Raja Kumari

Widely considered the leading female rapper in India, Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing.

Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose 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. Through singles “Mute”, “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You”, “I Did It” as well as her debut EP, The Come Up, Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says. “Because those were the only desires I had as a child.”  

Kumari set upon her artistic journey at age five when she began learning classical Indian dance, spending seven hours a day practicing with a dance guru who lived with her family for 10 years. Kumari studied several styles and, at age seven, made her debut in front of an audience that included Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who declared her a child prodigy. By the time she was ten, Kumari was touring the U.S and India, performing for massive audiences and raising substantial sums of money for charity, including enough to build a meditation hall and a new wing for a hospital in India. I personified this strong, female goddess character called ‘Raja Kumari,’ the daughter of the king, and the king was God. So in my mind, I was the daughter of God.”

Kumari developed her writing skills and spent every day in studio sessions and attending songwriting camps all over the world. She put her artist project aside for two years to concentrate on learning and found herself in rooms with such heavyweights as Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, J.R. Rotem, and, at one point, Dr. Dre. Her first placement came in 2012 when a song she co-wrote called “Change Your Life” wound up on Iggy Azalea’s Grammy-nominated album The New Classic. Kumari signed with Pulse Recordings and went on to co-write hit songs for Fall Out Boy, the 4x-Platinum “Centuries,” which earned her a 2015 BMI Pop Award, Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, Dirty South, Lindsey Stirling, and Gwen Stefani. Kumari co-wrote six tracks on Stefani’s most recent album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like.

n 2015, Kumari signed to Epic Records and released her debut single “Mute”, which addressed the challenges she faced when people in the industry advised her to tone down her ethnicity. She then went on to release her debut EP “The Come Up” in 2016 followed by her latest 5 track EP “Bloodline”, in February’19, establishing Raja Kumari as a global force in her own right.


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