Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Bobby Carter | February 18, 2021
"Tiny Desk! Happy Black History Month!," rapper, singer and songwriter Rae Khalil exclaims before gliding into "FATHER," from her LP Fortheworld. From the confines of Harun Coffee in the historic Leimert Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles comes one of the most exhilarating Tiny Desk home concerts I've ever seen. Khalil's set is a colorful explosion of talent, perfectly complimenting the funky patchwork and textures of her attire.
She hit our radar and was featured on All Songs Considered last year, but gained national attention as a contestant on Netflix's music competition show, Rhythm + Flow. As an emcee, she enunciates and bends her words unlike anyone in the game and if the bars don't hook you, her expansive vocal range most certainly will. The Torrance, Calif., native's musical theater background shines through here; she exudes an array of emotions in a span of minutes on tracks like "UP LATE" and "MARIA," making it impossible to look away. The orchestration, courtesy of her band (whom she calls "The ill"), reflects the recorded sessions almost to a tee and features a special guest on bass and guitar: Tiny Desk alum Kelsey Gonzalez of The Free Nationals.
Sticking to the "inspiration" theme of our Black History Month celebration, she recites an excerpt from Langston Hughes's "Let America Be America Again." The 86-year-old words still read painfully relevant for many Black people in this country today.
"Way Down"
Rae Khalil: vocals
Kelsey González: bass, guitar
Nico Vasquez: drums
Takoda Barraza: guitar
Dominick Cruz: bass, guitar
Elyzr: piano
Audio: Arley Cervantes, Tom Kendall, Lucas Palmieri
Video: Riley Lattanza, Mike Bugaoan, Brianna Nakatani, Steve Grise
Production Manager: Nathan Rebolledo
Producers: Van Caraviello & SOS Production
Special Thanks: United Masters, Harun Coffee, Harun Intl.
Producer: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Larry Moore
    Larry Moore
    12 uur geleden


  2. Deniz Ergun
    Deniz Ergun
    23 uur geleden

    best jam ever ' ..... '

  3. Anna
    23 uur geleden

    I love Rae Khalil, she was unique and one of my fav on R&F. I can see she has a bright future ahead. Keep going!

  4. Jacob
    Dag geleden

    It's so wild seeing Rae Khalil go from play in SantAna to a Tiny Desk. Proud of her! And the Band too. They all from SantAna! Shout out Coollab Project!

  5. Shakeida King
    Shakeida King
    2 dagen geleden

    The band is nasty definitely on “Up Late”

  6. Shakeida King
    Shakeida King
    2 dagen geleden

    First time I heard her I loved her 💕 vibesss

  7. Julio Bompa
    Julio Bompa
    2 dagen geleden

    From Rythm and flow, tout Tiny Desk... Bravo

  8. MIkhail Goodman
    MIkhail Goodman
    2 dagen geleden

    ооо, у них Тамби за клавишами, круто!!!

  9. Matthias Hess
    Matthias Hess
    3 dagen geleden

    Beautiful! Amazing band too!

  10. tbailey142
    3 dagen geleden

    Bro she’s dope af

  11. Nick Green
    Nick Green
    3 dagen geleden

    Her Band is DOPE, love how diverse that it is considering her vibe. You can tell the just like good music. I did not know that the drummer gets bass face sometimes 00:35 go head get your groove on.

  12. Alexis Alessandra
    Alexis Alessandra
    4 dagen geleden

    This was incredible

  13. Alexis Alessandra
    Alexis Alessandra
    4 dagen geleden

    🔥🔥🔥 love her!

  14. jimjimjimmy
    4 dagen geleden

    The band didn’t come to play 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  15. jimjimjimmy
    4 dagen geleden

    Goose bumps 😩🔥🔥🔥🖤💚❤️

  16. paradise jimin
    paradise jimin
    4 dagen geleden

    she is too good

  17. Bayete Jackson
    Bayete Jackson
    4 dagen geleden

    Mad soulful,my Queen..thank you for your contribution to our culture!!!😌👌👍👏✊

  18. Acasia Bacon
    Acasia Bacon
    4 dagen geleden

    💎All of it yeah I love it 💎

  19. NSN Ent Mello
    NSN Ent Mello
    5 dagen geleden

    This was the coldest tiny desk I seen in a while the band was incredible!

