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Album of the Year Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2017's Best Albums

From ihiphop on Tumblr

One of my favorite artists, Khalid, dropped an album earlier this year that tug on my heart strings. I knew about Khalid from Soundcloud, then a few months later I found myself listening to his album on repeat constantly. I can still listen to this album and feel the strings on my heart be played with as if it were a puppet. Khalid is an amazing artists, everything he does he turns to gold. He featured in a lot of stellar songs this year as well. I'm going to give a run down of the songs that were featured in Khalid's debut album, "American Teen." I enjoyed this album so much. He is such a hidden gem who recently got nominated for 5 grammy's. Now is the time to ride the wave!

1. American Teen

This song was a pretty way to introduce the album and what the concept of the album will be. I love Khalid's voice but I especially love his creative lyrics. This track is just about being a teen and having fun and partying. This song would be like a senior in high school anthem!

Favorite Lyrics from Track: "From the city of 915 where all the girls are pretty and they're down for the hype."

"My youth is the foundation of me."

2. Young, Dumb, & Broke

This song has a special place in my heart. I love how effortless it is and the meaning behind it really is special. The melody and overall lyrics are just beyond what people his age is creating. He is so talented and I am obsessed with this song in particular.

Favorite Lyrics from track: "So you're still thinking of me just like I know you should. I can not give you everything, you know I wish I could."

"We're just young, dumb, and broke but we still got love to give."

3. Location

Location is a song about modern love. Khalid is taking about how we have features on our phone to send our location so that we can search for whoever, wherever. Khalid's flow in the track is just effortless. This song just embodies soul and Khalid did amazing on this track as always!

Favorite lyrics: "Initially I didn't wanna fall for you gather my attention it was all for you so don't take advantage, don't leave my heat damaged."

4. Another Sad Love Song

This track, Khalid is trying to understand why things did not work out in the past. The overall production and flow of this track is very cohesive. He brings in a great beat with some sad lyrics we all can resonate with.

Favorite lyrics: "I'm not the best at showing my emotions. You cut me deep and you left me wide open. I fought the demons that lie between us. They'd think we're perfect if they'd ever seen us."

5. Saved

One of my favorite tracks on the record, Saved, embodies soul and heartbreak. The lyrics that Khalid sings are so heartfelt and warm. This track is so cohesive and underrated.

Favorite lyrics: "The hard part always seem to last forever. Sometimes I forget that we aren't together. Deep down in my heart, I hope you're doing alright. But from time to time, I often think of why you aren't mine."

"So I'll keep your number saved cause I hope one day I'll get the pride to call you, to tell you that no one else is gonna hold you down the way that I do."

"I hope you think of all the times we shared. I hope you'll finally realize I was the only one who cared. It's crazy how this love thing seems unfair. You won't find a love like mine anywhere."

6. Coaster

Another classic tune off of Khalid's album. This song shows the emotions and depth that us humans go through when we find someone we like but know we can't have them. Overall, just a smooth track with fire lyrics and vocals.

Favorite lyrics: "As time passes, I feel so low. Searchin' for pieces, covering up the hole. I'll fight for you love, I'll fight for your soul. I'll throw all of my cares away for you. I'll be there to wait for you. Maybe you weren't the one for me. But deep down I wanted you to be."

"Moving on seems harder to do. When the one that you love moves faster than you."

"You're not the one I'm thinking of tonight. I may not be over you."

7. 8Teen

This track just talks about what it is like being 18. The problems that 18 year olds have and the stories behind them.

Favorite lyrics: "I never fell in love I saved those feelings for you."

8. Let's Go

Let's go is about being free. This track is filled with emotion and soul. One of my favorite tracks.

Favorite lyrics: "Can you feel this energy? This is the start of something great."

"You don't have a destination, traveling where the wind takes us."

9. Hopeless

This track is my second favorite off of the album. I love how groovy this track is. Khalid takes about how hopeless he is with the situation he is in with the girl he likes. This is a song that people can find very relatable.

Favorite lyrics: "Spend my time worrying of broken promises. Focused on the smell of all the burnt cigarettes. My thoughts play on repeat only comfort that I keep because in a moment I will be something you will forget."

"Now tell me was I ever something that you could regret? I know I wasn't the one for you but at least I tried my best."

"Used to lift me higher, but I guess our time's expired. I'm giving you the match set our love on fire."

10. Cold Blooded

My absolute favorite song from Khalid. I love this track. This song has lyrics that are hidden gems and a vocals to back it up. If you were to listen to only one song by Khalid, please let it be this one.

Favorite lyrics: "The way that you been treating me is getting out of hand and you walk around like your so innocent. I gave you my heart and it melted in your arms."

"You feel my heartbeat vibrate so violent. Inside of your head I see it in your eyes you're no good for me."

"I lost my sight and you're leading me on. Is it cause you're used to guys always doing you wrong?"

11. Winter

Another classic by Khalid. Khalid discusses the difference between summer love and winter love. Another sad love song!

Favorite lyrics: "Love grows colder in the winter."

12. Therapy

At this point in the album, I always think is there ever going to be a Khalid song that isn't absolutely beautiful and stunning.

Favorite lyrics: "Something that you're doing has me falling all the way I'm tripping off your love and all the other drugs we taking."

"I hope I made the impression that I was always interested."

13. Keep Me

Another favorite of mine is Keep Me. This song is Khalid saying that even when we are no longer in love, keep me in that state of mind as if we still are in love.

Favorite lyrics: "Roses were your favorite flower and I couldn't stand the scent but if its what it takes to put a smile on your face I guess I'll deal with it."

"You should walk away with me in your heart. Keep me in your mind."

14. Shot Down

Another groovy classic made by Khalid, Shot Down, is embodied with soul. He talks about the ways that love can hurt someone even though love is supposed to be a good thing.

Favorite lyrics: "We've been here before, surrounded in the cold. You take me places I have never known. And you push me to places I'll never go. I would die for you."

"Tell me the truth, am I all that you need? If we're keeping it a hundred, you're all that I need for me. From the jump to forever from now, I would ride for you."

15. Angels

Angels is pure track where Khalid discusses the angels in his life. I absolutely love how he ended his album with the soul track. One of my favorite albums ever!

Favorite lyrics: "I've been seeing Angels in my living room that have walked the sun and have slept on the moon covered in fragrance of their perfume telling me the stories stories coming true. Well you see these angels, these angels see the light. "

I hope everyone reading this who don't know of Khalid or only know one song listens to him. He is an amazing artist who deserves recognition and 5 Grammy's.

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