Tag: South Asian Hip Hop

Conscientious Hip-Hop with South Asian Voices



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Just as Talib Kweli and Mos Def joined to combine Hip-Hop and education awareness among the African American community, these young South Asian artists are doing the same for theirs. I feel that these young Sikh rappers are an excellent example of hip-hop as current politics, history, inventive poetry and wordplay, critically reflective insight, and musically captivating activism. These artists are beginning a strong underground movement for social awareness that will exist not only among the young Sikh community, but for the South Asian community as a whole.

Kudos and peace to these brothers for enlightening many youthful souls… with each show at a time.

*****This limited video footage is of the show which was held at Sol Collective in Sacramento, CA on December 22, 2010.  Sikh Knowledge + Mandeep Sethi + Humble the Poet + Hoodini and King! + Povan Beats + Baagi + Push. Hosted by AKA Amazing. DJ Rav-E

Stocking stuffers from Rukus Avenue



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One of our favorite labels here on the West Coast, Rukus Avenue, has some awesome stocking stuffers for our listeners! Check out Rasika’s Mathur Sari (W)rap a complication of poetry, outrageous humor and spoken word. Rasika was a part of Nick Cannon’s Wild n Out team on MTV, I know it’s been a long road for Rasika, I’ve been waiting for this album for a couple years and I wasn’t disappointed. Most of the lyrics are explicit – but f**king hilarious!

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Sammy Chand, the founder and CEO of Rukus Avenue put out his own album of world beats that will take your ears into a musical orgasm. Over the years Rukus Avenue brought us one of the first South Asian Hip Hop groups Karmacy and solo artist Sandeep. The world beats take me on a wild ride of eastern fusion meets Sammy’s musical talent. Check out Tale of a Crown for those of you who love instrumentals that tells a story.