KILLY continues his quest for world dominance today with the release of his new single, “OH NO,” featuring production from Y2K (known for viral hits like “Lalala” with bbno$ and “No Sad No Bad” with KILLY). The uplifting breakup anthem, driven by soothing guitar strums and 808s that are just as active as they are addictive, provides another catchy yet nostalgic offering for new listeners and fans alike.
Get “OH NO” HERE via Epic Records.
“Hate to say, but I feel like it might be time for us both to move on,” sings KILLY, nearly reaching a wail, as he laments the difficult but necessary end of what’s been a rocky romantic relationship. The sentiment seems to align with his knack for collecting accolades and moving on…
This year started with a 4th JUNO nomination for his sophomore project Light Path 8, followed by the release of the heavily-anticipated and sonically advanced track “Sailor Moon” as well the video for his trap-lullaby “Drought” with 16yrold. His growing catalogue habitually displays his versatility and emphasizes his staying power, as he introduces us to the next chapter of his ascent.
“OH NO” packed with mainstream appeal and brimming with emotion, has the qualities fans have come to expect from his music, including instant replay value and the distinct ability to evoke euphoria.
Later this month, KILLY will bring “OH NO” to life with the help of creative director Ryder Ripps (making his directorial debut), known for his work with Kanye West, Travis Scott, and most recently art direction for the late Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album.
If alien means belonging elsewhere, perhaps KILLY is someone who belongs everywhere. The shy rockstar finds himself at home in the eclectic and the contradictory, effortlessly pairing petaled shirts and spiked glasses, suturing vulnerable lyrics to heavy, sinister instrumentals. Born in 1997 to Bajan and Filipino parents in Toronto, Khalil Tatem was painted by a mosaic of influences from a young age, from Kanye West to Speaker Knockerz to Tommy Lee Sparta.
During high school, he rooted himself into the community and nurtured “Killamonjaro” for two long years. His ascendance felt lightspeed as he independently released his debut project Surrender Your Soul, garnered multiple platinum and gold singles, and took to the road for a world tour. After two years on the road, he tethered stories across time and space from his journey in his project Light Path 8. This was followed by his connection with Sylvia Rhone, the legendary head of Epic Records, and his new home with the label. With this partnership, he continues to cultivate each track with the same care as “Killamonjaro.” Privileging quality over quantity, he fine-tunes each project with meticulous precision, elusively hinting to fans at what’s to come. Even with numerous accolades to his name, he’s just getting started.
If KILLY is an alien, he’s one who can use his diverse upbringing to weave himself anywhere—one whose legacy is already written in the stars.