Yung Raja (Rajid Ahamed)

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Yung Raja
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Born
Rajid Ahamed

14 December 1995
EducationDiploma in Mass Communication Studies
Alma materNgee Ann Polytechnic
Years active2009 - present
Known forRapper, Songwriter, Actor
Parent(s)Ayisha Siddeeqa (Mother), Yousuf Rowther Rajid Ahamed (Father)

Yung Raja (born on 14 December 1995 as Rajid Ahamed), is a Singaporean rapper and songwriter recognised for his bilingual rapping style — performing rap music in both Tamil and English.[1] Through his unique rapping style, Yung Raja has amassed fans in both Singapore and Malaysia.[2] In June 2018, Yung Raja was featured on MTV Asia’s Spotlight artist of the month.[3] In 2019, Yung Raja performed the first rap and hip-hop segment at the Singapore’s annual National Day Parade. Alongside fellow performers, Fariz Jabba (Muhammad Fariz Abdul Rashid) and Wheelsmith (Danial Bawthan), the trio rapped to the song, “stand up, Lion city, stand up”.[4][5]

Background

Early life & family

Born on 14 December 1995, Rajid Ahamed is a first-generation Singaporean.[6] His parents relocated to Singapore from South India, Tamil Nadu (Arantangi, Nachiyar Koil and Thanjavur) in 1992.[7][8][9][10] Rajid Ahamed’s mother is Ayisha Siddeeqa.[11] His father is Yousuf Rowther Rajid Ahamed, who is the president of the Tamil Debate Show (தமிழ்ப் பட்டிமன்றக் கலைக் கழகம்) and a council member of the Tamils Representative Council (தமிழர் பேரவை).[12][13] He was previously a Physics professor at the Rajah Serfoji Government College for 18 years.[14]


Rajid heard his first rap song, The Real Slim Shady by Eminem, at eight years old and had been hooked on the genre ever since.[15] Throughout his childhood, Rajid looked up to Kollywood and Hollywood actors, Rakinikanth and Will Smith as sources of inspiration.[16][17] Rajid is the youngest of 4 siblings. He is the only son and has three older sisters, Ashika, Saleema and Riffaya.[18][19] He studied at Ngee Ann Polytechnic where he graduated with a Diploma in Mass Communication Studies in 2015.[20]

Acting career (2009 - present)

Rajid (standing second from right) was one of the cast members for Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen in 2015.
Rajid Ahamed's (pictured) acting debut was on the show Fighting Spiders in 2009.

Before his music career, Rajid Ahamed was an actor. He forayed into acting at 13 years old when he landed a role in Channel 5’s Fighting Spiders. Following which, Rajid took on various minor roles in local television and film production. While filming Ah Boys To Men 3L Frogmen, he met fellow actor Fariz Jabba who suggested that he enter the music scene.[21] The pair bonded over a shared interest in hip-hop and rap music. They hung out at clubs like Refuge and Cherry Discotheque, studying the crowd and honing their craft.[22]

Year Film/TV Show Character/Role Refs.
2019 Repossession Vinod [23][24]
2018 Zombiepura Medic Danial [25][26]
2017 Paper House “纸屋” Vijay [27][28]
When Duty Calls (Toggle) - [29]
2016 The Hush (Toggle) Sgt Krishnan [30][31]
Run Rachael Run (Toggle) Mark [32][33]
2015 Settai S2 (Toggle) - [34]
Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen (Toggle) Balan [35]
Joker Game (ジョーカー・ゲーム) Wheelchair Soldier [36]
2014 Recession Heroes - Ep 1 (Toggle) Moonshi Mohsenruddin
2013 Click (Health Promotion Board Web Series) Daniel [37][38]
2011 The Specials Vishnu [39][40]
2009 Fighting Spiders (Toggle) - [41][42]

Music

Yung Raja made his mark in Singapore's music scene with his single, Mustafa (2018).

Music debut (2017)

In 2017, Rajid debuted as MC Raja releasing 2 singles titled Bounce and Tamilian.[43] During this time, he was a part of the *Scape Music Talent Development Programme - mentored by Joe Flizzow and FlightSch (Ezekiel Keran).[44][45] In 2018, Rajid changed his stage name to Yung Raja. He was signed to M03 records (Made You Famous) with FlightSch as his manager.[46][47]


As the youngest and only son in a family of 6, Rajid Ahamed was usually referred to as “chinna thambi” among family members. This translates as “younger brother”, forming the first half of his stage name. The word “Raja” is derived from the name of a renowned Indian film composer, Ilaiyaraaja.[48][49]

Debut single: Mustafa (2018)

On 28 June 2018, Yung Raja released his official debut single, Mustafa, following the viral success of the cover releases — Poori Gang (Gucci Gang) and Pathuko Thambi (Bartier Cardi).[50] The song was a tribute to the 24-hour shopping complex, Mustafa, which was located a few blocks away from Yung Raja’s home.[51] Within a week of its release, the single landed in 3rd place on Spotify Malaysia’s Viral charts.[52] As of 2019, the music video for Mustafa has garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube.[53]

Discography

The art for Yung Raja's latest single, Mad Blessings (2019).

