Osama Com Laude
Osama Com Laude
Osama Com Laude in 2017
|Birth name||Syed Osama Karamat Ali Shah|
|Also known as||OCL|
|Born||October 26, 1987|
|Genres||Hip hop, Rap, Electro-Hop, Pop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, singer, lyricist, doctor, fitness trainer|
|Instruments||Vocals, lyrics, rapping|
|Associated acts||Myca C, Da Beast, MRKLE|
Syed Osama Karamat Ali Shah (Urdu: سید اسامہ کرامت علی شاہ; born October 26, 1987) better known by his stage name Osama Com Laude or OCL is an American-Pakistani rapper, singer-songwriter and lyricist from Orlando, Florida. OCL rose to popularity on the 2011 collaboration "Desi Thumka" and the viral sensation "Pakistani" (Wild Boy Remix). Osama is also a medical doctor & notable graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College.
Experimenting early with stage names and abandoned rap group attempts, Osama formed "No Front" with Da Beast & Myca C. Amateur at first, the group debuted an underground album titled We’re Back, No Front in late 2006. The group wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered and eventually distributed the album on their own. When choosing their musical alter-egos, they played off their actual names.
Move to Pakistan
In spring 2009, Osama shared the stage with Pakistani pop powerhouse Ali Zafar where he opened and performed with Ali in a rendition of “Sajania.” The remix was featured on Alis official MySpace.
In the following years, alongside medical school, he maintained a solid presence in the rising Pakistani hip-hop landscape  and did notable international shows alongside Imran Khan (singer) and Edward Maya. Osama was highlighted in Studio 051s Rockumentary also featuring Arieb Azhar, Haroon Rashid, Fringe Benefits, Waleed, and Abbas Ali Khan.
In 2011, he was quoted to have been approached by Fire Records’ artist Nouman Khalid to work on the singers sophomore studio album. The single "Desi Thumka" was subsequently released shortly after. The international single, produced by Bilal Saeed, has garnered over 6.5 million views on YouTube and an immense amount of mainstream attention.
In the following weeks, he released his debut single "The Balance" produced by Talal Qureshi, accompanied by a music video directed by MRKLE and featuring a cameo by friend & artist Adil Omar. The video had a short run on mainstream Asian TV channels like AAG, Play TV, MTV Pakistan and ARY Musik due to its questionable suicidal content and use of illuminati mockery. The director took a more personal approach in the video and the song's lyrical content highlighted the rappers everyday struggle of juggling dual lives. He began generating more remixes to famous tracks such as Tygas “Rack City”, the Bollywood item song “Munni Badnaam Hui” and Machine Gun Kelly and Waka Flocka Flames “Wild Boy”. The remix to “Wild Boy”, titled “Pakistani”, featuring Punjabi rapper Bali Shah, went viral on social media.
Osama announced focusing on releasing singles only, starting with "Sunshine" (feat. Da Beast). Delays on the video release for "Sunshine" were due to the 2012 ban of YouTube in Pakistan. The sophomore single was featured on BBC Asian Network
The rapper since then took a 4 year hiatus to focus & complete his MBBS degree from Rawalpindi Medical College and has, in recent times, resurfaced & relaunched his brand starting with "Baghdad". The single was launched July 1, 2017 be accompanied with a music video directed by Huz Kai, who is the song's producer as well. All set to release new music, Osama recently headlined Pakistans first internationally acclaimed music festival in Islamabad, the Mad Decent Block Party on February 4, 2018 alongside Major Lazer, SNKM, Valentino Khan, Shamoon Ismail & more.
Style and influences
Osama has been quoted to be heavily influenced by Eminem and Nelly and has stated listening to their respective LPs, The Marshall Mathers LP and Country Grammar, are the initial reason the rapper started writing lyrics and making songs.
Singles and features
- 2011: "The Balance"
- 2011: "Desi Thumka" (with Nouman Khalid)
- 2012: "Pakistani (Wild Boy Remix)" (feat. Bali Shah)
- 2013: "Bars of Steel" (feat. Xpolymer Dar)
- 2014: "Sunshine" (feat. Da Beast)
- 2017: "Baghdad"
- 2018: "IslamaBAAP" (with Xpolymer Dar & Shamoon Ismail)
- 2018: "Chaklala Scheming"
- Official Website
- Osama Com Laude at Facebook
- Osama Com Laude at Twitter
- Osama Com Laude at YouTube
- Osama Com Laude at Instagram
- Osama Com Laude at SoundCloud
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