Fresh from the success of his debut single “Jonah Hill”, Parisian rapper Khouba is kicking off the new year armed with his slickest offering to date, “Hallelujah”.
Fusing together a diverse collection of genres to achieve his distinct sound, Khouba takes inspiration from afro, dancehall and European rap in his newest track, it’s success-soaked lyrics and infectious beat flaunting his refined artistry.
After spending time honing his skills and perfecting his style, Khouba has his eyes set on the prize. Determined to connect with his fans both through mood and message, he states, “It’s an introspective but also motivational track. It shows my hunger and motivation to make it in the Rap Game”. After a fiery burst onto the scene, the anticipation for “Hallelujah” is steep, however Khouba’s explosive energy is set to take him far further than he ever imagined.
Please Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
I’m Khouba, a Parisian Rapper whose music is a vibe
What made you want to get into music?
Honestly it was a mix of a lot of things, first it was my influences, guys like Lil Wayne made me get into the culture with their way of doing music and you know, we only get one chance at this life, ain’t no play rehearsal, so you better try every field and if it works out it’s amazing, if not at least don’t have regrets!
What’s the writing process?
There’s no real writing process, each song is unique, I wrote tracks in like 15-20 minutes and some took me a day or so to write. The main thing that I do, is that I try to put myself in a bubble to try and get in tune with inner energy.
How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?
It’s really about who you’re with in the studio. It gotta be a chill and fun session to be able to get that energy in the music. This craft is all about vibes, so if the studio is in a certain mood and vibe, listeners will feel it !
What come first lyrics or music?
Definitely the music, like I listen to a certain beat and it gets me in a type of mood and therefore gets me inspired !
How did you all meet?
Crazy story ! Our team was built thanks to the Lockdown actually. I was in a friends house and basically one of his cousins was there too ! We quarantined together, got friendly, talked music and were like why not do this !
What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?
Unfortunately, due to COVID I haven’t done any gig yet.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Don’t tell from Belgian rapper Hamza with Headi One.
What would be on your rider?
Definitely everything to get the party started !
What other talents do you have?
I’m actually a pretty good cook.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I guess more transparency and making others less selfish, there’s a spot for everyone in Music but some don’t seem to have gotten that !
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
Right now I’ll say Dave, love what he’s been offering.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“ if you don’t jump, you’ll never know if you can fly”
If you could open for any artist who would it be?
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
I really like what $not and Slowthai have been dropping.
What’s in store for you when all this is over?
A lot of new Releases, a project down the line, and hopefully the greatest story ever told.
How are you coping with lockdown?
It’s hard for everyone, but I learnt to make the most out of my time and I got more creative so that’s positive.
How is lock down effecting the music scene?
The positive thing is that artists have the chance to settle down, breathe and take their time with their craft and not be in a rush, so I believe we’re going to get more experiments from artists but the negative thing is that we can’t perform. That really sucks, because that’s when you get a chance to meet with your audience and to live your music.
What’s the scene like where you are from?
Parisian music scene is an exciting one, there’s a lot of diversity, real hitmakers and it’s bubbling with artists that are not scared to experiment with other genres and it gives us a really bubbling scene.
Where can we find out more?
Best way to find out what’s new and coming and through my Instagram @khouuuba
Talk us through the new track
Hallelujah is an introspective track in which I show my hunger for more and the belief that we are going to tell the greatest story ever told, plus it’s a mix of UK Drill with more melodies ! To make it short, you gotta check for yourself !