CITY SLUMS - RAJA KUMARI FT. DIVINE
We can’t help but go ‘Ra-Pa-Pum-Pum’.
Rap diva and Grammy-award nominated Raja Kumari is out with her debut single! Featuring none other than India’s hip-hop icon DIVINE, ‘City Slums’ is the perfect ode to the city of Mumbai and it’s gully life. The song carries an old school hip-hop vibe along with lyrics that perfectly capture the essence of life on the streets in Mumbai city. It can just as well be Mumbai’s newest street anthem. The track has been co-composed and written by the duo themselves and has been brought together by global music giant Sony Music.
The video was shot in different locales around Mumbai, each depicting the lifestyle people lead there. It’s simplistic yet artistic take makes it an interesting accompaniment to the track. And, it was shot in just over 24 hours! Now that’s a beautiful result. Until a while ago, the video had already hit over 2 million views in just over a day.
Raja Kumari could perfectly sum up the song and her partnership with DIVINE in a few words, “DIVINE is extremely talented and I knew if I was collaborating with anyone, it had to be him. City Slums is a story about the people of Mumbai. I am so inspired to be in the motherland and understand where I came from. It is such a blessing to collaborate with a REAL artist. The song and the lyrics are my take away of watching them, real people with real stories. I am the American Dream, phir bhi dil mein Hindustani.”
Adding on Rohan Jha, Head Pop, Sony Music India said, “City Slums brings 2 of the most talented Urban Music artists together, and this song reflects the changing preferences of music lovers in India. We have been at the forefront of the Urban Music movement in India, and it will be exciting to see how music like this will shape the landscape.”
Tell us if you liked the song as much as we did.
HUMBLE THE POET - H.A.I.R.
Humble the Poet has experienced a rapid introduction to mainstream audiences over the last few years thanks to his two ‘UNLEARN’ books, youtube vlogs and thought-provoking social media musings. His audience today is some way removed from that which was first attracted to the outspoken Kanwer Singh from Toronto whose three digital albums and umpteen music videos gave a voice to brown, predominantly Sikh audiences in the early years of this decade. Although there have been musical releases since the days of the ‘Believe Me Music’ movement, I’d started to wonder if major hip hop records were no longer a priority for Humble the Poet, what with the varied projects he has taken on. I need wonder no more, as summer 2017 sees the release of EP ‘Righteous/Ratchet’; so what’s it all about?
‘Righteous/Ratchet’ is a 6 track release from Humble the Poet that signals he is still wholly invested as a rapper with plenty to say. There are five records on this EP complimented by an acapella to conclude what is less of a continuation of this artist’s musical journey, and more of a public announcement redressing the likes of me who’ve been wondering where he had gone. With every past original production, the musical composition was usually of a professional standard, but on this EP it attains a higher standard still, emulating a sound that isn’t out of place on any hip-hop radio playlist. There is a commonality to the sound of the EP despite it being the work of three different producers which is in part a testament to the overall supervision of the artist himself, as well as the ability of those creating the music.
Opening the EP is what I’ve read described as the standout record on the EP, the enchantingly titled ‘I will’ produced by Sickick. At some points I was clicking rewind repeatedly to hear the lyrics this “son of a cabbie rapper” was spitting, and reading in to what or who he might be speaking about. Rather than throw an uninformed spoiler into this review, I’d suggest you give the track a spin and hear for yourself. It is of course a track that you can simply listen to without thinking too hard and makes for good conversation music as the sun sets when you’re beginning to unwind, switching over to artificial lights and watching the city night life unfold from your penthouse balcony. Am I sounding too specific? Seriously, give the track a spin and tell me that’s not the imagery that crosses your mind. (OK, maybe it’s just me yearning for a return to Irving Street.)
