Singapore’s hip hop scene has seen its fair share of talents, from OGs like Sheikh Haikel to the more recent successes in ShiGGa Shay and THELIONCITYBOY.
With the genre entering the mainstream in recent years, hip hop has become a huge part of Asia’s music identity. This is especially thanks to platforms like 88rising raising the profiles of artists including Indonesia’s Rich Chigga and Korea’s Keith Ape.
Embracing his cultural roots, Rajid Ahamed, also known as MC Raja, is set to take on the Singapore and regional music scene by storm with his unique fusion of English and Tamil bars.
If the name sounds familiar, the actor-rapper has appeared in both television and film, with a filmography that includes Ah Boys To Men 3 and Channel 8’s When Duty Calls.
Last month, the 21-year-old became the first Singaporean-Indian to perform in Osaka, promoting and performing his newly-released single Tamilan in Japan.
The single, which is produced by Team Highness’ Rauzan Rahman, makes a statement about race and success, asking early on in the track, “Can a Tamilan shine or does he gotta beg in his youth?”
Either way, it’s clear that MC Raja isn’t going to let preconceived notions prevent him for making it big as he raps, “Imma go get everything I want, Tamil raps, what I want.”
Having released his first single Bounce back in September, MC Raja looks on track for greater heights and we have a feeling he’s just getting started.
Listen to Tamilan and Bounce below.