  20. Ravi B
    Ravi B
    5 dagen geleden


  21. marley88s
    5 dagen geleden

    @tinydesk please get Bobby Sessions 😍😩😁

  22. DigitalRaider1
    5 dagen geleden

    Wonderful music

  23. xyz39808comments
    6 dagen geleden

    Good music, bad lyrics

  24. TmFBaBii
    6 dagen geleden

    I wanna groove with them.

  25. Timon & Pumba
    Timon & Pumba
    6 dagen geleden

    Great!keep up the wonderfull work 😀

  26. OG Adriana
    OG Adriana
    6 dagen geleden

    BRILLIANT! A mf star, man.

  27. Dionne Harris
    Dionne Harris
    6 dagen geleden

    What a vibe!!!!

  28. Miguel Dorsey
    Miguel Dorsey
    6 dagen geleden

    That drummer is locked in. Shoutout to some true talent. Eager to follow her career. Rhythm n flow.... she ate!!!

  29. D- money
    D- money
    7 dagen geleden

    This was incredible

  30. Luna GEM
    Luna GEM
    7 dagen geleden

    Wonderful Share Out

  31. Kayla May
    Kayla May
    7 dagen geleden

    So much love for her 🥺❤️❤️❤️❤️

  32. Kunle O
    Kunle O
    7 dagen geleden


  33. NGR Facets
    NGR Facets
    7 dagen geleden

    She should’ve made it further in rhythm and flow

  34. Valerie Carre
    Valerie Carre
    7 dagen geleden

    Okay never knew her, now I am in love I only vibe with Tiny desk lives

  35. Hot_Hands Violin
    Hot_Hands Violin
    7 dagen geleden

    I love NS instruments!!!

  36. Butterfly Jae Heart
    Butterfly Jae Heart
    7 dagen geleden

    *YOOOO!!! Amazing Artist and each and every band member brought the HEAT 🔥🔥🔥🔥*

  37. DemitaHarMaatKuKetRa
    7 dagen geleden

    Thank You NPR for This Epic Showcasing of Black History.

  38. Oluwaseun Oyedele
    Oluwaseun Oyedele
    8 dagen geleden

    She's so cool!! I love her voice! And THIS performance is my kind of music!

  39. Divine Beauty
    Divine Beauty
    8 dagen geleden

    Absolutely love her style...it's different🤔 I hated how they did her on Rhythm & Flow. I always wondered where her music was at...thank you!💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

  40. TheBufftwinkie
    9 dagen geleden


  41. Phillip Bost
    Phillip Bost
    9 dagen geleden

    The mix is very good.

  42. Teri Manfre
    Teri Manfre
    9 dagen geleden

    Lmk by ppl

  43. Rachel
    9 dagen geleden

    👏👏 Such a vibe!!

  44. LuvsNeoSoul302
    9 dagen geleden

    I didn't know of her until today. I'm feeling her whole vibe and am an instant fan. Let me also say this band is flames 🔥🔥🔥!! I can't wait till we're all off this house arrest and can actually go to a real live show. I love live music, and right now my soul tank is just about empty 😩. In the meantime these Tiny Desk performances are getting me thru. Thanks so much for posting ❤.

  45. Michael Kent - Comedy Magician
    Michael Kent - Comedy Magician
    9 dagen geleden

    The way those drums are mic'd sounds SO good.

  46. David Ben Yehuda
    David Ben Yehuda
    10 dagen geleden

    SHALOM FAMILY 🙏🙏🙏🙏🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑❤❤❤❤

  47. David Ben Yehuda
    David Ben Yehuda
    10 dagen geleden

    I swear on everything, yall.I must have been in a trance because I don't remember being here the other day 🙃 😅 😜😇😜😜😜😜😜🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💯💯💯💯 that's what's up!!!

