Watch Rae Khalil take on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’

Backed up by her band The Ill and Free Nationals’ Kelsey Gonzalez.

Rhythm + Flow alum Rae Khalil recently made her debut on the home version of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, as part of its Black History Month celebrations.

The California rapper showcases not only her impeccable flow during the performance, but also shines a spotlight on her soulful vocals and musical theatre experience. Khalil’s four-song set included songs like “Father,” “Up Late” and “Maria” from her 2020 album Fortheworld, along with her most recent single “Way Down.” She was backed up by her band The Ill, as well as Free Nationals’ Kelsey Gonzalez on bass and guitar.

“I’m so overjoyed and it all still feels so surreal!” Rae wrote of the experience on Instagram0000, alongside a snippet of her performance of “Father.” “’Father’ is a timeless record and I’m so happy to have made it with y’all. Here’s to many, many more exciting moments.”


Khalil’s Tiny Desk performance is the latest in NPR Music’s celebration of Black History Month 2021. Other musicians who have recently appeared on the concert series include 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, KeiyaA, Meshell Ndegeocello and GIVĒON.

Watch Rae Khalil’s “Tiny Desk” set below.

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