Bangs (hip hop artist)
|Birth name||Ajak Chol|
|Also known as||Bangs, Ur Boy Bangs, Ur Boi Bangs, Mutal Bangz|
|Born||28 September 1990|
|Origin||Juba, South Sudan/Melbourne, Australia|
|Genres||Hip hop, Rap|
|Associated acts||Nubian Knights, Ray Harmony|
Ajak Chol, better known by his stage name Bangs, Ur Boy Bangs and Ur Boi Bangs and formerly Bstar 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 1990. 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 a satire on real rap music, 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" was 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".
In 2011 Bangs released his second album Reflections. His most recent album is Bangz the Don, released in December 2012. He also released his first mixtape called NICE in September 2013 as a free download on HotNewHipHop,  with part two released on 28 September 2014 – Bangs' birthday.
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 several of 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". On a 15 July 2015 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, his song, "Take U to Da Movies", was featured on the segment, Do Not Play. In response to this on Sunday 19 July Bangs released a diss track directed at Jimmy Fallon entitled 'Do Not Watch'. On 25 July 2015 Bangs performed the track live to a packed out audience at Laundry Bar in Fitzroy, Victoria
Although Ajak's main fanbase is in Australia, his worldwide renown extends even to the Middle East. He has developed a cult following in cities such as Dubai.
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. He is also a fan of Kendrick Lamar which can be seen in his "Keep Ur Head Up" video. He has cited that his image was inspired by Wani from the Section Boyz, a rap group based in London.
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- Vick, Megan (3 August 2010). "African Rapper Bangs Debuts'Facebook' Single". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "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.
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- "Ur Boy Bangs in Auckland review". 3news.co.nz. David Farrier.
- Bowden, Ebony (17 July 2015). "Jimmy Fallon makes fun of 'terrible' Australian rapper Bangs on The Tonight Show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
- "Bangs fires back at Jimmy Fallon with polite rap diss track Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/bangs-fires-back-at-jimmy-fallon-with-polite-rap-diss-track-20150720-gig8d9.html#ixzz3htWDDIT5". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5th/8th/2015. Check date values in:
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- "EVENT RECAP: BANGS YOUR BOI GOT LIVE AT LAUNDRY". Acclaim. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- Kalagas, Sophie (29 November 2012). "Bangs takes us to the Movies". Everguide (Sydney). Lifelounge Pty Ltd.