The Turban and The Crown: Hoodini & KinG!

37921_138174189545669_120944144602007_277614_3529312_n.jpgHere on TLH, we’ve covered a variety of talented musicians includingSikh Knowledge, Mandeep Sethi and Humble the Poet. We’ve been following these individuals, their music, new collaborations and of course new albums. I am a huge believer that youth (yes, we have a particular interest in Sikh youth here in TLH) should be encouraged to pursue their talents regardless of what may be expected of us. These musicians are doing just that – and they are creating incredible music that speaks to the masses.

This post is for Hoodini & KinG. I have to say Hoodini is one my favourites. Not only is he extremely talented (listen to track 6/Keep it Rollin’ and track 10/Til I’m Through of the mixtape) but he’s a nice guy (a really nice guy)… and the kid has serious style. It’s like he knows he’s going to make a mark on the world, and is dressed for the occasion…

So i didn’t mean to just mention this mixtape in passing – you really have to download and listen to it yourself. It is a really dynamic piece of work. Hoodini & KinG! Present: A California Classic, is available here. While Hoodini is the emcee, the album was produced by KinG! nKeith Rice – a 21 year old producer from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles (he’s really really talented). Even though the two went to different high schools, their mutual love of hip-hop was destined to bring their forces together so that they could make music that would “make people fall in love again.”

I asked Hoodini what inspires him and what he told me was this,

inspiration comes from anywhere & everywhere.. sometimes there`s an issue that i want to address & i make a song about it.. sometimes i have a story that i want to tell and it comes out in rhymes.. sometimes i`m walking down the street and i overhear someone saying a phrase and i immediately start rhyming things with it in my head.. i guess there`s music in all aspects of the universe right?

40429_144610422235379_120944144602007_313811_6028811_n.jpgRight – and some of us are blessed with the talent to do something with that inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, i’m still anxiously waiting to blog about young Sikh women rappers/musicians too. I know they’re out there - Hoodini mentioned we should keep an eye out for Mystic Flava nNimrta Saini – a young aspiring music producer from New York.

I can only imagine the amount of time and energy that went into making this California Classic but Hoodini & KinG! should be proud of this piece of work. Go ahead TLH-ers, download it and give it a listen while you peruse through the rest of blog. You won’t be disappointed.

Hoodini & KinG! will be performing at 9pm this Sunday August 15th at Club Aura. See the image to the right for more details.


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10 Responses to “The Turban and The Crown: Hoodini & KinG!”

  1. iSingh says:

    Cool. Thanks. Hope he doesn't change his appearance, aka Jazzy B.

  2. iSingh says:

    Cool. Thanks. Hope he doesn't change his appearance, aka Jazzy B.

  3. iSingh says:

    @ H S
    Thank you for seeking my personal opinion and raising a very interesting question.

    First to answer your multiple choice question – As an anonymous poster (1) is of no benefit to me, (2) could be possible only when I would be interested in breaking a logjam in discussion to move it forward – unlikely on this forum, so that leave (3) as the correct choice.

    Consider the logic of appearance similar to having a foreign accent. While I am fine with one changing their foreign accent to make others understand, I will enjoy seeing people getting success with their original thing.

    By the way, I strongly support keeping outward appearance as a cultural statement, but not as a religious (Sikh) statement.

  4. iSingh says:

    @ H S
    Thank you for seeking my personal opinion and raising a very interesting question.

    First to answer your multiple choice question – As an anonymous poster (1) is of no benefit to me, (2) could be possible only when I would be interested in breaking a logjam in discussion to move it forward – unlikely on this forum, so that leave (3) as the correct choice.

    Consider the logic of appearance similar to having a foreign accent. While I am fine with one changing their foreign accent to make others understand, I will enjoy seeing people getting success with their original thing.

    By the way, I strongly support keeping outward appearance as a cultural statement, but not as a religious (Sikh) statement.

  5. Preeti says:

    I'm feeling those cool images!

  6. Preeti says:

    I’m feeling those cool images!

  7. j. singh says:

    Big up to Hoodini. He is prof that you can keep your identity and still accomplish all of your dreams.

  8. j. singh says:

    Big up to Hoodini. He is prof that you can keep your identity and still accomplish all of your dreams.

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