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Panjabi MC

April 1st, 2016

Birth Name:
Rajinder Singh Rai

Born:
Panjabi MC

Genre:
Dance

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Panjabi MC

Biography

When England's Rajinder Rai, better known as Panjabi MC, made his international breakthrough complete with "Mundian to Bach Ke" ("Beware of the Boys") during 2002 and 2003, the song was several years old. His professional career was even older, reaching back to 1993, when Ninder Johal of the Nachural label heard his desi/hip-hop hybrid remix of Kuldip Manak's "Ghariah Milan De" and signed him for a handful of releases. And well before that, the MC was honing his skills as a freestyler; as he began to record more of his own tracks, he began utilizing desi samples and eventually incorporated live musicians. A first single, "Rootz," was released officially on an independent, but it was banned -- allegedly due to politics within the bhangra music industry. A steady release schedule throughout the '90s -- including the albums Souled Out, Another Sellout, Grass Roots, and Legalised -- made Panjabi MC one of the most prominent names in bhangra. "Mundian to Bach Ke," recognized immediately for its use of the dynamic bassline from the Knight Rider theme song (used similarly in Timbaland & Magoo's "Clock Strikes" and Busta Rhymes' "Fire It Up," both of which were released earlier) in addition to its incorporation of the traditional dhol (drums) and tumbi (one-string guitar) instruments, became successful across the globe, placing the MC on the U.K.'s Top of the Pops program while leading to a Jay-Z remix. ~ Andy Kellman

Top Albums


1. Picha Ni Cha..

2. Beware

3. Beware of th..

4. Indian Timin..

5. The Raj

6. Jogi - EP

7. Dhol jageero..

8. Indian Timin..

9. Beware of th..

10. The Raj (Ins..

11. Souled Out

12. Switchin'

13. Desi

14. Shades On - ..

15. Steel Bangle

16. Style (feat...

17. Bari Barsi (..

18. Moorni (feat..

19. Jodi - Big D..

20. Panjaban (Re..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach ..Beware4:04$0.99
2.
Picha Ni Chad DePicha Ni Chad De - Single3:46$0.99
3.
Beware (Jay-Z Remix)Beware3:59$0.99
4.
Mundian To Bach KeMundian To Bach Ke - Single3:55$0.99
5.
Sarwan Phuter (Black & Proud)100% Proof5:14$0.99
6.
Mundian to Bach KeTag Team5:54$0.99
7.
Raat Da Na Bole (Summertime Remix)Grass Roots5:10$0.99
8.
Muthiar ToohGrass Roots4:03$0.99
9.
JugniGrass Roots4:49$0.99
10.
Haaay (From "Mere Dad Ki Maruti&..Challa - Punjabi Beatz2:54$0.99
11.
JugniMidnight Bhangra Best of Al..4:50$0.99
12.
Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach ..Ultra Hits 22:24$1.29
13.
Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach ..Beware of the Boys (Mundian..2:56$1.29
14.
Panjaban (feat. DS1) [DS1 Bassline R..Panjaban (Remixes) - EP5:33$1.29
15.
Panjaban (feat. Avion) [Dance Mix - ..Panjaban (Remixes) - EP3:33$1.29
16.
Panjaban (feat. Avion) [Remix - Radi..Panjaban (Remixes) - EP3:10$1.29
17.
Haaay (From "Mere Dad Ki Maruti&..Punjabiyaan Di Battery2:54$0.99
18.
HaaayMere Dad Ki Maruti (Origina..2:53$0.99
19.
Bari Barsi (12 Months)Bari Barsi (12 Months) - Si..3:49$0.99
20.
BoliyanRough Guide to Bhangra4:12$0.99
21.
Panjaban (Instrumental Dance Remix)Raj (Instrumental)3:15$0.99
22.
Moorni (Instrumental Dance Remix)Raj (Instrumental)5:58$0.99
23.
Kee Lagh Da (Instrumental Dance Remi..Raj (Instrumental)5:27$0.99
24.
Sox In Da Air (Instrumental)Raj (Instrumental)3:17$0.99
25.
Panjab In Here (Instrumental)Raj (Instrumental)5:38$0.99

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