Cashmere by Swet Shop Boys on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Swet Shop Boys pollinate contemporary hip-hop and R&B with South Asian style. Producer Redinho peppers “Tiger Hologram” with Qawwali hand claps and Bollywood tablas, while rappers Heems and Riz MC use “Phone Tap” and “Shoes Off” to convey the culture of fear and suspicion imposed on brown-skinned people worldwide. Intensely political but fiercely entertaining, “T5” is easily the best song about airport security harassment every written.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Swet Shop Boys pollinate contemporary hip-hop and R&B with South Asian style. Producer Redinho peppers “Tiger Hologram” with Qawwali hand claps and Bollywood tablas, while rappers Heems and Riz MC use “Phone Tap” and “Shoes Off” to convey the culture of fear and suspicion imposed on brown-skinned people worldwide. Intensely political but fiercely entertaining, “T5” is easily the best song about airport security harassment every written.

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About Swet Shop Boys

American-Indian rapper Heems and English-Pakistani MC Riz Ahmed joined forces to create the border-defying rap duo Swet Shop Boys. Heems (formerly half of Das Racist) and Riz (an accomplished actor who starred in TV and film, including roles in The Night Of, Nightcrawler, and Star Wars: Rogue One) initially met via Twitter, when Heems complimented a track Riz had shared. Sometime after their online encounter Riz landed a role in The Night Of and needed to research life as a South-Asian American living in New York. Naturally, Heems offered to show him around, even inviting Riz to stay with his family. During their time together in America they managed to write and record a four-track EP titled Swet Shop; thus, their collaborative name was coined. Two years later, in 2016, they found the time to start on a full-length record; this time bringing London-based producer Redinho into the fold to make the beats and melodies. Despite the difference in distance and scheduling, the three of them managed to make it work, with Redinho producing the instrumentals up-front before getting the two MCs to write their lyrics. The final recording process took place over five days in London, resulting in their debut album, Cashmere, which appeared in late 2016. ~ Liam Martin

  • ORIGIN
    New York
  • FORMED
    2014

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