There's just something cool about a guy coming on stage, not caring about whether or not you know where he's coming from. Some could see it as arrogance, but when it comes to Anik Khan, it's a clear sense of confidence that's truly infectious.

A crowd in New York got to experience Khan's flair as he opened up for Jidenna at a sold-out Gramercy Theatre show. He kicked off the night with his single 'Habibi' an ode to his home of Astoria, Queens and his South Asian roots. It was hard to ignore the looks of confusion on the crowd as Khan rapped his verses in quick succession, but it proved a testament to his talents that by the song's completion, you could see the audience members mouthing out the words, words to a song they had largely never heard prior to that evening. The rest of the set comprised of the best snippets of Khan's latest body of work; Kites, a true love letter to the diversity one could only find in Astoria.

You could say that night that Khan was an impromptu ambassador to joy and diversity, a task he didn't take lightly. He kept up the energy, as well as relishing in the perplexing faces of the crowd. Those faces of confusion swiftly turned to faces of love and admiration. The dancing quickened, the jumping never ended, and that night Anik Khan showed why he's one of New York City's finest talents.

Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre
Anik Kahn @ Gramercy Theatre