‘Mad Blessings’ From Yung Raja

Senses Shah Shamshiri 12-Nov-2019

“Mama said shine on them all”. Yung Raja is back with a joyous new single and music video, “Mad Blessings”! This marks the multi-talented Singaporean artist’s first release under the newly incepted partnership between MADEYOUFAMOUS and regional hip-hop powerhouse Def Jam South East Asia.

The Singaporean breakthrough artiste has created waves of success for himself as a rapper, songwriter, and actor. Since his emergence as a rapper, Raja has been dubbed as hip hop’s next avant-garde bilingual artiste with his tasteful unification of English and Tamil lyrics.

Raja found viral success in Malaysia and Singapore following the release of his debut single Mustafa. Known for his formidable command of English-Tamil rap, Raja continues to confront the industry with his seamless bilingual delivery and distinct cultural references.

Born and raised in Singapore, Raja aims to reinvent societal views in and out of Singapore, inspire the next generation of cultural conservators, and elevate Southeast Asian hip hop to world class stages through his music.

Lifting the veil on his new single, Yung Raja gives the world a fantastic reminder of why he is poised to become not just one of the biggest names in the ecosystem of Southeast Asian hip-hop but an esteemed ambassador of the multicultural future of hip-hop itself.

Showcasing his bilingual English-Tamil flow – which has won him legions of fans throughout Asia – the song is a loud and proud celebration of heritage and identity. In hip-hop, you never forget your roots and you represent where you come from. That’s why ‘Mad Blessings’, produced by Singaporean hitmaker Flightsch, is an homage not only to Raja’s upbringing but to all the roads our ancestors have travelled to cement our identity as South East Asian citizens of the world.

The universal appeal of ‘Mad Blessings’ is apparent in Raja’s dashingly charismatic flow, which merges deeply personal revelations with exquisite punchlines of mic-drop impact. At the glorious intersection of English and Tamil, Raja’s words testify to the transcendence of the come-up, to the importance of self-belief in helping make one’s dreams a reality.

Mad Blessings is a celebration of just how fantastical life can be and the timeliness in which things unfold. “With Mad Blessings I really wanted to give everyone a peek into the gratitude I have for everything amassed in this life — experiences both good and bad. I hope this single can shine a light on listeners, especially when we’re living in times where things are often taken for granted”, is Raja’s take on this anthemic banger.

In the music video, directed by Jasper Tan of Vadbibes, Raja’s happiness, gratitude and charisma (of course) are palpable. Amidst kinetic, colouristic scenes with his actual mother and father, Raja rejoices about how blessed he’s feeling and how thankful he is to be at this point of his life.

“Stay Blessed” has become an idle social media catchphrase but now, Yung Raja, one of the most vital rappers in the region, has unleashed a mantra on what it means to really be blessed. Heed his words.