Praise for “OH NO” and KILLY:
“The Toronto-raised rapper is known for his emotive subject matter, and ‘OH NO’ is no exception…” – Complex
“Like other tracks that brim with emotion and reference the Toronto rapper’s personal experiences, “OH NO” is no different. KILLY laments the difficult but necessary end of what’s been a tumultuous romantic relationship.” – Hypebeast
“KILLY & Y2K Find The Melodic Side Of Heartbreak On ‘OH NO’” – HotNewHipHop
“…we are at the tip of the iceberg in terms of the creative output we will see throughout [KILLY’s] career.…one of Canada’s quickest rising stars.” – Lyrical Lemonade
(July 30, 2020 — Los Angeles, CA) Pairing a bold banger with an even bolder visual, KILLY presents the blockbuster music video for his new single “OH NO” featuring production from Y2K today. Watch it HERE and get the track HERE via Epic Records.
With the directorial debut of none other than Ryder Ripps [Kanye West, Travis Scott, Pop Smoke], the clip plays out like a big-screen science fiction epic. Plunging right into the action from the first frame, KILLY barely escapes from the clutches of an alien femme fatale. He hops into a dune buggy with Y2K who blasts their pursuer with a keytar laser only to fall into further peril. You need to view it to find out more. It perfectly complements the track with its otherworldly plucked guitar, emotive verses, and hypnotic hook.
Most importantly, “OH NO” sets the stage for much more to come from KILLY very soon.
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.
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.