Bangs (hip hop artist)
|Birth name||Ajak Chol|
|Also known as||Bangs, Ur Boy Bangs, Ur Boi Bangs|
|Origin||Juba, South Sudan/Melbourne, Australia|
|Genres||Hip hop, hip pop, rap|
|Associated acts||Nubian Knights|
Ajak Chol, better known by his stage name Bangs, Ur Boy Bangs and Ur Boi Bangs, is a South Sudanese-Australian hip hop artist. He is best known for his viral songs "Take U to Da Movies" and "Meet Me On Facebook".
Ajak Chol was born in Juba, South Sudan in 1992. At the age of 11, he moved to Egypt with his family after his father married another wife. He spent two years there before immigrating to Australia with his family in 2003.
In 2005 Chol formed the Nubian Knights, a hip-hop collective (together with fellow east-African migrants Ezeldin Deng, Francis Dbuia, Abraham Adet and Tong Bol), as result of the Footscray Community Arts Centre's ID Check project. The Nubian Knights produced a self-titled album and performed as part of the St Jerome's Laneway Festival in 2009.
Chol recorded his debut album Hard 2 Be Up in mid 2008 at Gateway Living Music Studios in Footscray, Victoria, with producer John Favaro. In 2009, he posted "Take U to Da Movies" on YouTube, where it became a viral hit after a few months. In 2010 he appeared at the Melbourne Big Day Out on the Lilyworld stage, he recorded two singles, titled "Meet Me on Facebook" and "Christmas Story". A percentage of profit from each sale of "Christmas Story" is donated to the International Rescue Committee, to aid their work in Sudan.
Bangs has collaborated with other Sudanese artists such as Ezu on his song "Hi Haters", Click Fablice on "I Know U Like" and Lil' Fablice on "Forever".
Bangs completed his first tour of New Zealand in May 2014, playing shows in Auckland and Wellington.
Fame and reputation
Bangs recorded his first album in 2008 in an Australian studio. By late 2009 his internet visibility began to grow as he increased in fame when his video became a viral hit. Bangs was discovered and interviewed on Eminem's internet radio station in 2009. When videos of the interview appeared on YouTube, his fame skyrocketed and his music videos accumulated millions of views.
Bangs became visible enough in the mainstream media that in 2010 Honda hired him for an advertisement. The advertisement asked "How much rap can you fit into a Honda Jazz", and featured Bangs rapping to the beat of "Take U to Da Movies".
Bangs has cited that he was inspired to make music after hearing Soulja Boy. He is also quoted as saying his main musical influence is the rapper Chingy, with Dr. Dre as an additional inspiration for producing.
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- "Sudanese Rap Phenom Bangs Gets Into The Spirit With New Holiday Single, ‘a Christmas Story’". PRLog. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Samuel, Anslem (2 August 2010). "Bangs the Great, "50 Cent Ain’t Call Me Back Yet"". XXL. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- O'Neil, Megan (9 April 2010). "Rapper Bangs Scores Fame and a Record Deal on Youtube". Social Times. WebMediaBrands Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Ur Boy Bangs in Auckland review". http://www.3news.co.nz. David Farrier.
- Kalagas, Sophie (29 November 2012). "Bangs takes us to the Movies". Everguide (Sydney). Lifelounge Pty Ltd.