  48. dangkiewdor khongwir
    dangkiewdor khongwir
    10 dagen geleden

    She is cool👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  49. Infinita Music
    Infinita Music
    10 dagen geleden

    mucho flow!

  50. Le Général Pépin
    Le Général Pépin
    10 dagen geleden

    I live in France, I bought 2K20 a few days ago, and in the soundtrack, I find a sound I love, it's the second part of "Maria". Love at first sight for this artist. So I go on youtube to discover her. I see Maria's video clip, I love how she moves. Then I listen a little bit to her sounds on her channel. It's too good. I don't understand why I'm only discovering her now. She's really the kind of artist I like. I don't understand the lyrics of English-speaking artists but she has a voice that speaks to me and a vibe that I love. And as luck would have it, this recent live. I'm spoiled. Now all we have to do is wait for a feat with Little Simz, Common, Erykah Badu or Syd and Steve Lacy from The Internet :D

    1. LG
      10 dagen geleden

      She opened up for Common and Queen Latifah in Chicago.

    2. Kevin Hanson
      Kevin Hanson
      10 dagen geleden

      Common and Erykah Badu both have tiny desk concerts from NPR on NLlike

  51. Chris Méndez
    Chris Méndez
    11 dagen geleden

    YURIDIA tiene que hacer un NPR 💥💥💥💥

  52. Chris Méndez
    Chris Méndez
    11 dagen geleden

    Inviten a YURIDIA 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

  53. lady4real75
    11 dagen geleden

    My Kenya😭😭😭😢 The band.....

  54. Gustavo Sandes
    Gustavo Sandes
    11 dagen geleden

    Kick drum aways sounds better with no back head! Very nice band and vibes!

  55. Jan See
    Jan See
    11 dagen geleden

    I am beyond disappointed. I've never seen a 100% Playback performance on this channel. The sound just doesn't match up to what they do. Repeat the concert with a nice live arrangement, it will groove harder. Trust me.

  56. Tifani Bogue
    Tifani Bogue
    11 dagen geleden


  57. rescuediaries
    11 dagen geleden

    she exudes all that is good in life, the band is so good. me happy.

  58. Amblevech
    11 dagen geleden

    Incredible vibes!

  59. איגור Igor
    איגור Igor
    12 dagen geleden

    you are amazing guys' sounds tight

  60. JR Emcees
    JR Emcees
    12 dagen geleden

    Nu Badu

  61. APreciousNetwork
    12 dagen geleden

    I miss going to concerts... thank you NPR

  62. Stephanie Allen-Cole
    Stephanie Allen-Cole
    12 dagen geleden

    Love it blending well!

  63. Kaleb Herbel-Eisenmann
    Kaleb Herbel-Eisenmann
    12 dagen geleden


  64. lyn girasol
    lyn girasol
    12 dagen geleden

    So much power ......mmmmmmm🌅

  65. Chi
    13 dagen geleden

    Rae Khalil reminds of my friends, so beautiful, Black, talented and wavy. The world is really hers, so happy she was introduced to the world through Rhythm and Flow! But so thankful we’re being able to see her on this platform, better suited for her shine💓

  66. Andrés García Jr.
    Andrés García Jr.
    13 dagen geleden

    No Firefly 😢

  67. vsk
    13 dagen geleden

    so random and so cool!

  68. numemo.
    13 dagen geleden

    Mm this is fire

  69. Xavier Henderson
    Xavier Henderson
    13 dagen geleden

    Shout out to the engineer. The most thumping kick drum ever on NPR.

    1. lady4real75
      12 dagen geleden

      Agreed, I played it in the car, amazing!

  70. Jacob Guillen
    Jacob Guillen
    13 dagen geleden

    Let’s go Nico!

  71. Gonçalo Leal
    Gonçalo Leal
    13 dagen geleden

    This girl is so talented!! Big fan!

  72. Caio Peluso
    Caio Peluso
    13 dagen geleden

    chowwww di boooola!

