Bohemia (rapper)

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Bohemia
بوہیمیا
Born
Roger David

(1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 (age 44)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
NationalityPakistan
United States of America
Occupations
Years active2001–present
Spouse
Sunny David
(m. 2015)
Musical career
OriginOakland, California, U.S.
Genres
Labels
Websitethepunjabirapstar.com

Roger David (Punjabi: راجر ڈیوڈ, pronounced [ɾaːd͡ʒəɾ ɖeːʋɪɖ]; born 15 October 1979), better known by his stage name Bohemia (pronounced [boːɦiːmiːaː]), is a Pakistani-American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer, mainly associated with Punjabi language music industry.[1][2][3][4][5] He is considered to be the pioneer of the Desi hip hop industry.

Early and personal life[edit]

Bohemia was born on 15 October 1979 to a Punjabi Christian family in Karachi, Sindh[6] and received his education in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At the age of 13, he moved to the United States with his family.[7] Bohemia married Sunny David on 13 June 2015 in a small ceremony in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California.[8][9]

Career[edit]

In early 2000, he moved to join his cousin in Oakland who was working at a West Oakland recording studio and introduced him to a young hip-hop producer called Sha One (Seth Agress). Discovering that they both shared a deep interest in music, they made plans to form their own record label, which they subsequently called "The Outfit Entertainment". After Sha heard Bohemia reciting something he had written in Punjabi he asked him to rap it over one of his beats. Over the next few months, he wrote a library of lyrics. This would become the arsenal for his debut album Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land) – an autobiographical story of his life as a Desi youngster adapting to the streets of America, which he and Sha One produced together. Their first single "Sha Te Ra" was released as a music video, but the song itself was not included on Vich Pardesan De.

The following album, Pesa Nasha Pyar [Money, Intoxication, Love] became the first full-length Punjabi rap album released by a major label. It was recorded and produced by Sha One and Bohemia in their downtown Oakland studio. After nearly two years of perfecting their sound and style, a seamless fusion of Bohemia's Punjabi vocals, and Sha One's English hooks, the album was finally released. He subsequently signed a multi-record deal with music label Universal Music Group. In 2006, Pesa Nasha Pyar was on the Top 10 downloads of Maxim, and No. 3 on Planet M chart India.[10][unreliable source?] His first album Vich Pardesan De get nominated in BBC UK top ten albums. Da Rap Star, his third album, received four nominations at the UK Asian Music Awards and PTC Punjabi music awards. It also remained at No. 1 on Planet M chart for several weeks.[11]

He performed the title track for Warner Bros film Chandni Chowk To China, appearing in the film with Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.[12] A few months later he did the title track for another Akshay Kumar film, 8 x 10 Tasveer.[13] In 2011, he gave a song as a present to Akshay Kumar for his first Hollywood production Breakaway.[14]

In May 2012, Sony Music India signed Bohemia. As part of the association, Sony Music managed his music albums, launches and shows under its management program.[15][16]

In September 2012 he released his fourth album Thousand Thoughts.[17] In 2013, it won Best Non-Resident Punjabi Album award at PTC Punjabi Music Awards.[18] At the Coke Studio Sessions, he was the first rap artist, appearing in their fifth season where he performed three songs. Bohemia has also recorded a collaboration with Sonu Kakkar and Jamaican American artist Sean Kingston.[19]

In 2015, Bohemia & J.Hind launched their own music label Kali Denali Music. Bohemia has since departed the company & J.Hind is currently the CEO.[20] Bohemia appeared in XXL magazine in New York.[11]

In 2017, Bohemia released his latest album Skull & Bones: The Final Chapter.[21]

On 26 July 2018, first single "Sandesa" from his EP "Skull & Bones: Volume 2" was released, which turned out to be a remixed version of one of his unreleased singles. On 27 November 2018, Bohemia released first original single "Koi Farak Nahi" for his EP Skull & Bones: Volume 2.[22] In an interview Bohemia said that he is coming back with his brand new album Skull and Bones Volume 2 which later got released as an EP. All the songs in it were got released as singles instead of a single unit album.

At the end of 2018, Bohemia went on a tour in India, where he performed in Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, and Rajasthan. He also appeared on an Episode on No.1 Yaarian With Raftaar and Salim Merchant.

In February 2019 Bohemia released the third single "Umeed" from his EP Skull and Bones Volume 2.

