Adil Omar

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Adil Omar
Native name عادل عمر
Birth name Adil Omar
Born (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 26)
Origin Islamabad, Pakistan
Genres Hip-Hop, psychedelic, industrial, pop, alternative hip hop, experimental hip-hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, lyrics, rapping, production, keyboards, sampler
Years active 2008 – present
Associated acts SNKM, Talal Qureshi, Diplo, Elliphant, Cypress Hill

Adil Omar (born 17 May 1991), is a recording artist, record producer and songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also one half of the duo SNKM with Talal Qureshi.

Biography and early life[edit]

Omar was born on 17 May 1991 in London, England but grew up in Islamabad.[1] His great grandfather, Zafar Omar is credited to be the first Urdu crime and detective novelist with his book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella).[2] He dropped out of school at 17 to pursue a career in music.

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Omar started writing lyrics and rapping at the age of 9 and began making music by 13. In 2008, Omar caught the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill who invited him to visit Los Angeles, helping launch his music career.

Between 2010–2012, Omar put together The Mushroom Cloud Effect, a street album consisting of compiled tracks and unheard demos of Omar's early rapping and non-production work. The most notable song was "Paki Rambo".[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Between 2013 - 2014, Omar was commissioned to write and perform Burka Avenger's "Lady In Black" theme song.[9][10][11] Omar and Talal Qureshi joined Pakistani comedian Ali Gul Pir on #KholoBC to get the Pakistani authorities to lift the country's ban on YouTube. Upon its release, #KholoBC went viral in Pakistan and gained international coverage, beginning a government dialogue towards lifting the ban. The ban would later be lifted in 2016.[12][13][14][15]

In March 2015, Omar and Talal Qureshi released an EP titled Saturday Night Killing Machine which came out with Omar's directorial debut for "Nighat & Paras" and followed by the duo's first showcase at SXSW, marking the birth of SNKM.[16][17][18]


Having formed SNKM (an abbreviation for Sonic Nocturnal Kinetic Movement), Omar and Qureshi collaborated and performed with Diplo and Elliphant for their first ever Pakistan show. This was followed by the duo's second appearance at SXSW and Omar's solo EP Margalla King. In addition to SNKM's production debut, the EP also featured a collaboration with Bun B.[19][18][20]

SNKM debuted at Mad Decent Block Party 2016 alongside Diplo, Kesha, Marshmello, Rae Sremmurd and others.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Omar was born with sound-color synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the person afflicted sees colors when tones are sounded.[23][24]



With SNKM[edit]

  • 2017: Atomic Kitten (single)
  • 2017: Motors (single)


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  2. ^ "Full Text Of "A Cultural History of India"". Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  4. ^ Khan, Rayan. "Adil Omar: Paki Rambo, uncut - The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  5. ^ Khan, Laaleen (2011-10-16). "In conversation with Adil Omar, hip-hop’s ‘Paki Rambo’ – The Express Tribune Blog". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Asghar, Vaqas. "Talking Mushroom Clouds with Adil Omar - The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  8. ^ Lee, Jinjoo (2013-08-07). "Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban -". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan's new hero Burka Avenger". Yahoo News. 24 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Burka Avenger: Pakistan's cartoon superhero battling for girls' education". the Guardian. 
  11. ^ Mohsin, Saima (2013-08-05). "Meet the Burka Avenger, Haroon's fighter for female education -". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  12. ^ "‘We want to be global citizens’: Pakistani rapper Adil Omar on YouTube ban". 
  13. ^ "Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban". Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban. 
  14. ^ CNN. "CNN Video - Breaking News Videos from". CNN Video. 
  15. ^ "Pakistani Rapper Adil Omar Is Fighting Against His Home Country's Ban on YouTube - Noisey". 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  16. ^ "New Music Videos, Reality TV Shows, Celebrity News, Pop Culture | MTV". 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  17. ^ "Adil Omar | SXSW 2015 Event Schedule". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  18. ^ a b Asghar, Vaqas (2016-03-30). "From ‘Paki Rambo’ to ‘Margalla King’ - The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  19. ^ "Islamabad raises hands for DJ Diplo - The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  20. ^ "SXSW 2016: Artists from Pakistan shine". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  21. ^ "Adil Omar, Talal Qureshi to perform with Diplo, Kesha at Mad Decent Block Party - The Express Tribune". 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  22. ^ "Here's what went down at Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party feat. Adil Omar, Talal Qureshi - The Express Tribune". 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  23. ^ "People with synesthesia". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  24. ^ "Hottie of the week: Adil Omar - The Express Tribune". 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 

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