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Sitar Player Rishab Rikhiram Sharma And Producer Rajkanwar Sodhi Unite On A Lo-fi Hip-hop Song Called 'wyd Tonight?'

Apr 17, 05:34pm

This, right here, is one of the stranger things you will encounter in Indian indie

Read title. Click video at bottom of this page. Listen to the song.

See ya!

All right, on a serious note, this is not really unexplored territory, let’s be honest. Indian classical instruments have been sampled in hip-hop for years now, let alone mainstream genres like Bollywood (if you haven’t heard Madlib’s ‘Beat Konducta in India’, do yourself a favour). These instruments are pieces of history, but they’re also basically perfectly made; honed and made absolutely precise over centuries for their purpose in *insert style here*. So of course they’ll sound good over minimal, lo-fi hip-hop production.

And, can you believe it, a sitar sounds very nice over a study-music vibe. Rishab can play at a high level, Rankarwar brings all the right textures to the song, and at the end of the day, it’s a nice, warm and comfortable bit of music you can throw on for almost any occasion (except maybe a bar brawl, but you get the idea). However, before you hear the song, this whole idea sounds pretty ludicrous, and that's what makes it interesting. You might go into it thinking Ok, this is a song called ‘wyd Tonight?’ made by a sitar player and a hip-hop producer who collaborated through jam sessions? How could this work? As it turns out, works out fine.


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