Yung Raja’s music influences include Drake and Travis Scott —- due to their ability to positively reach out to many individuals.[54] Additionally, Yung Raja draws inspiration from his father’s poems and short stories.[55]

2019

Date released Song Duration Single/Album release Record label(s) Refs.
November 2019 Mad Blessings [Official Music Video] 3:03 Single Release M03 Records, Def Jam South East Asia, Universal Music [56][57]

2018

Date released Song Duration Single/Album release Record label(s) Refs.
June 2018 Mustafa [Official Music Video] 2:45 Single Release M03 Records (Made you Famous) [58][59]
February 2018 Phathuko Thambi (Bartier Cardi Remix) 1:25 Cover Independent [60][61]
January 2018 Poori Gang (Gucci Gang Remix) 2:50 Cover M03 Records (Made you Famous) [62][63]
More Better (New Freezer Remix) 2:19 Cover Independent (With Fariz Jabba) [64]

2017

Rajid released two singles, Bounce & Tamilan, in 2017 under the stage name MC Raja.
Date released Song Duration Single/Album release Record label(s) Refs.
November 2017 Tamilan 3:21 Single Release Team Highness [65][66]
September 2017 Bounce 3:16 [67][68]

Collaborations

Year Project Artist(s) Video Links Refs.
2019 Famous Sessions: BROWN BOY FREESTYLE - Louie Indigo & Yung Raja - Video [69]
NDP 2019 Theme Song - Our Singapore Various artists Video [70]
For The Culture Asia Episode 12: Yung Raja | ForTheCultureAsia - Video [71]
2018 Better Dead Than A Damsel (ft. Fariz Jabba & Yung Raja) Charlie Lim Video [72][73][74]
I'M THE MALAYSIAN | Feat YUNG RAJA Harry Kok Siew Yok Video [75]
2017 Stunt (feat. Fariz Jabba & MC Raja) Wyane Hausley Video [76][77]

Yo! MTV RAPS ASIA (2018 - 2019)

Yung Raja (left) and Kim Lee (right) were the co-hosts of Yo! MTV Raps Asia in 2019. Photo from Straatosphere.

On 19 June 2018, Yung Raja and Korean-American rapper, Jessi co-hosted a one-off episode reboot of the renowned hip-hop reality series YO! MTV RAPS.[78][79]

Co-host with Kim Lee

Following the premiere of the first episode, MTV Asia released a 10 part series in 2019. The show spanned from April to August 2019 with Yung Raja co-hosting the show with DJ and model, Kim Lee. Each episode features upcoming artistes across Asia, game segments hosted by Malaysian rapper, Zamaera, and discussions about lifestyle, music and culture. Each episode ends off with a cypher showcase hosted by Malaysian rapper, Joe Flizzow.[80][81]

Performances

2019

Yung Raja (second from left) performing at NDP 2019. Photo from The Straits Times.
Date Event Refs.
December 2019 16 Bars AU & NZ Episode 3 [82]
November 2019 URBN.SENI [83]
September 2019 Def Jam recordings [84][85]
All That Matters’19 conference [86]
August 2019 [email protected] Quay, Singapore River Festival 2019 [87][88]
National Day Parade [89]
Shine Live [90][91]
April 2019 KL Jamm [92][93]
February 2019 Singapore Weekender Festival, Delhi [94][95]
January 2019 Scape Invasion Back-To-School Festival [96][97]

2018 & 2017

Yung Raja performing at Baybeats in 2018. Photo from Yung Raja's Instagram.
Date Event Refs.
December 2018 Let’s Celebrate 2019 [98]
Iskarnival Main-Main [99]
Charlie Lim Live In Concert [100]
Culture Cartel 2018 [101][102][103]
October 2018 Singapore Tennis Festival [104]
August/September 2018 GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL 2018, Penang [105][106][107]
Baybeats (With The Mob tour, M03 Records) [108][109][110]
Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2018 [111]
16 Baris Concert (With The Mob tour, M03 Records) [112][113]
SHINE Festival (With The Mob tour, M03 Records) [114][115][116]
July 2018 IGNITE! Music Festival 2018 (With The Mob tour, M03 Records) [117][118]
G-SHOCK TRANSMISSION party [119]
April 2018 16 Baris Live at The Bee, Publika [120][121]
March 2018 Arté Bar [122]
Gastrobeats @ I Light Marina Bay [123]
16 Baris Episode 13 [124]
February 2018 BASEFOREWORD ft OCK curated by Rauzan Rahman [125][126]
October 2017 E(at) + D(rink) + M(usic) x BYB Amsterdam (as MC Raja) [127][128]

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