6 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raja Kumari is a fearless performer, and one who straddles continents of sound. The Come Up EP shimmers with a sheen of contemporary R&B from the singer/songwriter’s native California, while also beating with a heart inspired by her roots in classical Indian music. It's an intoxicating mix that nods to trap and tabla in equal measure—fusing slick pop production with assured vocals and intense polyrhythms with powerful rhymes. And when these two worlds collide—on dual-language bangers like “Meera"—the effect is shattering.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raja Kumari is a fearless performer, and one who straddles continents of sound. The Come Up EP shimmers with a sheen of contemporary R&B from the singer/songwriter’s native California, while also beating with a heart inspired by her roots in classical Indian music. It's an intoxicating mix that nods to trap and tabla in equal measure—fusing slick pop production with assured vocals and intense polyrhythms with powerful rhymes. And when these two worlds collide—on dual-language bangers like “Meera"—the effect is shattering.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

25 Ratings

Fresh muzic!

MilanoMusic,

Love this! I saw her story on Facebook and had to check out her EP! Her music is refreshing and fun. I love that she is embracing her culture.

A fresh voice...

Bestactorevaisashiv,

I've been looking for good music for a while. I just happened to find this beauty! Her voice is amazing! But her vision? THE BEST! How does a mind think of creating such amazing music!! It's so different. It's nothing like the pop trash on the charts right now. Love you Raja,

From,

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About Raja Kumari

Fusing classical Indian traditions with hip-hop, Los Angeles-based songwriter and rapper Raja Kumari bridges East and West into a style she calls "BollyHood." With her "Slum God" alter ego, Raja Kumari sought to be a role model for Asian-Americans on her debut, The Come Up, while bringing Indian culture to the mainstream with culturally authentic imagery. Born Sveta Rao in Claremont, California, the Grammy-nominated musician grew up studying Indian classical music and dancing, falling in love with hip-hop acts like the Fugees at a young age. After college, where she majored in South Asian religious studies, she decided to pursue a career in music. Her initial breakthrough came with songwriting. She co-wrote Fall Out Boy's hit "Centuries" -- for which she won a BMI Pop Award for songwriting in 2016 -- as well as Iggy Azalea's "Change Your Life" featuring T.I. Her other credits include tracks for Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, and Gwen Stefani, whose 2016 solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, features five Rao-penned tracks. After signing with Epic Records, Rao began recording her debut album in Atlanta. Preceded by the three-song EP Curry Sauce, Vol. 1, The Come Up featured production by The-Dream, Timbaland, Mike WiLL Made It, and RedOne. The album's first single, "Mute" (featuring Elvis Brown), was inspired by rapper Future and the Atlanta trap sound. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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