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Song You Need: KhakiKid’s “Babybrown” is a reminder to consider those closest to you

The Irish rapper takes in an unlikely friend in his pleasantly odd new video.

September 01, 2022
Song You Need: KhakiKid’s “Babybrown” is a reminder to consider those closest to you

The FADER’s “Songs You Need” are the tracks we can’t stop playing. Check back every day for new music and follow along on our Spotify playlist.

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Irish rapper KhakiKid, a.k.a. Abdu Huss, makes carefree and vibrant music with a transportative quality. His debut EP Elevator Music is released today, September 1, and he is releasing a playful video for the new song “Babybrown” alongside it. Written shortly after the death of his hero Mac Miller, "Babybrown" carries a similar kind of effervescence that the late rapper possessed in spades, with the track's funk-laden bassline opening up a space for him to spin out and say his piece in.

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The humor in KhakiKid's music is hard to miss. His flow and energy on the mic are that of the biggest character in your circle of friends, and he underlines it with the "Babybrown" video. The cartoon-esque colors and set-ups are in tune with his optimistic take on life while the premise, that he acts as a carer to an older man feeling a bit down on himself, is charmingly surreal.

Speaking to The FADER via email, KhakiKid said: "I used the 'Babybrown' video to live out one of my biggest dreams in life, being a stepfather to a middle-aged man. It didn’t quite end up being a middle-aged man because during auditions we quickly realized most of them wouldn't be able to carry my body weight for any duration of time, which is fair enough. I studied some of the great father figures, like Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 2, and I think I did a great job of it."

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Song You Need: KhakiKid’s “Babybrown” is a reminder to consider those closest to you