After joining Lorde, Post Malone, and SZA on “Homemade Dynamite (Remix),” Khalid unleashes the soulful “Perfect.”
Calling it “a song from the soul,” the stirring track features the VMA winner’s soothing vocals over an acoustic guitar. “I’ve been on my own for a long time,” he sings. “I’m feeling kind of lonely / Nothing’s fun when I’m the only one out here who knows me.”
Khalid also offers introspection on changes, sadness, and the search for perfection. “I know I’ll never be perfect,” he sings. “I’m thinking out loud, but I know someone will hear me / Crying out for help.”
After unleashing the rough draft, the “Location” singer explained that it might remain the only version available. “I’m probs gonna leave it at rough draft,” he said. “The first song I released was a rough draft on SoundCloud. I’m leaving this on SoundCloud as well. Thank you guys, love you.”
Currently, Khalid has four songs on the Hot 100, including “Young Dumb & Broke” (No. 26), “Location” (No. 28), Marshmello’s “Silence” (No. 59), and Logic’s Alessia Cara-assisted “1-800-273-8255.” The latter is presently No. 3 overall, marking his highest entry yet.
Listen to “Perfect” below.