Two of the tracks are produced by Keith Rice aka KinG! titled ‘H.A.I.R’ and ‘YOU’ respectively. ‘H.A.I.R’ is what I’d call a luxury track that the strength of Humble the Poet’s other records allows him to make. It’d be insulting to call it experimental, but there’s something about a number of the lyrical phrases employed and vocal style on the chorus that unsettles me. Maybe that’s the point? It’s not new, I’ve felt it in some of his previous works – a deeper vocal recorded as if the artist is channelling Barry White. In this EP, it adds to an audible journey that I’d recommend playing in numerical order, throwing you off just when you think you’ve got him figured out. I could say the same for ‘Booty Pics’ (no, not simply because of the title) which is produced by long-time collaborator and fellow Canadian Sikh Knowledge who also provides choral vocals on this track. Humble exclaims “brown boys don’t blush, but I did for you” leaving me thinking that I need to hear the track a few more times before deciding what it’s really about. Sikh Knowledge also takes the helm on ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ which drew the least attention for me; the chorus was too direct and lacking subtlety which sullied some of the depth found in the verses, notably “why am I feeling guilty when the good shit happens?”
What’s clear to me throughout though is that the Humble the Poet whose unapologetic attitude and hard-hitting lyrical content made him a celebrity for a generation of brown people in the west is still very much alive. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the acapella ‘Blame Muslims’ which could easily have been the subject matter of a vlog video from his early youtube days (maybe I should search the origins of this one out in those humble black and white productions). “I don’t blame every priest when one touches a boy”. Glad to hear it; maybe in a similar vein I should not expect to hear ‘Baagi Music’ every time I see his bearded face in a music video. It’s grossly unfair to pigeon-hole any artist, least of all one who provided a record that will get replayed by a generation every time they want to stick up two fingers to the man. Humble the Poet is, like all of us, on a life journey that takes him down a winding road, growing and building on what he has experienced before. ‘Righteous/Ratchet’ let me hear how he’s getting on and I can’t say that I’m disappointed with where he’s at, musically or otherwise
RAXSTAR - SUN RAHA
Raxstar and SunitMusic rework Sun Raha Hai from Aashique 2. Re-imagining this modern classic with their signature sound, released via T-Series
The infectious beat is produced by SunitMusic, who has also produced many of Raxstar’s previous hits.
Check out the video cos I sat there with my shock face on.
LONNNG - DJ OUTLAW, DJ INSIDIOUS & REENA KAUR
#Lonnng (The Party Break) f/t Dj Outlaw Dj Insidious and Reena Kaur (British born Punjabi vocalist),
"A change from the norm" is always the primary subject whenever Joddey Singh aka Dj Outlaw wants to produce a track, This Dj style/fusion is where they decided to bring added raw flavour.
The trio recorded a track based on the original "Long da Lishkara" from 1986, sang by Minu Purushottam, composed by Jagjit Singh; the concept being based on an AV8 remix/Party break style....
The track has been made for promotional purposes as a free download with no copyrights for the public to enjoy and understand that not all the Desi music that they have access to doesn't have to be similar. and that Urban music can also be incorporated to enjoy, have fun and Live music to how you want to....
ILLEGAL WEAPON - JASMIN SANDALAS & GARRY SANDHU
New Punjabi song titled as illegal weapon (nazayaz hatyaar) rolled out on youtube by Jasmine Sandlas Ft. Garry Sandhu. The new song of Jasmine Sandlas & Garry Sandhu, illegal weapon has been combined with great lyrics and mesmerizing music.
Before to illegal weapon, the duo (Garry Sandhu & Jasmine Sandlas) has recorded some great Punjabi songs like- Ishq and Laddu that have got great love by the audience. And now the new Punjabi track illegal weapon of Jasmine Sandlas ft Garry Sandhu have given some western touch.
HARI HARI BOL - RITA MORAR
Rita Morar, blew my mind with the remix or Rain produced by Sound Avtaar, about 6 years ago since then I have fallen in love with her voice, and variety of work, from Teardrops with TaZzZ to Chutney by Cold Fever now known as Hype n Fever. She recently has been concentrating on soul searching music and vibes and has started making music her self, I=m really excited to hear the full version of Hari Hari Bol, as the melody already sounds amazing check out here link below for more info, and to experience it too.
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