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Burger Syndrome: Couple of Gora-Wannabe Pakistani Acts

August 13, 2010

These are two songs I really don’t know what to think about.  A part of me say both of these are rubbish, but then I keep going back to them for a listen.

The first one is by that Adil Omar guy, doing his rap thing (By the way, not a big fan of rap, normally). However there’s a traditional Pakistani truck in the video which acts as a background as well (which I thought was brilliant). Also there’s a shout out to the Bloodhound Gang’s The Roof is On Fire!!

I think the video/artist/director are self-aware about how the rap culture might play out in a local context, but it still looks awkward!

The other one is by someone new, I think, Faraz Haider. The reason I’m not sure about this song is that it sounds like a walaitee song with some mediocre Urdu lyrics thrown in it. However, I am succumbing to heavy guitar riffs and shrieks which swoon my impressionable little naive self every time.

But we all can agree on one thing: We Are Family‘s version of Jailhouse Rock is an abomination!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. shaheryar mirza permalink
    August 13, 2010 4:47 am

    As far as Adil Omar is concerned, he’s an interesting kid. He’s been around in Islamabad making songs for some years now and has actually worked with some pretty big artists, the most prominent being B.Real of Cypress Hill, who is somewhat of a legend in rap. Adil is a decent emcee and as far as pakistani emcees go he’s probably the best out there. Again, it is awkward in Pakistan’s context but the guy is pretty dedicated and hopefully he succeeds.

    The video itself is quite well done as far as the production/cinematography goes. Tariq Amin in there was a bit awkward, maybe because of the shirt he was wearing. hahaha

    Also the ‘roof on fire’ reference has been around in hiphop culture since the 80s and the bloodhoung gang was just one of many to use/sample that.

  2. August 13, 2010 5:16 am

    Nope, this Adil Omar guy doesn’t have it. He seems thoroughly confused. Is he rapping or doing angsty heavy metal? In the posse shot, one of his ‘thugs’ in the front is wearing a Beatles shirt. Now that’s not gonna do much for his street-cred is it 😛 End of the song, Adil decides he is more heavy metal and starts chanting “burn motherfucker burn.” At that point, I wanted to pour cold water on him and tell him to STFU.

  3. August 13, 2010 5:22 am

    @mirza9 Well I’ve heard about his collaboration, but again I dont know anything about rap, so really don’t know who those guys are as well! And I agree about the video. The cinematography was very well done! (Tariq Amin adds to the awkwardness, indeed)

    @mackers thats the thing! I dont know what a good rap or a bad rap is. I thought it to be “interesting” and dont really know that its th good kind of interesting…

  4. August 15, 2010 10:31 am

    Faraz is er.
    His voice is scary. If someone started screaming at me with that voice, i wouldn’t know what to do. Really.

  5. August 16, 2010 11:37 am

    Well Adil omar doesnt make music for Pakistani masses and he has been honest about it, and whats is wrong with having a Pakistan Truck in any video? Its the first attempt by the director, she is hardly 20 years old , so before having a blog filled with negativity for amateurs please try to think of the effort that was put in. Tariq Amin is totally irrelevant here, but i understand why he is here, so i won’t blame the director.

    • August 16, 2010 3:02 pm

      I actually LIKE the effort making the video and love the truck! Haha, and I don’t hate on anything. Just said that perhaps it didn’t work for me..(with a disclaimer that I’m not attuned to this kind of music)… Peace out man! “XOXO”

  6. yumna permalink
    August 16, 2010 12:06 pm

    I got the truck part wrong

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