WATCH: Khalid Delivers Captivating Performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk

Listen to the R&B singer play stripped down versions of his hits
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A smiley and mild-mannered Khalid joined NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series with stripped down performances of “Young Dumb & Broke,” “Location,” and “Saved.”

The tracks from his debut album American Teen are taken to a new level by pairing Khalid’s voice with only Jef Villaluna’s guitar.

Before playing “Saved,” he describes rude comments left on the song after he built up the courage to post it to Soundcloud. That negative energy is the exact opposite of Khalid’s vibe, but he didn’t let it get to him. The humble and honest 20-year-old used it as fuel to keep writing.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you what that guy’s doing with his life now, but he’s not doing this” he notes jokingly.

Watch the intimate performance below: