Khalil (singer)

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Birth name Khalil Amir Sharieff
Born (1994-11-22) November 22, 1994 (age 23)
Origin Sacramento, California, U.S.
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Justin Bieber, Lil Twist

Khalil Amir Sharieff (born November 22, 1994),[1] known by the stage name Khalil, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and rapper from Sacramento, California.

Music career[edit]

In 2008, he worked under the auspices of L.A. Reid to record some material in Florida after being discovered on YouTube.[2] He was signed the same year to Def Jam Recordings,[1] on the Teen Island label that was part of the music industry's response to "seize on the opportunities created by a phenomenon" of Justin Bieber, and rather than focus on hit single, his manager was working to "developing him into a long-term artist."[3] While signed with Def Jam, he recorded a few singles, but did not release an album.[4]

The 2010 track "Girlfriend Ringtone" spent 13 weeks on Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart but did not break onto the main Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[5]

Khalil is featured on all of his songs on Lil Twist's mixtape The Golden Child hosted by DJ Ill Will,[6] these are "Wait On Me", "If You Only Knew" and "#1812" the latter a co-featured artist with Lil Za.

On February 15, 2012, he released a collaborative mixtape with Lil Twist called 3 Weeks in Miami, on June 20, 2013, Khalil premiered his video for "Stars" on his VEVO account. The video "Hey Lil Mama" was released in early 2011.

On January 18, 2016, he released a single called 'Simple' off his upcoming EP 'A Long Way From 916' later renamed as 'Misunderstood'.



Extended plays[edit]

List of mixtapes with selected details
Title Album details
Kein Trost
  • Released: September 11, 2011
  • Label: Ghosthall
  • Format: Digital download


List of mixtapes with selected details
Title Album details
3 Weeks In Miami
(with Lil Twist)
  • Released: February 12, 2012
  • Label: Young Money
  • Format: Digital download
A Long Story Short
  • Released: August 28, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Girlfriend Ringtone" 2010 Non-album single
"Bands Up"
(featuring Birdman)
2014 A Long Story Short
"Simple" 2016 Misunderstood

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"One" 2009 Charlie Hilton Good Food!
"Wait on Me" 2011 Lil Twist The Golden Child
"1812" Lil Twist, Lil Za
"Wassup" 2012 Jae Millz The Virgo 4: How Nasty Can He Get
"No Lights" Jon Hope Work in Progress

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Girlfriend Ringtone" 2010 N/A
"Hey Lil Mama"
(featuring Lil Twist)
"Stars" 2013 Josha Harris
(featuring Lil Za)
2014 N/A
(featuring Justin Bieber)


  1. ^ a b Michael Rothman (Jan 23, 2014). "Who is Khalil Amir Sharieff". ABC News / Good Morning America. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Paul de Revere (January 23, 2014). "Justin Bieber's Party Posse: A Primer on Khalil, Lil Za & Lil Twist". Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Monica Herrera (June 1, 2010). "Bieber-Mania Sparks Search for the Next Teen Sensation". Billboard. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Billy Johnson, Jr. (January 24, 2014). "6 Things Justin Bieber and Khalil Sharieff Have in Common (Beyond Drag Racing)". Yahoo Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Khalil - Chart History Billboard
  6. ^ "New Videos: Ludacris Feat. Gucci Mane, T.I. Feat Pharrell, Lil Twist Feat. Khalil". Vibe. December 13, 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^

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