by track.

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