Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated super producer Khao, recently marked his resurgence in Hip-Hop with the release of his charismatic new single “Done With Her”, featuring Gucci Mane, Lil’ Baby, YBN Nahmir and Tabius Tate. Currently climbing the charts, it is the first track from Khao’s upcoming album Bad Brains Forever, and he has punctuated his return with the release of the official music which premiered on YouTube.
Starring goofy comedian Michael Blackson (Next Friday) and Teresa Topnotch (Wildin’ Out), the two provide an abundance of comedic relief, as Blackson plays the jealous wannabe rapper who gets rejected from the VIP entrance at the club and loses his girl in the process. Gucci Mane and the others appear in the video along with a marching band, teen dancers and other talents that contribute to an array of dope visuals.
Done with Her has a unique sound, combining horns and other effects. Brilliantly, Khao pulls elements from music produced by the legendary 1970’s Punk Rock group Bad Brains, which inspired the album. This musical mixture is something that will be found throughout the entire album which is slated to be released this summer and features more than 60 of the top artists in Hip Hop and R&B, past and present.
Khao was recently quoted as saying that Bad Brains Forever is his Quincy Jones project, referring to legendary record producer and composer. “I am about creating music with a feeling that never dies. It’s like hearing Al Green or Michael Jackson,” he said. “No matter when you hear their music, you get a special feeling. So, when people hear Lil’ Baby or Gucci Mane on my track along with the horns, it makes you want to jump up and wild out.”
Currently, Cates is also focused on giving urban youth well-rounded, holistic access to education and resources, using technology as a way to get through to the young people, and show them that there are many ways to achieve a goal. He actually leaned into his interest in education as early as 2008, when he took a break from his own music to found Bridge Da Gap. The nonprofit focuses on using music, education and mentoring, alongside technology to give kids grade 6 through 12 a comprehensive social-emotional development curriculum, covering topics such as self-love, self-determination, anger, substance abuse and more. The program is designed to help urban youth cope and overcome the challenges that impact their ability to succeed in school and life. Cates success with education lead to him winning a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama,
“Done with Her” is currently available on iTunes, Tidal, Amazon and all other digital streaming platforms. For updates on Khao, follow him on Instagram and Twitter @khaomusic.