In April 2022, Bohemia released his fifth studio album named as "I Am I.C.O.N" (In Control Of Nothing) In this album Bohemia features multiple new talented artists like Noveen Morris and many more The music of the album produced by Deep Jandu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Punjabi Album at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Sound Recording at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best Punjabi Music Director at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2010 "Da Rap Star" Best International Album at UK Asian Music Awards Nominated
2013 "Thousand Thoughts" Best International Album at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Won
2015 "Excellence Music" Award of Excellence - Music at Festival Of Globe Won
2015 "Music Career" Make it large at Mirchi Music Awards Punjabi Won
2016 "Jaguar" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2016 "Patola" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Won
2017 "Hathiyar 2" Best Duo at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Nominated
2018 "Special Award" International Punjabi Icon at PTC Punjabi Music Awards Won
2020 "Pagol" Best Music Video at PTC Music Awards Won

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Vich Pardesan De
Pesa Nasha Pyar


Da Rap Star
Thousand Thoughts
  • Released: 4 September 2012
  • Label: Sony Music India
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming


Skull & Bones: The Final Chapter
  • Released: 18 October 2016
  • Label: T-Series
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming


I AM I.C.O.N: In control of nothing
  • Released: 20 April 2022
  • Music: Deep Jandu
  • Label: Geet Mp3
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
KDM Mixtape Volume 1
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Kali Denali Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download, streaming

Singles discography[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Track Year Peak chart position Music Album
UK Asian UK Punjabi
All Around The World
(featuring AMAN (Amaar & Siege))
2003 Bohemia
Evury day 2006
Keep It G
(featuring Kurupt)
2007
Kala Doriya
(featuring Dj Chintu)
2009
Chalo
(featuring IQ)
Sher-E-Punjab
(featuring Mika Singh)
Mika Singh
Dunali
(featuring Mika Singh)
Bohemia ft. Mika Singh
My Shoes
(featuring MiddleMan & Mr. Kay)
2010 Bohemia
Sh Sh Sharabi
(featuring Gippy Grewal)
Sukshinder Shinda
What Have I Learned
(featuring Jennifer)
Bohemia
Bulawa
(featuring Pakman & D-Naar)
2011
Paisay Da Nasha
(with Rohail Hyatt)
2012 Rohail Hyaat Coke Studio Sessions: Season 5
School Di Kitaab
(with Rohail Hyatt)
Kandyaari Dhol Geet
(with Chakwal Group & Rohail Hyatt)
yaad anah
(featuring Mixman Shawn)
Bohemia
Paigam
Rooh (the Soul) 2013
Rooh Remix
(ft. Pardhaan)
Phenomenon 2014
Brand New Swag
(ft. Haji Springer & Panda)
Yaad Anah
Wake N Bake
(ft. Avenue OB)
Avenue OB
Main Bohemia
Salute 2015
Taur
(featuring Gippy Grewal)
Haji Springer Faraar soundtrack
Mere Baare
Muqabla
  • (J.Hind
  • Bohemia
  • Shaxe Oriah)
2016 Haji Springer & Shaxe Oriah KDM Mixtape vol 1
Gametime
  • (Bohemia
  • J.Hind
  • Shaxe Oriah
  • Pardhaan
  • Haji Springer
  • Raxstar
  • 3AM Sukhi
  • Young Desi
  • Gangis Khan
  • Deep Jandu)
Gang Bang Operation
(with
  • Gitta Bains
  • Bohemia
  • Doughboi Fiji)
Deep Jandu
Club Pub
(with Sukh-E & Ramji Gulati & Ali Quli Mirza)
Ali Quli Mirza
MTBK (with Lazarus ft. Deep Jandu & Shaxe Oriah) 2017 Shaxe Oriah
Purana Wala Bohemia MTV Spoken Word
Jaane Jana (with J Hind) Shaxe Oriah
Gumrah 2018 Bohemia Skulls and Bones V2
Gaddi

(ft. Pardhaan)

Sukh E
Khatra

(ft. Gitta Bains)

