Singaporean Tamil rapper Yung Raja on his newest single ‘The Dance Tune’ that’s all about proudly owning one’s id
It’s all concerning the vibes with Yung Raja, the 25-year-old Singaporean hip hop artiste whose newest single — ‘The Dance Tune’ — is selecting up traction on streaming platforms. Since its launch two weeks in the past, the tune has been seen over 4.5 lakh instances on YouTube.
Raja’s mother and father emigrated to Singapore, the place he was born and raised, from Tamil Nadu practically 20 years in the past. However the younger rapper prefers to place Tamil tradition entrance and centre of the music he creates; for example, ‘The Dance Tune’ bears Rajinikanth and Tamil cinema influences. Over a cellphone name from Singapore, Raja asserts that he chooses to advertise this multilingual model of music.
“My [Tamil] tradition and my language is wealthy. However for it to be digestive or resonate with somebody who doesn’t perceive it, there shouldn’t be a barrier,” he says, explaining the rationale why he mixes English into his songs. “Being bilingual is exclusive solely to sure elements of the world. I’m somebody who speaks Tamil and English equally. So, it is a bonus I’ve,” he provides.
‘The Dance Tune’ is amusing. For one, you’ve gotten Raja making the waves: he dances to the tune by waving his fingers and physique out of rhythm; the lyrics — part of the verse goes: “…this ponnu in love with my kolanthe face, her aunty gon inform me how this kolambu style, buggers with pulippu push me to moradan stage (sic)…” — additionally doesn’t lack mirth.
But Raja maintains that there’s something past the leisure side. “It’s a tune that individuals can watch and completely neglect about what’s going on all over the world”, he says, describing it as a observe that celebrates proudly owning one’s id.
“That’s crucial message. I feel individuals don’t perceive how a lot id is valued in in the present day’s world. Being part of the hip hop group, I’ve the distinctive privilege of having the ability to converse the reality via my artwork,” he says, including, “For me, being an artiste is a privilege. It isn’t nearly uplifting individuals and bringing them collectively, however to have the ability to inform them who Yung Raja is in an uncut method… it’s one thing I take delight in.”
Raja is now related to the marquee music label Def Jam, which is thought for its affiliation with musicians like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Ludacris and Kanye West. Raja, too, is trying ahead to drag away from different rising hip hop skills from Southeast Asian nations like Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam and so forth., by addressing a standard grievance levelled towards him: that he doesn’t produce sufficient music. “I’ve launched just one tune a 12 months within the final two years. That construction goes to alter, and there can be extra music and extra vibes.”