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Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter and rapper Raja Kumari unleashes her brand new song“KARMA. The track heralds the arrival of her forthcoming BLOODLINE EP [Epic Records], due for release on February 22, 2019.

Kumari played “KARMA” earlier today during the first-ever episode of her Beats 1 show, “The New India,” on Apple Music. The song, produced bySean Garrett, packs a passionate and powerful punch locked and loaded with robust rhymes and fierce delivery over a throwback beat with international resonances.

“The New India,” which will have more episodes announced soon, finds Raja Kumari showcasing a new wave of talent that she is at the forefront of, bringing artists from Mumbai to New Deli to the global stage.

Beyond “KARMA, BLOODLINE boasts the recent single “SHOOK. Not only did its music video amass three million views to-date, but it also earned acclaim, with TIME Magazine commending it as a song that “drips with blustering self-assuredness.” The five track EP features an eclectic take on hip hop and world music, with highlights like the Hindu-flavored island swooning of “ROBIN HOOD” and dark soul duet “BORN HUSTLA” [feat. Janine The Machine].  Along with Sean Garrett, the EP also includes production work from Danja. Check out the full tracklisting below.

About the project, she said, “BLOODLINE asks the question, “Who are you?” It’s not just about your family line or your heritage. WHO ARE YOU? What runs through your veins and what are you willing to fight for? This collection of songs was inspired my time in India. I found strength in the Motherland, and these battle anthems are my story, my bloodline.”

Additionally, Raja Kumari is set to play a series of live shows surrounding the EP’s release. She will headline The Roxy in Los Angeles on February 19before joining acclaimed artist MNEK on a series of dates across both coasts. Known for her high-energy performance skills, The Los Angeles Timesrecently commended her live show at the 2019 Women’s March, exclaiming that Raja “enraptured the audience through her blend of Indian music with hip hop.”  Find full tour dates below.

Get ready for Raja Kumari to expand worldwide on her own terms in 2019.

Raja Kumari Official Tour Dates:

2/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

2/20 – Washington DC @ Union Stage w/ MNEK

2/21 – New York, NY @ Gospel  (Communion Music Showcase)

2/25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ MNEK

2/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ MENK

2/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/MNEK

BLOODLINE Tracklisting:

  1. SHOOK
  2. KARMA
  5. BORN HUSTLA ft. Janine The Machine

Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. A fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller, her mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop.

Kumari made her initial impact on global pop music as a sought-after songwriter. The creative force behind hits like Fall Out Boy’s multiplatinum smash “Centuries,” Iggy Azalea’s “Change Your Life” [feat. T.I.], Fifth Harmony’s “Like Mariah” [feat. Tyga], music for the hit Fox show “Empire,” and numerous anthems for Gwen Stefani have earned her acclaim and accolades across the board. Notably, she received a  GRAMMY® nomination for her work with Azelea and a BMI Pop Award for her work with Fall Out Boy.

Emerging as a disruptive force in hip-hop in her own right, Kumari released her debut EP, The Come Up, in 2016. Her solo material has received acclaim and attention from the likes of BillboardPaper MagazineIdolator and Complex and has been featured overseas by the likes of Rolling StoneVogueCosmopolitanHarper’s Bazaar and GQ in India. Recently she performed on the Red Bull Tour Bus tour which showcases breakthrough artists throughout India, and performed as a guest on Amazon Prime’s digital reality show “The Remix”. Sharing the stage with Academy Award-winning 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.  Now, with her forthcoming new EP, Raja Kumari is poised to be a global force in her own right.

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