Prabh Near
I Don't Wanna Say That (ft Gitta Bains & Gurlez Akhtar)
Sandesa Bohemia
Aaja Ni Aaja DJ Shadow Dubai
Oh Kudi (with Sab Bhanot) Bohemia
Jackpot (with Asif Ballaj) Ali Mustafa
Robo The Punjabi Lion Anthem 2019 Bohemia
FOREIGN (with 3AM Sukhi & J.HIND) Haji Springer
Umeed Bohemia Skull and Bones V2 (SNBV2)
Same Beef (featuring Sidhu Moose Wala) 24[23] 11[24] Byg Byrd
Kadi Kadi Bohemia
Virus 2020 Skull and Bones V2
"Phir Ek Tera Pyar" (featuring Devika) Shaxe Oriah
Nishana (featuring Jazzy B) Shaxe Oriah (Lyrics: Bohemia & Gitta Bains)
Kaisa Nasha (with Noveen Morris, j.hind & Deepak Godiyal) Shaxe Oriah KDM Playlist Vol. 1
"Aish" UV Beats & Hystayx Skull and Bones V2
"Paar"

(with Abrar-Ul-Haq)

Saga Music & Kali Denali Music
Crown Prince

(Ft. Jazzy B)

Harj Nagra (Lyrics: Parry Sarpanch)
Raaz Bohemia Skull and Bones V2
Ek Din (featuring Karan Aujla, J.Hind, The Game) Shaxe Oriah
Saari Duniya Rohail Hyatt Coke Studio 2020
Ajnabi 2022 Bohemia
Tumhara Pyar Deep Jandu I Am I.C.O.N.

As featured artist[edit]

Track Year Peak chart positions Music Album Notes
UK asian[25] UK punjabi
Holi Holi Nach
(Tarsame Singh Saini ft. Bohemia)
2010 Tarsame Singh Saini
Hathiyar
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Jatinder Shah
Daru
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Gitta Bains
Bandookaan
(Desi Beam ft. Bohemia)
2011 Desi Beam
Jee Karda
(Bobby B ft. Bohemia)
Bobby B
Maar Charapa
(Sir Punj ft. Bohemia)


2012 Sir Punj & Rishi Rich (Unreleased Track)
Adhi Raat
(Jasmine Sandlas ft. Bohemia)
Bohemia
Jaane Jana
(J.Hind ft. Bohemia)
J.Hind
Talli
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Tigerstyle
My Ride Remix
(The Bilz & Kashif ft. Glasses Malone, Bohemia, Drega, Nivla)
2013
Bad Boy
(D Major ft. Bohemia)


