Adil Omar

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Adil Omar
Birth name Adil Omar
Born (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 24)
Origin Islamabad, Pakistan
Genres Hip-Hop, alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, lyrics, rapping
Years active 2008–Present
Associated acts Talal Qureshi, Shamoon Ismail, B-Real, Soul Assassins
Website Twitter Account

Adil Omar (born 17 May 1991) is a rapper and singer-songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Biography and early life[edit]

Omar was born on 17 May 1991 in London, England but spent his entire childhood growing up in Islamabad. He lost his father at 10 to alcoholism and his mother suffered from amnesia, leaving her with epilepsy the same year.[1] His great grandfather, Zafar Omar is credited to be the first Urdu detective novelist for writing the book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella).[2] He dropped out of school at 17 to pursue a career in music.[3][4][5]

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Omar had started writing lyrics at the age of 9 but recorded his first song at 14. Relying on websites such as Myspace, Facebook, YouTube to promote his music, he eventually found himself gaining a fan base and catching the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill in 2008 who invited him to record music in Los Angeles and helped launch his career.[6]

Debut album, 2011–2013[edit]

After years of recording music between travels, Omar chose to independently release his debut album The Mushroom Cloud Effect in 2013. Producers included Fredwreck, DJ Lethal, DJ Solo, Apathy, Talal Qureshi and others, with guests mostly including artists he'd been introduced to through B-Real and Soul Assassins, such as B-Real himself, Everlast, Kool G Rap, Xzibit, Sick Jacken and Greydon Square. The most notable single off the album was "Paki Rambo". [7][8][9][10] In 2012 he was nominated in the Lux Style Awards for Best Emerging Talent as a solo artist, as well as Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea in Best Music Video Director for "Paki Rambo".[11]

Though the album gained Omar an international tour in the independent circuit, the promotion of the album, as well as many other independent releases at the time was hugely affected by Pakistan's YouTube ban, an issue Omar and others have addressed in interviews.[12][13]


Following the release of The Mushroom Cloud Effect and while on tour, Omar released various singles and appeared as a guest on other projects including writing and performing Burka Avenger's "Lady In Black" theme song.[14][15][16]

In early 2014, Omar joined Pakistani comedian and MC Ali Gul Pir for a single and video titled #KholoBC, inspired by an effort 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 from BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera. This was followed by "Exploding Heart" in 2014 as well as an EP with Talal Qureshi in 2015 titled Saturday Night Killing Machine which was released with Omar's directorial debut for "Nighat & Paras" and was followed by a showcase at SXSW.[17][18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Omar was born with sound-color synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the person afflicted "sees" colors when a tone is sounded. Omar also has tattoos by Mister Cartoon.[21][22][23]


Independent albums[edit]


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  2. ^ "Full Text Of "A Cultural History of India"". Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
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  5. ^ "elan - Rising Hip-Hop Star From Pakistan, Adil Omar - elan". 
  6. ^ "B-Real Presents: The Harvest. 20 New MC’s To Check For « The Audio Hustlaz". 25 July 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
  8. ^ "INSTEP Magazine". 
  9. ^ "Adil Omar: Paki Rambo, uncut". 
  10. ^ "In conversation with Adil Omar, hip-hop’s ‘Paki Rambo’". 
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  12. ^ "Talking Mushroom Clouds with Adil Omar". 
  13. ^ Jinjoo Lee, CNN (6 August 2013). "Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban". CNN. 
  14. ^ "Pakistan's new hero Burka Avenger". Yahoo News. 24 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Burka Avenger: Pakistan's cartoon superhero battling for girls' education". the Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Here's the Pakistani Rapper Adil Omar's Video for "Saza"". NOISEY. 
  17. ^ "‘We want to be global citizens’: Pakistani rapper Adil Omar on YouTube ban". 
  18. ^ "Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban". Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban. 
  19. ^ CNN. "CNN Video - Breaking News Videos from". CNN Video. 
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  21. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
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  23. ^ "elan - Rising Hip-Hop Star From Pakistan, Adil Omar - elan". 

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