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Rapper Raja Kumari: “In America, I Was Asked To Leave My Culture; In India, I Didn’t Belong To My Culture”



Indian-American rapper-songwriter Raja Kumari has come out with a brand new single “N.R.I.“, and says the track stems from the duality of being from two completely different cultures.

Just lately, Raja turned the primary feminine rapper to be signed with the label Mass Enchantment India. “N.R.I.” is her first monitor off Mass Enchantment India. “N.R.I.

Rapper Raja Kumari: "In America, I Was Asked To Leave My Culture; In India, I Didn't Belong To My Culture"
Rapper Raja Kumari: “In America, I Was Requested To Go away My Tradition; In India, I Didn’t Belong To My Tradition”

“This single stems from the duality of being from two completely different cultures, whereas being informed you don’t fairly belong in both of them. N.R.I. stands for non-resident of India, and is used as a derogatory time period for ‘probably not Indian’ for folks born outdoors of India, within the diaspora,” Raja stated.

“In America, I used to be requested to depart behind my tradition and assimilate, and in India, I used to be informed I didn’t belong to my tradition as a result of I wasn’t born right here. I made a decision to re-claim this time period and make it my very own. My upcoming EP The Bridge, is about symbolising bridging the east and the west, the traditional and the fashionable, and connecting us from the previous world to the brand new,” she added.

Speaking about engaged on the one, the Grammy-nominated songwriter-rapper stated: “The EP was largely recorded in Mumbai, however this track particularly was written in Los Angeles. We shot the video for this simply because the borders had been closing for India, the morning of my flight. We’ve been capable of edit the video whereas we’ve been in quarantine. I knew ‘N.R.I.’ would by no means be full with out each side — my American and Indian story, and I hope you’ll share your #mynristory with the world as effectively.”

The monitor provides a glance into her upbringing, highlighting the duality of rising up in two completely different cultures and being made to really feel alien in each. She throws some sarcastic puns like “”sorry that my sari ain’t Indian sufficient and America don’t love me as a result of I’m Indian as f**okay, bindi in your third eye however your third eye closed, too brown for the label too privileged for the co-sign”.

Produced by American report producer and songwriter Rob Knox and co-written by Grammy-Award profitable American hip hop recording artist Sirah, the monitor was penned in Los Angeles while the video was shot in India proper earlier than the nation declared the lockdown to combat the continuing international pandemic.

Rob Knox stated: “We needed to make one thing that felt worldwide, bringing collectively western pop and hip-hop whereas calling to Raja’s Indian roots and my Egyptian background.”

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