My name is Khaneal Mason. My artist name is Khaneal. I’m 21 years old from Fresno, California. I’m a singer, rapper (I do both pretty equally) and songwriter. I’ve been doing music for about two and a half years. I’m a member of The Quad (QuadGang, The Quad Boys) a collective in Southern California which includes artists Tone Provo, D1, and C-Red. I’ve released three projects, the first being The 406 Tape two years ago along with Quad artists Tone Provo, and Muscles. The second, The Glow Up was released in October 2015. The Glow Up was my first solo project and the 17 song project received over 5000 plays with the single LongWay accumulating almost 12 thousand plays. A month ago I released a six song EP called TiL in celebration of my 21st birthday. TiL has already almost reached 4000 plays and counting. I’m a full time student and collegiate basketball player at the University of La Verne.
Who are your top 5 influences?
2. Childish Gambino
3. Eric Bellinger
4. Jon Bellion
5. Lil Wayne
This is so tough because I listen to so much music and it’s all so different. As someone that sings and raps I switch styles constantly. So people like Drake and Childish Gambino are huge influences. Eric Bellinger and Jon Bellion are incredible singers and songwriters and their creativity inspires me. Lil Wayne is an influence because he’s just an incredible rapper especially in his prime he could rap on ANYTHING and do it well.
When are your new projects coming out?
I literally just released TiL a month ago so I most likely won’t be dropping another solo project until 2017. However I will be heavily involved on a group Quad project entitled Q.G.O.D. that should be out before the end of 2016. A song for TiL “I Saw You” will be available on iTunes, Spotify and more very soon.
What helped you get into music?
I’ve always loved music. I’ve been singing since I’ve been talking. But I never seriously considered actually really recording music until my freshman year in college. There’s a long story behind it but basically Tone saw me singing karaoke at freshman orientation and asked me if I wanted to feature on a song for him. Once I did that it was over I fell in love with the idea of creating music immediately and writing came easily because I was always really into poetry.
What is one thing you would tell your fans?
Thank you. Thank you all for supporting my dream. I am still growing as an artist and as a man and I hope you will grow with me. Thank you for clicking the links, pressing play, sharing my music with friends and family. It’s all deeply appreciated and I’m extremely grateful. You guys give me hope. The strength to keep going and make more music. We’ve got a long way to go. Enjoy the ride.
What are your biggest goals for 2016?
Hmm. Honestly it would be to just have fun continue to grow. I would love to blow up and get signed of course. But more than anything I want to improve. I want to continue to kill shows, make great music, build enough buzz that people are genuinely excited for my next project to drop in 2017, and most of all I want to have a great time doing it. #KeepItTiL