MC Kash

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MC Kash
Birth name Roushan Illahi
Also known as MC Kash
Born (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 25)
Origin Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Genres Rap, Hip hop[1]
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter, student, record producer, activist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts
Alif ( Previously Highway 61 ), Haze Kay
Website MC Kash

Roushan Illahi, known by his stage name MC Kash, is a rapper/emcee from Kashmir.[2] He took his name from his home province, Kashmir. He considers himself a street poet.

Earlier life[edit]

He was born in 1990 in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. He is the alumni of Burn Hall School. Roushan grew up under the shadow of guns and war and blood, the Kashmiri freedom struggle became his motivation. His key breakthrough happened during the Kashmiri Intifada during the summer of 2008 when his single "I Protest" became a symbol of people's protest against tyranny.

Kash took to hip hop to render a voice to his thoughts and feelings and to paint a picture of his streets and give a voice to his people, both of which have been misrepresented by petty politics and a biased media. True to the roots and original spirit of hip hop, Kash has put himself out on the musical front line as an artist seeking to tap and harness the transformative power of this genre and to unleash its ability to serve in the defense of truth and justice.

Born in 1990, Kash belongs to a generation of Kashmiris that grew up under the shadow of guns, whose childhood memories are that of a war, raged in the streets. It was a battlefield and a playground, and it also handed out education to those who were able and willing to learn. The streets said it all. Right from his first track as a 17-year-old to his single "I Protest" and to his self-produced debut album Rebel RepubliK, MC Kash's underlying principle has been to stay true to his streets and to speak his mind.

MC Kash's music is from the heart and soul of his experiences and radiates from his love and dreams for his people in Kashmir. A bard seeking to fulfill his responsibility as a Kashmiri to reach out to more and more people, Kash strives to tell the untold tale of his land and explore the shape of an ideal and humane society. His words pay homage to the dignity and unsung heroism of everyday people – mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. His poetry has its roots in a universal consciousness and his songs speak of human themes of hope, courage, survival, resilience and persistence and the destined triumph of Truth over falsehood. Through his rap songs, MC Kash seeks to ask questions, to insist on justice, to resist and condemn hate, greed and ignorance, and to awaken and propel reform and positive action in this world. Learning and improving all the while.[3]


MC Kash has given several interviews to international media where he mostly spoke of Kashmir and the human rights abuses living under occupation. In an interview, he tells why he choose English language.

  • "English is a universal language. Kashmiris know how they have

suffered. So if I went on to rap about it in Kashmiri, that would be useless." he explains. In another, he describes of the relation of Gaza and Kashmir

  • "Gaza and Kashmir are related. A stone relates us. Humiliation relates us. Occupation relates us. Anger relates us. The human rights violations relate us. Intifada relates us," he tells the BBC.[4]

Police raid[edit]

Many times the Indian police had raided his studio to search for someone who is backing him. But they found nothing. MC Kash tells in an interview that he is independent: "Nobody is paying me. Nobody told me to go sing about Kashmir."[5]

Contribution & Influence[edit]

MC Kash contributed a lot in bringing the Hip Hop movement in Kashmir. Many youngsters got influenced by MC Kash and choose Hip Hop to convey their messages either as . The Hip Hop charts of Reverbnation got soon boosted as many youngsters emerged as Hip Hop artists. They write songs, make beats, compose/produce music and record, produce them on their home computers or Studios. The main theme of these songs are mostly about Kashmir , Palestine , Gaza and other regions suffering from oppression. Soon after MC Kash released his debut album, "Rebel Republik", a young boy from Srinagar namely Shayan Nabi who goes by his Hip Hop slang, "Shyn9 The Preacher" got inspired and released his self produced album "Shine on Darkness". There are so many other youngsters who compose music, independently write lyrics and record them and then post them on the internet. Recently another boy from Srinagar , "Shk Sahil" released a single namely "Liberation". There are so many other teenagers who got inspired by MC Kash and emerged as Underground Rappers. Some of them are KayEmmar, MC Youngblood, Renegade, Haze Kay, KayTwo, ISSA, Kash Menace, Shyn9 The Preacher, EssXaar, MC Ishfaq & Shk Sahil.


  • 1. The Vault (2009-2012) MC Kash songs produced between 2009 & 2012.
  • Anno Domini Beats, Southpaw, MC Kash.
  • 2. Rebel Republik (2012) Debut MC Kash studio album.
  • MC Kash.
  • 3. Rebel Republik: Liberation (2012)
  • Life and Death Productions.
  • 4. Orchestra Of War (2013)
  • Beethoven Fur Elise Remix.
  • 5. Hukus Bukus (2014)
  • Flying Carpet Productions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bio". MC Kash. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kashmir rappers battle to be heard". The Express Tribune. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "BBC News – MC Kash raps for Kashmir protest victims". BBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC News – MC Kash raps for Kashmir protest victims". BBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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