"Believe in yourself": Raja Kumari releases new single, I Did It
After stealing hearts with songs like City Slums and Meera, the singer is back with a bang
Cross-cultural powerhouse and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Raja Kumari releases an inspired new single today, I Did It. The new single continues Raja’s quest to assert the values of her culture with her visionary melding of West coast swag and Desi daring. I Did It peels back the curtain on her fearless ascent with potent authenticity. To put it simply, Raja gets it done. Says the artist about her self-esteem boosting anthem: “I have always had to Fight for my art. Instinct, Faith, and Perseverance have been my greatest weapons. ‘I Did It’ is an anthem written to remind myself that I can do anything that I set my intention on. It's a song about believing in yourself at all costs while finding a way to stay authentic to who you are”.
That ferocity of spirit is evident in her rapid-fire rapping style and the innate melodic sense that has enriched both her Indian leanings and knack for crafting global pop refrains via award-winning songwriting collaborations with noted stars such as Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and more. But it’s been her major label debut EP, The Come Up, that has catapulted her into what Rolling Stone hailed as a ‘new narrative’ in a hybrid hip-hop.
The infectious collection serves as the perfect introduction to her soaring signature style. Among favorites like Meera, it also features the impressive, airtight rhyming and hypnotic melodies of City Slums (feat. DIVINE)—which has racked up 7.3 million-plus YouTube views to date, and more than 269K Spotify streams. The sweeping video was shot in the impoverished sections of India’s largest city of Mumbai, where the country’s vibrant hip-hop movement has emerged from the gullies to mark its stamp on the global music scene. Raja extended her stay in the complex city, drawing insightful parallels to Mumbai-bred street anthems and New York and LA’s early hip-hop scenes. She’s become a vocal champion of the movement and its homegrown expressions of angst and self-determination.
She’s become a household name in India, recently also profiled in Vogue, Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ. Recently she performed on the Red Bull Tour Bus tour which showcases breakthrough artists throughout India, and also as a guest on Amazon Prime’s digital reality show The Remix. Sharing the stage with Indian singer-songwriter and composer A. R. Rahman on tour last year at the SSE Arena Wembley as well as at the 2017 IIFA Awards at Metlife Stadium, Raja continues to collaborate with other artists throughout the world and was recently featured on the international banger Vamos, which cracked over 10 million YouTube views in under one week. She’s also come to embrace her charismatic live persona and is excited about adding the empowering I Did It to her repertoire. “There is nothing like being on stage and connecting with people and getting a chance to share your new music with the world." says the 32-year-old.
Raja Kumari made her initial impact on pop music as a sought-after songwriter and creative force behind Fall Out Boy’s multiplatinum smash Centuries,” Iggy Azalea’s Change Your Life [feat. T.I.], Fifth Harmony’s Like Mariah [feat. Tyga], and numerous anthems for Gwen Stefani (Red Flag, Naughty) and earned a 2015 Grammy nod. Emerging as a disruptive force in hip-hop, her video profile with Complex and Uproxx was one of the most watched on these sites, a showcase of Raja’s story of her own true Come Up.