Khalil Ismail

Khalil Ismail

 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
BandR&BHip Hop

Biography

While the current state of Hip Hop and R&B is at an artistic crossroads, suffering from lack of talent and substance, there are still those who would dare dream. Khalil Ismail (born Ismail Khalil Daugherty) is a Washington, D.C. native with a Baltimore City upbringing. There’s something magical about the artistry that comes out of D.C. It’s is the same birthplace of the legend, Marvin Gaye, who is one of Khalil Ismail’s major musical influences. There’s something special about Khalil Ismail. He is both a lyricist and a vocalist. “I didn’t realize I could sing until a couple of years ago. I’m still discovering things about myself.” Khalil Ismail extracts some of the same elements we loved about Marvin Gaye and implements the substance that the industry is currently lacking. It’s the passion that drives him. “Marvin has one of the purest voices you’ll ever hear. The angle he approached writing and delivering a song, you could really feel his dream realized. The way he cared about humanity and social issues that still plague us today. Socially conscious songs like “Make Me Wanna Holla” and “Mercy, Mercy, Me” are templates that I draw from. Once Marvin got on stage it was like he was in a mirror. He believed in what he performed. I try not to write, rhyme or sing things that I don’t believe in.”

Khalil Ismail’s multitalented inclinations range from music composition, song writing, music and video production, singing and rhyming. His talents collectively landed him performances on the same stage as Mos Def, Freeway, Brother Ali, and international stars like Zain Bhikha, Native Deen , Outlandish and Dawud Wharnsby. His budding career has taken him from the US to the UK, Holland and back. His first release, “The Truth” garnered ISNA’s Global Peace and Unity accolades. His latest effort, “Red Pill Mixtape” shows growth in lyricism and vocal abilities. Khalil Ismail’s is driven to make an impact on the community around him through his art. IMAN welcomed the crossover appeal of Khalil Ismail at its noted Takin’ It to the Streets Fest. His production credits include: “Freedom Will Come” by Zain Bhikha (2009), "Love" by Zain Bhikha (2009), and The Calm before the Storm Reloaded ( Enspire Group 2009).

There’s only one objective for Khalil Ismail. To change the art form we call music by making us remember why we loved it all along. He brings passion back to the platform and makes you feel alive again. His real life stories and social concerns interject a genuine air of caring that translates to an added depth in his music. His single “Sometimes” featuring Maimouna Yousef tells the vivid story of strength and heartbreak. Songs like “Freedom” won Converse’s Get Out the Garage Contest and Music Aid’s Best Solo Artist of 2009.

Khalil Ismail doesn’t just sing about improving the world around us. He conducts workshops for IMAN DC and SAT prep using Hip Hop in DC Public Schools. Khalil Ismail is realizing his dream. Passion and art are the driving force. This is only the beginning to the question Who is Khalil Ismail?

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Discography
· The Truth
· The Calm before the Storm
· The Calm before the Storm Reloaded
· Red Pill Mixtape

Lyrics

Sometimes

Written By: Ismail Daugherty

And Your life goes on
life goes on
after the storm
you know that life goes on
after the storm
you know that life goes on

Two could never be closer
the chemistry was often insane
but when a fire burns fiercely
it seems that the flame
is short lived
meaning it never lasts
but the pain can be big when your hearts smashed
and i wonder I was wrong when i let you crawl into my life
cuz i knew that we were two different try ta unite
But the heart
gets real funny when it fights with brain
its like you trick your own self into believin you straight
I opened the gate and told you we would easily be
but our vastly different cultures made it easy to see
that you would never feel free as long as you was with me
i would never agree
with your ideologies
but my problem was my patience after tellin you ease
would be the way that we could grow before demanding my needs
and as Muslim yo my duty was to practice my preach
so i apologize to God and to you for deceit

sometimes it just wasn't meant to be
and everybody doesn't have the luxury
of getting it right the first time
so do you give up or keep or keep trying?
i know that the pain is extreme
but know that in time itll leave
cuz it was decreed
and life proceeds

love or lust
was it just a crush
was the pain that we gave each other
just because
were we too stubborn to see before we married
that we were too different to ever be happy
or maybe blissful epiphanies
just blinded reality
created a fantasy
that really was fallacy
and as time passed we
began to perceive that maybe couple that we thought we should be
and it was then that we began to really clash on things
see after honeymooning, its what reality brings
we would push each others buttons nothing
times got rough
then suddenly you recognize that love isnt enough
that's when the hurt comes
feel tears streaming
the water is the emotion and hurt leaving
there's not more helpless feelin in the world
then to hurt someone you love specially when its ya girl

when you love something set it free that's what they always say
but i don't think i understood it till we parted ways
one of the hardest decisions i had to make
was deciding that we had to break
i couldn't be jay
i couldn't make the tears stray
and so this song don't cry
instead it turn the page
a new chapter more stability and better days
learn from experience that patience is a better way
if i could retrace the pain that i gave away
then i would do it but i cant so i rhyme today
my lyrics penance for mistakes i made
ive tried to change my ways
ive got a step daughter
and she looks up me
no time for immaturity i've put down the games
i'm closer to God now he's help me gain faith
so when i look back
at times that seemed bad
i'm thankful that i had em
they made me a man

sometimes it just wasn't meant to be
and everybody doesn't have the luxury
of getting it right the first time
so do you give up or keep or keep trying?
i know that the pain is extreme
but know that in time itll leave
cuz it was decreed
and life proceeds

Discography

· The Truth

· The Calm before the Storm

· The Calm before the Storm Reloaded

· Red Pill Mixtape