2014 Tigerstyle
Preet
(Haji Springer ft. Pree Mayall & Bohemia)
Haji Springer
U n Me
(Sean Kingston ft. Sonu Kakkar, & Bohemia)
Iraj
Akkha Mumbai
(Mun E. Fame ft. Bohemia)
Mun E. Fame
Fire
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Haji Springer
Saheli
(Gurdeep Mehndi ft. Bohemia)
Gurdeep Mehndi
Meri Bandook
(Haji Springer ft. Bohemia)
Haji Springer
Devil inside
(Haji Springer ft. Bohemia)
2015 Haji Springer
Koi Ni Parwaa
(Haji Springer ft. Bohemia)
Haji Springer
Jaguar
(Sukh-E ft. Bohemia)
Sukh-E
Tension Stress (Bengali)
(Master-D ft. Bohemia)
Master-D
Yaaran De Siran Te
(Nishawn Bhullar ft. Bohemia)
Rupin Kahlon
Akhiyaan
(Tony Kakkar ft. Neha Kakkar Bohemia)
Tony Kakkar
Akhiyaan Unplugged(Tony Kakkar ft. Neha Kakkar Bohemia) Tony Kakkar
Stolen
(Sahyba ft. Bohemia)
Rishi Rich
Patola
(Guru Randhawa ft. Bohemia)
Preet Hundal
Level(SunnyBoy ft. Haji Springer Bohemia) Haji Springer
Muqabala
(K. S. Makhan ft. Bohemia)
Prince G
Setti
(Gippy Grewal ft. Bohemia)
2016 Jatinder Shah
Zaalima
(Waqar Ex ft. Bohemia)
The Magician
Challa
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Hathyar 2
(Gitta Bains ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Teri Kamar Pe
(Tony Kakkar ft. Bohemia)
Tony Kakkar
Tamasha
(Sajjad Ali ft. Bohemia)
2017 Sajjad Ali
Weed Da Saroor
(J Lucky ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Nothing (Remix)
(Raxstar ft. Bohemia)
DJ Harpz
No Make Up
(Bilal Saeed ft. Bohemia)
Bloodline Music
Patake
(Satti Satvinder ft. Bohemia)
Haji Springer
Gold Digger
(Gud Luck ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Thoddi Wala Till
(Simranjeet Singh ft. Bohemia)
Mix Singh
Car Nachdi
(Gippy Grewal ft. Bohemia)
B Praak
Dada Giri
(Sab Bhanot ft. Bohemia)
Sab Bhanot
G Wagon
(Goldy Goraya ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Mahi Aaja
(Rahul ft. Bohemia)
Bohemia
Thinking About You
(Sofia Chaudry ft. Bohemia)
Bohemia
Zeher
(Deep Money ft. Bohemia)
2018 Deep Money
Good Life
(Deep Jandu ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Malang
(Balsehri ft. Bohemia)
Prince Saggu
Woofer
(Vicky ft. Bohemia)
Sukh-E Muzical Doctorz
Mai Terra Akshay
(Babbal Rai ft. Bohemia)
B Praak
Unity
(Karan Aujla ft. Bohemia)
Deep Jandu
Munde Mar Jaange
(Raghveer Boli ft. Bohemia)
Jay K
Shoulder
(Jaggi Jagowal & Karam Jeet ft. Bohemia)
Laddi Gill
Rajj Rajj Ankhiyan Roiyan
(Mamta Sharma ft Bohemia)
Ramji Gulati
Manaka Da Munda
(Jass Manak ft. Bohemia)
2019 Sukhe Musical Doctorz
Assi Trendsetter
(Meet Bros Ft. Bohemia)
Meet Bros
Pagol (Bengali)
(Deep Jandu Ft. Bohemia)
J Statik
Khaas Bande
(Gagan Kokri ft. Bohemia)
Randy J
Khatarnaak
(Gippy Grewal ft. Bohemia)
Desi Crew
"Attitude"
(Raman Romana ft. Bohemia)
2020 Mr. WOW Lyrics: Deep Fateh
Sharabi Teri Tor
(JS Atwal ft. Bohemia)
Shaxe Oriah White Magic Music Lyrics: Happy Raikoti
Black EyeBrow
(Lucky Love ft. Bohemia & Pallavi Sood)
Prabh Neeaar Lyrics: SK Sahib
Mutiyaare Ni
(Jassa Dhillon Ft. Bohemia)
Gur Sidhu Yash Raj Films & Saga Music
Kingdom
(Gagan Kokri ft. Bohemia & Shree Brar)
2021 Ronn Sandhu Saga Music
These Days
(Sidhu Moose Wala ft. Bohemia)
8 2 The Kidd Moosetape
Starboy
(Jass Manak ft. Bohemia)
Sharry Nexus Bad Munda
Mastani
(Varinder Brar ft. Bohemia)
Gill Saab White Hill Music
Without You (Tere Bina)
(Flint J Ft. Bohemia)
2022 Arbaz Khan Beyond Records
Kala Tikka La Goriye
(Zohaib Aslam ft. Bohemia)
Arbaz Khan Beyond Records
Punjabiyan Di Dhee
(Guru Randhawa ft. Bohemia & Neeru Bajwa)
Preet Hundal T-Series

Coke Studio[edit]

  • School Di Kitaab
  • Paisay Da Nasha
  • Kandyaari Dhol Geet
  • Saari Duniya

MTV Spoken Word[edit]

  • Purana Wala
  • Jaane Jana

Film soundtracks[edit]

Movie Year Song Music Co-artist(s) Note
Chandni Chowk to China 2009 Chandni Chowk to China (CC2C) Bohemia Akshay Kumar
8 x 10 Tasveer I Got the Picture J.Hind
I Got the Picture (Remix)
Breakaway 2011 Sansaar Sandeep Chowta Canadian English/Punjabi film
Desi Boyz Subha Hone Na De Pritam Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares, Yo Yo Honey Singh
Tu Mera Hero (Subha Hone Na De) Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares
Subha Hone Na De (Remix)
Faraar 2015 Taur Bohemia Gippy Grewal Punjabi film
Dishoom 2016 Subha Hone Na De (Remix) Pritam Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares
Street Dancer 3D 2020 Dua Karo Sachin–Jigar Arijit Singh
Maraven Yen Adayaalam Amit Mishra Tamil Version
O Deva Deva Telugu version

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