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5 South Asian Artists You Need To Check Out. Now!

Written by Aamir Khan


Posted on April 03 2018


RKZ (Rikesh Chauhan) is a British photographer, singer, MC and creative who has been on the scene since he was 17. After setting up the indie label, 'DAS', RKZ released his first body of work entitled,  'Releas'd: Vol I'. Since then he has been working in areas such as fashion and spoken word, all while making soulful R&B and lyrically intense hip hop tracks. He is currently working on releasing a new body of work with the producer Handbook titled, Somewhere In The Afterbeat. The first single off his forthcoming album, Notes, as well as more of his music and creative work can be seen on his website:

Leo Kalyan

Having first been recognized in 2014 for his refix of Duke Dumont's Need U (100%) and Jessie Ware's Running on SoundCloud, Leo Kalyan has since made use of his training in classical Indian to create his own blend of hip-hop influenced R&B.  His musical style, built on 'oceanic beats' and slow electro-soul is put forth with a creative simplicity in all of his tracks.. His Silver Linings EP, however, is what propelled him to the festival stage at SXSW and beyond. Link to his SoundCloud:

Riz MC

When he's not out smashing every role he's cast in, Riz Ahmed is the powerful Riz MC. His hard-hitting and intense lyricism touches on extremism in the East and its relationship to the Islamophobia of the Western world all while making use of an intelligent sense of humor and a flow that is reminiscent of early British hip-hop. Riz MC also forms one half of the SwetShopBoys, a group consisting of himself and fellow rapper extraordinaire, Heems. Link to Riz MC's SoundCloud:

Adil Omar

Adil is a rapper, producer, singer and songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan who began his music journey at an early age. When he was 17, Adil dropped out of school to pursue a career in music and has since put out fine solo works such as Paki Rambo and as part of the duo SNKM, put out work that has been recognized and performed at SXSW. Adil Omer has worked with the likes of Xzibit and Diplo and his career is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Link to Adil Omar's SoundCloud:

Rude Kid

As a producer, DJ and radio presenter, London-based Rude Kid's abilities as a grime producer are recognized throughout England and beyond as his in-your-face style comes through not only in his beats but the type of features he gets on his tracks. Having worked with legends in the UK scene such as Wiley, Skepta and Giggs and developing a strong musical relationship with grime artist, Ghetts, Rude Kid is a force to reckon with in the UK music scene. Recent tracks such as Army with the Section Boyz and Banger After Banger with Ghetts are a testament to his musical prowess. Link to his SoundCloud:
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