  73. NvrSettle
    13 dagen geleden

    D O P E

  74. Mista Shortstroke
    Mista Shortstroke
    13 dagen geleden

    She's really gifted af! Her voice really is "Sonic Home Cooking" .....is the auditory warm hug and meatloaf feeling it gives you.....ijs

  75. Indimoney
    13 dagen geleden

    Yess! Finally she’s getting the recognition she deserves

  76. teeny
    13 dagen geleden

    Wow that dude Elyzr so good on them keys

  77. Jade Rene
    Jade Rene
    13 dagen geleden

    Wow absolutely amazing, from the vibe of the set to the vibe of the entire band!!!!❤️🥰🥰🤯

  78. JoZeFieNziNgErLiNg!!
    13 dagen geleden


  79. grãomestre
    13 dagen geleden


  80. Kayjay Len
    Kayjay Len
    13 dagen geleden

    Been waiting for this FOREVERRRRRRR!!!!!

  81. wmcroy3306
    13 dagen geleden

    The bassist & guitarist trade off was dope

  82. Tamisha B
    Tamisha B
    13 dagen geleden


  83. johnathan leonard
    johnathan leonard
    13 dagen geleden

    This may seem like a lazy comparison, but I get Badu vibes from Rae Khalil, and that is a great thing!

    1. LG
      6 dagen geleden

      Badu and Stevie Wonder vibes all day long...

    2. Sterling Richmond
      Sterling Richmond
      11 dagen geleden

      Not lazy... safe to say that Badu had an heavy influence on her sound and approach

  84. Nonofo Gaborone
    Nonofo Gaborone
    14 dagen geleden

    She's sounds amazing!!!! But is she man this is giving me a strong healing energy.... Or is it just me?

  85. Peoples I Rate
    Peoples I Rate
    14 dagen geleden

    Great to see some humble, after the comedy shows. This is what I come here for

  86. Hoo Chan
    Hoo Chan
    14 dagen geleden

    Sooo dope and I'm soooo here for it... she ate this up and left no crumbs.... One Love

  87. Cindy Paul
    Cindy Paul
    14 dagen geleden

    Nice Rae and company😌

  88. Janeisa's Life
    Janeisa's Life
    14 dagen geleden

    wow 😍

  89. Daniela Cortés Mandujano
    Daniela Cortés Mandujano
    14 dagen geleden

    Fémina tiny desk concert please ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  90. Jamaat Imanke
    Jamaat Imanke
    14 dagen geleden

    woahhhh.... shes amazing o my god

  91. Avant Excursion
    Avant Excursion
    14 dagen geleden

    Second half of this video changed my life, exquisite.

  92. teahgurl
    14 dagen geleden

    This is amazing. 🤩

  93. Rebecca Harp
    Rebecca Harp
    14 dagen geleden

    omg never heard of them until now but this is seriously wonderful. i love it !... it gives me good 90s vibes

  94. rolinstones
    14 dagen geleden


    1. rolinstones
      14 dagen geleden

      @LG still sucks terribly what can I tell you. does it ruffle your self-esteem in any acceptable way for someone on YT not to share your own taste in music?

    2. LG
      14 dagen geleden

      @rolinstones you’ve already proven that your taste is suspect so coming from you I’ll take that as a compliment. Now troll along elsewhere... you’ve unnecessarily gummed up Rae’s comment thread taking space away from people that actually appreciate good music... Buh byeeeeee....

    3. rolinstones
      14 dagen geleden

      @LG silly you

    4. LG
      14 dagen geleden

      @rolinstones nope

    5. rolinstones
      14 dagen geleden

      @LG are you kidding

  95. Andrew J. McCauley
    Andrew J. McCauley
    14 dagen geleden

    Yes! Whole new universe just began with that one.

  96. Tiara Marie
    Tiara Marie
    14 dagen geleden


  97. ismael ramirez
    ismael ramirez
    14 dagen geleden

    Min 00:11 reminds me a rap song but dont now wich. Help.(dont know inglish sorry).

  98. AM FUNK
    14 dagen geleden

    Nice nice nice!

  99. Bullish Bill la Bill
    Bullish Bill la Bill
    14 dagen geleden

    What's a Diamond to a Gold mine

  100. Carter Leynes
    Carter Leynes
    14 dagen geleden

    Love it!