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Yung Raja: Buro 24/7 Singapore Playlist #169

Made me this

Rapper, Yung Raja shares the songs that he credits for pushing him to become a full-time artiste

These songs were a part of an important, defining period in my life. Growing up, these songs were on repeat for a long time, and the sounds have been so deeply ingrained in me that no matter when or where I hear them, it takes me to that time in my life. These songs keep me rooted.

'A Milli' by Lil Wayne was the first song that made me fall in love with samples. I was 14 at the time and I remember hip-hop taking many shapes, and one of them was the rock-rap sound that Lil Wayne was experimenting with. I fell in love with that whole era because of how Wayne approached it with his Hip Hop background and this song is the cherry on top! 'Swagga Like Us' by T.I. gives me goosebumps every single time because of the production, instrumentation and M.I.A.'s vocal sample. The features are still one of the most impressive and power-packed for me. Every time I hear this, it gives me an attitude that no other song can bring. 

My secondary school days were rough, I was bullied a lot and never really knew how to express or stand up for myself. Kanye West's 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' changed the way my inner voice was wired. It gave me a sense of power within me. This track made me feel stronger.  The vocals by S. Janaki in the track, 'Nenjinile' by A.R. Rahman is just astounding. I get an adrenaline rush sometimes when I hear this because I find the melodies so remarkable and inimitable. A.R. Rahman is truly a genius because almost all the songs I heard in Tamil movies growing up hold a special place in my soul. This one is definitely in the top three for me. 

Listening to 'Unbelievable' by Notorious B.I.G. was the first time I fell in love with a lyrical flow so unique that I couldn't comprehend it. Biggie became my all-time favourite rapper after I heard his debut album, and this track was unforgettable for me. It's a simple beat, and he just tells a story - in just one song, I got a clear picture of who he was. I have always wished he was alive today, and listening to this song makes me feel like he is. Rest in peace BIG.

Yung Raja is a hip hop artist based in Singapore. Having recently performed at the Shine Festival, you can check out his debut single 'Mustafa' on all streaming platforms. 

Text: Yung Rajah

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