Khaid is a fast-rising Nigerian musician/songwriter who burst into the limelight in 2022. He was born on 10 December 2004 and is currently signed to Neville Records. He describes his kind of music as “Afro-trap”. A sensational music talent, Khaid was nominated for the 2023 Headies award in the Rookie of the Year category. He was cited as one of Spotify emerging artistes from Nigeria and mentioned as Apple Music’s Up Next Artiste for Nigeria, ranking number 1 on TurnTable’s NXT Emerging Top Artistes in January 2023. For a boy who had to work as a roadside mechanic to support his family and music, Khaid is doing well and we reckon that this 18-year-old music sensation is destined for the top.
|Name||Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon|
|Date of Birth||10 December, 2004|
|Born in||Ojo, Lagos|
|Lives in||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Hit Tracks||Jollie, Carry me go, Annabella,|
|Nominations||Headies: Rookie of the year|
|Role Models||Juice WRLD, Polo G, Michael Jackson|
Where is Khaid from?
Khaid was born in Lagos state, Nigeria. He grew up in the Shibiri neighborhood in Ojo Local Government Area, alongside his parents and 7 siblings. He is the 6th child of his parents. His dad is a fashion designer.
Born in 2004, Khaid is 18 years old in 2023. His birthday is December 10, 2004.
Khaid began doing music at the age of 13. He was doing freestyles on the streets and was encouraged by his friends to take it to the next level. Without enough funds to further his education, Khaid was urged by his father to learn a handiwork and he eventually began a mechanic apprenticeship. It was from the Mechanic job that Khaid got to support his family and his music. At the time, posting music covers was a thing for many up-and-coming artistes. Khaid decided to join this trend and began posting his music freestyle videos on his Instagram page. It was one of such videos that caught the attention of Sydney Talker, a popular Nigerian skit maker who reached out to Khaid via private message. Interestingly, Sydney had just launched a record label named Neville Records and Khaid became the label’s first signee in January 2022.
“Basically, he texted me on Instagram. At that time, I was a Mechanic and I was just posting my freestyles on Instagram. One day, I got a text from Sydney Talker. I didn’t believe it was him, I thought it was a fake account. I actually didn’t check the message – that was prideful of me. It kept bugging me so I decided to check the message and the first thing I saw was the verified tick and like 1 million followers. I was so surprised! I was actually going to thank him for following me and I saw where he DM’d me saying he liked my sound. I ended up going to his house and we vibed to some instrumentals that day. He ended up telling me I was signed that same day” _Khaid on how he got signed to Neville Records.
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He would go on to release his first single “With You” on 28 January 2022. With You became an instant hit, peaking at number 48 on the Nigeria TurnTable chart, with the music video garnering over 5 million views on YouTube.
His next single “SKI” was released in April and an extended play soon followed on On 27 May 2022. The EP titled DIVERSITY comprised 6 tracks. Since then, Khaid has been making waves with hit singles like Jolie, Carry Me Go, and Annabella. His music is popular among youths and his songs are often used in short videos on Tiktok.
Khaid started off as a freestyler at an early age. Growing up, Khaid was influenced by his parents’ different playlists. His mom often played Michael Jackson songs while his dad preferred local music with Fela being his favorite. Khaid says he was heavily influenced by trap music which gave rise to his genre of music, described as afro-trap. He loved listening to Juice WRLD, Polo G, NBA Youngboy, XXXtentacion. According to Khaid, the kind of music he makes depends on his mood at the time. “If I’m in a happy mood I’ll write an afrobeat song, if I’m in a sad mood I write over trap production,” he told Shahzaib Hussain in a 2022 interview.
Having only burst onto the scenes a few years ago, Khaid now has a reported net worth of $120,000. His sources of income include streaming revenues, music shows, partnerships, and record label deals.
- With You
- With You
- Carry Me Go
- Bad Man
What is Khaids’ real name?
Khaid’s real name is Sulaimon Shekoni Solomon. He is from the Yoruba ethnic group in Western Nigeria.
How to pronounce Khaid
According to the singer himself, Khaid is pronounced: “Kay-D”.