Hailing from Torrence, California, rising artist Rae Khalil made her debut on Sway’s Universe premiering her single “Firefly” off her latest release, ‘Girlfriend.’ MCing for about four to five years now, Khalil deferred her school enrollment from South High to a musical theatre school where she then began to immerse herself more into Hip-Hop—crediting Wu-Tang Clan and Biggie for sparking her interest in the genre. When asked about the origin of her name, she explains that being someone who is very family oriented, she chose her middle name, Rae, and her brother’s first name, Khalil— liking how the combination sounded and what it represents. Her closeness to her family is apparent when her mother Tyra, who is also a singer, joins the stage to give a beautiful rendition of “I Don’t Wanna Lose You,” by the great Phyllis Hyman.
Touching on the creation of her project ‘Girlfriend,’ Khalil discloses that it was created out of frustration with her best friend and producer Jared Rubens, stressing the effect of just going for it and put in work whether one has all the resources to make it happen or not. Finishing off with a performance of her single “Firefly,” it is apparent that Rae Khalil is an artist to look out for. As Heather B put it best, Khalil is a star with “natural, raw, God-given talent.” Check out Rae Kahlil perform “Firefly” below. You can find her on platforms @RaeKhalil, and stream her debut project “Girlfriend” on all platforms now.